Binoculars: Halfway to the telescope – Part 3

Tips for handling

Luckily, there are also a high-tech solution that you can stabilize the image freehand held binoculars even at high magnification. So-called “field-stabilizers” use sophisticated electromechanical sensors and actuators to move the optical elements inside the binocular such that they compensate for the shaking of the hand. The result? A totally stable image. Of course, such binoculars are not cheap, but for some observers makes this addition to the price more than compensates.


There are of course other ways to stabilize the image of binoculars. Many of these devices can be set up with the help of an adapter on a tripod. For observations near the horizon can be reached in this way very smooth images, but you can not place or put under the tripod, if you want to look up steeply. For several years, therefore, special binoculars tripods for astronomers offered. These are relatively large and not exactly cheap, but the best of them very good service.


The next best thing after the purchase tripod is to invest the money in a garden chair with armrests and reclining backrest. If one supports both elbows on the armrests and the lower edges of the eyepieces of the binocular is built on the cheekbones, can shake observing reduce greatly.


A simple tripod you will hardly be able to build on your garden chair. But even if the binoculars are clamped to the collapsed tripod and it is put on the upper body, the images are much more stable. If a pair of binoculars is stabilized in one way or another, it appears to double its capacity. For the detail of the images of a stable mounted 6 × 30 or an image field stabilized 10 × 30 binocular reached a hand-held 10 × 50 binocular.


Relaxed to sit in a chair or lie, is extremely convenient. Many of the most successful observations are made at the edge of the power limit of the respective instruments. For this you need all his concentration. The smallest discomfort or stress disturbs this concentration and let the weak details blur. Also eye protector or screens made of rubber are a great help, especially when artificial light penetrates to your observing site.


Your Sky cards and a notepad should be always at hand, so you can, back and herblicken between map and sky without moving the binoculars. Her womb is enough for storing it when you are sitting in a lawn chair.


Finally, a tip: Run from the very beginning an observation protocol. Even if you only write down the date, time and monitoring tool and “to see Sinus Iridium very prominent on Terminator the moon” comments like or “not found NGC457” “M35 seen in the twins as extensive, faint glow” or. If you make additional sketches, this makes the walk watching a permanent monitoring collection that will win over time to value. A simple notepad with spiral binding is ideal for this purpose.


Carefully structured observation records as they lead many amateurs – for example, personal observation cards or pages for each object – but are created to better his desk at home, because they are difficult to implement during the observation in the dark and narrow yourself in your ability comments scribble extemporaneously. Often it is these handwritten comments – your first bright shooting star, an especially clear, star-rich sky after a snowstorm, a night at an exceptional place – who are you care about most when years later take your notes at hand.

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