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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17 hours 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...
17 hours ago
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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...
1 week 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...
2 weeks ago
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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...
2 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...
3 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...
3 months ago
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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...
3 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...
3 months ago
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Even for the most seasoned and experienced astronomer, the question of the Sun and how to properly view it is as confusing as it is baffling. B&H is increasing its solar viewing offerings, so we’re here to give you a primer on what there is to see when looking at the Sun, and some of the tools you’ll need to view it safely and properly. First, let me start by stating that you should NEVER...
3 months ago
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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...
3 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...
4 months ago
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I hate to be the one to say it, but winter is just about here and now’s the time to get ready for it. It feels like I just wrote my beach gear article, but here it is… the end of November and I’m wearing boots and sweaters to work. But winter shouldn’t be a depressing time—sure, the days are shorter and colder, but we have holidays and snow days and skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, and...
4 months ago
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This might come as a surprise to many of you, but B&H Photo Video Pro Audio sells a lot more than just what’s in our name. You probably know about the computers, home and portable entertainment devices, surveillance, maybe even all the telescopes and binoculars we stock… but did you know we have a large (and growing) catalog of...
5 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...
6 months ago
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Celestron’s Astro Fi line of telescopes represents the next step in computer control and user interface by discarding the familiar tethered hand-controller and instead...

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