I occasionally use binoculars for finding celestial targets to help in referencing parts of the sky to aim my finderscopes/telescopes, when I go camping, for quick looks at the sky, etc. I used to have a pair of 7x35s. One year my son took my 7x35s outside in the winter and I never saw them again until spring. To replace the binoculars that fell victim to my child's carelessness, I bought a pair of Simmons 10x50s. I believe they were $30-$40 at a Wal-Mart?
These Simmon 10x50s turned into a great buy. They are very well built. The optics are great and have a rather dark green multi-coating on the objectives and the eyepieces seem to be more of a blueish coating. I spend more time at the telescope eyepiece than binoculars so I don't mind buying a budget pair. I can't see myself going in too deep on expensive binoculars. I would rather put that money into my telescopes and accessories.
Having said that, I enjoy binocular viewing while sitting in a chair while camping under dark skies or laying down in a lawn chair. I hear many say that 7x-8x is less shaky than a 10× but I don't use them for long sessions. I do find the 10x is a bit shaky on occasion but, certainly manageable. The only time I really observe for longer durations with binoculars is when I am camping laid back in a chair as I said. The rest of the time it is for quick peeks or for reference points in the sky. I live in rural dark area now and viewing is rather good even with binoculars.
Comet NEOWISE was amazing over the summer in my 10x50s since it was so bright. It was low on the horizon as well and my telescopes with their larger aperatures suffered more due to that. The binoculars definitely are great for brighter comets. Binocular viewing can be fun. From a dark sky in the Adirondack Mountains when camping at Cranberry Lake I will pick a constellation, open the SkySafari app on my phone, and pick objects to view. Mostly in between the trees. If any one reading this they know those campsites have small windows to the night sky in between the tall pines. I always get a kick out of seeing what or how many DSO I can detect from a dark site with a simple pair of 10x50 binoculars. These objects may not look as defined, magnified or more resolved as in viewing through one of my telescopes but, it is indeed satisfying and fun. As the years go by I contemplate adding a bino viewer to my collection. It certainly has to be nice to see the night sky with both eyes on a grander scale. Maybe I am a binocular guy after all. Thoroughly enjoy using a pair on the few occasions I use them. Scanning the Milky Way with binoculars is awesome from a dark site. Have fun!
Edited by ToddZ71, 21 January 2021 - 09:55 AM.