For any aspiring Celestron skymasters out there trying to catch a closer look at the Milky Way, discover Jupiter or witness this summer's Perseids meteor shower, make sure you stock up on some stargazing tools.
Add these six essentials to your astronomy gear tonight so you can marvel over the incredible solar systems and celestial objects ASAP.
The red light is perfect for helping you get night vision while you're looking up at the sky. A good tool to have in conjunction with others if you want to catch a glimpse of some of the constellations that are visible to the naked eye, like Orion.
Download the Stellarium app on your mobile device for access to a map of the night sky. It's a nice alternative to a paper star chart.
Find the user guide here.
The refractor uses its lense to reflect the image. It was originally used in spy glasses and long focus camera lenses. It was also the same type used centuries ago by Galileo. Said to be the best first telescope because of its lower price than some of the other models, it's a solid start to get you into stargazing if it's a new hobby. With this particular item, low (26mm), medium (9mm), and high (6.3mm) magnification eyepieces are included.
Originally created in the 1960s as an affordable option for amateurs, the Dobsonian was the perfect way to catch glimpses of galaxies and objects deep in space. The models have since been upgraded and can be on the pricier side to give you the ability to gaze deep in space.
This rechargeable battery allows you to take your stargazing activity everywhere. It's easy to use and perfect for the amateur astronomer.
Make it a star party and cozy up outside in a sleeping bag with some hot chocolate. Get cozy so you can sit back and relax and gaze at the night sky for hours.
This post was originally published on August 6, 2019.