Binoculars seem to be getting over looked today now that so many people are using rifle optics instead of iron sights. I guess I’m old enough to remember that the vast majority of friends that owned AR15 or M16 rifles had them without optics. If you go back to many of the 1970 and 1980s TV shows, none of the military or police that used them had optics on them. I’m sure that there was a basis for that in reality. Back in some of the old WWII movies, used see guys toting around with M1 Garands and an Army General with a pair of binoculars scouting the landscape for the enemy, well now that everyone has an ACOG rifle scope, every guy with an M4 can see very well several hundred yards out, still there is a place for having binoculars.
If you are doing taget shooting and still think you would rather have a spotting scope, well then go ahead and get a spotting scope. I can tell you that there have been plenty of times I’ve been to long range gun clubs where frustrated plinkers couldn’t see the holes on targets 200yds away with 60X spotting scopes that cost $700 or more. Well, the reality is on a hot summer afternoon, a mirage is going to obscure your visibility as much as a dark rainy day. Binoculars are being made lighter and lighter and if you get in a good position, you can still use them for seeing great distances even without using a stand. Some of us still like to carry around lever action guns for deer season but it’s sometimes a good idea to carry a pair of binoculars for identifying potential targets beyond what your eyesight allows.