As some of you may already know, I am a relative newcomer to astronomy, and started the hobby with 100mm APM ED APO's. I've wanted to step up the magnification to the 150-250x sort of range for more dedicated viewing of the moon/planets/deep sky, and thought a nice big aperture scope would be the easiest and most cost-effective way to do this. Hence my recent purchase of a Celestron CPC 1100.
With my experience of the APM bino and being 'spoilt' by the two-eyed views, I was confident that I would probably need a binoviewer to go with my scope in order to have a comparable experience, and that is something I am currently looking into to, however for the time being it is being used with a single eyepiece only, side by side with the APM's. Using the CPC with the supplied 40mm eyepiece, I was a little dissappointed to find eye placement particularly difficult, contrast wasn't great, and as an overall experience not especially enjoyable.
Back on the APM's, (with Baader Morpheus 12.5mm eyepieces) and the difference in experience was significant - the comfort, clarity, ease of view, of the APM's were just in a different league and has really made me appreciate them as an astronomy tool even more. So effective and a real joy to use, something that I had obviously taken for granted previously.
That completely confirmed for me that I need to at the very least invest in a binoviewer for the CPC. But have reservations that possibly the APM optics are just far superior, and perhaps the Celestron 40mm eyepiece is just junk?
I'd be interested in hearing your experiences in using dedicated bino's vs using scopes with a binoviewer, and whether binoviewing offers the same experience as a proper pair of dedicated binoculars?