Binoculars are an accessory that will enhance any viewpoint.
Views are the main reason for and focus of any lookout point. The viewing angle can vary considerably depending on the location, orientation, and its penetration into the landscape. The ideal situation is the option to have 360° views, in a dominant position (on the landscape) that is as close as possible. In any case, the design of the viewpoint should aim to achieve that goal and there are several possible ways of doing so:
- A protruding balcony and terrace can help improve the viewing angle and place the viewer further “inside” the landscape
- In some places, elevated platforms are used to achieve a similar effect (this is the case at the Mirador del Fito in Asturias)
- In order to achieve a wider viewing angle, it is usually advisable to distance the viewpoint from other buildings in order to view the landscape at the forefront.
- Interpretation tables and any signs also make it easier to view the most important points on the landscape.
- Finally, we can opt to install “viewpoint binoculars” whose purpose is to bring the landscape closer to the observer.
There are different types of viewpoint binoculars:
- Free to use (installed in interpretation centres and public viewpoints)
- Coin-operated (generally installed in private establishments or those run by private companies)
- Binocular type (binocular vision) and telescope type (monocular vision) head
- With access for the disabled in wheelchairs.
- Variations of the same models but with different magnifying powers...
Use of viewpoint binoculars:
Binoculars are features that enhance a viewpoint and are greatly appreciated by visitors (especially children).
They tend to be vandal-proof in order to avoid damage from improper use as well as weather resistant.
These stand-alone devices are usually easy to install by anchoring them to a firm base and do not require any additional installation.
They are also a distinctive product in their own right. They are much appreciated in restaurants and terraces with views, with the free to use type being most appealing to and valued by customers.
They are often accompanied by an interpretation table or an orientation map of the most interesting places to see.
It is important to note that viewpoint binoculars are not devices that are designed for stargazing and are not generally used at astronomical viewpoints.