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Seeing Through Darkness with Armasight Night Vision Devices

Night Vision is not just for military and law enforcement personnel. A wide range of commercially available night vision devices (NVDs) means that nature enthusiasts, homeowners, and tech heads won’t be left in the dark when they need to see through the night.

 

Sony DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular

Sony has recently announced the DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular, a binocular-camera hybrid capable of recording 3D video in Full HD, capturing 20.4MP stills and outputting native-resolution images via its micro-HDMI port.

Intro to Night-Vision Videography

This video discusses night-vision videography and takes a look at two cameras, Sony’s HXR-NX70U and HDR-PJ760V, both of which have built-in infrared modes. You’ll learn the basics of working with infrared light and how to improve your night-vision videos with special, infrared light kits, like the Sima SL-100IR and the Litepanels MiniPlus IR.

Compact Binoculars

Woe to those who haven’t been awed by the impact of peering through a good binocular. And double-woe to those who aren’t aware of the fact a good—make that a terrific binocular—need not set you back a king’s ransom.

Nikon EDG VR 85 Fieldscopes: Straight and Angled

In the world of birders, hunters and target shooters, spotting scopes have long been the tools of choice whether one is trying to determine if the Sulawesi Red-Knobbed Hornbill you spotted is a male or female—without spooking it—or as a means of avoiding gunshot wounds while eyeballing the accuracy of the holes you just punched through your target.

Sony’s new DEV-5 and DEV-3 Binoculars Capture 3D HD Video and Stills

Picture this if you will: you’re on an expedition funded by the National Geographic Society to confirm recent sightings of the supposedly extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker along the Choctawhatchee River in Florida’s panhandle.

Hands-On Review: Swarovski Optik CL Companion Binoculars

Swarovski Optik has just announced two new CL Companion binoculars, a 10x model and an 8x model. Designed for crisp imagery in a lightweight and highly portable package, the CL Companion binoculars easily find the mark.

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A Guide for the Well-Equipped Birdwatcher

Enough about Angry Birds already!  Real birds don’t strap themselves into slingshots, as any birdwatcher, a.k.a. birder, will tell you. They know because they observe the chirpy critters in the wild or in urban parks. They spy on flocks through binoculars. They snap pictures; they take notes. High-tech birders can think of better uses for their mobile screens than playing games.

Digiscoping with Swarovski's ATM-80 HD

If you shoot stills or video with optics 500mm and longer you already know the pluses and minuses of taking pictures with narrow angle-of-view (AOV) optics. They range from the 'wow' factor to the 'this thing is far too heavy to schlep around all day' factor.

Choosing Telescope Eyepieces

You won’t see very far with your telescope without an eyepiece through which to gaze. Eyepieces for telescopes come in many different designs to fit many different budgets. They are made with a variety of specs, which include apparent field of view, eye relief (measured in millimeters) and focal length.

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