The Heron 8x30 was created especially to offer anyone with smaller hands (and that includes children from about age 10) a good pair of binoculars that is easy to manoeuvre. The Porro prisms ensure a clear image, because they have so few reflection surfaces (4 to be exact), so that virtually no light is lost due to reflections and more light comes out through the binoculars (higher light transmission). The Heron is waterproof and filled with dry nitrogen gas to prevent the optics in the binoculars from getting fogged up. The hand position of the Heron is very good and the large focus wheel is easy to reach and has a good grip, so that focussing while wearing gloves is no problem. The close-up distance of 3 metres is great for observing butterflies, wood mice, snakes, large spiders, etc. close-up, without having to hold them in your hand. The Heron has a built-in tripod connection.