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Hi, newbie here! I’m hoping to get some advice on some star-gazing binoculars. I’ve read through the forum and I’ve decided to stay away from zoom bino’s because I’m just starting out, and I will eventually look into telescopes and whatnot if I wish to see the skies in more detail! So I’ve pretty much settled on something between 8 x 42 and 10 x 50. Please let me know the best ones in this range!!! I’ve read some reviews on the Helios Lightquest HR 10x50’s so any advice on those would be great too! I’m open to suggestions but what I’m really hoping to get is a sturdy pair of first binoculars that I can keep around for the long run, and hopefully drag around on many adventures. I’m willing to invest in a tripod as well for focused gazing, although I plant to keep them around my neck for a while so I can get used to them! I’m also unsure of how to find a great lightweight tripod so any links would be great! Love the forum so far and I’m excited to start observing the skies! Happy Stargazing, thehappypleiades
I’ve often read 10x50’s are the ideal binocular size providing a good balance of weight, aperture & magnification. I’ve had my 10x50’s for a long time now and they’ve given me some great views. However I’d often craved for a wider fov whilst scanning constellations, just a little bit extra to put the view into more context, so I recently bought some Victory 8x42’s with a 7.8° Fov. I’ve now used them a handful of times & I’m really enjoying them. For such a relatively small difference in fov they provide a surprisingly different experience. I can’t quite see as many DSO’s, but I can still see the likes of M13, M15 & M38 (but not M36, so far anyway), or maybe the other way around. My light pollution made DSO’s quite difficult to see in my 10x50’s anyway, so I’ve come to enjoy the star clusters and patterns across the sky with binoculars. With this in mind I can now see nearly all of Lyra, and more of some of the fainter constellations that are not visible to me naked eye, but with a good magnification and optical quality. It is much easier for example to pick out Delphinus and Equuleus and to hop between star groups whilst maintaining my bearings. M15 is easy to pinpoint as I can just triangulate from Enif & Delta Equ. Something new the other evening was the Circlet just South of Pegasus and whole head of Draco. I also had some stars visible in the same field as the full moon, I don’t remember this with the 10x50’s. Although I haven’t had them long, I think 8x42’s are going to be much better for me than 10x50’s.