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If the price tag of even an entry-level beginner telescope is enough to keep you wary of buying a telescope, consider making a binocular purchase first. When most people think of stargazing, the first thing that comes to mind is viewing the night sky through a telescope. However, all you need to start your venture into the world of astronomy is a set of binoculars. Binoculars are actually a set of parallel refractor telescopes mounted together as one unit. Astronomers recommend beginning stargazers start out with a binocular purchase before buying a telescope. You won't have the same amount of magnification you get with a telescope, but your field of view will be greater so you'll be able to see more of the sky at once. You can find a quality pair of binoculars from Konica, Meade, Olympus, and Bushnell from between $70 to $140.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|