Telescopes for birdwatching – what you need to know



Birdwatching is something that many consider a fun and exciting hobby, capable of offering plenty of distractions from the hectic days we live nowadays. Although it is true that spending time in nature while searching for rare or simply interesting birds might seem like a boring activity to the uninitiated, given the large number of those practicing it, I think there is something special to it. However, no matter if you are a newbie in the field or you simply want to switch from using binoculars to using a telescope, this blog entry should teach you just what you need to know about using telescopes for birdwatching.

So, the question many birdwatchers come to ask themselves is `why should I buy a telescope when I could settle for a regular pair of binoculars`? Well, such a question is a good starting point for this discussion. In fact, the two devices are quite similar as the same technology is used. Still, although they both use prisms to fit the focal spectrum into a compact image, the two technologies also part ways, as scopes enhance your birdwatching experience in many ways that binoculars cannot. And, when I say this, I mean that scopes have a greater capacity to magnify the image, the quality of the glass used in making the product is better and the overall brightness of the image is superior.

First thing first, the principal thing one should look for in such a device is easiness to carry. Size is of the utmost importance because you will end up carrying this device for quite long periods of time. So, the model you end up buying should be quite light so that it will allow you to move in accordance with your needs.

Moreover, magnification is another key aspect. To put it simply, If binoculars are capable of magnifying the image up to 10 times, specs are even more advantageously designed, as they have magnification between 15 and 75x.  However, this feature depends greatly on the eyepiece and size of the model you end up choosing. So, opt for a model that gives you the possibility to observe in detail objects that are far away from the place you are standing, so that you won’t have to get close to your objective and scare the birds away.

Last but definitely not least, make sure your new acquisition is equipped with a light and steady tripod. In this regard, my advice to you is that you invest in a telescope made out of carbon fiber as this material is both very resistant and light. However, because this material might be rather expensive to most if you don’t want to make a serious investment, settle for a model constructed from lightweight aluminum tubing, as it should do the trick.



3 resources for finding out about new space discoveries



A space discovery is a subject many people find exciting and exhilarating. And, if you think about it, there is something extraordinary, and, at the same time frightening about the subject. Knowing that somebody managed to decipher a new element about the great unknown space that starts when the last ozone layer ends, makes us people curious about what still lays in the shadows. The reason this happens, I believe, is the fact that we, as people are still curious about the unknown and we are hooked by anything that still poses a mystery. And, judging by this criterion, the Universe is still a big, unsolved puzzle that teases our expectations.

However, when it comes to being informed about new space discoveries, one should act with prudence, as the web is filled by sites that cannot be trusted and that should, at all cost, be avoided. So, below I have put together the top 3 resources for finding out about new space discoveries. These sites are, from my point of view, the most up to date and reliable resources any space enthusiast can count on when it comes to the validity of the information they offer.

The first site I want to mention is This site should be, in fact, the main source you should count on. In this regards, NASA’s official site offers its readers the latest news about projects and discoveries, updates about current missions, educational video series as well as a live TV feature. Apart from being quite informative, this resource is also fascinating in itself. Who would have thought that, whenever one wants, she/he could sit back and enjoy an up-to-the-minute transmission of space itself?

The next source I want to share with you is This website is also a reliable resource as it offers users a newsfeed filled with the latest headlines about space. What stands out about it is the fact that it is easy to use. With just one click, you can access topics such as tech, spaceflight, science and astronomy, search for life and much more. Just give it a try, you won’t regret it!

Last but not least, you should try In fact, for a better experience, I suggest you download their app. In that way, any time you open your laptop or mobile phone, you will be able to not only get info about new discoveries, but also use live sky charts to uncover the mysterious facets of the sky by yourself, from the comfort of your home, here, on Earth.

This is it! These are my three favorite resources for finding out about new space discoveries. I hope you will find them as interesting and as fascinating as I did, and that they will help you keep in touch with the news coming directly from the Universe.

Beginner’s telescope – always watch the awe-inspiring Universe

Buying a telescope is a decision that will not disappoint. As a passionate astronomy fan who has quite the collection of telescopes, I can easily tell you that the experience of having your own star analyzing device is amazing. Just imagine how mind-blowing is the idea that you can be able to watch the always awe-inspiring Universe from the comfort of your home! So, because I still remember the difficulties I experienced when I first had to decide what kind of telescope I wanted to buy, today I am sharing with you some tips and tricks about what you should have in mind when buying a beginner’s telescope.

One of the first features you should check is the model’s aperture or how large is the telescope’s front lens is. The reason you have to pay attention to this element is the fact that the size of the lens matters because it controls the quantity of light captured by the telescope. In other words, the size of the aperture reflects on the quality of the view you will have of the objects placed at a great distance; a big lens means more clearly viewed remote objects.

Then, be sure to check the size of the `f-number`. Also known as the focal ratio, or speed of the telescope, this feature controls the magnification capacity of your device. To keep things simple, let me put it this way: if you want a telescope that allows you to see small details on the moon, buy one with a high focal ratio, if you want to have a wide eyepiece view, settle for a model with a small `f-number`.

Stability is the key when making this kind of acquisition! What I mean by this is that a great telescope is that one that has a stable mount. As a result, you will be capable to easily follow moving elements in the sky, such as stars. For greater stability, I suggest you opt for a model with the Equatorial Mount, as it is easier to use. However, if you don’t want to invest too much on this kind of device, an altazimuth mount should work just as well once you get the hang of it. A further detail that you should know is the fact that the models with the altazimuth mount feature are usually lighter. So, if you want to take your new acquisition on stargazing trips, this type of model is probably better fitted for your needs.

Well, I think that this entry covers the basics. Before making your decision try not buy a model that is too expensive. Keep in mind that you are a beginner in the field and that this first telescope that you are buying should just teach you the basics. Have fun shopping!

How to get your kids interested in science



Developing your kid’s interest in science is always a great idea. Having a child that enjoys asking questions about all that surrounds him/her is the first step in cultivating in them the so much appreciated skills of being inquisitive and willing to analyze the unknown. Although science may seem cold and unappealing to most at first, there are a few tricks you can pull out of your sleeve to trick and get them interested. So, today I will try to present to you a few strategies you can use to get your kids curious about this field of knowledge.



Visit the museum

I can still remember the first time my dad and I visited the local museum. There is just something fascinating about museums; maybe it’s the fading smell of antiquities, the mysterious feeling one gets when he/she walks the dimly lighted corridors or maybe it’s something appealing and intriguing about the glass display cases that draw a barrier between you and actual pieces of history, who could tell! However, kids cannot resist it and it is almost impossible not to get engulf in the spirit of museums. So, if you want to both spend time with your son/daughter but also do something educative that will lure them into finding science fascinating, a trip to the museum is just what you should plan for next weekend.


A science kit

Science is always more interesting when you uncover the unknown by your own. So, to make sure your kids don’t lose their initial enthusiasm about science as time goes by, I suggest you buy them a fun science kit. By doing so, you will be able to allow them enough liberty and also help them develop a sense of independence and individualism.


Learn side by side

There are still many uncharted territories in the field of science and, when I say this, I don’t only refer to science in general, but also about our own general knowledge. So, why don’t you use this to your advantage? An enjoying activity you can share with your son or daughter is to constantly surprise each other with science trivia. To start this game, you simply have to start asking questions and try to find solutions by working together. In this way, you and your kid will learn more not only about the world but also about each other, so, why don’t you give it a go?

Other cool ways you can get your kids interested in science could be by taking trips and exploring nature, enrolling him/her in a science camp for the summer or even simply watching TV movies and documentaries together.

3 things you might not know about Stephen Hawking



It’s hard to imagine that, today, Stephen Hawking’s name doesn’t ring a bell to everybody. Whether or not people are actually aware of what he was able to achieve in the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity, he is one of the highly appreciated geniuses that we have the privilege to call ourselves contemporary with. So, as a way of celebrating him, and his amazing life, I have decided to compose this short list of 3 things you might not know about Stephen Hawking.

First, you may not be aware of this but Stephen Hawking is one of the few Americans to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  This medal is, in fact, the highest civilian award one can receive in U.S.A. and is a way in which particular civilian’s actions are acknowledged as a contribution to the security or the national interest of the country. Hawking was given the medal by former president Barack Obama on August 12, 2009. Other important people who were rewarded this award were:  Pope John XXIII, John F. Kennedy,  the Apollo 13 crew or Angela Merkel.

Secondly, due to his fast rise to stardom, Stephen Hawking has become one of the most familiar faces and voices in today’s culture. What’s fascinating though is the fact that he is neither afraid nor upset by the fact that his image is being used as a cultural reference. Moreover, this was made even clearer when he actually agreed to appear in a couple of well-known movies and TV shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation where he makes a series of funny jokes in the company of Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton; The Simpsons or Futurama.

Thirdly, although British by birth, the robotic voice produced by the synthesizer that he uses has a distinct non-British accent. Even though due to the evolution of technology he could have modified his synthesizer and make it so that he speaks with a British accent, it has been reported that the scientist refused to give up this part of his persona, as he believes that a change would interfere with who he is to the overall public. His choice is somehow understandable given the fact that his voice, the one that he has been using for the last decades, is one of the easiest to spot elements about him.

An additional fun fact that all technology addicts will sure find interesting is the fact that the device he now uses to speak was so neatly designed that it is capable of determining the words he wants to speak by just detecting cheek movement.