This is a common question that we tend to get asked from customers looking to either upgrade their binoculars or just purchase a pair for the first time. Which magnification used to be very clearly defined depending on the use. It was always thought that if you were going birdwatching you would be using an 8x binocular and if using it for sports it would be a 10x, though the magnifications have stayed the same the thinking has changed a lot.
Apart from making a distant object larger you also need to be aware what factors will change from the binoculars being higher or lower in magnification. A higher magnification binocular will generally give a narrow field of view allowing you to see less of the width of the view. As you narrow the field of view down it becomes harder to find your object and also will give a dimmer image if comparing binoculars with the same aperture. Binoculars also magnify any movement that you give to the binoculars by the magnification factor. For instance if your hand shakes or you are in a moving vehicle, that movement will be amplified by 10x if looking through say a pair of 10×42 binoculars.
Today probably our most popular selling magnification is 10x as it gives the best compromise between field of view, magnification and shake. If you feel you haven’t got the steadiest of hands my advice would be to go with an 8x.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of purchasing a pair of binoculars in further detail or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Skywatcher Explorer 150P, 150PL & 200P Astronomical reflecting telescopes have today been lowered in price. The successful range from Skywatcher now represents even better value for money. The new pricing means that larger aperture scopes are even more accessible for people starting off in astronomy.
There has been new pricing implemented on the Acuter pro series of spotting scopes. From today the new prices are £99, £139 & £200 on the Six models available 65mm, 80mm or 100mm objective lens diameter, and Straight or 45° viewing angle. This makes the already popular range even better value for money. Perfect for serious terrestrial observations such as bird-watching. Optical performance is excellent, with all models delivering crisp, bright, sharp, high-resolution images. The objective lenses are multi-coated for maximum light transmission and image contrast. A Zoom eyepiece is included with each model as standard, but other interchangeable fixed magnification eyepieces are available separately. Focusing is ultra-smooth and practically eliminates vibration whilst in use. The tubes are covered with a protective rubberized paint finish to help protect from the elements. All models can be mounted on a standard photographic tripod via a ¼” tripod bush. Supplied with carrying case.
The Promotion currently on Opticron DBA binoculars that we are offering, that allows you to get a free pair of compact DBA’s will soon be coming to an end. All claims must have been made before the 10th July in order to qualify.
Skywatcher are just added another new product to the range of already bulging accessory list. The Skywatcher Lunar / Planetary filter set is the latest addition allowing you to get the best possible view from your telescope. Supplied in 31.7mm fitting the filters simply screw onto the rear of most eyepiece on the market and will improve on contrast and details on the major planets. The colours included and what they give you are as detailed below :
P01 Green Filter(24% transmission): Use on telescopes 8″ aperture and larger to reject blue- and red-toned structures on the surface of Jupiter and thereby increase their contrast relative to lighter parts of the disc. Also use for the enhancement of Saturn’s cloud belts and polar regions. Strongly increases contrast of Mars’ polar ice caps, and increases contrast of atmospheric phenomena on Venus. #12 Yellow (74% transmission): Contrasts strongly with blue-colored features on Jupiter and Saturn, while enhancing red and orange features. Lightens red-orange features on Mars, while reducing or blocking the transmission, and thereby increasing the contrast, of blue-green areas. Useful in increasing the contrast of lunar features in telescopes 6″ aperture and larger.
#25A Red (14% transmission): The #25A filter strongly blocks the transmission of blue and blue-green wavelengths, resulting in very sharply defined contrast between, for example, blue-tinted cloud formations on Jupiter and the lighter-toned features of the disc. Also useful for the delineation of the Martian polar ice caps and maria.
ND 96 Moon Filter(0.9 density; 13% transmission): The neutral density filter transmits light uniformly across the entire visual spectrum. It serves as an excellent filter to reduce glare and irradiation when observing the Moon with any telescope 4″ and larger. The ND96 filter may also be employed in the splitting of close double stars where one of the binary pair significantly exceeds the other in brightness.
The Stealth cam predator was featured on Thursday nights episode of the BBC One show. It was used by IconFilms during the filming of their feature on the Britains most endangered predator, the Scottish wildcat. The Stealth cam predator can be seen in action in both IR mode and Colour mode. To watch the program please follow the link here the feature starts about 23minutes in.
TheCelestron Outland LX 8×32 binoculars have been reviewed in the current BBC Wildlife and were ON TEST WINNER beating the Nikon, Pentax, Opticron, RSPB and Bushnell binoculars to receive a staggering 19/20. Further details and a copy of the review to follow shortly.