The 10 Best Birding Places to Experience Before You Die

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The Wide World of Birding Any birding enthusiast will tell you the world is rife with birds.  But hidden places exist around the globe where only the most serious bird enthusiasts venture.  These gems are home to some of the rarest species, the most incredible experiences, and some of the most beautiful wildlife on the […]

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Spotting Scope vs Telescope: Which Should You Choose?

Spotting Scopes vs. Telescopes

If you’re on the lookout for a good quality scope, you may be stuck deciding whether to buy a spotting scope or a telescope. Both are useful tools, and each comes with its own set of pros and cons. But don’t worry, you can use this guide to help you determine which will serve you […]

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When’s the Best Season & Time For Bird-Watching?


Watch the Sun Birds are busy creatures.  They’re constantly in motion, building their nests, searching for food, looking for a mate, feeding their young.  But different species have different behavior and activity patterns, which means any time of day can be perfect for bird-watching.  Because bird behavior is so diverse, make sure you plan your […]

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Spotting Scopes vs Binoculars: Which To Choose?

birdwatching Spotting Scopes vs Binoculars

Whether you’re a hunter, target shooter, birder, nature watcher, or any other type of outdoor sportsperson, you likely need to see far-away places and things in great detail. Today, you have options for the best way to do this, but the two main choices boil down to spotting scopes and binoculars. Both of these helpful […]

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Angled vs Straight Spotting Scope: Which to Choose?

Angled vs Straight Spotting Scope

As if there aren’t enough pieces of equipment for you to obtain and understand, you’ll need a quality spotting scope for identifying distant targets. It might seem like a simple purchase on the surface, just pick a scope with enough magnification and get in the field! But there are more factors to consider. It’s hard […]

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Monocular vs Binoculars: Which Should You Use?

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The main difference between a monocular and a pair of binoculars is obvious. Binoculars have two viewing tubes, while a monocular has one. But are two tubes always better than one? Well, the short answer is no. There are many occasions where you’d probably prefer using a monocular to a set of binoculars. However, in […]

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Binoculars vs Telescopes: When to Use Which?

Binoculars vs. Telescopes

With so many different types of optics out there, using the right one for any given situation can become confusing. Take binoculars and telescopes, for instance. Each of these can be used for a wide variety of situations including some that overlap. Both binoculars and telescopes magnify far away objects in order to let you […]

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What is The Bluewater Astronomical Society?

Disclaimer: Optics Mag has no affiliation with the Bluewater Astronomical Society (BAS). This article is for informative purposes only. Likewise, BAS does not endorse any product recommended on this website, nor will they see economic gain from this association. Click here to visit the official Bluewater Astronomical Society’s website. What initially started as a donation […]

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What Was About?

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Getting into astronomy can seem like a daunting task. There’s so much to learn and figure out, and many college courses devoted to each aspect of astronomy. And that’s not to mention the equipment you need to properly observe space, and the know-how to use that equipment. A telescope is great, but if you don’t […]

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3 Best Night Vision Monoculars under $300 in 2021 – Top Picks & Reviews

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Night vision equipment can be fun as well as functional. It’s useful for checking out the local wildlife in your neighborhood at night and can also greatly assist hunts. However, most night vision equipment costs an arm and a leg, and it’s not a hobby many people think they can get into affordably. However, that’s […]

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