by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 12/01/2022
It is time to view the stars with a friend or loved one who has their eye on a brand new telescope to bring the heavens closer to home. But, when you log into the B&H Photo website, the sheer number of telescopes—not to mention their different configurations, dizzying specifications, and wildly different prices—leaves you with more questions than answers. In this guide, we will attempt to boil things down to a few
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 05/10/2022
Now that we've discussed the advantages of using binoculars for stargazing, as well as an in-depth discussion about night sky targets, in Part 1, and then discussed characteristics of binoculars in Part 2, it is time to finish this three-part series by discussing what pair of binoculars you may want to outfit yourself with for soaking up the beauty of the heavens—and, it might be that a pair of binoculars you already own fits the bill! Price and
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 05/10/2022
In Part 1 of this three-part series, we discussed the advantages of using binoculars for astronomical viewing of the night sky and we talked about the different types of targets you can enjoy on clear, dark nights. At the conclusion of each section, I mentioned “binocular magnification considerations.” Here, we will get into that subject, as well as other characteristics of binoculars that make them better, or worse, for studying the stars. Then, in
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 05/10/2022
The night sky is filled with wonders—so many that we humans build multi-billion-dollar telescopes to study them. The good news is that a lot of these wonders are available to all of us as we stargaze in our own backyards, and the easiest, fastest, and most convenient way to start exploring these is with a pair of binoculars. Even better, you don’t need to get your hands on an expensive pair of dedicated astronomical binoculars
0 Plays ·Posted 11/17/2021
Our guest on this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast is physician and astrophotographer Robert Gendler. The distinguished assignments, numerous international accolades, and his five published books are an indication of the significance of the work of this self-described amateur. His mosaic of the Andromeda Galaxy has been used to create 3D IMAX films and is
by Stan Moniz ·Posted 09/13/2020
Being a photographer and a filmmaker, I've gravitated heavily toward the art form of time-lapse photography. It's the perfect blend of photography and videography, the best of both worlds. Because I mix this art form up with my undying love for capturing the night sky, I’m incredibly passionate about this process and sharing it with others. Time-lapse photography is capturing consecutive photographs over a long period of time and then playing them back quickly in a series so that slow action appears to happen faster. Examples include clouds
by Jill Waterman ·Posted 06/21/2020
Columbus, Ohio-based photographer Aaron Sheldon was riding the bus with his young son Harrison when he had an epiphany. “What was a normal everyday event for me had him completely transfixed,” he writes. “I realized that my son is an explorer, and that the world I take for granted, to him, is an amazing place filled with new sites and experiences.” Later that week, the two were discussing bravery during a visit to the doctor’s office when young Harrison provided further inspiration. “What about astronauts, Dad?” he asked. “Are they brave
by Jill Waterman ·Posted 03/05/2020
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan has an elite status among groundbreaking American women. In January 1978, she was selected by NASA as part of the first astronaut class to include females. "All six of us in that first batch of women felt a self-imposed pressure," Sullivan says in a 2017 interview for the multimedia project TIME Firsts. "One of us would be the first to fly, another would be the first to do a spacewalk—which only a small group of the Astronaut Corps gets to do. We knew our performance would have a big influence on the prospects of the women
0 Plays ·Posted 01/15/2020
Imagine the privilege of being present at the creation of one of the “wonders of the world,” and then imagine being asked to document the magnitude—and the details—of that creation. Our guest on today’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast has just that privilege and that responsibility and, as he puts it, this telescope may “change the way we understand our universe.” Chris Gunn has been a NASA contract photographer for almost
by Christopher Witt ·Posted 11/27/2019
The recent Transit of Mercury was a pretty big deal for a lot of reasons. I won’t go into too much detail about the actual event (we covered that pretty well already, on the B&H in Space page) but I’m talking about our coverage of the event. B&H partnered with Meade Instruments and the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to do a morning of community
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 08/07/2019
A few times over the past year, I have met people who, when they had a youngster express interest in astronomy, rushed out to B&H Photo to purchase the family a telescope. In a few of these anecdotes, the telescope saw limited initial use and then it was simply incorporated into the home’s décor—gathering dust in a corner. It became obvious to me that what the family could have benefited from more would have been a
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 07/10/2019
Prepare yourself for the ultimate adventure through time and space, from the comfort of a reclining seat inside a domed theater. Planetarium shows never fail to deliver awe and wonder to people of all ages and backgrounds. At the center of many planetarium theaters is a projector. While a lot of these awe-inspiring shows are now digital, there are few machines in the world that are as beautiful, quirky, complex, and awe-inspiring as the optical-mechanical planetarium (OM) projector. The OM planetarium has all the motorized intricacies and
3,483 Views ·Posted 03/29/2019
In this installment of our night photography series, Gabe Biderman, from National Parks at Night, teaches us how to capture star trails effectively. Good technique is critical to photographing star trails, as is having a stable tripod and the proper settings, so be sure to listen to Biderman’s excellent tips. Read more about night photography here. For more on everything photography, make sure to stop by
855 Views ·Posted 03/14/2019
In this video, photographer Gabriel Biderman shares his picks for best cameras for night photography. Biderman stresses that most new cameras have specs that make them capable of taking high-quality photos, so much of your decision will come down to application and personal preference. From the Canon EOS R, with its large viewfinder, to the
540 Views ·Posted 02/05/2019
Learn how to take incredible photos of the Milky Way, with Matthew Saville of SLR Lounge. Saville is a nightscape photographer and has a great deal of experience creating stunning images. He shares tips that will help during planning, shooting, and editing to make sure you can produce the best images possible. If you’re eager to learn more, explore some of our other videos, at They’re just a couple of clicks away.