Hello everyone. I am looking for some binocular advice.
I am going to start by saying something that may be unpopular-I do not like observing with binoculars. For about 2 years I have had a pair of Celestron Cometron 7 x 50 binoculars. I find the views so-so at best. My AstroTech 50 mm finderscope with a 25 mm EP is what I prefer for wide FOV browsing. It is sharper and steadier with a similar FOV (5 degrees with my ancient 25 mm EP).
That being said, is it worth upgrading from a base model to something in the middle? If so, what would that size and model be? If I had something with better performance, I might use it more often. I would not want them to be so large that I need a tripod to use them.
I am trying to complete the binocular Messier program. It has been a very long haul, partly because of my lack of enthusiasm for using the binoculars I own. Would upgrading help?
My only good experience with binoculars was last fall. We had a houseboat on a lake in Arkansas that is surrounded by government land, probably Bortle 3-4. I was laying on my back in a chaise lounge on the 2nd deck and I got some pretty nice views of some southern M objects.
Any advice would be appreciated.