The Binoculars Advisor
by Michael and Diane Porter
Answers to questions from real people with real questions about how to choose a binocular. The questions are listed at right.
Situation: What is an inexpensive binocular I can get for a child?
1) If child doesn't wear glasses, you might start with one of the Eagle Optics Energy binoculars. These are very small, 8x21 binoculars. They come in silver, blue, green, and yellow. $49.95.
However, the Energy binoculars are not recommended for a person who wears glasses for walking around, as the eye relief is not quite long enough to accommodate the glasses. (Read more about eye relief.)
2) For a better quality binocular for a child who is mature enough to treat a binocular with respect, we suggest the Vortex Raptor.
This is a Porro Prism binocular that is lightweight and has good optics. Unlike most full-sized binoculars, it squeezes down to a pretty narrow distance between the eyes — a minimum distance of 50mm — which will let most kids see through both eyes at the same time.
Copyright 2012 by Michael and Diane Porter.