GeoSafari Compass Binoculars
Choose the GeoSafari Compass Binoculars for first-time explorers, ages 5 and up. Features include a magnification and objective lens diameter of 4x33mm, a manageable weight, easy-to-grip and impact-softening rubber housing, a compass set into the hinge connecting the barrels in between the eyepieces, neck strap and a central focus ring. As of 2010, this model was priced at $9.99.
Bushnell Powerview Roof Prisms 8x21mm
Upgrade to Bushnell's Powerview Roof Prism binoculars for children ages 10 and up. This model is designed for all around use, including camping trips and nature viewing as well as public events such as concerts. The roof prism design ensures a less cumbersome viewing experience and reduces the likelihood of dropping the binoculars. Features include a magnification level and objective lens diameter of 8x21mm, a very manageable weight of 7 ounces, an easy-to-grip and shock absorbent rubber housing, and a central focus knob and fold-down eyecups for those who wear glasses. As of 2010, this model was priced at $18.95.
Garrett Gemini 10x50 LW Binocular
Teenagers can begin studying NGC 224, otherwise known as the Andromeda Galaxy, with Garrett Optical's Gemini 10x50 LW Binocular. For budding star enthusiasts, astronomy binoculars are a sound introductory tool as they have fewer parts, and often greater magnification, than entry level telescopes. Though the weight of these porro prism binoculars is a hefty 1 pound, 14.5 ounces, this model is meant to be used with a tripod for steady viewing. Features include a central focus knob and diopter knob for precise focusing, multicoated air to glass surfaces, eye relief to 18mm (ideal for those who wear glasses), bak-4 prisms, a two-year warranty and a 30-day return policy. As of 2010, this model was priced at $79.95.