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It’s hard to imagine a more useful tool than a flashlight. We’re pretty much helpless if we can’t see what we’re doing—and it’s often during those times when we can’t see, such as a power outage or car trouble on a dark road, that we have important things to do. So, whether it’s peering behind the stove in search of a dropped serving spoon or navigating the impacts of a major storm, a flashlight...
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Despite their popularity, the way binoculars work, what makes one better (or different) than another, and what all the numbers mean, are still rather mysterious to many prospective buyers. Read on and find out all you need to know about the ubiquitous binocular before making your choice so you can be sure you’re choosing the right one for whatever you’re planning on viewing. The Basics Simply...
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Humans’ fascination with the stars is as old as our ability to think and ask questions. For millennia we, as a species, were limited to observing the heavens with just our eyes. Of course, back then we were able to see more because light pollution didn’t exist, but making detailed observations was impossible. The invention of the microscope led to the development of the telescope, which allowed...
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At the turn of the 20th Century, the only people who wore lamps on their heads were miners. Those early headlamps burned acetylene gas, until Thomas Edison invented an electric model, in 1914. Miners still wear headlamps today, as do dentists, doctors, electricians, plumbers, and many other professionals. The technology has evolved from gas flame to incandescent bulb to LED, but the principle is...
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It feels good to know you’re going the right way—especially if it doesn’t involve unfolding and re-folding a map or, heaven forbid, asking for directions. Auto makers and tech companies have catered for decades to our desire for accurate, hassle-free navigation aids, and today it’s hard to imagine a smartphone or recent-model car that doesn’t offer turn-by-turn GPS. But modern stand-alone GPS...
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Before I started writing for B&H, I wrote and produced promos, trailers, and launch campaigns for a variety of paranormal investigative TV shows for a network that primarily airs Sci-Fi programming. In that role, I've spent literally weeks of my life watching those shows and, as a consequence, became fairly familiar with the gear that they all seemed to use—and it turns out that their kits...
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If you have an interest in astronomy, chances are that you’ve heard of the upcoming North America Eclipse, in August 2017. And if you have a conventional telescope, you know the problem is these telescopes are all made for nighttime use so, to use them for solar and solar eclipse viewing, you need special filters to protect your instrument and (more importantly) your eyes. Luckily, we here at B...
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A great deal of mystery and misconception surround the topic of observing the sun and solar eclipses, and while you should absolutely not look directly at the sun without proper protection, we here at B&H have got you covered on how to enjoy viewing the sun and, later this year, the solar eclipse. Read on to see what’s available for you, if you’re interested in investing in a dedicated solar...
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If there were ever an event that the entire family should enjoy together, it is the rare majesty of a total solar eclipse. Solar eclipses are not entirely rare events, but it has been almost 100 years since the last total eclipse transited North America from coast to coast,...
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Typically, discussions centered around introducing people to stargazing focus on children and adolescents, but I think that is too limiting. The reality is that there are as many and varied people who are interested in, and excited about, learning astronomy but are either confused about where to start or are unaware of the progress technology and manufacturing processes have made in recent years...
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On August 21, 2017, North America will be treated to the First of a Lifetime event—a complete solar eclipse. It will track from coast to coast and 10 states will be in its path (for details, see the B&H Explora article I co-wrote with my colleague, Todd Vorenkamp, Mark Your...
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Whether we wear them when trekking to school, work, camp, or the summit of the mountain, backpacks are a long-standing staple of supply and gear transportation. The ability to carry your belongings on your shoulders and back, with the weight of the burden evenly distributed, provides...
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This might come as a surprise to many of you, but B&H Photo Video Pro Audio sells a lot more than just what’s in our name. You probably know about the computers, home and portable entertainment devices, surveillance, maybe even all the telescopes and binoculars we stock… but did you know we have a large (and growing) catalog of...
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Whether you’re displaced by an emergency or natural disaster or enjoying outdoor recreation, there’s no higher priority than potable water. You simply can’t live without it for very long. The same gear used by hikers, backpackers, off-road cyclists, and other adventurers could become essential in the event of an emergency. Here’s a look at some gear for transporting and filtering water,...
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Ask 10 outdoors enthusiasts, guides, first responders, or emergency managers what they consider their most essential piece of gear, and you’re liable to get 10 different answers. Outdoorsy types have developed a vast array of gadgets and devices to make life in the outdoors safer and easier, and each one has a claim to “essential” status. A good flashlight or headlamp will be at the top of some...
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