The Celestion 15x70s combined with the 'Amazon Choice' tripod totals under $100 USD. With solid focus, clear image, and a really fantastic field of view these are probably better than a telescope for most nightime skywatchings (very easy to aim) and they are great for urban uses as well. The soft caps are barely adequate, but you get a bag, cloth and adapter and strap. Try viewing a full moon through these and not be impressed.Durability and how the optics fare over time will have to be determined as these are big and heavy and are probably more fragile than they 'feel'. Recommended.