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linghetade

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Re: Why are binoculars so important if you already have a telescope?
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2018, 02:34:19 PM »
Ever try to take a telescope on an airliner when the main purposes of your trip isn't astronomy? Also, ever try to keep a telescope in the desk drawer at the office? My first binocs, some Celestron 7x50s, live in my desk now. They're also superior to the cheapo 6x30 finders most scopes come with for finding DSOs in light polluted skies.

Looks like everybody else nailed the big points.

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Re: Why are binoculars so important if you already have a telescope?
« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2018, 07:52:53 AM »
I agree with corax.,,I'm fussy about the fit of binos.,,I have an old sears 7x35 that fit me nice.,I've gone to LLBean and they have a nice selection.,ya get to touchy feely.,I have 10x50's but they are a little heavy for me to hold still.,(Bushnell fast focus $25).,I'll stick with the Sears..,O+O

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Re: Why are binoculars so important if you already have a telescope?
« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2018, 09:56:26 AM »
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Thanks so much for everyone's help here!
I picked up the Celestron 15X70's that aeajr has (I have a good tripod, so I figured I would use this as my defacto telescope until the Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian is back in stock. 
I understand these are unwieldy (as be aeajr's post) so I am also going to pick up a smaller more portable pair.  Maybe 10X50s?
Thanks so much again!
It's too bad that there aren't many brick-and-morter stores with good binocular selections anymore. It's really nice to handle them and feel the weight and balance before buying. It's like that wand scene in Harry Potter: the  binoculars choose the viewer!
I was surprised that some of the camping, sporting stores  like Gander MT. And Dicks have a decent selection and they offer free no obligation shipping to the store. Better than nothing. You are correct that nothing beats holding a set to feel how the eyes line up and how the grip feels. I learned Im kinda old school and didn't like the roofs, saved me from ordering some.