Binocular Highlights: 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users
Exploring the wonders of the cosmos doesn't require expensive and complicated equipment! The moons of Jupiter, breathtaking nebulae, and distant galaxies are all visible through binoculars. Binocular Highlights, by Gary Seronik, is a tour of 99 different celestial sights, from softly glowing clouds of gas and dust to unusual stars, clumps of stars, and vast star cities (galaxies), that are all visible in binoculars. Each object is plotted on a detailed, easy-to-use star map, and most of these sights can be found even in a light-polluted sky. Also included are four seasonal all-sky charts that help locate each highlight.
About the Author...
An experienced observer and telescope maker, Gary Seronik began writing for Sky & Telescope in 1996 and joined the staff full-time as an associate editor in 1998. Astronomy has been a life-long passion for Gary — he began subscribing to S&T in 1973 when he was only 12 years old!
Gary enjoys a wide range of observing pursuits from studying intricate details on the surface of the Moon to seeking out faint fuzzies at the limits of perception. One of his favorite activities is binocular observing — as regular readers of S&T know from his popular monthly Binocular Highlight column. (A compilation of has articles, Binocular Highlights: 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users has recently been published as part of the Sky & Telescope Stargazing Series.)
But when it comes to his absolute favorite telescope target, Gary will quickly tell you that for him, nothing beats the Moon — though Jupiter comes in a close second. His lunar observing and imaging skills are put to good use at S&T. Gary looks after Charles A. Wood's monthly Exploring the Moon column and served as editor for the new edition of Antonín Rükl's classic Atlas of the Moon and for Wood's highly regarded book, The Modern Moon. But of all the Moon products he has helped bring to fruition, Gary is proudest of the recently published Field Map of the Moon, which he regards as the ideal telescopic companion for dedicated lunatics like himself.
Over the years Gary has ground mirrors for numerous homebuilt telescopes, several of which have appeared in the pages of the magazine. Many readers will remember articles describing his 6-inch f/9 planetary Newtonian and his 8-inch f/4 travelscope. His current favorite instrument is a recently completed 12.75-inch Dobsonian travelscope, which has already flown with him to a number of far-flung locations, including Costa Rica. His knowledge of optics and equipment serve him well as editor of the magazine's Amateur Telescope Making department and as a frequent contributor to S&T Test Report.