Guide to Optics for Kids

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.

Introduction to Portable Power in the Field

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.

Telescopes to Help You Touch the Stars

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.

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