This book contains everything an astronomer needs to know about binocular observing. The book takes an in-depth look at the instruments themselves. It has sections on evaluating and buying binoculars and binocular telescopes, their care, mounting, and accessories. In addition there is a selection of fifty fine objects to be seen with 50mm and 100mm binoculars.
The advantages of using both eyes for astronomical observing are many and considerable, largely because of the way the human brain processes visual information. This book enables the astronomer to maximize those advantages.
Why Binoculars?.- Binocular Optics and Mechanics.- Choosing Binoculars.- Evaluating Binoculars.- Care of Binoculars.- Mounting Binoculars.- Accessories.- 50 Objects for 50mm Binoculars.- 100 Objects for 100mm Binoculars.- Appendices.
From the reviews: "Binoculars are an often-overlooked lower-cost alternative for introductory astronomy students and beginning amateur astronomers. ! The detailed information on buying and maintaining binoculars will be particularly useful for those who have always used telescopes. ! Photographs and drawings are excellent and enhance the usefulness of the book; the appendixes contain additional information to enable proper selection and expert use of binoculars in astronomy. An excellent addition to the well-regarded Practical Astronomy series. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. General reader; lower-division undergraduates; faculty/professionals." (D. H. Gifford, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (11), August, 2007)