May 20, 2023

About the Authors

Katie and Gene Hamilton

Bring Binocular News

We’re Gene and Katie Hamilton, the creators of and we’re happy to have you join us. As writers 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.)

While traveling on a boat, binoculars help us see a faraway navigational marker, or find a dock assignment at a marina. In a motor home we keep binocs handy to read road signs and locate a site at an RV park where we can hook up and stay awhile. And by car we use binoculars for everything from reading the fine print on a billboard to finding a motel room number on a poorly lit door.  

Anyone who loves birdwatching – near or far from home – knows how binoculars bring those wonderful creatures in focus and we’re no exception. We use a tripod to help us steady the view especially from a distance. And for stargazing we go a bit over the top with a telescope and astronomy binoculars to help us see the stars and planets.

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 the home improvement channel on AOL. and an early website Housenet.

Later we developed the website DIY or Not from our long-running syndicated column by Tribune Publishing. Some of our home improvement books include Fix It and Flip It (McGraw Hill) and Home Improvement for Dummies© (IDG Books).

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 Assn. of Real Estate Writers.

In 2020 when the Pandemic hit and shut down the world for all of us, we developed Bring Binoculars as our third website. What began as a hobby has grown and evolved as a content site about the many uses, benefits and enjoyment of using binoculars for birding, boating, stargazing and traveling.

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

Katie and Gene Hamilton, St. Michaels MD

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