Thursday, June 4, 2015

Which binocular for my 8-year-old birder?

Good Evening,
My daughter has recently become a member of Illinois Young Birders and went on her first field trip a few weeks ago.  She was  lucky enough to be able to use the group's Eagle Optics binoculars, and we're interested in purchasing a pair of our own, as my daughter really needs to practice how to use them.  

She struggles with locating the birds with binoculars, so I want to work with her, as I know they are so valuable when birding and will make her experiences so much better.
Can you recommend which type of your line would be best for her?  Again, she's 8 and has a difficult time seeing a bird in the field then locating it with a binocular, as well as focusing.

Thank you!
Christine T.


Hi Christine,
Thanks so much for your inquiry.

For a young person, the most important things to look for in a binocular are low magnification (for wide field of view and ease of steadiness), and a lightweight profile.

The Eagle Optics Kingbird 6.5x32 Binocular fits the bill quite nicely.  Its porro prism design also enables the eyepieces to come closer together for smaller faces. Another must.

We sell many of this model to youth groups and education situations where young people are involved. It’s a great choice—and has an unconditional, lifetime warranty.

Though the Kingbird also comes in an 8.5x magnification, the 6.5x is best for younger people like your daughter, because it has a wider field of view (easier to find birds in the field) and it is easier to hold steady. I wouldn’t do the 8.5 for her age and ability.

If we may be of further assistance, don’t hesitate to call the store at 800-289-1132.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

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