The festive season can provide a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, and to enjoy some much needed relaxation and revelry. However, it is also a time of gift sourcing and this can sometimes prove to be tricky. After all, many of the items available in shops and online are clichéd and may not show a great deal of thought.
However, there is one option that is perfect for certain individuals and that is binoculars. These come in many different styles and they can be great for anyone, ranging from youngsters who have never held such instruments to seasoned wildlife observers and so on.
Of course, to choose the right product, you will have to put some thought into what would suit the recipient best.
Luckily, here at Sherwoods we offer a fantastic range of such devices, including superb bird watching binoculars. These items are ideal for individuals who love nothing more than getting out and about and seeing nature in action. Of course, they can also be used from back gardens if people do not fancy heading off on trips to the countryside.
Meanwhile, for those who prefer gazing at the stars, astronomical binoculars could be perfect. These offerings can reveal a world of celestial bodies unobservable by the naked eye.
And if you want to go one step further and add to the gift you purchase, you could also hand over an informative book to help the recipient make the most of their new viewing instrument. For example, if you get bird watching binoculars, you could add an ornithological tome to the offering.
Earth is a fascinating place. However, beyond our atmosphere there is so much more to see and ponder. As science and technology progress, we continue to understand more and more about the nature of the universe around us and the sheer vastness of space and time.
The great thing is, you can engage in your own observations of the skies these days thanks to the superb astronomical telescopes that are available. Whereas in the past, it was costly to get good quality viewing instruments of this kind, now it is possible to pick items up at relatively low prices.
Of course, if you want very powerful telescopes, it often pays off to spend a little more on the items, but you should not have a problem finding suitable offerings within your budget.
The level of detail you can observe through these products can be mind blowing and can open your eyes (literally) to a completely different world. Whether you use telescopes indoors, pointing them through a window, or set them up in your garden, you should be able to enjoy many hours of thought provoking viewing.
To get the very most from your astronomical telescopes, it can pay off to invest in books relating to the stars, planets and so on. Also, it is possible to get posters and other such things that serve as maps of the sky. By using resources like this, you will know exactly what you are looking at when you stare down the lens of your scopes.
Choosing a pair of binoculars will depend a lot on what you want them for. Many people want them for observing nature, such as bird watching. Others may want them for hiking or camping, just to have a way of seeing anything interesting they find up close. Still others may want them for boating.
Here are some tips for choosing amongst our binoculars to make sure you get the right pair for your needs.
If you are a bird watcher or nature enthusiast, we recommend any of our basic, high quality binoculars. We carry more than thirty different brands. If you need assistance in choosing the right pair of basic binoculars, we have a Binocular Basics section on the main web page which can be a great help.
The Forest Optics Forester ED are a great, super high quality pair of binoculars ideal for life long bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. We also recommend our range of high quality bird watching telescopes.
If you want marine binoculars, for use on board boats and ships or near the water in general, we have a wide range of these as well. They are generally waterproof and mist proof, and have thick rubber armouring protection. Marine binoculars also offer a wide field, large depth focus.
For more information about our various types of binoculars click on the Binoculars tab or the Marine Binoculars tab on the main web page. Should you need further assistance, feel free to contact us by clicking the Email tab on the top of the web page.
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.
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.
Binoculars are simply two telescopes strapped together, one for each eye. Whilst this limits them in some areas such as range, it allows the viewer to effectively judge distance. This is because to be able to judge distance, a person needs both eyes to view the object, which traditional astronomical telescopes do not do. Socially, binoculars are used mainly for bird watching, and they are the perfect tool to help you to do this. They are generally light weight, and easy to use.
Binoculars work on the principle of a reflector telescope. This means that instead of a traditional straight lens, binoculars have mirrors inside them which help to gather light. This all adds up for quality of image when viewing through the binocular.
With technology taking a presence in all fields of life, new high-tech binocular technology has changed the way that hand-held binoculars work. Some binoculars can now offer image stabilisation, allowing the viewer to view a desired moving target with extra confidence. This image stabilisation generally works by having gyroscopes mounted within the binoculars to stable the inevitable shaky movements. However, some disadvantages also come with this technology. Mainly, this regards the quality of image. The quality of image from a binocular fastened to a tripod will not be as good as expected. Also, these high tech binoculars tend to be more expensive, and heavier.
New technologies are revolutionising the way binoculars function. With this new technology generally comes expense, but it is well worth it. Modern binoculars can come with an array of specification, with extras such as Anti-Fog viewing.
How do telescopes work? A question that many star gazers may ask when first starting out. There are many things to learn about when a novice in the astronomical telescope context, such as refractors, reflectors, and filters. Well here at Sherwoods-Photo we enjoy helping our customers, and our quick and simple guide to astronomical telescopes should shed some light on the different parts of a telescope.
So, a telescope can be described as a device that magnifies distant objects. There are many different shapes and sizes of telescopes. The size usually can be directly linked to the magnification of a telescope.
There are two main concepts when considering how a telescope works. These two main notions are refractor telescopes, and reflector telescopes. Refractor telescopes use a glass lens, where reflector telescopes use mirrors. Now, both of these types of telescope achieve exactly the same result, just in different ways.
Refractor telescopes were first developed in the 1600’s, by the famous gentleman Galileo. Refractors are the more common type of telescope, and their design is simple in concept. There are three main parts that refractor telescopes are made from.
1) A long tube – generally plastic or metal
2) The glass lens at the front (also known as the objective lens)
3) The glass lens at the viewing side (also known as the eyepiece)
Reflector telescopes are slightly more complicated in design, but can offer quality image. They work by using a mirror to gather light, instead of the traditional lens. Mirrors do not have chromatic aberration, which is the main benefit of a reflector telescope.