Hi, Any keen stargazers out there? I would like some tips for buying good a pair of binoculars.
1. Should I go for Celestron, Nipon, Strathspey..? or some other better known expensive brands? I don't want to spend more than couple of hundred.
2. Should I go for which maginification / size - 15x70 or 20x80 or 25x100? btw I noticed Amazon warehouse has some returns at slightly cheaper price - is it worth trying? (or returned items are likely to be having technical issues)
Interestingly I noticed 25x100 bins are all looking like they are made in the very same factory [in china :) ] - Strathspey, Celestron, Sutter, Revelation..last one being cheapest at about 176 quids.
I am facinated with the idea of 25x100 having the wow factor but one thing which puts me off is that they are pretty much only for stargazing or odd use, not very useful to carry this giant around much.
Will it make sense to get a smaller, premium brand, that can work for astronomy and can also be carried around with ease, and being premium, likely to be be more robust? Any help with ideas will be appreciated. Many thanks in advance!