Christopher Witt

Christopher Witt

An outdoor enthusiast, hiker, and camper with more than 20 years of experience looking through telescopes, spotting scopes, binoculars, monoculars, riflescopes, and other optics of all sizes and shapes, Christopher Witt has managed to fill his garage with enough big boy toys to make his friends jealous and his wife crazy. When he’s not down at the beach watching the sailboats on the bay or staying up well past his bedtime surveying the night sky, he’s falling down click-holes on the Internet, researching his next telescope and binocular purchase—or obsessing about a new crazy conspiracy theory.

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Now that the March of the Planets is winding down, I’d bet you’re wondering what astronomical wonders await us in the back half of the year. Well, wonder no more! The Perseid Meteor Shower is coming, and it’s the biggest shower of the year, hitting its peak on the night...
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Built to the exacting standards of its founder, optics pioneer Al Nagler, which have come to define the brand, Tele Vue’s line of apochromatic doublet refractor telescopes are designed for the discerning amateur astronomer who requires a fast and highly portable optical tube that does not sacrifice performance. While Tele Vue has made its reputation designing...
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I was recently given the opportunity to take a pair of Canon image stabilized binoculars out for a test drive—and I was allowed to choose the model I wanted out of the nine Canon offers (click here to see the sizes). Since I was heading out onto a sailboat with three...
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Right out of the box, I can tell there’s something… different about these binoculars. Even through the plastic bag in which they’re wrapped for shipping, I can feel the soft armoring and the raised finger ridges that speak to how comfortable they will be to hold. When I pick them up for the first time, there’s a disquieting dissonance in my brain as it tells me that a binocular with large 56mm...
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These days just about everything we use needs batteries, and while they’ve become indispensable to us in our technological age, very few of us understand how they work, or what the difference between lithium-ion, alkaline, and nickel-metal-hydride is—let alone amp-hours or volts. With this in mind, we’ve put together a quick tutorial to help you understand this ubiquitous tool and why it’s...
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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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The Ares line of binoculars from Athlon gives users the performance discerning users require, at an exceptional value. The series comes in four models:...
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Vortex Optics has taken its venerable Viper HD binocular line and re-tooled three of the most popular models for improved performance in key categories. The 10x42 model gets upgraded with a wider field of view and longer eye relief. The...
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The astronomical phenomena of a planet moving into opposition isn’t unique—but what is unique is when three planets are in opposition in quick succession. This spring, the three bright outer planets—Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars—will be at opposition during a span of just 79 days. Images courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Cornell Jupiter’s opposition occurred first, on May 8, in the...
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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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Enjoy fast glassing on the go, with Levenhuk’s Wise Monoculars. The three offerings provide you with an array of magnifications and objective lens size to satisfy most needs and preferences. The small and compact...
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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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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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Building on the success of its predecessor, Leica has introduced refinements and improvements across the board to produce its new Rangemaster CRF 2700-B laser rangefinder. Up top is a longer metering range that reaches out to 2,700 yards, thanks, in part, to a narrower beam divergence,...
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