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.

Latest Articles

2 weeks ago
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...
3 weeks ago
We’re spoiled these days—there’s no denying it. With so many of us outfitted with dedicated driving GPS units in our cars and smartphones in our pockets, getting lost is a fleeting occurrence that is, at worst, a minor annoyance. The trouble with relying on all that technology is that in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, cell towers may not work and you might not be able to recharge...
1 month ago
If your first thought when you hear the word “Sig” is “firearms,” it’s time to start thinking differently. Sig Sauer’s Zulu binoculars have some surprising construction and design details that will make any of them a staple in your...
2 months ago
When I was in high school, going to the beach was easy. My friends and I would grab a towel and a Frisbee, jump on our bikes and ride a mile to Theodore Roosevelt Park, in Oyster Bay. In college, we’d pile into someone’s car and drive to Jones Beach or Robert Moses State Park. Since we’re older and we’re all married, and many of us have kids, going to the beach is decidedly more complicated. Now...
2 months ago
With the days getting longer and the sun shining brighter, families tend to spend more time soaking up rays, exploring roads less travelled, taking in outdoor concerts or games, or sightseeing. As an Optics writer for B&H, I’m frequently asked for binocular recommendations from friends and family - and random people at restaurants once or twice - so I’m here to share some of my favorite binos...
6 months ago
Unless you’re exceptionally light sensitive, you probably regard sunglasses as an accessory to your outfit or a convenience that you can live without if you forget them when you leave the house. The truth is that sunglasses are an important piece of protective gear that every person should wear. Recent studies have...
7 months ago
Some people are content to leave technology behind (or at least turned off and stowed away unless there’s a dire emergency) while others need battery-powered devices to keep their kids quiet and maintain contact with Civilization because of work or other obligations. Others simply like to go glamping and just get away for a bit without sacrificing all the things that make our modern world awesome...
7 months ago
In the comments for one of my other binocular articles, a reader pointed out that I had neglected to suggest binoculars for children. In response, we’re publishing this piece that is devoted strictly to kids, and will deal with the different types of optics we offer here at B&H: binoculars, spotting scopes, and...
8 months ago
The vast open expanse of our country has inarguably bred a culture that craves the open road. From our first expansion west over the Appalachians, to breaking out across the plains and prairies, then the final push over the Rockies, we yearn for the wind in our faces that harks back to galloping on a trusted steed over a boundless sea of grass. That’s our culture—our heritage—and our mythology....
8 months ago
When you’re ready to take your astrophotography to new dimensions, you’re likely going to need optical tubes and mounts specifically designed for what you want to accomplish. While other brands, such as Celestron, are household names in the industry, there is a lesser-known brand that specializes in purpose-built gear for astronomers and imagers who require precision equipment: Sky-Watcher....
8 months ago
I went to my first NFL game when I was about 14 years old—and I went with a group of fairly affluent people who were also raging superfans. We drove to the game in a purpose-bought touring van with a custom interior, complete with a team-matched color scheme, a refrigerator, card table with six swiveling captain’s chairs, a hot plate, and microwave.  As a naïve kid who wasn’t that much into...
10 months ago
Having light, literally, at our fingertips in the modern world has made it so ubiquitous that when preparing and packing for a camping trip, it’s often one the most-often overlooked things. Typically, most camping newbies grab that plastic convenience-store flashlight that lives in the kitchen junk drawer. And the batteries haven’t been changed since that last big storm when the power went out...
10 months ago
Binoculars use a series of lenses, elements, and prisms to magnify a view 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 when compared to using a spotting scope or telescope—which requires you to have one eye closed. Additionally, having both eyes open maintains...
10 months ago
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...
11 months ago
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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