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Handheld binoculars are obviously the most convenient for viewing anything (including the stars.) Though, if you really want to get the best binoculars for more advanced astronomy viewing you might have to toss that feature to the side. Bigger is better quality in the binocular world. So look for a 20 X 80 size. This will give you strong magnification, a generous field of view and work the best in low light conditions. Just remember, at this binocular size you will be needing a tripod. So make sure you also buy a tripod adapter. Though, if you're the kind of person who loses things easily (especially little stuff) you should look into giant binoculars that have the adapter built into it.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|