You’ve asked a question and whereas I will attempt to help though I’m not sure if it will be the kind of help you were looking for.
First off, I would s advise that before you want to go and splash money out on any particular product consider very strongly just exactly what it is
you wish to achieve.
Do you want to watch the sky?
Do you want to take good photos?
Are pictures of UFO’s the only reason you’re willing to look into the subject?
And do you have any real experience with either of the first two?
Remember there are a variety of tools for the job and with the optics game you really do get what you pay for so, you should consider how much you are
willing to gamble ‘cash wise’ if the only thing you can answer yes to is question 3.
Sky-watching is a science, photography is an art and UFO’s are luck.
Unfortunately you will probably find that luck really doesn’t count for a hell of a lot. (though I may be wrong, you could just turn out to be the
luckiest guy in the world
If you are interested in sky-watching there are an enormous number of ways to get into the habit. And yes, despite what people might believe
binoculars are a good starter.
But… Binoculars are not cameras.
Those digital-camera binoc’s you are looking at are hybrid devices. They’re binoculars with a camera stuck in the middle.
The optics you might be looking though may well be reasonable to a degree but don’t think that the camera is doing the same.
In a lot of cases the camera component has exactly the same lens sitting in front of its sensor as the average point ’n’ shoot holiday
If you went out and bought a good pair of binoculars would you want to glue a cheap camera to the top of them?
In short… if you want binoculars, buy binoculars. For the price you are looking at with the compromised hybrids you could pick up an excellent set
of ‘real’ glass because with binoculars it’s what you see that counts, not what you capture.
Now… that said with Binoc’s there are a few things you will want to consider.
1. Their nature is fixed. You want a 10x, you get at 10x.. It’s not going to grow just because you want it to. You spend a little bit more and get a
variable 10 to 22 magnification set. Still, that’s it. A max of 22x. Will you be happy with its limits or will it frustrate you? If you think it
would frustrate you consider what you will have to do to make the frustration go away.. Either quit your hobby or.. that’s right, buy a bigger
2. Zoom… Bigger zoom means bigger glass. More glass means more weight so yes, large zooms means a shaky image. That’s why high zoom binoc’s and
high zoom cameras spend their lives living on tripods. If you want a high zoom capable set using actual lenses instead of computer trickery without
having to use a tripod you should resign yourself to a fate of spending half of your life in a gym. (like digital zooms – which are awful by the
way, avoid them like the plague). They are all front heavy since that’s where the main glass lives…. Just to give you an idea. Roll up a bit of
newspaper and make sure the resultant tube is at least 14 inches long. Now tape 1 or 2 kilos to the end of it and see how steady you can hold the
thing to your eyes. As an example the meade 9x astro binocs weigh 1.4kg and it doesn’t get any lighter as you get bigger.
That’s is.. real glass, no compromises and if you want big use a tripod.
If you want to grow your sky-watching and you find it addictive enough you can always move up to something slightly heftier like an 8 inch telescope,
most of those things are even light enough to carry!