Hello all, as stated in the title, I'm super glad to here and begin to consume all the data available. I've got several pair of binoculars, none of them any good. I'm looking to pick up something to use for planet viewing, as well as daytime use (critter watching etc). I don't think budget is an issue, but I could be surprised by cost I'm sure. I do wear glasses, I don't think the correction is very different between left and right eye. I'd like to use whatever I get without the glasses...I believe that's a factor in choice / diopter.
What are some options I should consider based on the above criteria?
Your requirements are most easily met by 2 separate pairs of binoculars. One set handheld for daytime wildlife watching (8-10x, 42-50mm) and another set mounted for high powered astronomy (20-100x, 70-150mm).
The handheld set can be also be used for night views of larger clusters and the constellations, and the mounted set will of course be good for long distance terrestrial viewing too.
Budgetwise the handheld set can cost anywhere from $50-3000, the mounted set might be $500-5000 (not including tripod and mount).
Generally, you get what you pay for in terms of optics and mechanics, though incremental improvements shrink as the price increases. The last 5% of performance increase might raise the cost by 100%.
A $200 binocular is generally a lot better than a $100 binocular. A $2000 binocular is often only a little bit better than a $1000 binocular, but for some people the difference is still worth it.
Edited by Bkoh, 15 September 2021 - 05:32 AM.