I am currently using a Zeiss 10x40 binocular for astronomy, but honestly sitting in the dark with a $1500+ dollar binocular and putting it down occasionally scares me. At some point I'm probably going to drop it or scratch it.
I plan on keeping the Zeiss for birding only and getting another (cheaper) binocular for astronomy only. I will be using it on a monopod. The APM 10x50 looks interesting (link). It is less money than the Zeiss by far, but is not cheap.
I like good optics and I can spend the money on the APM, but I am wondering if there is another brand of binocular I should consider?