Note to self: Stay away from short achromats. Thanks for the schooling.
Well, that is not exactly what I suggested. I wouldn't get one as my only telescope, but as a low-power companion to an other more versatile telescope. For example, you made mention of your binoculars. With binoculars, the magnification is fixed, and at a low power. Short achromats excel at and are primarily configured and intended for low-power wide-field views, like a pair of binoculars. But in the case of a short achromat, and practically a low-power monocular, larger apertures are available relatively inexpensively, yet most important of all, it's capable of several differing magnifications, as it can accept separate eyepieces of varying focal-lengths, again, from 4mm to 40mm, in general.
I have a few pairs of binoculars, but I rarely if ever use them for astronomical observations. Not too terribly long ago, I brought a pair out one night and saw a flock of geese or other in formation, and silhouetted against a background of stars; a beautiful sight, make no mistake, but then I took the binoculars back inside and brought out one of my telescopes.