bird watching with a telescope?
The people at DH's job are giving him a present for many years of service (there won't be any bonuses this year) and one of the options is a Bushnell variable power compact binocular, power from 7X to 15X. Another option is a 150X150 mm Bushnell refractor telescope with tripod.
We are not especially interested, really, in the Milky Way. Sure, it's beautiful on a frosty winter night. But we're much more interested in seeing and identifying birds from far away. Do you think the telescope is useful for that? Or should we just go for the binocs?