Explain to him that binoculars are not an alternative to a telescope, they are another tool in the toolbox. When you brought them up he probably figured you were trying to avoid the telescope. I would have if I was a kid and asked for a telescope.
Go find a park somewhere where you can find darker clear skies. Check it out during the day. Bring the binoculars and all of your telescopes. Set them up and test them during the day. Get to know them during the day.
Now look for a night when the skies are predicted to be clear over the park. Head there with your binoculars, all of your telescopes and make an evening of it. Invite him to bring one or two of his friends. Have a star party. They will love it. Give them access to the binoculars and the telescopes and let them go wild.
A night when the moon is partial would be best as that is the easiest target. Jupiter is up now after 10:00 pm and in better position after 10:30. It will be rising in the SE earlier and earlier each night. It will be very bright so you can easily mistake it for a helicopter with a search light on it, but it won't be moving very fast. As the night progresses it will be higher and higher in the sky. The higher it is the better the view. With your binoculars you can see Jupiter and may be able to see the 4 visible moons around it as pinpoints of light. In the 60 mm telescope at 20X or higher you should have no problem seeing the moons. Very cool! As this is a bright target you can likely take that 60 mm telescope to 100X if you have eyepieces for that mag. At that magnification you should be able to see the two major dark bands on Jupiter. Due to atmospheric interference they may drift in and out of focus. That is the air, not your telescope.
You will need some other targets. Print this chart out. 3 pages. Even marks good binocular targets -
3 pages full of observing tips and related info. I just found this yesterday.
Start using your 8.5X40s and start to get to know the sky. Then, when you oooh and ahhhh with them, don't let him look. But of course you will give in.
What you will find over time, if you get fully engaged in the hobby, is you will have binoculars, a smaller "grab and go" scope for quick sessions and for travel. Then there will be the big scope, the "light bucket". That 60 mm can be your grab and go, at least for a while but it is fine for planets if the tripod is stable.
You can get them in any order. I got the binoculars first, then the next step was my 80 mm refractor which is now my grab and go scope. my Meade ETX80. Then I got the "light bucket" which is my Orion XT8i. For some the XT8i would be their grab and go and they might have a 16" scope as their light bucket. Some people start with the big scope and then fill in, never realizing they would want the others.
But binoculars will never go to waste. I use mine during the day, take them with me on trips so I can star gaze even on business trips.
My $20 Gordons just went to a friend to help him get started. I replaced them with these Garretts on advice that this was a really good deal. They arrive tomorrow. Could not stand to be without 10X50s for long even though I also have 15X70s. And I am thinking of 7X35s to round out the mix, especially for when I have kids over at one of my little star parties.
Continue your personal education so you can guide him until he can guide you.
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Edited by aeajr, 03 February 2016 - 10:56 AM.