Used to monitor this site often, then got turned off by too many self proclaimed experts that went into the ninth detail to show their knowledge (EGO). Saw too many newbies asking what are the best for the lowest costs and got bad advise.
Well, after a period I came back recently. Have bought numerous Binoculars in my life (now 72), looking for that PERFECT one. It does not exist, our experiences are different as our location and eyesight.
I also like to use them for nature. Long story, currently have Funjions (three models), Cannon(two), Leopold(three), Leica (one), Orion (one) currently and a Bogen 3036 tripod and donated the rest (many) of the other binoculars (Celestron, Swift, etc) to scouts, poor kids, etc.
Have Celestron 8" and a Pronto.
Some nights, just did not want to set them up.
Like two eyes as it is poetic and see the overall beauty of our universe.
Getting ready for bed the other night and thought I would step out and check the sky. Saw a 3/5ths moon in the west, Grasped a Leopold roof 8x42 and could not believe the clarity and detail I saw.
Pretty sure it was the atmospheric conditions that rewarded me.
Just want to say, yes, there are ones I would recommend based on experience and the numerous ones I have tried, but the most important recommendation I can advise is grab what ever you have and go out and scan the night sky!!!!!!!
Been fortunate in my life to make a good income, but my first Binoculars were a Sans and Strifel 7x35's that cost $5.00.
I hope the administrator of this forum will edit this message to what I saying is the Sky is the object, don't get too much caught up in equipment!!!!!!!!