July 25, 2011 8:35 AM Subscribe
Binoculars. I would like to buy a decent pair of binoculars for a certain someone's upcoming birthday. I don't know much about binoculars, and neither does the recipient. Usage details inside...
posted by sararah to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
We're into general outdoor activities including hiking and canoeing, so accidental bird watching happens on occasion. A pair that is somewhat rugged and can be stuffed into a backpack or get wet in a canoe is a definite plus. Can binoculars be used for star/planet viewing, or do you need two separate pairs for birds/whatever and one for stars? Recipient already has a telescope, but the portability of binoculars is appealing, especially since we regularly go on overnight and multi-day canoe trips.
Budget of <$200, but I'll happily peruse your more expensive recommendations for features that you really enjoy.