This is a minimalist experience not optimal one so don't misunderstand the purpose of thread.
Same as using Zeiss 63mm Telementor VS 8 to 16" dob!
But this is minimalist at its finest and the pinpoint stars and ultra-high contrast leads me to an ethereal (light, heavenly) experience. M45 are blue jewels of pin-**** points in Zeiss 10x25. They can be had used from $250 or so.
I will try for M101 next dark moon.
There is a huge difference between say Bushnell compact 8x20 discount binoculars and anything worth owning.
Those discount ones are poor, cannot focus to a sharp point, poor coatings, everything looks like in a fog.
Consider a compact can be placed in a pocket and I am able to travel by car to Bortle 4,3,2 skies.
The skies are dark enough to do naked eye astronomy!
BIg binocs are going to show all the Messiers But!
I will not carry big binocs around as they are prone to be knocked out of collimation. Even 70mm ones.
I have 7x35 Tasco binocs but they are out of collimation and images not that different from the discount Bushnell from above.
Carl Wetzlar sounds like a fancy brand but this is intentionally misleading.
Carl from Carl Zeiss and Wetzlar from a German city cause one to think good quality, expensive brand but this is psychological trick only. The prisms are not coated and perhaps only outer lens surfaces have low quality coatings.
Even the bargain Bushnell Ensign were better/brighter.
If you find them hard to hold steadily there are Canon 10x30 IS binocs and people love those. I believe Gary Seronik has tested those and bigger 15x45 IS ones so there is something about 3mm eye pupil that is right for astronomy.