by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 12/01/2022
It is time to view the stars with a friend or loved one who has their eye on a brand new telescope to bring the heavens closer to home. But, when you log into the B&H Photo website, the sheer number of telescopes—not to mention their different configurations, dizzying specifications, and wildly different prices—leaves you with more questions than answers. In this guide, we will attempt to boil things down to a few
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 05/10/2022
Now that we've discussed the advantages of using binoculars for stargazing, as well as an in-depth discussion about night sky targets, in Part 1, and then discussed characteristics of binoculars in Part 2, it is time to finish this three-part series by discussing what pair of binoculars you may want to outfit yourself with for soaking up the beauty of the heavens—and, it might be that a pair of binoculars you already own fits the bill! Price and
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 05/10/2022
In Part 1 of this three-part series, we discussed the advantages of using binoculars for astronomical viewing of the night sky and we talked about the different types of targets you can enjoy on clear, dark nights. At the conclusion of each section, I mentioned “binocular magnification considerations.” Here, we will get into that subject, as well as other characteristics of binoculars that make them better, or worse, for studying the stars. Then, in
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 05/10/2022
The night sky is filled with wonders—so many that we humans build multi-billion-dollar telescopes to study them. The good news is that a lot of these wonders are available to all of us as we stargaze in our own backyards, and the easiest, fastest, and most convenient way to start exploring these is with a pair of binoculars. Even better, you don’t need to get your hands on an expensive pair of dedicated astronomical binoculars
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 03/10/2021
A few things happen when you look through a pair of binoculars, a spotting scope, or a telescope. The first thing that happens when you see awesomeness is you think, sometimes out loud, "Wow!" The next thing that happens is that you want to share what you are seeing with others—this
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 12/30/2020
Are you feeling the seismic waves of Fujinon’s first entry into the premium roof prism birding and hunting binocular market? Well, not only do these new Fujinon Hyper Clarity 8x42 and 10x42 binoculars from FUJIFILM look great, their performance matches their looks. Let’s dive deeper into these new Fujinon roof
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 11/07/2022
Binoculars make great gifts. Regardless of who you are shopping for, or what their hobbies are, a nice pair of binoculars can be appreciated and enjoyed by just about anyone. If you think about it, almost all of us find ourselves out in the world wishing we could have a closer view of something almost every day. Now that I have convinced you to gift a beautiful pair of binoculars, you’ll click thought to the binocular section of the B&H website and feel a mild
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 10/26/2020
The upper echelons of the binocular world just got a bit more crowded with the introduction of the new ZEISS 8x32 Victory SF binoculars and their stablemate, the ZEISS 10x32 Victory SF. Designed and manufactured for
by Morgan Lyle ·Posted 03/16/2020
Clear and bright views, comfortable design, and sleek style make the Zeiss Terra ED series of binoculars a great choice for birding, travel and summer adventures. The Terra 8x42 and 10x42 models boast a
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 10/28/2019
On November 11, 2019, the planet Mercury, when viewed from our home on Planet Earth, will pass between Earth and the sun—a planetary transit across the face of the sun. Above: A composite photograph of the 2016 transit of Mercury  © NASA/JPL. Safety First The sun is visible to the naked eye (obviously), but Mercury is so small and distant, you cannot view the event without a telescope, binoculars, or a telephoto camera lens. IMPORTANT: These devices need to be specially built for solar viewing or properly filtered. For information on how to
by Staff Writer ·Posted 06/25/2019
The landing of the Apollo 11 lunar module, Eagle, on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, and the first steps of a human on another celestial body, represent one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of mankind. B&H Photo is helping to commemorate the milestone anniversary of NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins’s great journey to the moon and back with several special-edition telescopes from Celestron that ship with a commemorative Apollo 11 50th anniversary coin and
by Christopher Witt ·Posted 01/29/2019
Since its introduction at the dawn of the 21st century, the Ultravid HD-Plus family of binoculars has been Leica’s flagship line, to the adoration of fans around the world. This year the company is taking the precision engineering and optical quality that are the hallmarks of the Ultravid HD-Plus and elevating the design elements to produce the
by Meryl Greenblatt ·Posted 10/29/2018
With the fall season upon us and bird migration going full throttle, bird-watchers and their best friends—their binoculars—are out in force. I took this opportunity to try two new pairs from Olympus, the Pro Series 8x42 and 10x42. At
by Christopher Witt ·Posted 07/27/2018
I was recently given the opportunity to take a pair of Canon image stabilized binoculars out for a test drive—and I was allowed to choose the model I wanted out of the nine Canon offers (click here to see the sizes). Since I was heading out onto a sailboat with three other B&H writers and we were bringing a bunch of gear to test and review besides my Canons, I knew space was going to be limited, so I decided to
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 07/05/2018
In my years at sea on merchant ships, warships, and sailboats, I spent a lot of time looking through binoculars. After a weekend on the water and on land with a pair of Fujinon Techno-Stabi image-stabilized binoculars, the 14x40 TS1440 and the