The Great American Eclipse, the first total eclipse in the USA in 100 years, occurs Aug. 21st. Hopefully you already have solar filters for your binocular and/or telescope, as we (and most other astronomy vendors) sold out some time ago. If you are using one of our Novagrade smartphone or tablet adapters to photograph or video this event, here’s a tip that will improve the quality of what you capture. When using a solar filter, the image of the sun is relatively-dark compared to the ambient light around the adapter. The camera will adjust exposure based on the filtered sun, but this will make reflections from ambient light very apparent. The solution is to seal off the gap between the phone or tablet and the adapter. Just two strips of electrical tape is all that is needed (see picture above of the Novagrade tablet adapter mounted on the Oberwerk 20-60×82 Sport ED Spotting Scope with Thousand Oaks S-4000 solar filter).
The 47th Annual Apollo Rendezvous is one of the noted annual gatherings of amateur astronomers in the Midwest. Each year, amateur astronomers join with friends and colleagues from around the world at the birthplace of aviation, Dayton, Ohio.
Saturday kicks off at 9:00 AM, at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, with presentations scheduled throughout the day, including-
“Robots in Space – The Exploration of Our Solar System” and “Recent Adventures with Hubble Space Telescope” -G. Fritz Benedict, Senior Research Scientist with McDonald Observatory.
“23 Years of Amateur Astronomy” -Charlie Warren, managing editor of Amateur Astronomy Magazine.
“Clear Skies – Forecasting the Final Frontier” -Tara Hastings, Meteorologist with WDTN Channel 2 News.
The day continues with vendors, planetarium shows, door prizes and raffles. Weather permitting, the evening will wind down with a BBQ and star-gazing at John Bryan State Park Observatory.
Our Deluxe Series and Ultra Series binoculars (except for the 10×50 Ultra) now come with the new Oberwerk Heavy-Duty Aluminum-Frame Case. On first glance, these new cases look similar to last year’s cases, but they are substantially stronger and simply much better quality. The only downside is they are almost twice as heavy as the old cases- but we’re sure you’ll agree it’s worth the extra weight to have a much better case protecting your binocular investment.
Oberwerk will be exhibiting at the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) in Suffern, NY on Apr. 8 & 9, 2017. NEAF is the largest astronomy convention in the world. We’ll have all Oberwerk products on display, as well as our new line of Oberwerk-USA wood tripods. Our new tripods are made in Dayton, OH and are crafted from beautiful American hardwoods (poplar, maple, and walnut).
Every year about this time, we’re asked what we’re doing for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. For 17 years, the answer is always the same- our products never go “on sale”, with the exception of discontinued items. Whenever you’re ready to order, any time of year, you’ll get our best price. We’re pretty-well stocked on most of our products, and we do have two more incoming shipments in the next 3 weeks- but we will run out of some items before Christmas. We therefore recommend that you order sooner rather than later. We just received a shipment containing our popular 25/40×100 “Contemporary” Long-Range Observation binoculars, but all were pre-sold to waiting customers- so they are still “out-of-stock”. Another shipment containing those arrives in mid-December, in time for Christmas delivery to the contiguous USA. The 25/40×100 “Classic” version is in stock. So order early and often!
Crystal Cruise’s Serenity just completed a 30-day cruise of the Northwest Passage. The Serenity is equipped with twelve of our 25/40×100 Long-Range Observation Binoculars. Four are placed on the Palm Court, some are moved around on the decks, and the rest are installed in penthouse suites. In the video below, the Cruise Director, standing next to one of our binoculars, talks about this first-ever voyage by a cruise ship. Crystal Cruise Lines is now taking reservations for the 2017 Northwest Passage Cruise (Aug. 15th – Sept. 16th).
Broadcasting live from Crystal Serenity.
Posted by Crystal Cruises on Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Oberwerk is a new sponsor of the largest gathering of bird-watchers in the USA- The Biggest Week in American Birding, in Northwest Ohio, “The Warbler Capital of the World”. Come see us at Optics Alley at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, May 8th-11th, where we’ll be demoing our new Sport HD Series binoculars, Mariner Series, the BT-70-45 and BT-100, and also introducing our new Sport ED Series.
Oberwerk’s home in the former City of Dayton Fire Station #15 was awarded a “Historic Landmark” plaque from the City of Dayton.