Date: 7/31/20 2:16 pm From: Tyler Wilson <tyler.h.wilson...> Subject: [obol] Binoculars for Kids - Summary
Thanks for all of the great advice on kids binocs! Here’s a brief summary of your suggestions:
Here’s an article <https://www.optics4birding.com/chkids.aspx> from Optics4Birding that sums up the suite of considerations nicely. Basically, the perfect early elementary binoc should be:
- low magnification (8 or less)
- wide field of vision (to compensate for shaky hands and hand-eye coordination issues)
- durable (waterproof a plus!)
- look like real adult binocs (kids will respect them more)
I guess quality of optics is not as important for this age group. If I was teaching 5th grade, I might consider investing in some more expensive binocs. At that age, kids can handle adult-style binocs more readily (albeit in compact form for smaller students).
I might order one of each and test em out with some of my students first.
In terms of acquisition, I plan on applying for grants to pay for binocs. Also: if any of you have old binocs that you aren’t using any more that fit some or all of these criteria, I would definitely take donations!