Hello everyone, I’m new here!
I would like to buy an astronomy binocular for viewing the milky way. Budget is from $2000 - $4000 including tripod and accessories.
I have a 10x42 Canon IS but it’s heavy for me. Most of the time I can’t hold it long enough to satisfy my eagerness to the night sky. I was thinking of a tripod or unipod but then feel it defeats the purpose of IS.
Everything else of it is perfect for me. I like its 6.5° TFOV because I'm not experienced, and it’s very easy for me to get lost if the TFOV is too small. Plus I’m nearsighted and I seriously don’t like wearing glasses while stargazing. Therefore switching between naked eyes and binocular can be a huge challenge while all I can see are magnitude 1+ stars.
I saw Nikon Action 7x35 EX boasts a 9.3° TFOV and bought one, but the image quality is not satisfying.
I also have a Vixen 2.1x42 which is quite useful, except I’m running out of the focus without my glasses.
I’m currently considering the following options:
APM 16 x 70 Magnesium Series ED APO Binoculars
Lightweight at 2124g (4.6lbs)
I remember I saw it somewhere says 4.1 TFOV
APM 70 MM 90° ED-APO BINOCULAR WITH 1.25" EYEPIECE HOLDER
products weight: 3,50 kg
Objective angle of view: max. 4° FOV
ZEISS 8x42 Victory SF
Weight 27.5 oz / 779.6 g
Angle of View 8° (Actual)
ZEISS 7x42 Victory FL
http://www.scopecity...?ProductID=4694 (not sure if this website is legitimate)
Weight 26 oz.
Tele Vue-76 with Bino Vue
Weight 5.0 lb / 2.3 kg
Max. Visual Field 5.5°
I prefer large TFOV. I don’t want it to be too heavy even though I will use a tripod or unipod for sure. I live in New York and light pollution is miserable.
All I want is the best experience of viewing the milky way in summer that I can get. I’m not limiting myself to the options listed here. Those are just results from my research.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by Huan, 23 January 2020 - 12:40 PM.