Category Archives for Optics

6 Different Types of Binoculars & Their Differences

types of binoculars

While the types of modern binoculars can be boiled down to two main differences, roof prism or Porro prism, different stylistic themes make the world of binoculars diverse. You can use them to watch wildlife, track game, see the cosmos, watch a horse race, catch the finer details of a Shakespearean play, see your favorite […]

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Best Trail Cameras Under $150 of 2019 – Top Picks & Reviews

a trail camera on tree

You may think you can’t get a great trail camera for less than 200 dollars, but many companies make great trail cameras for discount prices. Of course, a low price comes with risks, and it can be hard to evaluate those when shopping online. It can be difficult to tell which cameras will live up […]

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Best Trail Camera Under $50 of 2019 – Top Picks & Reviews

a budget trail camera

Trail cameras used to be priced so high that only the most serious wildlife enthusiasts could buy them, but technology has brought prices down to fit just about everyone’s budget. While you can still spend a lot to get something really fancy, a lower-priced camera is ideal if there’s a good chance it’ll get broken […]

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

a lovely bird

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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How to Choose a Spotting Scope you’ll Love

how to choose a spotting scope you’ll love

A spotting scope is a big investment, and the next logical step up from a pair of binoculars.  If you’re ready to buy a spotting scope, you probably want to learn about them from every angle first, so you can make an informed decision.  Lenses, magnification, angle, digital needs, and the way you’ll be using […]

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Top 8 Things You Can See With a Small Telescope

space picture

Congratulations! You’ve taken the plunge and purchased a telescope. You’ve set it up, twisted the dials and knobs, read the manual, fastened it to the tripod, pointed it at the sky… and now what? While you can have a great time just pointing your telescope at various stars and trying to get a closer look, […]

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Best Binoculars under $50 of 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

a pair of binoculars

Binoculars can be an expensive purchase, and even mid-grade models can cost hundreds of dollars. We don’t all have that kind of money to throw around on expensive binoculars, but the good news is that you can get a functional, high-quality pair of binoculars for less than $50. There are a lot of models available […]

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Best Binoculars under $1000 of 2019 – Reviews & Buying Guide

a rangefinder binocular

Binoculars are just two telescopes mounted side-by-side, and although there is agreement on when the telescope was invented – early 1600s – it’s unclear who put two together to create a 3-dimensional image. Presumably, it was not long after the first astronomer tired of squinting through one eyepiece all night. The technology behind binoculars and […]

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25 Best Gift Ideas for Astronomy & Space Lovers

Beautiful astronomy

The astronomy or space fanatic in your life probably already has a telescope and the necessary accoutrements, but maybe you want to augment their passion for the stars with a special gift that says “Yeah, you’re not so bad.” So, what do you do when you want something unique that will bring the stars to […]

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Best Monoculars for Hunting 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

a compact monocular

Under the right conditions and with the right design, a monocular can be superior to a traditional set of binoculars as a scouting tool for hunting. Smaller, lighter, and generally easier to handle than something designed for two eyes, it can tell you where the game is without you having to line your eye up […]

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