Sky Objects Seen in Binoculars

Introduction | Visited Sky Objects | Links

On this page, I collect a list of sky objects that I was able to observe with my two binoculars. One of them is my fairly old Leica Trinovid 10 x 25 BC, a small and lightweight device that is considered as being usable for sky observations, and the other one are the TS 10 x 60 LE Porro binoculars, which have about the same magnification but can already be considered as usable for sky observations.

This list is meant to make suggestions to interested people, which sky objects can already be observed in binoculars - provided that the sky is dark enough.

Note: I order to avoid too much redundancy (and work), I list the extended observation data only of the pages for the respective deep sky objects.

See also page My Binoculars.

 

Introduction

I bought the Leica Trinovid 10 x 25 BC in the early 1990s, because I wanted compact and powerful binoculars that I would gladly take with me on my trips. It did not disappoint me in this respect. Of course, I also used these binoculars for sky observations, well knowing that it is not a night glass, but until recently I had no other binoculars. The moon can be observed quite well with these binoculars, and in 2017, I was even able to see the Andromeda galaxy very nicely at the dark French night sky (in any case, better than ever before...). These binoculars are also well suited to observing larger open star clusters, although a magnification of 10 x is sometimes already too much, whereas for smaller open and globular clusters (and most galaxies) it may be too little...

I bought the TS 10 x 60 LE Porro binoculars in October 2017 (at Teleskop-Spezialisten), because, after the good experiences in September 2017 with a dark night sky in France, I wanted to explore whether a night glass can show even more objects than the Leica binoculars already do. My first impression with the TS binoculars are quite positive.

Figures: My binoculars, the small Leica Trinovid 10 x 25 BC and the large TS 10 x 60 LE

Note: See also page My Binoculars.

 

Visited Sky Objects

In the following, I provide an overview of the sky objects that I observed using my binoculars (I do not mention the moon...). Details can be found by clicking the links to the respective deep sky objects.

Binoculars

Overview

DSO
Details
Name Constellation Type
Binoculars
Leica Trinovid 10 x 25 BC TS 10 x 60 LE
St 2 Muscle Man Cassiopeia OC Nov 13, 2017 Oct 14, 2017; Nov 13, 2017
M 31 Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda G Feb/Mar 2017; May 2017; Sep 2017, Haute Loire; Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017 Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017; Feb 4-5, 2018; Feb 13, 2018
NGC 884/869 Perseus Double Cluster Perseus OC Oct 2016; Feb/Mar 2017; Sep 2017, Haute Loire; Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017 Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017; Jan 14, 2018; Feb 4-5, 2018; Feb 13, 2018; Mar 18, 2018 K; Mar 19, 2018 E
M 34 Open Star Cluster Perseus OC Nov 13, 2017 Nov 13, 2017
Mel 20 Alpha Persei (= Mirfak) Cluster Perseus OC Sep 2017, Haute Loire; Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017 Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017; Jan 14, 2018; Feb 4-5, 2018; Feb 13, 2018; Mar 18, 2018 K; Mar 19, 2018 E
M 13 Hercules Cluster Hercules GC Sep 2016 and 2017, Haute Loire; again and again in MH... Oct 14, 2017; Nov 13, 2017
M 92 Globular Star Cluster Hercules GC Sep 2016, Haute Loire Oct 2017
M 39 Open Star Cluster Cygnus OC Nov 13, 2017 Nov 13, 2017
CR 399 Coat Hanger Vulpecula SP Sep 2017, Haute Loire; Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017 Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017
M 44 Praesepe/Crib Cancer OC Feb 14, 2017; Mar 2017; May 2017; Mar 20, 2018 E Mar 20, 2018 E
Mel 111 Coma Berenice Cluster Coma Berenice OC May 2017  
M 45 Pleiades/Seven Sisters Taurus OC Feb/Mar 2017; Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017; again and again in MH... Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017; Dec 12, 2017; Jan 14, 2018; Feb 4-5, 2018; Feb 13, 2018; Mar 19, 2018 E
Mel 25 Hyades Taurus OC Feb/Mar 2017; Oct 2017; Nov 13, 2017 Oct 13/14, 2017; Nov 4, 2017; Nov 13, Dec 12, 2017; Jan 14, 2018; Feb 4-5, 2018; Feb 13, 2018; Mar 19, 2018 E
M 42/43 Orion Nebula Orion GE Feb/Mar 2017; again and again in MH..., Dec 12, 2017 Nov 4, 2017; Dec 12, 2017; Jan 10, 2018; Jan 14, 2018; Feb 4-5, 2018; Feb 13, 2018; Mar 18, 2018 K; Mar 19, 2018 E
M 35   Gemini OC Dec 12, 2017 Dec 12, 2017; Jan 10, 2018; Jan 14, 2018; Feb 4-5, 2018; Feb 13, 2018; Mar 18, 2018 K; Mar 19, 2018 E
M 36   Auriga OC Mar 19, 2018 E Feb 13, 2018; Mar 18, 2018 K; Mar 19, 2018 E
M 37   Auriga OC Mar 19, 2018 E Feb 13, 2018; Mar 18, 2018 K; Mar 19, 2018 E
M 38   Auriga OC Mar 19, 2018 E Feb 13, 2018; Mar 18, 2018 K; Mar 19, 2018 E
M 41   Canis Major OC Mar 19, 2018 E Mar 19, 2018 E
M 67   Cancer OC   Mar 20, 2018 E

G = galaxy, GE = galactic emission nebula, OC = open star cluster, GC = globular star cluster, SP = star pattern
E = Erkerode, K = Kellinghusen

 

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