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Binoculars for Astronomy (hand-held)
Primary considerations-
  • Light-gathering
  • Low magnification
  • Light weight
In general, the larger the objectives, the more light is gathered, and the more you'll see- however, the larger objectives, the heavier the binocular. Magnification should be 12x or lower- any higher and you'll have a hard time getting a steady view. Low magnification binoculars have the advantage of a big FOV (field of view), which makes navigating the night sky easier. They provide glorious views of star clusters and nebulae, and are wonderful for exploring the Milky Way. On the other hand, don't expect to see planets with any detail- they are very tiny objects at these magnifications.
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Oberwerk logo Lightweight Series Binoculars
8x40 LW
Genuine Oberwerk quality for an incredibly-low price. Same features as our more expensive models. Ideal for kids. Extra-wide 8.3 FOV means more of the night sky fills the view.   More info...
$ 69.95
8x56 LW
BAK4 prisms, with highest-quality broadband multi-coatings. A great multi-purpose binocular. Low 8x power offers very steady hand-held viewing. Great wide-field views for astronomy usage.   More info...
$ 99.95
11x56 LW
BAK4 prisms, with highest-quality broadband multi-coatings. Recommended for those that want a great multi-purpose binocular, yet is one of our biggest sellers for astronomy usage. The wide-angle design means you get the same 6 FOV as the lower-power 8x56. An amazing buy for less than $100.   More info...
$ 99.95
9x60 LW
BAK4 prisms, with highest-quality broadband multi-coatings. Low-power, flat-field view, stars remain sharp to the edge. Also offers a great deal of eye relief (eyeglass wearers can use with glasses on).   More info...
$ 109.95
12x60 LW
BAK4 prisms, with highest-quality broadband multi-coatings. Mid-range 12x magnification with an extra wide 5.7 field of view make this model a very popular choice for general-purpose usage.   More info...
$ 109.95
11x70 LW
New lower-power version of our most-popular 15x70 (below). This is the largest and most-powerful astronomy binocular that can give steady views of the night sky without using a tripod. Flat-field design means stars are sharp to the edge of the field.   More info...
$ 149.95
Oberwerk logo Mariner Series Binoculars
8x40 Mariner
Mariner Series- extra-rugged, waterproof, shockproof. Oversize BAK4 prisms, fully broadband multi-coated. Extra-wide 8.4 FOV, the widest FOV in the Oberwerk product line. In other words, this binocular shows a bigger chunk of the night sky than any of our other models.   More info...
$ 149.95
7x50 Mariner
Mariner Series- extra-rugged, waterproof, shockproof. Oversize BAK4 prisms, fully broadband multi-coated. Incredibly sharp and easy to hand-hold.   More info...
$ 159.95
10x60 Mariner
Mariner Series- extra-rugged, waterproof, shockproof. Oversize BAK4 prisms, fully broadband multi-coated. The 10x60 is the most-powerful of the Mariner Series, and one of the finest hand-holdable center-focus binoculars on the market.   More info...
$ 179.95
Oberwerk logo Ultra Series Binoculars (tripod mount recommended)
10x50 Ultra
Ultra Series, our highest-quality midsize binocular. Equal to the finest Japanese brands. Precise individual focus. Waterproof, nitrogen filled. Padded soft case.   More info...
$ 279.95
10.5x70 Ultra
Ultra Series, our highest-quality midsize binocular. The 10.5x model is the sharpest in the entire Oberwerk product line, flat-field means stars remain sharp to the edge. In short, this binocular offers performance that exceeds even the finest Japanese brands. Precise individual focus. Waterproof, nitrogen filled. Aluminum-frame case.   More info...
$ 379.95

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