9 Jaw-Dropping Sky Objects to See Through Your Binoculars

In another awesome and informative article, we’ve explained how binoculars work. But did you know there’s more to these optics than you think? This article will show you why the sky is definitely not the limit! We’ll leave you amazed, with your jaw dropped to the ground!

  1. Satellites and Meteors

These objects can be seen with the naked eye, but then our skies aren’t as clear as we think they are because of light so some of them can hardly be seen. Satellites that are radiant and huge can easily be found with your eyes, you just have to look at the sky before sunrise or an hour or two after sunset. BUT with the help of binoculars, a lot of them wouldn’t appear dim before your mere eyes. Just look for slow-moving lights that don’t blink; airplanes blink, but satellites don’t. Try it and you’ll be surprised by how many satellites you can see with binoculars! If you can’t see anything good at all, adjust your binoculars to get the best viewing experience. Now, what about meteors? With binoculars, you will be able to see a tiny band of light shooting through your field of vision. Take note that only the brightest meteors can be observed. These small meteors can only be seen with binoculars thanks to the awesome light-gathering power of these optics paired with their great field of view.

Fun fact: Did you know that you can check out when the ISS, the Space Shuttle, or the Hubble will fly over you? Heavens-Above will tell you when and where to look! You just have to enter your current location. Easy!

  1. <img src="moon.jpg" alt="full moon">The Moon

As the glorious moon glared down at me, I held my breath, reached for my binoculars, and saw what’s within. I saw the brilliant majesty of its existence; its shape and its craters. With my optics, the distance between us seemed not so far. And then it began to feel conscious; this beauty, whose elegance is above par, tried to hide behind the clouds. That’s when I said, “I love you just the way you are.”

Looking at the moon with your eyes is romantic, isn’t? It’s so divine it can make you write poems about the encounter. What more if you can make it appear closer? The details you can’t see with the naked eye will reveal themselves with your binoculars, whether it’s full moon or not. Don’t be afraid to give in; let the spectacular moon take you away!

  1. The Galilean Moons of Jupiter

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You might not be able to clearly see planets with your binoculars because that’s what telescopes are for, but you can see the four largest moons of Jupiter with these optics. These moons are sufficiently bright for you to see with your naked eyes but can be washed out from the glare of Jupiter. Through your binoculars, you’ll see them as a group of little stars surrounding a gas giant. How fantastic!



  1. The Double Cluster (NGC 884 and NGC 869)<img src="doublecluster.jpg" alt="the double cluster">

This wonder is a combination of two different star clusters that are extremely close together. The Double Cluster is in the constellation Peruses and is a jaw-dropping sight to see through your binoculars because it’s a huge object in the night sky. You might not appreciate looking at the cluster with a telescope because it has a narrow field of view preventing you to enjoy two-star clusters simultaneously. But with binoculars, you can bask in the splendor of both at the same time.

  1. The Beehive Cluster (M44)

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This is another star cluster worthy of your attention. Found in the constellation Cancer, it’s situated 577 light years from earth and is one of the first sky objects Galileo Galilei studied with his telescope. Thanks to binoculars, you can now observe it like Galileo, except you’ll do it with another type of optics!



  1. The Orion Nebula (M42)

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This is found in the most noticeable constellation in the winter sky—the Orion constellation. It’s a glory to behold and trust me, once you lay your eyes on this, you’ll get lost in it! This nebula is located only 1,270 light years away from Earth. That means it’s the closest star nursery to the planet. Thank God for heavenly bodies and binoculars!

  1. The Lagoon Nebula (M8)

<img src="nebula.jpg" alt="The Lagoon Nebula">Found in the constellation Sagittarius, this giant interstellar cloud is deemed as one of the best views to see in the night sky. It’s classified as an emission nebula and is one of only two star-forming nebulae slightly visible to the naked eye from mid-northern latitudes during summer. With your binoculars, the Lagoon Nebula will appear as a recognizable oval cloudlike patch that has a definite core. Look through it with your binoculars and you’ll immediately fall in love with it.


  1. The Pleiades (M45)<img src="pleiades.jpg" alt="The Pleiades M45">

This star cluster, which was brought up three times in the Old Testament of the Bible, has fewer stars compared to other clusters. It’s the birthplace of new stars and is easy to spot with your naked eye. With binoculars, however, the experience becomes way more dramatic and inspiring. Looking at it through a telescope isn’t ideal because of its large size, but then again, binoculars exist, making the Pleiades a marvel to see. Isn’t it amazing that we have so many sky objects to observe with binoculars? These optics can even be used for more! Check out this article.


  1. The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)

<img src="galaxy.jpg" alt="The Andromeda Galaxy">And we’re down to the final jaw-dropping sky object that will leave you astounded! What you’ll love about this is the fact that it’s a galaxy. That means there are countless suns to satisfy your eyes! Located over 2.5 million light years from the planet, the Andromeda Galaxy is orbited by 14 dwarf galaxies. This galaxy is the farthest object you can see with your naked eye, but you might not appreciate it without binoculars because it’ll only appear as a faint smudge. It’s more than 8 times the size of the full moon, making it an excellent target for people with binoculars.

What are you waiting for? Grab your binoculars and start looking at these gorgeous beauties now!