In the comments for one of my other binocular articles, a reader pointed out that I had neglected to suggest binoculars for children. In response, we’re publishing this piece that is devoted strictly to kids, and will deal with the different types of optics we offer here at B&H: binoculars, spotting scopes, and microscopes. Buying for children presents a complicated set of contradictory ideas.
Some people are content to leave technology behind (or at least turned off and stowed away unless there’s a dire emergency) while others need battery-powered devices to keep their kids quiet and maintain contact with Civilization because of work or other obligations. Others simply like to go glamping and just get away for a bit without sacrificing all the things that make our modern world awesome—like cat videos and YouTube comments.
When you’re ready to take your astrophotography to new dimensions, you’re likely going to need optical tubes and mounts specifically designed for what you want to accomplish. While other brands, such as Celestron, are household names in the industry, there is a lesser-known brand that specializes in purpose-built gear for astronomers and imagers who require precision equipment: Sky-Watcher.
Making pictures by night is a curious practice. While specialists of this subject embrace it as a deep-seated passion and have a never-ending quest for technical and creative advancement, those more familiar with daytime photography are often unaware that tried and true photography rules often need to be adapted or even overlooked at night. With this in mind, consider the following tips the next time you venture out in the darkness, to help you to adapt.
Pursue your passion for exploration and adventure, and help family and friends do the same, with gear designed for all outdoor activities. Every fan of fresh air will appreciate a gift from B&H’s inventory of quality equipment, encompassing versatile, reliable tools for photography, nature observation, camping, and more.
For astronomers, the cold, clear nights of winter present the ideal conditions for stargazing. The dry atmosphere doesn't cause the distortion that humid summer air does. Winter constellations, like Orion and Cassiopeia, are easily identifiable for beginners. Seasonal meteor showers offer awe-inspiring sights. And pre-dawn and dusk skies illuminate dozens of satellites streaking across the horizon.
It would be best if people willingly turned off and put away their personal electronic devices when they got into a car, but most folks routinely ride in vehicles with their handheld gadgets in hand, hurriedly multitasking as they barrel down the highway. Thankfully, there are numerous accessories available at B&H that succeed in getting these devices out of people’s hands.
Looking for a quick gift idea to give to a photography, video or pro-audio fanatic? Check out this no-nonsense list of fifty gifts that each costs less than fifty dollars. There's even stuff in here that grandparents and grandkids will appreciate.