Monday, December 10, 2012

First Binocular for Young Daughter

Hi there,
I'm thinking about getting my 5-year-old daughter her first pair of binoculars, and thinking about the Triumph 10x25 due to their lightweight, rugged, compact design.

 I'm a little nervous about the smaller field of view - I want to make sure she doesn't get discouraged by not being able to see the bird, etc. because the field of view is relatively small compared to full-size binos.

Any thoughts? Recommendations?



Hi E,
Thanks for your inquiry. I think you are right to be concerned about the narrow field of view as a result of the 10x power. For kids to have a good experience with binoculars, I would recommend something that is first and foremost easy to use.

I have two daughters myself, both used the 6.5x32 Vortex  Raptor.  It sells for more than the Triumph compacts though it benefits from a brighter image, wider field of view, sharper image, and higher quality construction.

With a single center hinge rather than a dual hinge like the compact Triumphs have, it will also be easier for a child to line up each barrel with her eyes.

 If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to email or call.

-Eagle Optics


  1. The Leupold Yosemite 6x30 and 8x30 and similar models by Kowa and other brandings are known for the narrow lower limit of their IPD range, which can make them a safe bet to fit younger faces with closer eye-spacing than grown-ups. These are Porros, not roofs, and sell in the $100 ballpark.

  2. I absolutely agree with the above posts. Having worked for years on a whale watching boat on Cape Cod, I have seen the downside of well intentioned gifts of high power optics, especially at sea. A 10x glass, especially a compact model, is very difficult to hold steady, especially for a younger or inexperienced user. As an avid birder and optics nut, I so wanted to see people get the right optics in hand that we dedicated two blog posts to choosing the right binocular for whale watching. You will see in the end that at 6x or 7x will bring so much more enjoyment and satisfaction to your budding naturalist than a 10x. We invite you to read on at:


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