As mentioned in my intro post, I will soon be the proud owner of an 8" Celestron Starsense DOB (+ some additional equipment like 2x barlow, 7mm eyepiece, standard filters, etc). This setup will mostly stay at home and only travel from my storage area to my garden when skies are clear and vice-versa.
I'm looking for binoculars to complement this setup.
The idea mostly revolves around these 2 scenarios:
- some nights, the sky will not be "good enough" to setup the big guy but using binocs could still be ok.
- when traveling (e.g. vacation), bringing the 8" DOB and its base on top of the small kids + their car seats + tons of luggages will not be the most convenient, while a good set of binocs will most likely be ok to do light startgazing at destination.
I know it might sound crazy to some due to their size, but I've been considering a set of 25x100 and looking at different brands: Celestron, Omegon, and more recently APM. All come with aluminium cases for transport and will require a mount, but it should be no problem to squeeze these items in the trunk of the car when traveling (even less problem using at home).
Question is the following:
- Does the approach of using binocs make sense, or would you take a different one e.g. taking a smaller scope like a 100-130mm newt (in my view not ideal for traveling, but open to hear a different opinion)
- I'm hesitating between a "cheaper" set like the Omegon Nightstar 25x100 or Celestron Skymaster 25x100 and a more premium one like the APM MS40x110 (link here), APM MS 20x100 ED APO (link here) or anything from APM in this category.
I know the latter are extremely expensive, but it's a lifetime + pass down to your kids type of purchase so I guess I'm willing to pay the price.
I'm looking forward to receiving your comments and suggestions. Thank you!