There’s no better way of studying the night sky than with a good quality telescope. But telescopes are usually large and bulky instruments that, once assembled in your home and garden, are rarely moved. To study the night sky when you’re travelling or on the move, most telescopes are not suitable. For those who are interested in continuing their astronomy hobby away from the home, a pair of binoculars is the ideal choice. Although you are unlikely to achieve the same image quality as telescopes, there are various benefits that binoculars have.
Binoculars can be much more affordable than telescopes. Generally, a pair of binoculars can cost about half of what a telescope with similar optical quality would cost. Binoculars can be an excellent choice for people starting out in astronomy because they provide an easy to use and affordable way of seeing if you enjoy the hobby.
In astronomy, the best results are usually found in remote locations where there is little disruption from building and street lights. Transporting a telescope to these locations can be very difficult and time consuming. With a pair of binoculars, astronomers can travel to the best locations with ease, moving to different locations as and when they need to.
Telescopes are specifically designed for astronomy. However, binoculars can be used for a variety of applications, like bird watching, animal spotting, or for simply taking in a beautiful view. While telescopes are excellent for astronomers, binoculars can open you up to a variety of different hobbies.
Bird watching is an interesting and relaxing hobby whose popularity has never waned. Going bird watching is an excellent opportunity to acquaint yourself with nature and get some exercise, as well giving you the chance to see some beautiful birds. In order to get the most of your bird watching hobby, you should invest in a good pair of binoculars. Bird watching binoculars will enable you to observe birds in their natural habitat without having to get too close.
When you are shopping for bird watching binoculars, you should always look for ones that have good quality lenses. The lenses are the most important parts of a pair of binoculars. Always try out some binoculars before you buy them, taking them outside if possible. When you look through your binoculars, you should be able to see clearly with no distortions, and colours should be true. They should also have good magnification, so you can observe birds without disturbing them, as well as a large lens to enable you to see as much as possible.
Bird watching binoculars should also feel comfortable when you’re holding them and when they’re against your face. They should dig in around the eyes, and there should be a degree of flex to allow them to mould to your face. When you go bird watching, there’s a good chance that you will be walking many miles. Therefore, your binoculars should also be light enough for you to carry for long periods of time.
These days, there are many binoculars around for you to choose between. As manufacturing techniques and materials have become more sophisticated, the range of offerings available on the market has grown significantly.
Indeed, the devices on offer today are a far cry from their predecessors from generations gone by. Also, many of them are significantly more accessible in terms of their price, which is great news if you are operating on a limited budget.
For example, you can choose specialist bird watching binoculars that are perfectly tailored to this pursuit. Here at Sherwoods, we stock a selection of these products. When you peruse these, you should have in mind certain criteria that you want to fulfil. This will help ensure you select the ideal offerings for you.
Among the variables you will need to consider is the level of magnification. Obviously, the stronger the magnification, the clearer you will be able to see the birds you look at. However, there are certain drawbacks associated with very powerful items. Because birds tend to move, you might struggle to keep track of them given the narrow field of vision such binoculars have. You therefore have to make a trade-off between image detail and ease of use.
Also, you must decide how big your bird watching binoculars ought to be. If you are planning to do a lot of walking with them, you may be best off getting compact versions, whereas if you are planning to indulge in the activity in your own back garden, larger offerings might be suitable.
The United Kingdom is a nation of animal lovers and some of our most passionate and dedicated wildlife enthusiasts are birdwatchers, or twitchers. Bird watching has consistently been popular for generations (at least in the sixty – five years we have been in business at Sherwood’s Photographic!) but has become even more popular and celebrated in recent years, with celebrities such as Bill Oddie emerging as enthusiastic and knowledgeable twitchers and great exposure for the leisure pursuit becoming apparent on TV, in film and on the radio.
The image of the twitcher balancing on a tree limb in an anorak with a pair of binoculars dangling from his neck has become a popular cliché but nowadays all types of people from all walks of life enjoy bird watching and as enthusiasts become more professional in their pursuit, the demand for more sophisticated equipment increases rapidly. Manufacturers of binoculars began to realise that specialist bird watching binoculars were in great demand and Sherwood’s photographic has one of the greatest selection of bird watching binoculars available anywhere.
We stock precision products from prestigious manufacturers such as Opticron, Meopta, Vortex, Nikon, Camlink, Bushnell and Swarovski, amongst many others. For novice and experienced bird watchers, investing in a decent pair of bird watching binoculars is essential, and for a very reasonable outlay, we can provide enthusiasts with binocular sets which provide clear, sharp images which capture all of those magical breathtaking moments of spiritual communion with nature.
For more details of all of our products and their particular specifications, please chat to one of our advisors today on 01527 857 500.
If you love birds, bird watching is a great hobby for you. Taking a long bird watching hike is a good way to spy many different types of birds in one outing. Some of the national parks and trails make good places to look for birds. Here are some tips to help you plan a bird watching hike.
First, make sure to bring your binoculars. Regular binoculars will do, of course, but you can get special bird watching binoculars. You’ll want these both for watching and identifying birds but also for enjoying the scenery. Bird watching binoculars are really the only equipment necessary for this hobby.
You may also want to bring a camera. Of course it’s not necessary, but if you like to make scrap books or journals, you may enjoy keeping a photographic record of all the birds that you see. It’s also good for identifying birds later on if you aren’t able to do so on the spot.
If you’re taking a hike, you should always bring some food and water, and even if the weather is warm when you set out you should also take a jumper or coat in case it gets cold later on.
When hiking in national parks or on mountains, be sure to find out the rules and regulations for that area before you take your hike. Always bring all your rubbish back out with you, and make sure that someone knows where you are so that if you get lost they will be able to alert the authorities when you don’t arrive home on time.
Catching a glimpse of some of the UK’s rarest birds in the sights of our telescopes or bird watching binoculars is what twitchers live for! Many of our bird watching telescopes offer video recording to preserve even the most fleeting sightings of Britain’s fabulous wildlife.
Avocet – Less than 4,000 wintering birds, with fewer than 900 breeding pairs. Mostly found on the east coast of England in estuaries.
Cirl Bunting – Confined to the south west of England, particularly coastal fields and hedges of south Devon. Currently around 860 breeding pairs.
Common Scoter – Although around 50,000 birds winter in the UK, only about 50 breeding pairs have been recorded. Most commonly spotted in their breeding grounds (northern lochs of Scotland) from October to March.
Osprey – Illegal poaching and low breeding numbers have seen the osprey population plummet in the UK. Arriving back from Africa in late March/early April, most of the 150 or so breeding pairs head to Scotland’s freshwater lochs.
Store Curlew – Arriving in late March to breed, around 350 breeding pairs can be found predominantly in Norfolk (Weeting Heath particularly) and around Salisbury Plain.
Also of concern are once common birds such as the skylark (the population has dropped around 47% since 1970) and corn bunting (down 89%) Neither of these birds is considered to be endangered just yet, but unfortunately it may only be a matter of time.
Set your bird watching binoculars to good use by helping the likes of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (R.S.P.B) with annual surveys.
Yes, Christmas time is upon us once more. While you may be in shock that 12 months has elapsed since the last round of festive celebrations, there is no point in entering a state of denial.
Those presents still have to be bought, and the sooner you set about the process, the easier it will be.
Of course, you may be organised and have already purchased most of the gifts you will be handing over.
However, if there are still items left for you to buy, you might want to consider getting binoculars for one or more of your loved ones.
Such items can provide many hours of entertainment and as such are a great offering at this time of year.
If you do follow this path, there are a number of things you should bear in mind.
Obviously, the type of binoculars you decide to get will in part be decided by your budget. After all, there is no point in spending too much money otherwise you may find yourself in financial difficulty when your credit card bills come through in January.
But it is not only cash that should influence your decision. You should also take into account the preferences of the person you are buying for.
For example, if they love getting out and about to experience nature, you might want to get bird watching binoculars for them.
Meanwhile, if they are only young, you should make sure the items are small enough for them to hold.
By putting enough thought into your purchase, whether you end up getting bird watching binoculars or not, you will be sure to select the perfect item.