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How Do Binoculars Work? Explained

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The Beginning When Hans Lippershey invented the first telescope in 1609, it would only be a matter of time before his technology was perfected and compacted into a device for both eyes. By 1825, French inventor J.P. Lemiere had applied for a patent on the first binoculars, but it wasn’t until 1854 that Ignacio Porro […]

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25 Gift Ideas for the Bird Lover & Bird Watcher in Your Life

25 Best Gift Ideas for the Bird Lover & Bird Watcher in Your Life

Any bird enthusiast will love birding gear, but the world of bird enthusiasts is a wide one, and gift ideas abound. You may not be sure what to get the bird lover in your life, especially if they’re a bit of a curmudgeon, so we’ve devised this gift guide to spark some ideas and help […]

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What is Liquid Lens Technology?

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Years ago, taking high-quality, in-focus photographs required expensive high-end cameras with equally expensive and fragile lenses. But that wasn’t enough. You also needed the skills and know-how to bring that bulky gear into focus on your subject. If your subject moved, your focus was ruined, and you had to re-focus the entire device. As cameras […]

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Best Point and Shoot Camera for Birding 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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Birding requires patience, a good eye, and a camera with a specific set of features. How often is the perfect shot only a few feet away? You’re going to want a powerful zoom and high image quality to capture the fine details of far-off feathered subjects. But you’ll likely be covering some distance in your […]

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Best Schmidt Cassegrain Telescopes 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes are powerful, compact instruments with loads of utility. Good products will have you seeing stars, while subpar units will only frustrate. To separate the good from the bad, we’ve tested many dozens of different options. In the process, we saw many duds, but also a few options that are worthy of your […]

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Best Cameras for Bird Photography 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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If you’ve ever experienced the disappointment of going through your shots after a long weekend of photographing majestic birds, only to find that the most artistic image of the bunch was wasted, you’re probably in the market for a new camera. Many things can cause this problem such as poor autofocus, lack of image stabilization, […]

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Best Superzoom Camera for Birding 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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There’s just nothing quite like an incredibly zoomed-in close-up shot of a majestic winged creature such as an owl or an eagle. Of course, the effect isn’t the same if the image is blurry or out of focus. It must be sharp, crisp, and highly detailed to get the full effect. Today, many superzoom cameras […]

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Best Telescope for Astrophotography 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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We take pictures of our food these days, but what if there was a product out there that could substantially up your Instagram game? Whether you are a researcher or just someone that wants to improve their photo album, the ability to take pictures of the stars should have broad appeal. However, buying the right […]

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Best Magnifying Glass for Reading 2020 — Reviews & Top Picks

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Sometimes, the print in a book, magazine, or newspaper is so small, it seems impossible to read. Due to advanced age and certain eye problems, including macular degeneration, the inability to read small type becomes an important concern. In certain instances, such as the print on medication bottles, the information that needs to be read […]

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Best Night Vision Glasses for Driving 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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Many people struggle to see while driving at night. The dim light and glare from other headlights can impair your vision and lead to unsafe driving conditions. So if you’re looking for a useful pair of night vision glasses, you’re in good company. There are quite a few night vision glasses on the market. How […]

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