I'm looking for recommendations for a second pair of binoculars.
I'm in my late 50s and wear glasses. My home is near DC and I don't see a lot of stars in our night sky. I last bought binoculars around 2010 before a family trip to Montana. For myself, I bought a pair of Nikon EDG 8x32s (Take it to the EDG deal - it was the sale of the century I understand). I also bought five pairs of 8x22s from LLBean so everyone else in my family had their own binoculars.
I use mine for star gazing, birding, boating, watching wildlife, and travel. The 8x22 binoculars are not used.
My opportunity is a friend and I will be heading to Phoenix later this month (Dec 2019), and I hope to be able to get to a dark sky site in NM around the time of the new moon. I'd like a nice second pair of binoculars so we each have a pair to use. I'd like them to be suitable as all-rounders if I give them to my travel partner after the trip, but not necessarily be so similar to my 8x32s that I would essentially duplicate what I have if I don't give them.
Budget wise, I'm leaning toward under $200 but don't have a hard ceiling. If I can meet my desires for $60, I don't need to spend more. If I end up at the lower end of cost, I'm much more likely to give them. At the higher end, I'll probably like to keep them. I'm also open to recommendations beyond just a second pair. I'm willing to read recommendations for perhaps an all round pair (to give) and third more astronomy leaning hand held binocular (to keep) if there is thought that I could obviously improve on the night sky view of my 8x32s while remaining in my self imposed budget.
Just looking at Nikon, I've seen Aculon, Action Extreme, Monarch and Prostaff suggested in other threads. I know there are many other brands as well, I'm just not familiar with them.
Thanks in advance for any and all replies.