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#1 Brian B.

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Posted 27 July 2004 - 10:16 PM

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with kids and binocculars....

I am trying to get my 7 year old daughter interested in astronomy. I am getting a pair of Orion Ultra-view 10x50s, but I am sure those will be too much for a 7 year old to handle. Does anyone have any expereince with what a kid of that age can handle? 8x42? Any recommendations?

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Posted 28 July 2004 - 01:25 AM

I started my lad with a (lightweight) Greenkat 10x50 when he was 8. (Ten years later, he still has them.) The trick is in how to hold them -- see my http://astunit.com/faq/binhold.htm Obviously, I cannot tell objectively how well he was able to keep them steady, but he was able to follow star-hops that I taught him and, more to the point, having made an independent discovery of M34 :) , he devised a star-hop for me to follow so that he could show me what he had found. This suggests that they were at least sufficiently steady to be useful.

#3 KennyJ

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Posted 28 July 2004 - 01:38 AM

Swift Ultralite , 8 x 42 is not only a decent bino , but is adjustable for narrower eyes than most , if not all other models of that size , which is probably about the best size for the situation.

As the model name suggests , this is a very light weighted glass , which will also be appreciated by a child.

The good thing is , it is not a very expensive model.

Good luck , Kenny.

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Posted 28 July 2004 - 01:02 PM

My 12 year old is quite content with his Barska 10x50s, and his 8 year old cousin seems fine with them too. Though both tire of holding them before long, a tripod is a must if theyre interest holds.

The Meade 10x50s ive spoke about on here will not adjust narrow enough for their eyes....something to consider for kids. The Barkas adjust just fine.

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Posted 30 July 2004 - 03:27 PM

Swift Ultralite , 8 x 42 is not only a decent bino , but is adjustable for narrower eyes than most , if not all other models of that size , which is probably about the best size for the situation.

As the model name suggests , this is a very light weighted glass , which will also be appreciated by a child.

The good thing is , it is not a very expensive model.

Good luck , Kenny.


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#6 Brian B.

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Posted 30 July 2004 - 04:12 PM

Thank you all for the information! I just made my binoccular purchases based on what I have read in this forum. I ordered the Swift Ultralite 8x42 as suggested (from astronomics, on sale for $179), for the daughter, wife, and general purpose use. And, after realizing that my under-utilized video tripod (Bogen 3020/3130 head)is recommended for binoccular use, I also ordered a pair of Oberwerk 15x70s to mount on it! ($149 from BigBinoculars.com, but on back-order. I hope for not long!) Based on the posts around the binoccular forum, this should be a pretty good binoccular setup?

Thanks again!

Brian B.

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Posted 30 July 2004 - 04:53 PM

You love the 15x70's for sure.

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 04:06 PM

Brian,

I'm very optimistic that you'll enjoy BOTH pair.

I think you chose well -- congratulations.

Clear skies , Kenny.


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