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We’re all familiar with basic handheld flashlights and how they generally work: switch for on/off and maybe different brightness levels. But their convenience is often their greatest drawback; they’re handheld—meaning that if you need more than one hand, you’re pretty much out of luck (unless you want to hold one in your mouth. Yuck). But there’s good news! We’re living in a future benefiting...
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Whether you’re heading out on the open waters (like we did here), or hiking through the Adirondacks (like...
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You've been studying star charts for weeks. You’ve read “Tips for Buying a Telescope,” picked out, and purchased your first telescope. You can hardly contain your enthusiasm while setting up your new scope. Finally, the moment arrives—you take your...
4 months ago
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Regardless of your occupation or location, the things in your everyday carry (EDC) kit will often be essential to get you through the day. I have several pseudo-EDC kits in my life. I have a kit in the car, one on the boat, one in my bike pannier and, when on foot, a few items that make me feel unbalanced in their absence. Most EDC kits comprise what some consider essential gear, but if you are...
5 months ago
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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...
6 months ago
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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...
10 months ago
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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...
11 months ago
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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...
1 year ago
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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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