When I was first contemplating building a binocular telescope, I thought it would be a good idea to first see if binocular viewing was really something that suited me. Although I already owned a 8×56 and a 12×80, these were of questionable quality. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a 28×110 of superior quality for an introductory price. It has individual focus, big wide angle eyepieces and can be fitted with filters. The optics are excellent and the views (especially of the milky way) are spectacular.
One thing hadn’t thought about when I was buying it, was the weight of the thing. Holding a big binocular weighing 7 kg steady requires weightlifting capability and is near impossible. So I build a parallelogram mount.