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Say you hear that tonight is going to be a perfect night to observe a certain comet. A comet you won't be able to see this clearly for the next 1000 years or so. If you do run out to a field to watch you probably will have tons of viewing options during the night. In this case lightweight, high-powered binoculars would work better than a telescope. Mainly because of the set up factor. Lightweight means you can hold it in your hand and walk from space to space with little issue. Using a telescope means you would have to lug around a tripod and keep setting it up. Though, if you do go with the high power binoculars look for ones that have an image stabilizer to eliminate shaky visuals.