Night vision products open up a whole new world by allowing hunters, wildlife observers, game spotters and those carrying out any type of surveillance work to operate around the clock. Binoculars with a nocturnal operational capacity allow the observation of animals such as bats and foxes, which are not usually spotted in daylight, as well as the sometimes strange and exciting behaviours of other animals that reserve their most secret behaviours for the midnight hour.
Of course, for hunters, night vision products such as binoculars and scopes allow for an extra layer of camouflage and challenge as they pit their stealth and skills against the highly developed senses of animals that, unlike humans, are almost as comfortable in the dark as in daylight. Even if hunting is not to your taste, spotting game such as deer, which are naturally sensitive and difficult to observe at close hand, during the night time, is a unique and privileged experience.
Don’t forget that as well as binoculars and scopes, we have automatic nocturnal photographic cameras and video cameras which can capture and record the most amazing images of animal nocturnal behaviour. Fantastic firms such as Yukon, Newton, and Pulsar offer amazing monoculars, binoculars, goggles and gun sights which utilise digital night vision technology and are surprisingly affordable. The images which these amazing products make viewable are crisp and clear, with none of the blurred and obscure imagery sometimes associated with the early days of nascent night vision technology. For expert advice on all nocturnal vision products, please contact one of our expert advisers now.
The night skies have fascinated human beings since the dawn of time, and have been the inspiration for thousands of scientific and philosophical treatises as well as for countless breathtaking works of art. Astronomy has now become a scientific pastime which attracts many amateur enthusiasts as well as professional experts.
At Sherwood’s Photographic, we have been supplying binoculars and astronomical telescopes to stargazers for over sixty-five years, and we continue to supply customers with the latest innovative cutting edge products. Although astronomical binoculars may lack the magnifying power of astronomical telescopes, they are still powerful enough to clearly reveal some of the most interesting and awe-inspiring heavenly bodies and astronomical objects.
Our selection of binoculars for astronomy includes products from legendary manufacturers such as Celestron, Opticron, Helios and Ostara. Of course, some of our flagship products are our astronomical telescopes from Bresser, Celestron, Meade, Tal and Skywatcher.
We also have a great choice of beautiful brass library telescopes which look stylish and stunning but are fully functional as they have height quality fully coated optics. The Skywatcher range is fully endorsed by legendary astronomer Sir Patrick Moore and makes skygazing affordable to everyone.
If you are completely new to astronomy, we can also offer literature on how to make the best start in your pursuit, such as the excellent Stargazing for Beginners. Astronomy is a fascinating and enjoyable pastime which can be enjoyed by all age groups and there is always something novel to discover in the night skies. Take the first step to a rewarding new hobby with www.sherwoods-photographic.com.
At Sherwood’s Photographic we always stock a great selection of your favourite products; from night vision goggles to astronomical telescopes. However, our comprehensive product selection also includes practical items such as magnifying glasses for crosswords and philately, board games for delightful evenings around the hearth and microscopes for amateur biologists and school children.
We also stock tough and durable marine binoculars from magnificent manufacturers such as Steiner and Opticron, which are tested to destruction in order to ensure that they can cope admirably with life on the ocean waves.
Furthermore, we have a great range of equipment such as tripods and clamps, laser rangefinders, portable radios, bird boxes, thermometers and personal weather stations. Spypoint, Brinno, and Prostalk also manufacture a lovely range of nature cameras, some with video capacity, which can be set up permanently or semi-permanently in your garden or wooded area in order to capture magical imagery of night time creatures.
Our night vision range of gun scopes, monoculars and binoculars completes our outstanding product selection and is increasingly popular with all types of customers. From the heights of the heavens to the depths of the deep blue sea, in day time and in twilight, in gardens and wilderness areas around the United Kingdom, Europe and the world, discerning customers use products from Sherwoods Photographic to pursue their passions and create beautiful, inspiring and lasting memories.
For your first breathtaking steps into this dynamic and exciting world, log onto www.sherwoods-photographic.com today and prepare to take your brain to another dimension!
If you love nature, and you love a beautiful night sky full of stars, then maybe stargazing is the hobby for you. It can be as simple or complicated as you want, and you can easily do it alone or with a whole group of people!
For those just starting out, you don’t really need any equipment. You can sit in your own back garden in a lawn chair and admire the night sky. You can take a camera and a notebook and photograph and write about what you observe. But you don’t have to. You can just sit there and drink in the beauty around you.
If you want to get a little more complicated, why not try using telescopes? You can get simple ones or even astronomical telescopes depending on how much you want to spend and how serious you are about your hobby. Telescopes are not necessary but they very useful for identifying particular constellations and stars.
If you want to get a better view than you can in your back garden, why not pack up and go camping or visit a national park at night? If necessar,y make sure that you obtain permission to visit the park after hours.
You can also join clubs and informal groups that go stargazing together. This might be a good way for a beginner to get some useful information and meet other people interested in this hobby.
To shop for astronomical telescopes, try Sherwoods Photographic or any store that sells telescopes and other such equipment.
Investing in telescopes or a pair of binoculars isn’t just a matter of one-time consideration. Such optical devices are built to last, and are commonly passed down as family heirlooms or bestowals.
All of our telescopes and binoculars come in their own properly fitting padded case. Some folks prefer to buy universal cases or perhaps adjust a trusted old favourite, but we find that generally the best option is to use the case provided.
The right accessories can make all the difference. For example, your telescope tripod should be sturdy and regularly checked over for damage. Binocular straps should be comfortable (otherwise you’ll just end up taking them off in frustration, risking the safety of your binoculars), securely fastened and of an appropriate length. Lens caps are perhaps the most easily lost facet of lens protection; however cold you fingers or short the drive to the nest bird hide, taking the time to replace lens caps is one of the most important safety measures you can take (we know from experience most damage occurs from unfortunate bumps and bangs during transport!)
Remove oily residue by giving lenses and device bodies a gentle dust with a soft cloth after every use. Arguably the most damaging cleaning action is accidentally rubbing grit or dirt onto the lenses, which can leave nasty scratches and marks. A cursory tender dust with a soft cloth is the perfect precursor to using manufacturer-recommended cleaning solution. Always follow manufacturer instructions when carrying out cleaning or maintenance.
Although vast swathes of the UK’s countryside are polluted by the sinister orange glow of our street lamps, you needn’t journey too far to find ideal spots for your astronomical telescopes.
Galloway Forest Park, Southern Scotland
In 2010, Galloway Forest Park ascertained a level of acclaim thanks to its status as a Dark Sky Park, making it an ideal location to thoroughly enjoy your astronomical telescope, toasty flask of tea and jam sandwiches. The most popular spot in the park is Loch Trool.
Kielder Forest, Northumberland
Kielder Forest’s 250 square miles of dense woodland beauty are noted as being amongst the darkest in England. Check out Kielder Observatory (situated on the impressive Black Feel looking down on Kielder Water) if you fancy using your telescopes in a little more comfort than usual!
Lundy Island, Devon Coast
Although Exmoor boasts darker skies than many other parks, the ten mile trip across the Celtic Sea to Lundy Island is well worth the journey; a favourite spot for holidaying astronomers.
Nestled just over a mile off the coast of the Wirral peninsula, Hilbre Island is a private island where public overnight stays are unfortunately not permitted. Special permission is intermittently granted to astronomy societies and professional groups via the Friends of Hilbre Island.
Although most of us are within relatively easy reach of a decent spot to set up our telescopes, we heartily recommend a few tailored nights on unfamiliar territory. Coinciding your travels with celestial events is a great way to make the most of your trip.
Many folks can live their entire lives without so much as a hint of the scintillating thrill that is observing a meteor shower. If you – like us – have your astronomical telescopes and binoculars at the ready for an exciting year of meteoric astronomy action, check out our quick guide to the best meteor showers visible from the UK during 2011.
Lyrids Meteor Shower(21st-22nd April) – Peaking at around 20 meteors per hour, Lyrids is sometimes visible as early as 16th April right through to 25th April. Look towards the constellation Lyra to see radiating meteors. This shower is of note thanks to the incredibly long trails left in the wake of meteors (sometimes lasting many seconds)
Perseids Meteor Shower(12th-13th August) – Arguably one of the best showers to observe (peaks at around 60 meteors per hour) Although looking to the constellation Perseus through astronomical telescopes or binoculars between 23rd July and 22nd August could reveal many more meteors.
Leonids Meteor Shower(17th-18th November) – Annually peaking at 40 meteors per hour, this cyclic shower peaks magnificently every 33 years, resulting in hundreds of meteors visible (most recently in 2001) emanating from the constellation Leo.
Geminids Meteor Shower(13th-14th December) – Often cited as the best meteor shower in celestial history, Geminids can peak at up to 60 multicoloured meteors per hour. Check out the constellation Gemini from 6th-19th December.
Although many meteor showers are visible with the naked eye, the visual impact of glimpsing the likes of Geminids or Lyrids through an astronomical telescope is mesmerising!