June 13, 2020 – Choosing and Using Binoculars for Astronomy

This month’s talk will be given by CAS Vice President, Willkie Cirker, and CAS Immediate Past President, Mark Peter. The talk will be about how to choose and use binoculars for astronomy.

Willkie Cirker has been an avid amateur astronomer since the start of the Space Age and has been a member of the CAS since 1981. He will talk on the many advantages of choosing binoculars for astronomy, then explain some of the key technical aspects such as design, size, aperture, field of view, eye relief, collimation, and what to look for when purchasing both new and used binoculars.

Mark Peter currently works as a paleontologist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey. Mark has been an amateur astronomer since 2007, and has served as a former Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Columbus Astronomical Society. He likes to observe using wide-field, low-power instruments as a way to become familiar with the night sky. Topics he will cover include aiming, mounting, and care for binoculars, and also observing programs, books, and other resources for binocular astronomy.

A recording of this meeting can be found at the CAS YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMdGHcjZ6B0&t=54s