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Monthly Archives: February 2007

28 Feb

Long time ago, birdwatchers were the people who left behind all the technologies and communed with nature, spending time observing and learning. But now most of them look like electronic stores when you meet them in the woods. Except birding binoculars, they also carry one or more digital cameras, i-pods, laser pointers, and much more. Professional alerting services, already popular in the United Kingdom and springing up in the U.S., allow hard-core hobbyists to receive notices of local sightings on their cell phones or BlackBerrys. Some of them even use microphones to record the sounds of birds. It’s become such …

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28 Feb

Last night I went out, and what I saw was gorgeous. Sky amazes me every time I look at it. I didn’t take my binoculars, but it didn’t prevent me from enjoying the night and the sky. I saw a cluster of small stars overhead. I think it was the star cluster Pleiades, which is also called “Seven Sisters”. On my opinion this is one of the finest and most famous in the heavens. If you look at it without astronomical binoculars, most likely you’ll be able to see only about six stars. But with observation binoculars up to 80 …

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27 Feb

Do you like locating celestial objects on the sky with your observation binoculars? Do you remember the total eclipse of the moon in October 2004? If you didn’t have a chance to see it then, now it’s your time! This Saturday we’ll be treated again to one of the nature’s rare celestial events. When the moon rises on Saturday, it’ll be already eclipsed in Earth’s shadow. If you want to see the totality, it’ll start at 5:44 PM. It’s interesting, but the shadow is composed of two cone shaped components. I don’t know all the details about this event, but …

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23 Feb

The new MINOX HG 8×33 binoculars were recently introduced by MINOX. This Minox Binocular is the perfect answer for those who want the outstanding features offered by the first four HG models but with less size and weight. Birdwatchers, hunters, or anyone who enjoys observing nature, will find the HG 8×33 a welcome companion. MINOX engineers developed a very effective new lens coating, with up to 21 layers on the glass surface to modify the various wavelengths of visible light. Another performance-enhancing feature is the innovative quick close-focus capability. Other key features include lockable diopter ring and high-tech optical glass, …

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23 Feb

I hope you love whales as much as I do, so today we’ll virtually travel to San Diego in order to enjoy watching them through binoculars.

If you’re in San Diego in the winter, you need to see the gray whales. In the winter you can see them near the shore as the pass by on the way to Mexico. The best time to come to San Diego to watch whales is December-February, when they’re heading south. You can also see them cruising by in spring, on the way back north, but they tend to be a little farther out.…

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21 Feb

Yesterday I read some info about what to look for in the night sky, so I wanted to share with you. As winter is going away, hurry and take a look at the wonderful winter constellation – Taurus (the Bull). It is in our southern sky on midwinter evenings. Taurus contains two magnificent star clusters, and is beautifully seen naked-eye as well as with astronomical binoculars. It’s biggest and brightest star is Aldebaran. If you don’t know how this star looks, then it’s very easy to find. Look for a copper-colored star in the way between the horizon and overhead. …

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20 Feb

It starts to get warmer, so yesterday I decided to get together all of my courage and go out with my astronomical binoculars to look at the night sky. I can tell you, it was amazing! It was a clear, calm and gorgeous night. Star parties are the best and coolest things I’ve ever seen! It turned out that that night was perfect for viewing stars, planets and star clusters. There were some other people around with telescopes and binoculars. And some of them even brought kids out too, and were helping them out with looking through their observation binoculars. …

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20 Feb

My husband and I have recently moved from Colorado, where we’ve lived for quite a long time. But we still have friends there, who we love and trust. So, one of them called us yesterday and told us a very interesting story-fact about a bold eagle.So, this took place at Tom Watson Park, Boulder, Colorado. A small cluster of birdwatchers stood motionless, with their binoculars raised, gazing at the tree. Overhead them was a young bald eagle, he was circling around his admirers and enjoying his freedom.Our friend is not a professional birdwatcher, it was only our hobby every time …

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16 Feb

Well, speaking about the sky, yesterday early in the morning southeastern’s sky at the beginning of twilligh Mars and Moon were very close to each other. I seemed that they were hugging or even kissing. Mars was only a few degrees to the left of the moon. And now they are visible very low in the east before dawn.I’m sure that everyone loves Mars, but since 2003 it has been getting farther from Earth. I can secrectly tell you that at this Christmas Eve will bring Mars closest and brightest for the whole 2007 year. So, between now and Christmas …

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15 Feb

In LOMBARD, Illinois bird watchers are still talking about a recent rare sighting of a snowy owl in suburban Lombard.I don’t know if you heard, or maybe even saw this rare thing in the Chicago suburb, Lombard. Some times you could even clearly see it with bear eyes, but to say you the truth, birding binoculars won’t hurt. For example, with Bushnell NatureView Binoculars you will be able to witness this beauty in its natural state.

Snowy owl usually prefers to stay in northern Canada, Russia or Greenland. They eat rodents, but when the food is short, they most likely …

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