I've always wanted a telescope, but I know it simply won't get used after the first month. Period.
My kids (8yo) are really into the idea of the planets, the Moon, and general space right now, so it's ignited the concept of getting said scope... except for I simply don't have a place to store it, nor a need for long term. I looked long and hard at the Funscope (a 3" reflector), but "everyone" says because it's a reflex design with a not-fancy mirror, it just has poor resolution and does good for "deep sky viewing" or something like that.
The problem is that the "everyone" in question are astronomy nerds who have thousands or more in their gear, so there's simply no way a cheap scope can keep up.
So, if I buy binocs with a tripod adapter, I presume I can lock them down onto a standard camera mount? Do they use the smaller 1/4" screws or the 3/8" screws? Are tripod mounts for binocs generic or specific to vendor? I've got an older ash Berlebach tripod from my view camera days that has an integral ballhead (I think they call it a "levelling mount") with the 3/8" screws. Being able to lock down a set of binocs on a target, focus it, and then let my goober kids at it might work out, but if I let them try and freehand locate something tiny they'll be staring at a star and telling me it's Uranus.