I enjoy night sky viewing and I have been into Astrophotography for some time, with modest success. It is being out under the stars and being able to "see" more that I like the most. I have been contemplating adding either binoviewers or an all sky binocular viewing setup for some time. The decision as to which way to go is just too difficult, so I think I will do both!
The easiest approach to start with is the binoviewer. I have two Celestron SCT's; a 9.25" on a CGEM mount and a 5" on a table top mount (the table top mount has battery driven RA motion, but is manual otherwise). The smaller scope is great for quickly taking outside and setting up on a table for parties or just quick viewing, while the larger scope on the CGEM has goto and tracking capability. I have a Baader click-lock adapter that threads directly to the back of each scope and is 2" on the clamping side. I think I will start with a WO binoviewer and grow from there. I have read thru several threads here and I believe with the proper prism assembly (that I can thread the WO binoviewer directly two) it will allow me to reach focus on both scopes. But I also remember reading somewhere that some newer binoclular viewers do not allow you to unscrew the front extension tube. Can anyone here enlighten/remind me what I will need to enable binoviewing with both of these scopes?
And while I am at it we might also discuss the pros's and con's of bino vs binocular setups. I have also read some remarks that say the parallelogram setups for binoculars can be finicky, while the bino/telescope approach does limit you to sitting at a table to be able to rest/lean forward to view. I am in my mid 70's so comfort and ease of setup are becoming more important.