To maybe get things a bit more on topic, before a moderator puts the smack down on us, porro versus roof doesn't matter that much for flat out observing. Honestly.
I've been wandering around in my astro journals, dating back 20 years, thinking about how to get my observing into a more satisfying and productive mode, and came across an entry from January 5, 2001. (2001, really??) So, almost exactly 20 years ago. Woke up at 3:30 am with a stomach ache, looked out the window and saw the skies were gorgeous (for midtown Kansas City), bundled up and headed out with my trusty 10x50s. And observed M104, M3 (the first DSO I found when I started observing the year before), picked out Leo Minor, then Sextans. Then had a nice long look at M44. Wandered around in Hydra, and ended up with M67, which I was delighted to see despite the light pollution.
My "trusty" 10x50s were Nikon Lookout IVs (porros), which cost about $125 and were not optically great binoculars by any stretch of the imagination. Sure I have moved on to premium bins, and I understand people shelling out top bucks for whatever is the closest thing to optical perfection, but that isn't essential to having a lot of fun with astronomy and seeing a lot of stuff.
There was a guy in our club who had limited funds for equipment, and all he could afford was a 4.25 inch kit reflector that was assembled in a class led by ATMers in the club. Anyway, this guy was feeling discouraged because he didn't think he could see anything worthwhile. An experienced older observer in the club told him he could see a lot with it. And helped him start finding DSOs. Then he started hanging out with 3-4 other guys at Powell Observatory (the ASKC observatory) a lot of nights doing NEO follow up research with a CCD camera on the club's 32-inch GEM reflector. The camera was purchased with a $13k grant from NASA. In 2002 Powell did more NEO follow up research than any observatory in the world (professional or private) other than the LINEAR project. :-) And the guy with the 4.25 inch reflector got offered a job at the Minor Planet Center and moved to Boston.
So, yeah, premium binoculars are awesome, but being under the night sky with any pair of bins is what matters.
PS: Not sure how you would turn that into a job at the Minor Planet Center though...
Edited by Fiske, 01 January 2021 - 10:20 PM.