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UPDATE JULY 8, 2024 Enjoyed a visit to Luray Caverns in Virginia recently and here’s our story Explore the Unknown Underground in Luray Caverns.

UPDATE JUNE 29, 2024 Here’s a link to our story about Shenandoah National Park mentioned below.

UPDATE JUNE 17, 2024 Just returned from visiting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Weather was ideal and no crowds made it a nice getaway. The days were clear so scenery was outstanding. Used our little monocular instead of binoculars and enoyed its pocket-size convenience. A few time we stuck it on a monopod to steady the view. Here’s a link to a story about comparing a spotting scope with monoculars for bird watching

UPDATE MAY 11, 2024 Just posted news you can use if you have travel plans for coastal North Carolina. We’re fans of the NC Ferry System and want to suggest using this no/low cost car ferry service. Riding a boat ferry beats driving busy roads and we use the ferries whenever we can. Here’s the story

UPDATE April 10, 2024 We were among a lively crowd in Jamestown PA at the Gatehouse Winery on Monday, April 8. People enjoyed the lovely rural setting under ideal blue skies to see the total eclipse. Gene set up our jumbo binocs with solar filters and we welcomed others to take a look when they weren’t mesmerized by the movement of the moon concealing and then revealing the sun. The sky darkened and the temperature seemed to drop as we were all transfixed by the eclipse.

UPDATE March 28, 2024 We just returned from a nice visit to the Florida Panhandle and here’s our story:

Gene and Katie

We’re Gene and Katie Hamilton, the creators of and we’re happy to have you join us. As a writer and photographer, we’ve been using binoculars for as long as we can remember. We are members of Outdoor Writers Assn. of America and authors of Coastal Cruising Under Power (McGraw Hill) and Practical Boating Skills (Hearst Marine Books.)

In 2020 when the Pandemic hit and shut down the world for us, we developed BringBinoculars as our third website. What began as a hobby has grown and evolved as a content site about our firsthand experiences using binoculars for birding, boating, stargazing and traveling. We also feature advice from experts and manufacturers to keep up with the changing designs and features that make binoculars so useful.

Here are some of the ways we use binoculars:

  • Focus on a bird on a nature trail
  • Find a special star in a dark sky
  • Read road signs in a motor home
  • See the fine print on a billboard
  • Find a motel room number on a poorly lit door
  • Read the marking on a navigational marker cruising a boat

A bit of history

We’ve been writing on the Internet for many years, first about home improvements beginning with HouseNet, a bulletin board system (BBS) which morphed into an early website and the home improvement channel on AOL.

Later we developed DIY or Not based on our long-running syndicated column by Tribune Publishing.

Some of our home improvement books include Fix It and Flip It (McGraw Hill) and a series of Home Improvement for Dummies© (For Dummies).

Over the years we’ve been honored as award winning writers and authors for our books and magazine articles by Boating Writers International and the NAREE, the Assn. of Real Estate Editors.

Thanks for visiting us here at Drop us a line if you have any questions about binoculars. And we’d love to hear how you use binoculars.

We’d like to hear from you, so please share your stories, suggestions and ideas with us at

Gene and Katie Hamilton, St. Michaels MD