Comet viewing Binoculars from $149/Telescopes from $199

 

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will be visible in the Australian and New Zealand skies during February 2023.

Special note – this comet is being called “The Green Comet” as glows bright green in photographs. You’ll need binoculars or a telescope to see it. The comet won’t appear green, but rather in black and white to your eyes.

You might not spot the green glow, but you’ll be looking at an ancient chunk of our Solar System before it heads back out into deep space in a few weeks.  Here’s some suggestions from BINTEL for affordable optics for viewing the comet and hopefully introduce you to a lifetime of discovering the wonders of the night sky above our heads.

Nikon Aculon A211 8×42 Binoculars – $149

These Nikon binoculars have an attractive price with the same quality as all other Nikon products. You mightn’t realise that binoculars are not just for birdwatching, nature viewing or taking to the cricket. They also make handy companions for observing the night sky and this includes Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF).

Meade Infinity 70mm Refractor Telescope

A “classic” 70mm refractor telescope is a perfect way to get started in astronomy. It offers views of the Moon, bright Solar System planets like Saturn and Jupiter plus it will let you see comets!

You’ll also be able to view nebulae, star clusters and other interesting objects the Milky Way. Highly portable and comes with everything you need to get started.

Celestron SkyMaster 25×70

These are larger binoculars from Celestron, well suited to long distance viewing on the land or water. The 25×70 part of the name means 25 times magnification and 70mm front lenses on each side of the binoculars. The 25x magnification gives closer, more detailed views than small pairs of binoculars.

The 70mm front lenses collect more light, delivering better views of faint astro objects. For example, each side of these 70mm Celestron SkyMaster binoculars collects about 100 times as much as your eyes, while a 42mm pair would only collect about 35 times as much. You mightn’t notice this during the day, but it certainly makes a difference for astronomy!

To hold these Celestron SkyMaster25x70 binoculars steady for comfortable viewing over longer periods, we’d suggest a tripod. They attach to a standard photographic tripod. If you don’t have one, this Slik model would suit them well.

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130 Newtonian Telescope – $899

This Celestron telescope is large enough for detailed views of astro objects. You’ll see major planets in the Solar System including comets, the rings of Saturn, Jupiter and its moons, as well as nebulae and star clusters in our own Milky Way galaxy. It will even let you observe other galaxies millions of light years away.

One of the coolest features of the entire Celestron StarSense Explorer range is they use your mobile phone to show you exactly where to point the telescope to locate the astro object you want to view. If you don’t know what’s in the sky tonight, it will even take you on your own personalised tour of the cosmos.

 

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