Do I need at least a pair of binoculars for observing?

What’s the minimum kit required to enjoy the night sky?

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Much can be seen with just the naked eye. Image Credit: Joe Parks

Much can be seen with just the naked eye. Image Credit: Joe Parks

Asked by Ben Martin

The great thing about stargazing is that you can see plenty of stars and constellations with your eyes alone. However, looking through a telescope or binoculars can open up a whole world of sights that can’t normally be seen with just the naked eye.

In general, the higher the magnification you have, the more detail you will be able to see on closer objects, like planets. Higher magnifications will also help you to see dimmer objects such as diffuse nebulae. Whatever magnification you might have to hand though will usually enhance your overall stargazing experience.

Asked by Zoe Baily from the National Space Centre

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