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Everything you need to watch the Perseid meteor shower this week

Thursday, August 11th 2022, 10:15 am - Wondering how to organize an exceptional night of stargazing? Just planet. Here’s a list of exactly what you need when you turn your eyes to the sky to observe meteor showers, constellations or the moon.

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2022 Night Sky Almanac

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This month-by-month guide to North America’s skies is produced by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada every year. The book begins by introducing readers to stars, comets, and globular clusters and then details the cosmic events to watch for. It’s suitable for both novice and experienced sky watchers and super compact to take along with you anywhere the sky is clear.

Why it’s out of this world:

  • A resource that helps you enjoy the wonders of the night sky
  • Includes sky maps, moon phase charts, and information about the planets
  • Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

Red LED Flashlight for Astronomy and Night Vision

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Surely when you’re camping or on a walk at night, you would bring a flashlight with you to see in the dark. But did you know that a red LED light is ideal for taking with you to observe the sky? The red light is non-glaring, which actually helps you see better at night. You’ll be able to spot the stars better after using it to read your astronomy maps without your eyes having to readjust to the darkness.

Why it’s out of this world:

  • Use a red flashlight to read charts while preserving your night vision
  • Requires three AAA batteries (not included)
  • Rated 4.2 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

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LED Headlamp with Motion Sensor Control

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If you’re looking for a more substantial light, take this 650 lumen LED headlamp on your next astro-venture. This comfortable headpiece will keep you hands-free and features a soft elastic, adjustable strap to fit any size. The motion sensor means you can simply wave your hand in front of the lamp to turn the light on or off when it’s in this mode. The best part - when you’re ready to start your stargazing, you can switch to the red LED light for optimal night vision.

Why it’s out of this world:

  • Navigate the trails to your destination and switch to a red light mode for nighttime activities
  • Weatherproof and shatterproof
  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

High Definition Binoculars

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While avid astronomers will opt for high-quality, expensive brands like Nikon, Pentax, or Canon, this pair offers multiple features at an affordable price point for beginner stargazers to have fun looking at the sky. They are suitable for both adults and kids and offer a clear, 12 by 50 magnified visual. These binoculars come equipped with a tripod and phone adapter for taking stable, sharp, realistic photos of nature.

Why it’s out of this world:

  • Moderately magnified binoculars reveal more information than the unaided eye
  • Lightweight and easy to travel with compared to a telescope
  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

Celestron Travel Scope

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Telescopes can be astronomically expensive to invest in for amateur stargazers but this travel scope by reputable brand Celestron is ideal for on-the-go night sky watchers. It comes with a 70 millimetre scope, two eyepieces, an aluminum tripod, TheSkyX - First Light Edition astronomy software, and a custom storage backpack.

Why it’s out of this world:

  • Allows you to take a closer look at planets, galaxies, and nebulae
  • Compact, portable, and designed with traveling in mind
  • Rated 4.1 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

Outdoor Zero Gravity Lounge Folding Chair

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Take this zero gravity chair camping or set it up in your own backyard. It’s completely foldable for easy carrying and it provides a weightless feel for optimal relaxation. When the stars start popping out for the night, you can recline this chair to get a good view. It even has a built-in headrest to support your stargazing position.

Why it’s out of this world:

  • Comfortable chair that reclines to get a better look at the sky
  • Lightweight portability for all your outdoor adventures
  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

Large Waterproof Outdoor Blanket

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We've recommended this product before because this waterproof and windproof blanket is made for outdoor activities. With premium fleece and ultrasonic quilting, this oversized blanket will keep you warm on chilly nights or act as a mat to sit on if you didn’t order the zero gravity chair. At 85 by 55 inches, this blanket is comfortably sized for two people because let’s face it, stargazing can be a romantic thing to do!

Why it’s out of this world:

  • Provides comfort and warmth when you’re outdoors
  • Roll and store in a portable carrying case that’s included
  • Rated 4.3 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

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YETI Rambler 20 oz Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler

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If you’re trekking out to a field, camping, or simply going to a friend’s house to watch the night sky, chances are you’ll want to bring some libations. This tumbler holds anything from hot beverages like coffee and tea to chilled drinks like water or wine! YETI travel cups are double-insulated and feature a magnetic lid slider that keeps your drink on lock.

Why it’s out of this world:

  • Use to stay hydrated or for a delicious beverage of your choice
  • Dishwasher safe and BPA-free
  • Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca

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Our trusted Product Specialists recommend high-quality items that we think will enhance your experience with Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change.

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