Choosing Kids Binoculars: A Buying Guide
June 30, 2015
Staying involved in a kid's life is tough these days! You've gotta keep up with video games, funnier uncles, and the ever-changing world of internet memes. They won't Rick Roll their eyes at a great pair of binoculars, though - opening up the world of nature in a real way with a pair of kids binoculars is an effective and educational way to bond.
We fell in love with binoculars when we were kids, so we totally get the attraction. When a kid sees a big pair of lenses, they immediately hold them up to see what they can see. Unfortunately, many get turned off because they can't figure out how to focus, hold it steady, or because they try to look at objects that are already too close. A set of kids binoculars specifically designed for young children will aide you in teaching them about the outdoors, how to handle optics, and the responsibility of ownership.
There are no specific sizes or magnifications that are better for kids, so you should choose children's binoculars according to your primary purpose. For birding, hunting, and sports, you'll want a wide field-of-view with lots of light-gathering capacity. For astronomy, you'll want maximum light and average magnification. The key features to look at when buying kids binoculars are construction, comfort, cost, and ease of use.
We've got lots of binoculars geared toward kids that cost around 50 dollars or less. The savings are often derived from optics with fewer perks and housings that don't have the same features as more expensive models. The upshot - kids binoculars don't need to be quite as good because their eyes are so healthy. And though the housings are often cheaper, they are designed to be used by kids - and you know what that means.
Through the Eyes of Babes
With children, binoculars with super-high magnifications aren't necessarily a great choice. Growing arms and preternatural ability to never sit still can make it impossible for them to get a steady view with these binocs. Also, higher magnifications mean a smaller exit pupil, and in lower light, their pupils will easily expand to a greater diameter. This means they'll actually see less through binoculars with high levels of magnification than they do with their bare eyes. You know, kid stuff.