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Before I reveal my deep love for the Leica APO-Televid 77 spotting scope, I wish to tell you all that I am not easily enamored with every item that B&H Photo sells, adorned with the famous “Red Dot” of Leica. That addiction afflicts my father (and many others), but not I. I do own two Leica...
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Spoiler: It’s REALLY BRIGHT! I wait at a stop light and feel my truck rock side to side as it’s buffeted by a gust of wind coming off the water of Oyster Bay Harbor. Glancing down at my dash, I read the temperature display: 33° F. Without the wind chill. I stare at it and question my intelligence. When I get to the Center Island Causeway on the shore of the Long Island Sound I know that, with...
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Since its introduction at the dawn of the 21st century, the Ultravid HD-Plus family of binoculars has been Leica’s flagship line, to the adoration of fans around the world. This year the company is taking the precision engineering and optical quality that are the hallmarks of the...
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Winter is here and we all need to dress appropriately while we’re outside—whether we’re working or playing. Dressing right is important for any number of reasons—from just being comfortable on a chilly windy day all the way to avoiding debilitating frostbite (which, according to the Mayo...
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Bringing the accuracy of pinpoint distance measurement with a range of up to 2,800 yards, the new Leica Rangemaster CRF 2800.COM is the first compact Leica laser rangefinder capable of a Bluetooth connection to your mobile device equipped with the new Leica Hunting App. The wireless...
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Waning Crescent. Waxing Gibbous. Blue Moon. Supermoon. Whether you watch the local weather and the meteorologist rattles off what phase the moon is in on that specific day, or some special type of full moon happens to catch on during a slow news cycle, there are a lot of terms to describe the moon. And that makes sense, considering how long mankind has been looking at it (forever) and how much we...
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With the upcoming total lunar eclipse poised to be the “Big Thing” for 2019 (visible throughout North America), we here at B&H’s Space Headquarters were planning on putting together a tour of the moon as a primer for those readers who may not know that much about our closest neighbor in the solar system… but then we realized that NASA is pretty awesome at stuff like that and had already put...
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Hey, Earthlings! There will be a total lunar eclipse coming our way, beginning on Sunday, January 20 2019, and lasting into the 21st! Here are some facts you need to know. Who is involved? You! Your friends and family! The Sun, Moon, and Earth! What is it? An awesome, total lunar eclipse....
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I am certain that I am not the only Earthling who is in love with the moon, but it was my grandmother who called it "Todd's Moon" after one of the first words I ever spoke was, simply, "moon." Ever since those early days, I have spent a lot of time looking at the moon, thinking about the moon, reading about the moon, and...
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Remnants left over from the earliest formation of our solar system, comets are thought to originate from the theoretical Oort Cloud. Located far out beyond even the farthest planet, it is thought to contain as many as 2 trillion objects, each of which has the potential to become a long-period comet. These objects are often referred to as “dirty snowballs” because they are mostly made of rock and...
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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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From personal experience, whenever I try to describe to someone who’s never seen what the rings of Saturn look like through a telescope or how a sunspot moves and changes shape as it transits the chromosphere over the course of weekend, there is definitely something lost in the telling. Wouldn’t it be great if even a novice astronomer with just some basic gear and knowledge could capture their...
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When I started hearing the buzz in the astronomy community about how Comet 46P/Wirtanen was coming in hot through our Solar System, my ears proverbially perked up. A quick Google search revealed that this is a truly historic apparition and one that justly deserves the buzz. (The term “apparition,” in astronomy, refers to the appearance or time when a comet, especially a periodic one, is visible...
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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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With the fall season upon us and bird migration going full throttle, bird-watchers and their best friends—their binoculars—are out in force. I took this opportunity to try two new pairs from Olympus, the...
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