BBC Sky at Night Magazine


Choose the right location to observe from


Binoculars are so portable that you should easily be able to choose somewhere that is shielded from direct light and gives you an unobstruct­ed view of the regions of sky that you want to observe. Ideally, it will be out of the wind: even a light breeze can be chilly after a few hours. Put up a wind-break if you need to, as it will be worth the effort. If you are observing alone, give some considerat­ion to personal safety; if you are worried about unwelcome visitors, you won’t enjoy your observing session and you’ll get spooked by any unfamiliar noises.

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