My wife and I inherited a horse back in January as she found out about one that was a former racehorse which hadn't made the grade, and so it was booked in to be shot unless an owner could be found (such a cruel world we live in!). She eventually persuaded me to let her have 'Ponto' as he was free to a good home (little did I know at the time about stables fees, food costs, insurance, vets fees, saddles, rugs, shoes, nets etc etc!!!).
The stable where we keep Ponto has a very large field where he spends most of his time in the summer, and so I decided to buy a cheap pair of binoculars so that whenever we went over to the field we could get a clearer view of him especially when he was at the far end. This stopped us having to disturb him, and allowed us to check he was ok (no cuts, rugs correctly positioned, walking normally etc etc).
After a quick search on Amazon I ordered a set of EDU Science binoculars for just £3:99 (plus £1:75 postage). As you may be able to guess from both the name and the price, these are designed for use by children, but I was not after a super expensive multi magnifying set, as I just simply wanted something that would help us to see to the other end of a large field a little clearer. Also it was my intention to leave the binoculars in the tack room at the stable, which is not overly secure, so cheap was the number 1 priority with this purchase.
The binoculars are quite compact (10cm X 10cm X 4cm), making them easy to carry around and store. They are dark blue, with a black area in the center which houses the adjusting knob to alter the focus. They have a black cord which loops from one side to the other side which is for putting around your neck to support them when they are not in use. They also come with a rubber carry pouch which offers some sort of protection to them, along with a lint-free cloth to keep the lenses clean.
Having used these binoculars for several months now, I'm pleased to report that they do a reasonable job. They don't offer a huge magnification, but they vastly improve our view of Ponto when he is at the far end of the field. Being a former race horse, and only seven years old Ponto is still very full of energy, and so it is great to watch him galloping around the field through these binoculars to get an even better view of his beauty and strength as he
bucks up into the air and rolls about on the grass. They are really simple to use, and the focus knob is nice and sensitive and works well. On a wet day the lenses can get a little bit steamed up after prolonged usage, but they are easily cleaned off using the lint-free cloth. For under £6 (including p&p) they are good little buy, and I'm sure they would be ideal for children to use to help them get a better view of various forms of wildlife and nature.
Two warnings come with this set of binoculars:
1. Do not look directly at the sun through the lenses.
2. Not suitable for children under 3 years old.
Overall these are well worth the money that they cost, and I expect to get many more years of use out of them. Thanks to the lint-free cloth the lenses on my set are still scratch free, which they probably wouldn't be if I had to clear the lenses using my fingers or sleeve.
They are simple to use and easy to store, and are now very popular with several of the other horse owners at the yard.
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My friend has been taking binoculars with him on holiday for a very long time, as he says they are very useful when looking for a good view of a monument or something of the sort.
Last year I listened his advice and bought these rather cool looking pair of binoculars to see if binoculars are essential for trips and holidays. I have to admit taking these binoculars with me changed the experience as you get a much better view of details whether you are looking at buildings or nature.
For £9.99 I was not expecting a very durable product, but I was pleasantly surprised as the shell is very tough and the lenses have been resisting scratches very efficiently with only very minor scratches appearing after 1 years use. (A cleaning cloth is provided to keep the glass in tip-top condition).
At 10cm by 10cm by 4cm and 748 grams they are not bulky at all (a big pro for carrying around or with luggage). They do come with a carrier pouch that fits the binoculars very snugly. However, it is not very durable which kind of show the makers cut corners to keep the price as low as possible. But for £9.99 you cant really complain.
There is a focusing knob in the middle which reacts fairly accurately which allows for easy focusing without putting too much effort.
The quality of zooming/magnifying is not as good as higher priced binocular but if you are looking to use these occasionally for site seeing or use during sporting events then these are convenient. However, if your are a serious bird watcher then I more sophisticated pair will be needed as the cheapness of these binoculars has a toll on the amount of features offered. But then again they were made as a novalty toy not a professional product.
If you've read one of my recent reviews you'll know I've gone on a bit of a spending rampage in an attempt to modernise my science cupboard at school! My latest acquisition is twenty Edu Science 4050 Binoculars which have been really useful across the whole curriculum. I can always remember my dad keeping binoculars in his car's glove box when I was younger and since then I can't actually remember the last time I saw or used any binoculars!
The Edu Science 4050 Binoculars are dark blue in colour with a bit of black on them and really just look like any standard binoculars. They're approximately 10cm by 10cm by 4cm so can easily be held in a child's or an adult's hands. They're lightweight as they weigh just 748g and they're made of thick plastic which means they're quite sturdy in the hands of children. Overall they're quite basic looking, there's nothing overly special about their design.
The features include coated glass lenses and a sensitive focus knob which is easy to use but can take a bit of getting used to especially by heavy handed children. As this is the only actual control on the binoculars that can be adjusted it makes them really easy to use. They also come with a carry pouch which helps to protect the glass lenses when they're being stored and a lint free cloth which is ideal for cleaning the glass lenses easily.
They're priced at just £9.99 a pair which does seem to be fairly cheap - however the lack of features is reflected in the price but for a basic pair of binoculars that focus easily enough they're ideal. Edu Science are a leader in educational science products and they've done a really good job with these - they're ideal for watching birds or wildlife which are the main things we've used them for so far. Basic... but do the job... four stars!
Thanks for reading.