Helpful Beginner Astronomer Accessories





Red Flashlight

Preserve night vision


WAYLLSHINE


Brightness: Customers report that these red flashlights are nice and bright.

Light Modes: This flashlight only has two modes. On or off.

Preserves Night Vision: The red light spectrum on these preserve night vision well.

Batteries: Requires three AAA batteries.

Light Weight: As there is only one battery required these are light weight and easy to haul around.

Material: It is made of an aluminum alloy and therefore is lightweight and durable.

Durability: Customers report little or no damage on multiple drops.


This one mode red flashlight is designed for night activities. It has been designed for observation at night, such as animal observation as it does not them as much due to the red light, but is also a great option for backyard astronomy. It is under $10 so it is a great option for bargain hunters and beginners. It only requires one AA battery so powering it is easy and convenient. If you want a brighter flashlight you can also go with a 14500 battery. The wavelength is : 620nm-625nm. It only has one mode so there is no guessing on what kind of light will come on. In the past I have used flashlights that will turn on dim sometimes and too bright other times and on occasion come on strobing. Very inconvenient.



Carson RedSight Red Led Flashlight

What customers like:


Brightness: Customers report that these red flashlights are nice and bright with 9 LED bulbs.

Light Modes: This flashlight has two brightness settings.

Preserves Night Vision: The red light spectrum on these preserve night vision well.

Batteries: Requires three AAA batteries.

Light Weight: Red flashlight is small and comes with a carabiner clip.

Material: The grip is made of a glow in the dark rubber. Does not specify body material.

Durability: Customers report little or no damage on multiple drops.


This red flashlight has two brightness settings so you have options if one isn't bright enough. It is also the cheapest on this list so that is a nice bonus. It comes with a carabiner clip for easy carrying. It requires 3 AAA batteries so it will last longer.



ROUP 2 Pack YP-100 Red Light LED Flashlight

What customers like:


Brightness: Customers report that these red flashlights are nice and bright.


Light Modes: This flashlight has two brightness settings and a strobe setting.


Preserves Night Vision: The red light spectrum on these preserve night vision well.


Batteries: Requires only one AA battery and can support 14500 battery.


Light Weight: Red flashlight is small and comes with a belt clip.


Material: It is made of aluminum.


Durability: Customers report little or no damage on multiple drops.


These are the coolest looking in my opinion. There are two red flashlights with this option and it is always better to gaze at the cosmos in your backyard with a friend. And if no one is cool enough to join you then now you have two! There is a green option too but for backyard astronomy you are going to want to go with red. If green is your favorite color though it is still a better option than white or blue.



Star Maps and Location Guides



Guide to the Stars Map by Ken Graun


This is the fourth version of Guide to the Stars chart. The guide is convenient and easy to use. Simply dial it in to the date and time when you are observing the cosmos and line it up with the constellations or stars that are visible in your patch of the night sky. This diagram can be used for latitudes between 30 degrees and 60 degrees north, covering the United States and Canada. It is very useful for naked eye and binocular star gazing. It can be a good starting point for beginner telescope viewing too. Just line it up the same way you would for binoculars or naked eye astronomy.



Orion Moon and Planets Guide Set

These extremely helpful guides to four of everyone's favorite neighbors in the Solar System are perfect for backyard asteonomers of all ages and skills. This massively helpful kit includes the MoonMap 260, and the newly updated Second Editions of the Mars Map & Observing Guide, Jupiter Map & Observing Guide, and the Saturn Map & Observing Guide. It includes over 260 exciting locations and features of our orbiting little buddy, the moon. The moon has been inspiring awe and glory for the whole of human histroy and no doubt before homo sapiens even existed. Each feature is cross-referenced in the MoonMap's tables with its official name, size and a brief description. It was designed with versatility in mind. It is designed with a regular view and a reversed view so that no matter what type of scope you are using you will be able to accurately sus out its features.

The same can be said of all of the book guides. Identify Saturn's rings, locate Jupiter's moons, and find details about Mars that you couldn't find without having to send a probe to our red neighbor.


Powerful Green Laser Pointer


Use these to literally point to something in the sky. Sometimes pointing at something with your finger is too vague and hard to get the angle right from another's perspective. Powerful green laser pointers will shine bright enough to see a dot in the sky which will take out the guess work of locating astronomical sightings. Very cool!



CWZY


This powerful green laser pointer can potentially point out distant objects in the sky. Reviews on Amazon seem to be mixed but most users say it works as intended.













Orion SkyLine Deluxe Green Laser Pointer

  • The Orion SkyLine Deluxe Green Laser Pointer allows you to easily point out stars, planets, constellations - even moving satellites - to others

  • The bright green laser beam looks like it's touching the star you aim at - everyone closeby will know exactly where you are pointing

  • Bright enough to work effectively in even light-polluted or moonlit skies!

  • Features electronic feedback circuit to ensure ultra-stable beam brightness, even over long periods of constant use

  • Includes high quality aluminum case with custom foam cutouts for both the laser and batteries