Are you looking for some fun Christmas gifts? Perhaps you want something a little more unusual? Why not give someone on your list a telescope, a pair of binoculars, or a camera?
The great thing about giving practical yet fun gifts like these is that you not only give someone an unusual and exciting gift, but it’s something that they can enjoy all year round. It also encourages people to get outside and enjoy nature. This is ideal for children who spend too much time indoors, or elderly people who want to get more exercise.
For binoculars, we have a great selection of bird watching ones, and marine ones. Buying someone a pair of binoculars is a great way to encourage a new hobby. You could also include some bird guides or other nature books, or a nature calendar in your gift.
A telescope makes a great gift for anyone who loves nature, or even for a student who is studying science. Check out our Telescopes Basics guide to choose the right scope for the person on your gift list.
Night vision optics are another great gift for nature lovers. A lot of wildlife is only active at night time, so giving hikers and nature enthusiasts a pair of night vision optics is an ideal way to encourage them in their interests, and to give them a gift they will truly enjoy.
We also carry a range of cameras, gifts and gadgets, board games, portable radios, and many other items that would make great Christmas gifts.
Novembers copy or the BBC Sky at night magazine sees a group test of 8×40 binoculars. Charged with looking for a pair of versatile 8×40 binoculars that gave quick easy views of the nights sky. Each of the binoculars was judged on the adjustment, focusing, optics and build quality. The Opticron Aspheric 8×40 binocular was deemed as best all rounder offering better overall quality of workmanship, lower amount of ghosting and slightly crisper field of view. All of these helped to push the Opticron into the winning position. Paul Money from BBC Sky at Night Group test said that when wanting to observe the sky between gaps in the cloud it was the Opticron pair that was reached for every time and they were the overall winners this month. Novembers BBC Sky at Night magazine containing the group test in full can be purchased from all good newsagents.
We currently have a price of £67.00 on the Aspheric Binoculars making them even better value for money.
Binoculars are simply two telescopes strapped together, one for each eye. Whilst this limits them in some areas such as range, it allows the viewer to effectively judge distance. This is because to be able to judge distance, a person needs both eyes to view the object, which traditional astronomical telescopes do not do. Socially, binoculars are used mainly for bird watching, and they are the perfect tool to help you to do this. They are generally light weight, and easy to use.
Binoculars work on the principle of a reflector telescope. This means that instead of a traditional straight lens, binoculars have mirrors inside them which help to gather light. This all adds up for quality of image when viewing through the binocular.
With technology taking a presence in all fields of life, new high-tech binocular technology has changed the way that hand-held binoculars work. Some binoculars can now offer image stabilisation, allowing the viewer to view a desired moving target with extra confidence. This image stabilisation generally works by having gyroscopes mounted within the binoculars to stable the inevitable shaky movements. However, some disadvantages also come with this technology. Mainly, this regards the quality of image. The quality of image from a binocular fastened to a tripod will not be as good as expected. Also, these high tech binoculars tend to be more expensive, and heavier.
New technologies are revolutionising the way binoculars function. With this new technology generally comes expense, but it is well worth it. Modern binoculars can come with an array of specification, with extras such as Anti-Fog viewing.
Anyone that’s looked out into their garden at night could well be surprised by what they see. It’s an entirely different landscape complete with different wildlife, and with the right conditions you could experience a whole new world in your very own back garden. The only problem with that is it can often be difficult to see what’s out there – put on any lights and you’ll instantly scare away any nocturnal animals that could be about – which is why night vision could be the perfect solution.
This technology has come into its own in recent years, and new developments combined with a reduction in price means that everyone can now reap the benefits. There are small devices or binoculars that are perfect for home use – they can simply be kept in the conservatory for when the mood arises or for when you can spot something particularly intriguing – or you can go for more advanced options if you want to keep a closer eye on things. Whatever you choose you’ll find a wealth of wildlife-spotting opportunities when the twilight hours hit, and if you’ve got binoculars ready and waiting you won’t have to miss a thing.
We know that there’s nothing better than seeing your garden come alive at night, which is why we’ve got an extensive selection of night vision devices to ensure there’s something for everyone. We can even advise on the best products for your particular needs and budget and we’re confident you’ll find something to suit, so get in touch today and you’ll soon be seeing your garden in a whole new light.
For those folks who just can’t resist the urge to throw on a backpack and explore the great outdoors, lightweight kit is essential. You need devices and equipment that both perform and don’t weigh you down!
We offer a brilliant range of compact binoculars designed specifically with portability and easy use in mind. The leading brands we carry on our roster – Nikon, Olympus etc – all offer great models that excel in use, durability and portability. Our recommendation of the day is Nikon’s Sprint IV 8×21 binoculars; perfectly designed for easy usability and extreme adventure!
Some folks struggle to find a practical use for night vision optical devices, but when you’re looking for a lost hiker or trying to spot something on the dark slopes of Snowdon, you need high performance, lightweight night vision optics that deliver high quality images. Lightweight (620g) single lens models like the Cobra Nemesis offer high performance at low cost via hardy design (rubber armouring) and cutting edge technology.
The Celestron Astromaster range features several lightweight and compact telescope designs (between 8.16-10.69g) ideal for the intrepid stargazer. The entire Astromaster series is designed for multi-purpose celestial and land viewing, making the budget price models in the collection a good investment for those looking to a) meet their adventurous viewing needs, and b) not spend so much on a device that they’re too worried to use it out in the mud and wind of Mother Nature!
Although we tend to associate binoculars with those who enjoy bird watching, there is a growing trend amongst ornithologists to use telescopes as these pieces of equipment give higher magnification and add an extra element to the experience.
The telescope you choose will depend on several factors, with the budget you have available perhaps being the most important. The next thing to consider is the size and weight of the telescope? If this is something you are concerned about then you will need to look closely at the options available.
If carrying heavy equipment is going to be difficult for whatever reason, you can find lighter telescopes which will allow you to see birds close up without injuring yourself in the process! If you prefer to stay with bird watching binoculars rather than a telescope you will find a great range here on the Sherwoods Photographic website, as well as telescopes and other equipment which will enhance your bird watching experience.
After you have bought your binoculars or telescope, taking care of them is relatively easy as long as you remember a few basic rules. If you have been using them in rainy conditions, make sure you always wipe them dry before putting them back in the case. If you think moisture has got inside the binoculars or telescopes, leave them in a warm place to dry.
Finally, when it comes to cleaning the lenses, use a blow brush to clear away any sand or salt which can scratch the glass before wiping them with a soft cloth.
Like many people, you might find your daily life to be somewhat hectic. Indeed, you may often feel as though there are simply too few hours in the day to get all your tasks completed. The responsibilities of professional and domestic life can be demanding and leave you with little if any time to yourself.
For this reason, you might struggle to hit the shops when you are seeking items such as binoculars. In the past, this might have presented a real problem and prevented you from making the most of such objects, whether you were seeking bird watching binoculars or any other version of the offerings.
Missing out on opportunities to observe wildlife and look at the great scenery around is a great shame.
However, there is now as easy way to get your hands on fantastic binoculars and that is to head to the web. For example, by coming here to Sherwoods, you can take your pick from a wide variety of products at great value prices.
And the best thing is, all you need to take advantage of such opportunities is a few spare minutes and an internet connection. Once you have made your choice and filled out the payment details, the offerings will be dispatched and brought to your doorstep. We even offer next day delivery free of charge.
So, if you haven’t been able to get bird watching binoculars and other such things because of your hectic schedule, you have come to the right place.