Hi guys - I've been around the block in regards to both astronomical viewing and photographing. I owned an Orion 8" f/4.9 astrograph and an Explore Scientific 102 APO Triplet and did both observing and photographing. More observing on the former, more photographing on the latter. Long story short, I sold my entire setup for near retail value and am now getting the itch again (surprise, surprise). One of the reasons I got out of it was because I was tired of lugging around my heavy Atlas mount and the setup time, etc.
I am looking for something now to satisfy my itch of just doing some visual. Ideally something I can bring on camping trips, to outreach events, etc. and that will give stellar views. It seems my options are obviously a big light bucket or some heavy duty binoculars.
My eyes are set on the Orion BT-100 GiantView binocular telescope, or the Oberwerk BT-100. Seems to me the Orion is a better deal for almost $1000 cheaper. There is obviously quite an investment involved with this, around $2000 with a big tripod that can support the weight. With my background, it seems like for $2000 I could get something so much more functional for viewing if I am willing to lug around a big light bucket/dob around, but I don't know that I am. Maybe the binocular (two eyed) view offers a pretty stellar view that can't be found elsewhere.
TLDR: Can someone sell me on the BT-100? Is it worth the thousands of dollar for a pair of binoculars? That seems so overpriced, but maybe it's not. I can't find anything online regarding reviews on this item besides the retail seller reviews and some dated articles. Is there a reason nobody owns these? Are these a hidden gem? Will this wow crowds and myself?
Edited by ljoraanstad, 02 June 2020 - 03:34 PM.