About the Owl

A wise man once said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”


The wise Optics Owl (aka Bolt) is obviously not here to teach you about fishing, but the principal is pretty much the same. The Owl will guide you through the world of optics, teaching you what to look for and showing you what is available.

If you happen to notice Bolt in other articles on this site, pay special attention. He’ll be there when there’s something important for you to discover.

Whether you are a hunter, birder, astronomer, spy, or someone who just likes to see distant or tiny objects close up, the Owl can show you something you’ll be interested in.

The Owl was just a tiny Owlet in early 2016. He started out looking into (and through) binoculars, but he intends to expand his horizons by examining monoculars, night vision goggles, telescopes, microscopes, and many other kinds of optical gear.

The Owl really likes to write in-depth reviews of optical gear – both the popular and not so popular. He also tries to give you general information about optics that you’ll find interesting and useful – perhaps even something you’ll like to share.

Whenever possible, the Owl gets his hands (er…wings?) on the gear so he can give you his honest, first-hand experiences working with the binoculars, goggles, and so on. That way, you can decide for yourself, based on accurate information, whether a particular piece of optics will do what you need it to or not.

Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

Gary Sonnenberg
Gary Sonnenberg, the man behind the Owl

The man behind the Owl is Gary Sonnenberg. I’ve had an interest in several types of optics since I was rather young.

I had a microscope that I got as a Christmas present when I was in grade school. I can still remember spending many hours peering at the slides that came with it and looking for those teeny, tiny critters that you can sometimes see in a drop of water from the creek.

I got a used Tasco 66TE refractor telescope when I was in high school. I still have it today, as you can see in the picture below.

When I discovered that it was powerful enough to see the four large moons of Jupiter, I tried tracking them night after night. I wasn’t as successful at it as Galileo.

Tasco telescope
My trusty Tasco

Somewhere along the way, I got a pair of Vanguard BR-1050W binoculars that I sometimes use for bird watching. Unfortunately, one of the tubes doesn’t focus properly anymore.

The grandkids think they’re lots of fun to look through…backwards.

If there’s something the Owl and I can do to direct you in your search for suitable optics, don’t hesitate to ask. We’ll gladly help you learn how to “fish” for the best solution to your needs.