July 10 2020, Marcus Schenk
A star on the celestial stage? Or quietly disappearing through the stage door? Another promising comet is currently travelling through the solar system. But what kind of performance can we expect from C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)? Predictions are creating suspense …
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
It all kicked off in spring with the Y4 ATLAS comet: There were already rumours that it could be the Great Comet of 2020 as it was following a similar trajectory to the Great Comet of 1844. This reached a magnitude of -1 back in its day. In reality, comet Y4 ATLAS put on a good show until it suddenly disintegrated. Now its debris is continuing to travel through the solar system but the great experience failed to materialise. We were also able to see comet C/2017 C2 (Panstarrs) periodically but this also failed to meet expectations.
The wonderful new appearance of a bright comet – C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)
But the Universe is always full of surprises: The new comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was discovered as a faint magnitude +17 firefly on 27 March by the NEOWISE Space Telescope. The comet talent scouts amongst the scientists are now predicting it will have a bright future. Whispered rumours say it could reach a magnitude of +0.6. What? No. Yes! But keep your voice down.
Where is the comet now and when can I observe it?
Pay attention, the most important information is coming up.
Comet NEOWISE is currently located in the southern sky but it is slowly moving into the northern sky and is climbing higher each day. From 15 July, you will be able to marvel at it in the evening sky (from 22:30) at 15 degrees above the north-western horizon. Unfortunately, its position close to the Sun means that you cannot see it all night long. In the following days it will traverse the Lynx constellation (which is rather faint) on its way to the Great Bear’s front paw. You only have a small window of time after twilight – but it’s worth it.
Telescope, binoculars or the naked eye?
If the experts are right, NEOWISE will reach a magnitude of +0.6 on 5 July during its perihelion. But it is also supposed to glow with an impressive magnitude +2 on 15 July . This would mean it was a comet for your telescope, any binoculars you can envision – and even for the naked eye.
Of course, its journey does not end mid-July: over the course of the month it wanders further along the Great Bear’s paw and reaches the amazing Coma Berenices (Berenice’s Hair) on 1 August. During this time, it leaves its magnitude behind, dimming to magnitude +3 by 20/07 and to magnitude 5.5 by 1 August. But even then it will be an attractive object. Partly because it will then be somewhat darker and the comet could gain more than 10 degrees of additional altitude.
Will we be able to finally break out of the vicious circle of faint comets? We will see. Have fun observing.
You can download a PDF of the star chart here: C:2020 F3 NEOWISE star chart.
April 1 2020, Betty Lux
This year Kowa have, once again, come up with new ranges of binoculars. With immediate effect you can benefit from the further development of two well-known product families.
Demand a wider angle of view: Kowa BD II XD binoculars
What can simplify birdwatching and the next nature trip? Presumably this is the question the Kowa developers were asking themselves as they put together the BD II XD. The answer is clear: the 6.5×32 model offers an exceptional visual field of 10° with which you will be able to locate birds, animals and other targets much more easily, and observe them effortlessly. On top of that comes greater ease of use – the BD II XD range sits wonderfully in the hand and is compact – as well as special Kowa XD lenses. The advantage: the lens material is enriched with fluorite, a material which yet again hugely increases not just contrast, but also resolving power.
Kowa wide angle binocular BD II XD
However the BD II XD range is not just of interest to ornithologists and outdoor enthusiasts, but also for amateur astronomers. Thanks to the wide field of view and crystal clear imaging performance, you can conveniently and spectacularly enjoy the Moon, the planets and constellations.
Further development of the proven SV range: Kowa SV II binoculars
The Kowa SV range is well-known and tried and tested by birdwatchers. But Kowa is not resting on its laurels, but instead has once again significantly improved their ease of use. The SV II range now has a fresh, green, new look and has improved lens caps which cannot be so easily mislaid. The eyecups are robust, the focusing runs smoothly and is easy to operate.
Kowa bincular SV II
So all in all a real outdoors binocular that offers excellent value for money. This range also includes the KR coating developed by Kowa, which makes the binoculars ready for action in any weather, while ensuring that water or dirt can accumulate on the lenses.
We offer all new products and of course all the well-proven Kowa optics ranges. Click through our selection and you will quickly find the perfect pair of binoculars for you.
March 13 2020, Marcus Schenk
The wide-field binoculars are a compact tool for observing the star field. You can use it to observe stars, constellations or the Milky Way. However, not as with classic binoculars, but as if your eyes were significantly more sensitive and stronger. Or as if you suddenly had a super eye.
Wide-field binoculars 2,1×42
Get the Omegon binoculars 2.1×42 for star field observation now at an especially favorable price, because we have reduced it from 179,- to 149,-. You save 30,- Euro compared to the normal price.
Imagine that you see as many stars from the city as you do in the country. Imagine that on a warm evening in the Milky Way you see star clusters and large nebulae. And all this with a tool that looks like stargazing glasses and not binoculars. You may gaze at the starry sky again. This is the Omegon wide-field binoculars.
The advantages at a glance:
– Like glasses with which you look at the starry sky.
– Extremely bright: 42mm opening and 2.1x magnification.
– Wide range of vision: Observe complete constellations in one field of view.
– See significantly more stars than with the naked eye – even with light pollution.
– Pleasant view, even with glasses.
Enjoy the fantastic views of the starry sky with the wide-field binoculars.
January 24 2020, Betty Lux
Only as long as stocks last: We are currently offering Bushnell Powerview 10×42 Realtree Camo binoculars at the very special price of only 129 euro! You save a whopping 50 euro as compared to the manufacturer’s recommended retail price.
Hunters, nature lovers and outdoor fans now have the opportunity of securing binoculars made in the United States by Bushnell at an incredibly low price. The Powerview series is one of the most popular series of binoculars offered by this American manufacturer as it offers excellent optical performance at an affordable price. Take advantage of the enormous price advantage now – these binoculars could sell out fast!
Bushnell Powerview 10×42 Camo
Powerview 10×42 binoculars in the Realtree Camo colour scheme boast good light transmission thanks to their fully-coated lenses. These binoculars are also the right choice if you sometimes want to observe at dusk or in poor lighting conditions. The Twilight Factor is very good for binoculars having a 42mm front lens diameter and 10x magnification.
All-round binoculars in Camo look
The highlight: thanks to their camouflage look, designed to match the conditions found in European forests, you won’t have to compromise your camouflage when you pull out these binoculars. They simply blend in with the countryside – these binoculars are a real all-rounder. And an ideal gift for hunters, by the way!
Take advantage of our special offer price of just 129 euro and enjoy exploring the countryside with your new camo-look binoculars.
July 5 2019, Betty Lux
In the July edition of the Trekking Magazine you can get your money’s worth from the great outdoors. In the product review various brands of binoculars in different price ranges were presented, among them the Bushnell Spectator Sport 8×25.
Enjoy the magic of nature in close-up
What is the most important consideration when buying binoculars specifically for hiking, travel, and outdoor activities? The answer is really simple: they must be low weight. No-one wants heavy binoculars hanging from their neck for hours at a time. The Bushnell Spectator Sport PermaFocus 8×25 is a real lightweight, weighing just 304 grams. Anyone who thinks that this must compromise quality is mistaken; as is typical for Bushnell, all the latest innovations are on board. This includes multiple layers of coatings on the lens surfaces along with being nitrogen-purged to ensure no fogging due to temperature changes. This can happen anytime when hiking in the mountains, as all experienced hikers know only too well. The best feature: the built-in PermaFocus eliminates the need to continually adjust the focus – ensuring that you can immediately enjoy every precious moment of your tour.
Bushnell Spectator Sport Binoculars 8×25 PermaFocus
The Bushnell Spectator Sport with PermaFocus also comes in other sizes and objective lens diameters. All the binoculars that we recommend for travel or hiking can be found here. Take advantage of our wide range with many products in stock to find your new hiking binoculars.