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Orion's Top 25 Binocular Targets
Orion's Top 25 Binocular Targets

At Orion, we spend a lot of time under the stars. Sometimes we use a telescope, sometimes we use our plain old eyeballs, but much of the time, we keep both eyes open and use a pair of binoculars. Just about any type of binocular will show you something in the sky, but we generally use binoculars of 40mm diameter or larger; a lot of people prefer 50mm or larger. As with a telescope, the darker the sky, the more you will see, and you'll be amazed what you can see with binoculars under a dark sky!

Some have even said that two eyes are better than one. If you've ever used a pair of astronomy binoculars, you have every right to chime in with your opinion.

Orion 10x50 UltraView Wide-Angle Binoculars
Orion 10x50 UltraView Wide-Angle Binoculars

Having a pair of binoculars on hand opens up an easy possibility: a quick, five minute view of the cosmos that doesn't require any sort of set up or telescope dragging. If skies are clear, you can fit this in before bed, or while walking your dog after dark. You'll be amazed at what you can see in just a few minutes under dark skies, and the expanded perception it will leave you with in the weeks to come.

Without further ado, here is Orion's Top 25 Showpiece Binocular Objects in the night sky. We know you have probably viewed the following objects in a telescope, but have you seen them in binoculars? Let us know in the "review" section of this article, or in a comment on this article on our Facebook Page.

Good luck!

Orion's Top 25 Binocular Targets:


  1. M44, The Beehive
  2. M81 & M82, a face-on and edge-on Galaxy Pair
  3. M65 & M66, a Galaxy Pair
  4. NGC 253 & NGC 288, a Galaxy and Globular Pair
  5. M101, The Pinwheel Galaxy
  6. M51
  7. M108
  8. Omega Centauri


  1. M8/M20 Complex
  2. M16
  3. M17
  4. M22
  5. The North America Nebula
  6. M27, The Dumbbell Nebula
  7. M13, the Great Cluster in Hercules


  1. M45, The Pleiades
  2. NGC 869 and NGC 884, The Double Cluster in Perseus
  3. M31, The Andromeada Galaxy
  4. M33, The Triangulum Galaxy
  5. The Helix Nebula


  1. Orion Nebula, M42
  2. Rosette Nebula
  3. M36/M37/M38, a trio of Open Clusters in Auriga
  4. M47/M46, a pair of Open Star Clusters
  5. M78

Let us know if you were able to find any of these objects in binoculars, or have any favorites to add, by leaving a "review" of this article, or leaving a comment on this article on our Facebook Page.

Date Taken: 02/04/2014
Author: Orion Staff
Category: Astronomy

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