Christopher Witt

Christopher Witt

Witt likes all things nerdy and geeky and techy… and when he’s not observing the stars, exercising, traveling, or camping, he can be found deep in the Internet falling down click-holes as he researches more stars to look at, new ways to get his sweat on, places to check off his bucket list, or more camping gear that his wife will try (unsuccessfully) to dissuade him from buying.

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Swarovski Optik adds to its growing family of CL-series binoculars with the 8x and 10x25 CL Pocket Mountain models. Built to the same exacting standards and with the same features as the other pocket iterations, the Mountains stand apart with their sleek two-tone black and green armoring...
2 weeks ago
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Striking a sensitive balance between compact and full-sized binoculars, Leica’s latest addition to the Trinovid HD family, the new 8x32 and 10x32 models enjoy the performance of the latter and the easy portability of the former—without compromise. Engineered with the technology that we...
1 month ago
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Ideal for fast glassing on the go, Hawke Optics designed its line of 25mm objective Vantage binoculars in an assortment of colors and magnifications to meet just about any observation need. Available in 8x, 10x, and 12x, in either green or gray, they all share the same...
2 months ago
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As preparations for the upcoming North American Solar Eclipse gain momentum, Meade Instruments now offers a broad line of white-light solar and eclipse-viewing optics called the EclipseView series. Consisting of a variety of devices, this new batch of products is designed to give users a wide range of options for...
2 months ago
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Whether you’re off the grid camping or the grid is down during a storm, GOAL ZERO’s latest line of solar panels and portable power stations help to keep the lights on and your devices charged, by harnessing the power of the sun. The Boulder and...
2 months ago
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When it comes to Earth’s relationship to the sun, a great deal of mystery and misconception abound in our little spot in the solar system. In advance of the upcoming North American Eclipse, happening on August 21, 2017, I’m here to demystify and debunk the fiction and present the facts to get you on solid footing and, hopefully, spark some interest in getting out there and looking up at the sky...
3 months ago
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The scientific community in general, and astronomy in particular, is all abuzz these days as the hype builds for the upcoming North American Eclipse, happening on August 21. Between my position here at B&H and my personal interest in astronomy, I’ve been talking about this event for almost a year to my friends and colleagues, and I’ve found that people have a lot of questions about solar...
3 months 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...
3 months ago
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New offerings from Minox give users the choice of low-light performance or portability with the introduction of its massive 52mm BL HD and compact...
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The newly updated 2017 editions of Zeiss Optics' perennial favorites, the Terra ED binoculars, feature a redesigned ergonomic chassis that makes holding them more comfortable than earlier iterations, especially during long glassing sessions. Offered in 8x and 10x magnifications, with either 32mm or 42mm...
5 months ago
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Meade Instruments’ StarNavigator line of telescopes has, for years, been a boon to amateur astronomers, providing GoTo functionality at a modest price. These computer-controlled optics eliminate complex and time-consuming setup, allowing the user to find an object quickly and easily and start observing right...
6 months ago
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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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Binoculars use a series of lenses, elements, and prisms to produce a magnified view of distant people, places, or things. Using two parallel optical tubes allows you to observe with both eyes open, which is more comfortable and natural than using a spotting scope or telescope—which requires you to keep one eye closed. Additionally, having both eyes open maintains your depth of field and provides...
6 months ago
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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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