I wanted to post my experience with two of Celestron's most popular Astronomy Binoculars.
Hope to hear of others experiences as well.
About a month ago, I purchased the Celestron 15x70
Prior I had only daytime and birding binoculars in the common sizes 7x35, 8.5x44 and 7x50
Each of those were great for helping to locate items in the night sky and for general astronomy observation,
I was blown away by the experience I had with the 15x70's
While the field of view definitely decreased,
The amount of stars that could be seen dramatically increased due to there higher magnification and light gathering capabilities
This also increased my ability to locate DSO such as galaxies and nebulas,
While I have a Meade 14 goto scope (great for quickly moving from one object to another, it's field of view is quite small.)
I also have a Vintage Celeston C8 (With the added fun of star hopping your way around the night sky)
Locating and navigating to DSO was often quite a problem for me and my C8,
Using the 15x70's in conjunction with the finder scope on the C8 made locating and centering those items in the telescope SO much faster.
I truly discovered how many broad DSO there really are that are simply to large to comfortably fit within the narrow field view of my telescopes
Just dim enough and small enough to escape being viewed in my smaller sets of binoculars.
I was SO impressed with the newness of seeing the sky at 4.4 degrees vs .7 degrees using an Omni 32mm plossl eyepiece with my C8
I chose to then purchase the Celeston 20x80's as well.
While the 15x70 can still be hand held for short periods of time and with there 4.4 degree field of view proved to be fantastic companions for aligning my C8 on many Messier objects not visible with my smaller birding or daytime use binoculars,
The Celeston 20x80's with their slightly higher magnification and slightly smaller field of view 3.7 degrees gave still another beautiful perspective.
The 20x80's worked great while resting back in a lounge chair staring at the night sky,
Yes the 20x80 are MUCH harder to hand hold,
While supporting them with from the relative comfort of the lounge chair,
Open clusters and larger nebula's came to life,
The 20x80 simply have too small a field of view and too difficult to hand hold while using them to assist in aligning my C8
I have none the less been FULLY grateful I made both purchases.
Putting the 20x80 on a tripod made the image more stable by far,
The freedom of laying back in the lounge chair and panning the night sky is an amazing experience.
Looking at the Lagoon Nebula in the 20x80's is simply spectacular,
As well and seeing the depth of the Saggitarius Small Star Cloud "breathless"
The stars simply come to life.
The night sky simply has SO much to offer,
Starting with naked eye observing, then advancing to higher and higher magnification and light gathering capabilities,
Each instrument has it's strong suites and presents the sky in there own special way.
It truly does take multiple instruments to explore all the night skies beauty,
No one instrument is better than another,
Each simply shows you it's own unique perspective.
So glad I made my purchases.
ALL of them,