Chuck Hards' 15x70 Binocular Review
Chuck Hards, an outstanding local ATM, shares his experience with the popular and inexpensive Chinese 15x70 binoculars sold under various brand names such as Galileo, Barska, Oberwerk, Bear, Celestron, etc.
Todd Gross' Binocular Reviews
The famous Boston Weatherman and Astro-reviewer gives you some very thorough personal evaluations of various binoculars, telescopes, eyepieces, etc.
Monthly Sky Map and Guide
Superb, (free!) printable monthly map of the night sky, including observing tips, a glossary, a guide to the planets and other noteworthy naked-eye, binocular and telescopic objects.
Online Handbook of Binocular Astronomy
Michael Poxon's UK site includes a good deal of useful information for binocular observing.
The Astronomical League's Binocular Messier Certificate
How to earn a Binocular Messier Certificate from the Astronomical League.
Articles from Sky & Telescope Magazine
"How to choose, use, and get the most out of your instrument."
One of the best places on the 'net to find used astronomical equiptment.
Large online binocular dealer with a huge variety of binoculars and accessories. Great source for user-reviews of a wide variety of binoculars.
Orion Telescopes and Binoculars
Site also has a good deal of useful information for beginners, including a monthly star chart.
Also, for those of you living in Utah, be sure to check out ksl.com's classifieds; many of us have found some great deals on optics if you don't mind buying used.
The Stars: A New Way To See Them
By H. A. Rey (of "Curious George" fame). Houghton Mifflin, ISBN: 0395081211, recently out of print, first published in 1952. This is, by far, the very best book for learning the constellations, IMHO. It is a wonderful and fun way for adults and children alike to get familiar with the night sky, an important first-step in enjoying astronomy.
By Craig Crossen and Wil Tirion (Willman-Bell, Richmond, VA. 1992 8.5 x 11", hardbound, 224 pages). There seems to be some consensus in the Binocular Astronomy community that if you buy only one book, this should be it.
Exploring the Night Sky With Binoculars
by David S. Chandler (paperback, 48 pages, ISBN: 0961320710). One reader comments:
"It's just a little thing, a half-size, soft-cover booklet, but it's packed with great information and superb illustrations. IMHO, the best "first book" on binocular observing. Inexpensive, too."
Touring The Universe Through Binoculars: A Complete Astronomer's Guidebook
by Philip S. Harrington (1990 John Wiley and Sons, paperback, 304 pages, ISBN: 0471513377). Check out his website.
Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes
by Philip S. Harrington (John Wiley and Sons, paperback, 424 pages, ISBN: 0471418064). Chapter 8 of the 3rd edition (May 2002) includes plans for Glen Warchol's famous, inexpensive and easy-to-make binocular mount using recycled aluminum crutches!
Exploring the Moon Through Binoculars and Small Telescopes
by Ernest H. Cherrington (Dover, paperback, 229 pages, ISBN: 0486244911).
by Michael D. Reynolds (Stackpole Books, Paperback, 213 Pages, Nov. 2005, ISBN: 0811731367).