So nature has given your child a natural interest in astronomy, now it’s time for you to cultivate their curiosity. Aside from investing in one of our astronomical telescopes, here are a few ideas we think your little star gazer might enjoy!
The Right Equipment
Have you ever tried to seriously partake in a little astronomy with ineffective equipment? Without an efficient astronomical telescope, it’s easy to become frustrated. Binoculars are great for spotting areas of interest; however, it’s the telescope’s steadiness that’s crucial to a successful night of star spotting.
The night sky changes throughout the year. Good quality, informative astronomy books don’t cost the earth and make all the difference. Although a large reference book is great when using telescopes at home, be sure to invest in a companion travel-size version for star gazing walks or trips.
The Magic of DVD
Maybe you can’t get out into an area free from light pollution, or perhaps your little one has a cold, or maybe it’s too cloudy? Having some great astronomy DVD’s on hand is a fantastic way to really show what’s possible in the fascinating fields of space exploration.
Thrifty bedroom decoration tips can be a godsend for the parent of a child with niche interests such as nature spotting or star gazing. We absolutely love the idea of arranging glow-in-the-dark stars on your kid’s bedroom ceiling and walls. Perhaps choose a different ceiling/wall segment for each season, and do your best to depict some of the most noticeable constellations from each.
Understanding the plethora of wildlife in our own back yards can be a little difficult, particularly when said beasties primarily show themselves at night. Our collection of night vision devices range from budget-price general observation (the Yukon Patrol 2×4 is lightweight, compact, durable, water resistant and great for both open field and long distance viewing) to professional night vision binoculars such as the Digital NV Ranger Pro 5×42 (boasting the likes of video output, bright exposure resistance, self contained and external power supply).
Here are a few furry neighbours to keep watch for on these long UK nights!
The badger is an incredibly shy animal, mostly living in family groups or packs. Although they’re less active in the colder months, by January/February many females are pregnant, making the daily forage for food more important than ever.
Poor foxes suffered a lot of bad press during 2010. Glimpsing a family of foxes is incredibly rewarding. If you have to time to hide out and with your night vision binoculars on the lookout for a female and some kits – it’s a must!
During colder months, the hungry barn owl will venture out for food during daylight hours. Although dusk and immediately after is generally the best time to spot them.
At least a quarter of the UK’s mammal population is made up of the eighteen species of bat that live and breed in the UK. Check out the Bat Conservation Trust to find local bat watching groups in your area.
This time of year can be tough. The cold mornings, icy ground, biting winds and downpours of sleet and snow can dampen your spirits after a while.
However, there are some days when the sun is shining on the frosty landscape that are a pleasure to behold, particularly if you are lucky enough to get out to the countryside.
Britain is in some ways at its best at this time of year. At points, the rolling hills and spiky forests look tranquil under a bed of frozen water droplets, while at other times rural scenes are dramatic and moody.
So, if you have the chance to spend a few hours out and about on a perfect winter’s day, you should seize the opportunity.
And the experience is bound to be made better if you take a pair of binoculars along with you.
Such devices mean you can study the landscapes in much greater detail.
And not only this, but binoculars also mean you stand a better chance of enjoying a glimpse of the country’s wildlife at this time of year.
For example, you might see a robin in all its fiery splendour engaging in its daily tasks.
So, rather than hiding away from the cold completely until the warmth of spring comes along, you should get out and see Britain in all its wintry glory.
You will be missing out if you fail to do this as there may be a whole side to the country that you remain unaware of.
Using binoculars can be a fantastic way of spending a sunny winter’s day. Whether you take out your bird watching binoculars or any other type of such item, you are bound to be treated to sights that simply do not occur during other times of the year.
However, there are some points you should bear in mind before you grab your binoculars and head for the great outdoors.
For example, you need to wrap up warm against the elements, otherwise your enjoyment of the experience is likely to be limited.
Indeed, if you are not wearing the appropriate attire, you may have to return home prematurely because you are not able to withstand the temperature.
Also, you may find that if you are not using effective gloves, your hands are too shaky for you to make the most of your viewing.
And of course you run the risk of making yourself ill if you expose yourself to the conditions with inadequate protection on, which is surely the last thing you want.
As well as making sure you have a number of layers on, thick socks and good quality walking boots, you should also wear a good hat to prevent too much heat loss through your head.
Meanwhile, taking a thermos flask filled with a hot beverage can also help you stay warm while out and about in the great outdoors.
Additionally, it can be beneficial to take food in order to keep your energy levels up.
So, next time you decide to take your bird watching binoculars or any other type of such devices on a winter expedition, make sure you are prepared for the cold.
When it comes to choosing the perfect pair of binoculars, it can be difficult to know what will suit your needs best.
Some people are inclined to go for the biggest and most expensive objects as they automatically think they will be the best.
In some cases this may be true, however, it is crucial that you assess your specific requirements when opting for one product over the others.
It is true that larger binoculars can be preferable in many circumstances.
For example, binoculars with wider front lenses allow more light to enter and so produce clearer images. In addition, because their field of view is broader, you are less likely to lose sight of what you are focussing on.
This can be beneficial in many circumstances and can enhance your experiences using the objects.
However, in some cases compact versions of the product are more suitable. For example, if you are taking the viewing devices on long walks, you may want smaller and lighter versions.
Such alternatives are much easier to transport and you may be wise to sacrifice some of the visual qualities for these practical benefits.
After all, there is no point in having large binoculars if you will be tempted to leave them in the car or at home when you embark on your adventures simply because you cannot face the prospect of carrying them around.
Indeed, some of the largest pairs may need a tripod in order for you to be able to use them comfortably and this can be particularly unwieldy if you intend your item to be mobile.
When you invest in a pair of binoculars, you no doubt want them to last for as long as possible.
After all, some versions of the items are not cheap and there is no point in wasting your hard-earned cash on a product that only works for a short period of time.
Bearing this in mind, you should assess the durability of the devices in the context of the environment in which you intend to use them.
For example, you may be seeking binoculars that you will simply utilise in your back garden to do a spot of bird watching.
Obviously, such items need not be particularly hard-wearing since they are unlikely to be subjected to harsh weather conditions or other potential hazards.
However, if you wish to use the products for hunting or other outdoor activities, you may want to consider getting waterproof versions.
If you are caught in a rain storm, there may be no choice but for the devices to come into contact with water.
This is also the case of products that are going to be used on boats. In such instances it is not only water from the skies that may cause problems, but also spray from the sea or river on which you are travelling that can affect your binoculars.
If you fail to get waterproof items, you may find the devices fog when they get wet or, even worse, cease to work.
On a more general theme, waterproof products are also less likely to have their lenses damaged by dust or dirt.