If you’re looking for a way to perk yourself up after the Christmas and New Year holidays, why not come to us here at Sherwoods? We have a variety of optical devices that you are sure to love. So whether you love astronomy, bird watching or are a keen hunter, you should definitely come to us for the best optical devices on the market, such as night vision binoculars, telescopes and bird watching binoculars.
But what should you buy?
Well, rather than going for the usual ties, car wash kits, toiletry sets and socks; you could always consider getting binoculars instead. Indeed, binoculars can be a very good choice of gift for one or more of your loved ones as they can provide many hours of entertainment, whether it be for watching wildlife, gazing at stars or any other kind of observation-based activities.
Although your choice may be largely determined by price, cash shouldn’t be the only factor that influences your decision. Certainly, you will need to take into account the preferences of the recipient in question: for example, a pair of bird watching binoculars would most likely be the best choice for someone who enjoys spending lots of time out and about in the countryside.
Regardless of whether you purchase astronomical, marine or bird watching binoculars; they are sure to make a very fine gift for anyone who is lucky enough to receive them. So, if you want to do your shopping the easy way, look no further than us here at Sherwoods.
It is approaching that time of year when the weather turns cold and the sun goes AWOL until springtime. Indeed, the cold mornings are already here and it surely won’t be long until the snow and ice move in to join them.
Beauty & Joy
Thankfully, there are times when a wintry scene can actually provide episodes of divine beauty and joy. Times when a fleeting blast of early morning sunshine across a frosty landscape is an absolute pleasure to behold, especially if you’re in a rural setting. Indeed, out in the countryside, the rolling hills and spire-like forests can look absolutely stunning under a layer of icy frost or virgin snow; so, if you get the opportunity to spend a few hours out and about in the country on a winter’s day, you really should seize the chance.
Taking a pair of binoculars out with you will enable you to see even more of all the delights that a rural wintry scene has to offer. Certainly, a good pair of bird watching binoculars will allow you to not only examine the landscape in much greater detail; they will also enable you to catch a glimpse of the wildlife that comes out to play at this time of year. For example, a pair of bird watching binoculars could enable you to see a robin red-breast going about his day; and there really are few things as festive as that.
The UK is a great place to use bird watching binoculars. There are many different species for you to look at and these vary depending on where you are and what time of year it is. To find the best spots, you can get tips online.
Some of the most exciting places to use such binoculars are operated by the RSPB. Its nature reserves are second-to-none for spotting winged creatures.
This winter, you might want to consider heading to The Lodge in Bedfordshire. The reserve opened in 1961 and it contains five miles of trails. To get the best chance of seeing a range of birds, it is advisable to head to the hide.
Another fantastic spot for bird watching is Haweswater in Cumbria. If you want to see a golden eagle in action and cannot make it to Scotland, you can try this location as a male has been seen in the area displaying in the hope of attracting a mate.
And, north of the border near the Scottish town of Stirling there is Inversnaid. This is a great spot to see bullfinches and woodpeckers during the colder months.
These are just a few of the fantastic places where you can make optimum use of your bird watching binoculars. There are many more and to find one close to where you live, you can simply head to the RSPB website.
There is nothing better on a crisp winter day than exploring the fantastic British countryside with your binoculars. Here at Sherwoods, we stock an impressive selection of these items.
The UK is known for its temperate climate. It tends not to get too cold during winter, nor too hot during summer. However, the changing of the seasons still has a massive impact on the landscape of the country. Wild Britain looks completely different at this time of year compared with spring time and summer.
So, if you get the chance, there is nothing better than heading into the great outdoors with your binoculars and seeing this wintry face of the UK.
The great thing is, it is now easier than ever before for you to get your hands on the perfect binoculars at relatively little cost. Here at Sherwoods we stock a vast range of such items, meaning you should not struggle to find ones that perfectly meet your requirements.
For example, you might want to look at some of the superb bird watching binoculars we have to offer. These can be ideal as a means of seeing some of the many fascinating winged creatures the countryside is home to.
To get the most from your forays into the wilderness, it is important that you are prepared. For example, make sure you take plenty of warm clothing, including waterproof items in case the heavens open.
Also, gloves come in handy if you spend a lot of time looking through your bird watching binoculars or other similar instruments. If you do not have warm gloves, your hands may quickly become too cold.
Meanwhile, a flask of hot tea or coffee can help perk you up if you start to feel the chill.
If you are a beginning bird watcher, you probably aren’t ready to invest a whole lot of money in your equipment yet. So, if you’re just starting out and you want a pair of binoculars, here are some fairly inexpensive models that are still high quality bird watching binoculars.
The Acuter RP Binoculars is an ideal starter pair, offered at only £20.00. These binoculars offer very good optical performance for the price. They are stylish and compact, and feature black rubber covering and a chrome bridge. They also come with a neck cord and a binoculars case.
If you can afford to spend a little bit more and you want a slightly nicer model, you might prefer the Konica Minolta Classic II Porro-Prism Binoculars, offered at only £70.00. These offer many high performance features of higher end binoculars but come at a much lower price.
These feature large exit pupil diameter, high image brightness, and a multi layer optical coating. A really good quality pair of binoculars for a fraction of the cost.
Another good choice in a less expensive pair of bird watching binoculars are the Optical Hardware HG Series, Elinor binoculars. With fully multicoated lenses, waterproof body, and high resolution these binoculars are ideal for bird watchers who go out in all kinds of weather. They are offered at only £95.00.
Be sure to visit our our main web page where you’ll find lots more binoculars as well as telescopes especially designed for bird watching.
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.