Ultimate Birding in Minnesota: 10,000 Lakes and Birds?

You know Minnesota as the land of 10,000 lakes, but birding in Minnesota is just as popular as the lakes.

Bird watching in Minnesota is something you can do in virtually every part of the state. Birders more often do their thing in the open countryside or in the forests, but you may have to wander into the cities to find some species.

Take a good pair of binoculars no matter which type of landscape or cityscape you venture into.

Minnesota state bird: Common Loon
Minnesota state bird: Common Loon

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This article is your ultimate guide to birding in Minnesota. It includes dozens of links to the most common, as well as a few uncommon, birding sites throughout the state. Continue reading “Ultimate Birding in Minnesota: 10,000 Lakes and Birds?”

The Galileo Telescope: What’s the Big Deal?

GalileoMany people think that Galileo invented the telescope. Maybe you do too. If so, I hate to burst your bubble, but the Galileo telescope was not the first one ever made.

Why then does Galileo get so much attention related to the telescope? Who did invent it and when? Do we still have the original telescopes?

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Ultimate Birding in Wisconsin: With Cheese and Beer?

This is the first of what I hope will be 50 articles on birding in each state of the United States. I’m starting with birding in Wisconsin because it’s my home state. I’ve lived here all my life except for a handful of years in Nebraska.

Robin – Wisconsin state bird

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To many people, Wisconsin is primarily known for cheese (also cheeseheads) and beer. (There’s at least one tavern in virtually every town, large and small.) Wisconsin is also known as the Dairy State.

It may come as a surprise to you then that Wisconsin is also a wonderful state for birding. There are hundreds of species located there. Some, such as cranes, even have a special place that you can read about below. Continue reading “Ultimate Birding in Wisconsin: With Cheese and Beer?”

NexStar Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes for Astrophotography

You’ve seen the awesome pictures of cool looking deep space objects. Now you’d love to be able to capture some of your own using astrophotography (also called astroimaging). Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes along with a suitable camera are just the ticket for you.


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Nikon Action EX Binoculars Review

Quick! What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the brand Nikon?

It’s cameras, isn’t it? (At least, that’s what I normally think of off the bat.) But Nikon doesn’t only make great cameras and camera lenses. They also make wonderful optics like binoculars. That’s what this review will concentrate on: the Nikon Action EX series binoculars.

Nikon Action EX Extreme 10x50
Nikon Action EX Extreme 10×50

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Leupold Rangefinder RX-1200i: The Best Rangefinder Made?

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Whether you’re a rifle hunter, an archer, or a golfer, there will come a time when you want to know precisely how far away your target – the elk, the deer, or the pin – is. Probably that time has already come. That’s why you’re here to find out more about the Leupold Rangefinder model RX-1200i.

Is this Leupold range finder that best one made? Are there better options available in laser rangefinders? What makes the RX-1200i special? Continue reading “Leupold Rangefinder RX-1200i: The Best Rangefinder Made?”

Celestron SkyMaster 25×100: Good Astronomy Binoculars

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Chances are that, if you’re already seriously looking at the night sky as an amateur astronomer, you already own a telescope. Have you ever considered owning a good pair of astronomy binoculars like the Celestron SkyMaster 25×100 set? Now is the right time to give them some consideration.

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Bushnell PowerView Binoculars: Are They Worth Your Money?

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Bushnell has been around for a long time. They are normally a respected brand. But are the Bushnell PowerView binoculars worthy of the same respect?

Bushnell Powerview

In this review of the PowerView series, we’ll look at what Bushnell has to offer, especially with their high-powered binoculars models. We’ll look in particular at what others have discovered when using them and try to determine whether these compact binoculars are worth your money. Continue reading “Bushnell PowerView Binoculars: Are They Worth Your Money?”