First, this post is not a product endorsement. Second, it is also not a product slam. It is just the truthful musings of a newbie astronomer.
As some of you may know, I started back into astronomy this July. After a lot of research I decided to start by using binoculars to do a little star gazing. So out came a pair of old Bushnell 7x35s and I started having fun. Soon I realized the limitations of 7x35, so I ordered a pair of Steiner 10x50s. What an improvement and more fun. Celestron 15x70s later followed and even more enjoyment.
So I bought myself a telescope, a Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ. Great reviews, nice sale price. First night outside I found M42 and made out four stars in the Trap, victory dance. After that, frustrating night after frustrating night and all the reasons that I left astronomy over 15 years ago come flooding back. In my opinion, the included finderscope is almost worthless and finding anything to view is almost shear luck. Again, that is only my opinion and not a slam.
Earlier this fall, on an impulse, I put my name on the backorder list for a Oberwerk 45* 70mm Binocular Telescope. It arrived and I wondered what to do. I was so frustrated with AstroMaster that I figured maybe the Oberwerk's should go back since they were not cheap and I was not sure if I would be doing much more in the way astronomy. I didn't send them back, I just let them sit for a while. Last night I finally took them outside, victory dance extreme. Within 30 minutes, at 47x, I found six DSOs while with the AstroMaster I had only found 1 (M42 again) of the 6 in an hour. The Oberwerk Binos really have saved astronomy for me!!!!
I am sorry for the rambling, but I just felt like sharing my story.
Well boys, we got three engines out, we got more holes in us than a horse trader's mule, the radio is gone and we're leaking fuel and if we was flying any lower why we'd need sleigh bells on this thing...
Canon 10x30mm Image Stabilized, Celestron Cavalry 15x70mm, Oberwerk BT70, Oberwerk 25x100mm Deluxe, and Steiner 10x50mm binoculars
Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ telescope