the jimmy wrote in post #13481657
Tim, I've read many of your posts and seen your work, I have a lot of respect for your skills and knowledge, my comment on a 12 x 50mm binos is at that magnification, isn't the 50mm objective a little small?
For exploring around the night sky and or to aid in locating objects 50mm objective lenses is plenty. Like I said, you would be surprised what you can see with a pair of binoculars, even a small pair, provided your skies are dark. Additionally, the moderate aperture and magnification make it easier to stabilize the image when using them hand held.
Larger more powerful binoculars will show you more and are great for binocular astronomy, but then you will also require a mount to stabilize them.
Starting out with a pair of of binoculars with only 50mm aperture or maybe a little larger has many benefits. First it will aid you in learning to navigate the night sky with out the need for extra equipment. Second, it will give you time to determine whether or not amateur astronomy is really something you want to commit to and buy larger binoculars or a telescope. They are more portable and easy to carry around with you. They can be used for anything besides astronomy, such as wildlife observation Lastly, even if you do get a telescope, or huge astronomical binoculars, smaller binoculars are a tool you should have. As previously mentioned they will aid you in locating many objects in the night sky so that you can aim your telescope to them.