First of all, I'm a new user here and I'm glad to be able to participate in your forum.
I've been interested in astronomy for a long time and, indeed, I usually observe the sky with the naked eye. Specially when something interesting occurs (full moons, eclipses, conjunctions, comets, meteors...).
I decided now to deep dive into this hobby and that's the reason why I wish to buy my first binoculars since I discarded the idea of a telescope as many sites and forums recommends for newbies.
I pasted here some of the questions that I found here to help you to make a better recommendation. Sorry if some of them provide overlapped information:
Will your binoculars be used primarily...
For astronomy? Yes
For daytime use? No
Under dark skies? Occasionally I'd like to move to Class 6 bortle places
Under urban skies? Semi-urban
Handheld? (casual viewing) Yes, sometimes
With a Tripod? (examining DSOs and double stars) Yes, sometimes
For lower-power/widefield views? I think it's better to observe and learn
For higher-power/restricted-field views? For now I'm not sure if I need this. I’ve just returned a Bresser Spezial-Astro 20x80 with a FOV of 3.2º. I've used for 4-5 days before discarding it because of low quality, heavy weight (even with a tripod) and some decollimation problem. Even though, I've enjoyed some details that I've seen before (Pleiades, Orion...)
What is your binocular/stargazing experience? Naked eye.
Do you have a price range in mind? 100-250€ (120-300$). I'm from Spain and I'm not sure about the price differences.
Do you know your Inter-pupilary distance (IPD)? I think it’s about 6-6.5cms.
Do you know how large your eye pupils are? No, but I'm 34 years old.
Will you observe in very low light conditions? I live in a Class 7-8 Bortle town. I might move occasionally to a Class 6 place to observe.
Do you demand a waterproof binocular, or simply a weatherproof binocular? Not really.
Have you any experience hand-holding binoculars? No, just a few times with a smaller one and with a big one (20x80).
So what is your goal? As many sites and forums recommends, this must be my first tool to observe the sky. Maybe in the future (or not) I will buy a telescope, but for now, I just want to use binoculars to discover celestial objects that I’ve never seen with naked eye.
I hope this answers clarify my profile in order to get good recommendations.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by FernanOrtega, 20 January 2021 - 07:47 AM.