We spotted a great binoculars deal for Black Friday that will enhance your skywatching activities.
The Sightmark Solitude 8x42 XD Binocular set is on sale right now at Amazon for $299.00. That is a nearly 40% deal off the usual price, representing one of the best binocular discounts this Black Friday.
While we urge you to pick up this binocular set before it vanishes, if you want to shop around we do have some buying guides ready to help with that purchase. We rounded up the best Black Friday binocular deals as well as the best binoculars for 2021 to advise you. Since there's lot of choice out there, we recommend you look at our space-themed how to choose binoculars guide to make the best purchase for you.
Binoculars are an excellent complement to a telescope, just in case you feel like shopping around for Black Friday telescope deals as well. We also have some other brand names to consider, with Black Friday binocular deals at Celestron, Meade, Orion and Bushnell.
At 8x42, the Sightmark Solitude binocular can be used for handheld stargazing, although you could always fit them into a tripod if you would like to use them for astrophotography or to give your arms a rest. This binocular set is waterproof, fog proof and dust proof, which will allow you to take it outside in dewy conditions as long as you use them with care. Just make sure to protect it in a case in between.
What we like about this set is its emphasis on high-quality, multi-coated optics. The Sightmark Solitude binocular uses extra low dispersion glass to improve the image and has phase corrected Bak-4 roof prisms for high refraction, further enhancing your view.
Binoculars are a perfect way to get started in astronomy at a low price point, or to continue it if you want to invest in a well-trusted brand like Sightmark. Binoculars can be used to observe planets, the moon and brighter objects like M31 (the Andromeda Galaxy).
Skywatching in general is a perfect pandemic activity as it encourages highly dispersed groups outside, so you'll be happy to have such a portable and high-quality set available to safely participate in star parties and other local astronomy events.
Users report that the weight feels just right in their hands and that it is easy to focus the binoculars, making it ideal for even casual trips outside to look at long night sky events like eclipses.
At such a massive discount, the Sightmark Solitude 8x42 XD binocular set is sure to sell out quickly at this reduced price, so make sure to get your set secured before the deal expires.
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace