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.
Are you enamoured by the night sky? If you’re spending a lot of time star gazing lately, you may want to invest in a good telescope. It can make viewing stars and planets so much more exciting. It’s also a great way to spend a date with someone else who loves nature, or enjoy family time with the kids.
Here at Sherwoods Photographic we offer a range of choices in high quality astronomical telescopes for amateur astronomy. We have three different basic types of telescopes, which are: Refractor, the Reflector & the catadioptric.
If you don’t know a lot about telescopes, and you aren’t sure how to choose the type you want, we suggest that you read through our page on Telescope Basics. This link will show after you click on the Astronomical Scopes tab on our main web page.
If you’re looking for a good, high quality starter telescope, the Celestron NexStar 4 SE is an excellent choice. This scope has a lot of great features including software that allows you to operate it via your home PC. It’s easy to set up, and ideal for beginners.
The NexStar 4 also features a steel tripod with built-in wedge, internal flip mirror, GPS complete with optional CN16 GPS Accessory, custom database listing all the most famous deep-sky objects, autoguider port for long exposure astrophotography, and much more.
This is just one example of the many great telescopes we carry. To read more about this model, or to view other scopes, visit the main web page. If you need assistance ordering or choosing your scope, feel free to get in touch.
Do you have a bird watcher on your Christmas list this year? Sherwoods Photogrpahic can help you find some ideal gifts for bird watchers of all ages. We have wonderful, high quality bird watching binoculars and other products that make great Christmas gifts.
For those just starting out in the hobby of bird watching, a fairly basic set ofbinoculars might be an idea gift. You could put it along side a bird identification book and a sketch book or notepad to get them started on their new hobby.
If you need help choosing the right pair of binoculars, whether for someone on your gift list or for yourself, check out our guide to choosing the correct pair of binoculars.
For the more experienced bird watcher, you might be better off with something more advanced, such as bird watching scopes. The Camlink CSP50 is a great, affordable first bird watching scope that’s still high in quality.
This scope offers fully multi-coated 50 mm object lens, a zoom eyepiece, is rubber armoured and rain and fog proof. It comes with a table to tripod device, window clamp, and carry case.
Another option for a bird watching scope is the Camlink CSP80. This scope has an oversized 80 mm object lens and a rotating collar. It also has all the same advantages of the CSP50.
To place an order, or for further product information, feel free to ring us on: 01527-857500. We’d be happy to assist you in choosing the right gift.
There are many dos and don’ts when considering bird watching binoculars. These are important things to know if you are a keen bird watcher, and should help bird watchers of any level of experience excel.
1) The power, or magnification, of you bird watching binoculars optimally should be at least 7. 7 power binoculars are considered the lowest requirement to capture a good image of bird. However, do not be tempted to oversee this and opt for a 10 power for instance. With greater magnification comes less stability, so there is the constant balance of magnification vs. image quality.
2) Weight. Weight is important when considering bird watching binoculars. At the end of the day, you are going to be carrying your binoculars with you on your walks, and something uncomfortable is not suitable. Also make sure that the binoculars come with adjustable straps, as you do not want to have them bouncing off your stomach whilst your walk.
1) Pocket sized binoculars. These compact binoculars are good in their own right, but definitely should not be picked as a main bird watching binocular. They do not offer quality or stability, or even often the magnification that larger binoculars do. This will impact on your viewing in a detrimental way.
2) Do not purchase binoculars until you have fully tested them out. It can be tempting to see an item on sale with a seemingly good spec range on paper, but unless you have tested them out, you will never fully know how well they will function. After all, bird watching binoculars should be comfortable, and this is very hard to test in the environment of a shop.
Bird watching is becoming an ever more popular past time of the British nation. With a huge and electric range of species, the UK really can offer some amazing sights for keen bird watchers. Also, with Britain being a very costal area, birds are abundant here, and with the different landscapes of Britain’s coastline comes different types of bird. Finding the right bird watching binoculars can be a challenge, but they are essential for capturing these amazing animals.
Our first top tip for bird watching is finding a good pair of bird watching binoculars. You can opt for traditional and reliable binoculars, or you can indulge in some high tech, and find binoculars with accessories such as image stabilisation and anti-fog mechanisms. Whatever you choose however, you should feel comfortable whilst using them, and make sure that they are a good weight for you.
It is also imperative to study a good field guide. After all, there is no point in having a brilliant pair of bird watching binoculars if you don’t know where the birds are! You should attempt to familiarise yourself with different species of birds. Birds are classified into families, so it can also be beneficial to study the nature of these families, and their specific habitats. After you can differentiate between families, it is a good idea to start looking at sub-groups, and then onto more specific types of bird.
Learning bird calls can also be useful for anyone wanting to bird watch. This makes it easier to locate a bird just by hearing it –rather than attempting to view it. Using all of your senses is key to spotting a good bird.
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.
When many people ponder about night vision goggles, the images of spy films usually come to mind. With many things in spy films being completely hocus pocus, many people also believe that night vision is one of these myths. But really, they actually work! With the proper equipment, you really can see people up to 200 yards away on a cloudy dark night. Night vision technology generally follows concepts of two trends. These two trends are thermal imaging, and image enhancement.
Thermal Imaging simply works by capturing the upper portion on an infrared spectrum. What this means is that heat is omitted and turned into light when viewing into the night vision goggle. Therefore, you can see where heat is, and where heat is not. This makes our warm human bodies stand out from cold trees. Thermal imaging is great for nocturnal animal lovers. This technology allows the viewer to see nocturnal animals in their natural habitat, which when considering the dark nights, is a rarity.
Image enhancement works in a very different way that thermal imagery. It basically works by collecting tiny fragments of light and digitally enhancing and amplifying them. Light is captured into an image enhancing telescope with the traditional objective lens. However, as with a normal telescope where the light would travel untreated, an image enhancing telescope intensifies the light with electrical power. Simply put, light that normally would not be perceived by our naked human eye is amplified, allowing us to see in extremely low-light situations.