Only one bino: 8x42 (spacewalk), 15x70 (starfield), or 10x50 (Goldilocks?)?
Assuming you already have a widefield telescope that achieves 4 degree tfov, where does the most bino magic lay?
I know, another noob which bino question. Hear me out.
I don’t want to own 3 pairs of binoculars. I want to own one pair that is handholdable or at least enjoyable with a good monopod. I’m less interested in “bagging Messiers” and more interested in the ways in which bino vision can enhance / compliment my telescope experience.
I’ve read countless threads s and other fora. Most fascinating to me was this one, an argument for spending lots of money on a small pair of binoculars.
Full disclosure, Im not about to go spend $1000 on binos. What resonated with me about the post was the statement that the key advantage to binos is the return to simplicity. A lounge chair, a pair of 8x42s, and a glass of wine.
One response, by Erik D, was equally fascinating:
“My smaller 8X32, 7X50 and 10X40 binos have wider FOV but they just don't have the "reach" of my larger 20X80s and 25X100s. I see a much bigger swath of sky with 5-10 deg FOV. Most of that is empty grey sky from my mag 4.5 backyard. Bigger binos show the "star density" I find most sastifying. 12X50 is better, 20X80 hits the "sweet spot".
If you had to say which part of binoviewing was most visually impactful for you, is it the immersive spacewalk feeling of an 8* tfov, or a stereo star density / DSO experience at higher magnifications like 20x80?
Which is just another way of restating the age old 8x42 versus 15x70 question. Is the 10x50 the best or worst of both worlds?
Maybe I should just get a pair of Orion 2x52s and study my constellations .
Assuming you already have a widefield telescope that achieves 4 degree tfov, and Bortle 3-4 skies to support low power widefield spacewalks, where does the most magic lay?
Edited by Escape Pod, 27 September 2021 - 08:02 PM.