Christopher Witt

Christopher Witt

An outdoor enthusiast, hiker, and camper with more than 20 years of experience looking through telescopes, spotting scopes, binoculars, monoculars, riflescopes, and other optics of all sizes and shapes, Christopher Witt has managed to fill his garage with enough big boy toys to make his friends jealous and his wife crazy. When he’s not down at the beach watching the sailboats on the bay or staying up well past his bedtime surveying the night sky, he’s falling down click-holes on the Internet, researching his next telescope and binocular purchase—or obsessing about a new crazy conspiracy theory.

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20 hours ago
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Humans’ fascination with the stars is as old as our ability to think and ask questions. For millennia we, as a species, were limited to observing the heavens with just our eyes. Of course, back then we were able to see more because light pollution didn’t exist, but making detailed observations was impossible. The invention of the microscope led to the development of the telescope, which allowed...
1 week ago
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The recent Transit of Mercury was a pretty big deal for a lot of reasons. I won’t go into too much detail about the actual event (we covered that pretty well already, on the B&H in Space page) but I’m talking about our coverage of the event. B&H partnered with...
1 month ago
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On the morning of Monday, November 11, 2019, the planet Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2016. The transit of a planet across the face of the Sun is a relatively rare occurrence since, as seen from Earth, only transits of Mercury and Venus are possible—those being the only two planets within the inner solar system and closer to the sun than our own. There are only about 13...
7 months ago
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If you’re in the New York City area (and maybe even if you’re not), you’ve heard about the, let’s say, “issues” commuters have had with the busiest commuter rail system in North America: The Long Island Railroad (LIRR). There’s a reason Twitter accounts have handles like “heLLIRR_Rider” and such. Well, guess what? I’m one of those commuters. Faced with the prospect of daily delays, cancellations...
7 months ago
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Typically, discussions centered around introducing people to stargazing focus on children and adolescents, but I think that is too limiting. The reality is that there are as many and varied people who are interested in, and excited about, learning astronomy but are either confused about where to start or are unaware of the progress technology and manufacturing processes have made in recent years...
10 months ago
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Spoiler: It’s REALLY BRIGHT! I wait at a stop light and feel my truck rock side to side as it’s buffeted by a gust of wind coming off the water of Oyster Bay Harbor. Glancing down at my dash, I read the temperature display: 33° F. Without the wind chill. I stare at it and question my intelligence. When I get to the Center Island Causeway on the shore of the Long Island Sound I know that, with...
10 months ago
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Since its introduction at the dawn of the 21st century, the Ultravid HD-Plus family of binoculars has been Leica’s flagship line, to the adoration of fans around the world. This year the company is taking the precision engineering and optical quality that are the hallmarks of the...
10 months ago
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Winter is here and we all need to dress appropriately while we’re outside—whether we’re working or playing. Dressing right is important for any number of reasons—from just being comfortable on a chilly windy day all the way to avoiding debilitating frostbite (which, according to the Mayo...
10 months ago
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Waning Crescent. Waxing Gibbous. Blue Moon. Supermoon. Whether you watch the local weather and the meteorologist rattles off what phase the moon is in on that specific day, or some special type of full moon happens to catch on during a slow news cycle, there are a lot of terms to describe the moon. And that makes sense, considering how long mankind has been looking at it (forever) and how much we...
10 months ago
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With the upcoming total lunar eclipse poised to be the “Big Thing” for 2019 (visible throughout North America), we here at B&H’s Space Headquarters were planning on putting together a tour of the moon as a primer for those readers who may not know that much about our closest neighbor in the solar system… but then we realized that NASA is pretty awesome at stuff like that and had already put...
11 months ago
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Remnants left over from the earliest formation of our solar system, comets are thought to originate from the theoretical Oort Cloud. Located far out beyond even the farthest planet, it is thought to contain as many as 2 trillion objects, each of which has the potential to become a long-period comet. These objects are often referred to as “dirty snowballs” because they are mostly made of rock and...
11 months ago
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Despite their popularity, the way binoculars work, what makes one better (or different) than another, and what all the numbers mean, are still rather mysterious to many prospective buyers. Read on and find out all you need to know about the ubiquitous binocular before making your choice so you can be sure you’re choosing the right one for whatever you’re planning on viewing. The Basics Simply...
1 year ago
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From personal experience, whenever I try to describe to someone who’s never seen what the rings of Saturn look like through a telescope or how a sunspot moves and changes shape as it transits the chromosphere over the course of weekend, there is definitely something lost in the telling. Wouldn’t it be great if even a novice astronomer with just some basic gear and knowledge could capture their...
1 year ago
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When I started hearing the buzz in the astronomy community about how Comet 46P/Wirtanen was coming in hot through our Solar System, my ears proverbially perked up. A quick Google search revealed that this is a truly historic apparition and one that justly deserves the buzz. (The term “apparition,” in astronomy, refers to the appearance or time when a comet, especially a periodic one, is visible...
1 year ago
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Now that the March of the Planets is winding down, I’d bet you’re wondering what astronomical wonders await us in the back half of the year. Well, wonder no more! The Perseid Meteor Shower is coming, and it’s the biggest shower of the year, hitting its peak on the night...
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