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Earlier this year, a telescope captured an image of the black hole inside galaxy M87 but in this case, "telescope" refers to a global array of synchronized radio telescopes and the "image" was a composite created from 5 petabytes of data. While that's unassailably cool, it does make the brain yearn for the simplicity of putting eyeballs to glass. German optics company Zeiss has been making glass magnification instruments for 200 plus years, starting with microscopes back in the early 1800s. Currently they manufacture everything from camera lenses to semiconductors and their binoculars rank among the best. The Terra ED 42 binoculars are part of the company's entry-level binoculars and will give you a good look at something way over there.

The 42mm diameter lenses are made from Schott ED glass with a hydrophobic coating and the binos are nitrogen filled to keep them fog-free.  The reinforced body is glass-fiber and watertight so you don't feel nervous actually taking these things outside. The focus wheel is large and easy to use even with gloves on for early morning and late night glassing. While it won't bring M87* any closer, these are the perfect pair of binoculars for those interested in more terrestrial wonders. 

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