Pros: Great optics at reasonable price, solid construction, long eye relief for eyeglass-wearers
Cons: 7x50's may be too bulky/heavy for hikers and backpackers
The Orion Scenix 7X50 fits the needs of this beginning astronomer: 1) reasonably priced new at $100 (I bought it as an open-box for $70!); 2) solid build and optics without being too heavy; 3) excellent eye relief.
Some folks may feel a 7X50 setup is suboptimal for astronomy, implying that higher mag binoculars would be better. I disagree completely. The 7X50 provides good magnification for the night sky without using a tripod, as the shakiness with higher mag (even 10X) is noticeably worse. And for those who wear eyeglasses with astigmatism and/or a desire to keep them on while viewing, the Scenix 7X50 provides superb eye relief at 20mm -- the 10X50 version has a less desirable eye relief of 12mm.
Yes, like any good pair of binoculars, the Scenix 7X50 can be used for excellent terrestrial viewing. But for hikers/backpackers, keep in mind that 7x50 binoculars can be bulky and heavy, even though the 1.8lb weight of this Scenix compares favorably to other 7x50's out there.
Overall, the Scenix 7X50 represents a high quality choice for astronomers, especially for a budget-minded beginner.