Saturday, December 27, 2008

New birding gadgets

So what happens when a birder gets a new gadget?  A new blog post! That's what! lol 

I received a green laser pointer for Christmas. For those that don't know, it's a great tool for pointing out birds. I can pretty much dispense with the "clock system" now on all but the brightest days.  For really bright days, I can use a mirror so point out birds.  But, if all else fails, I do have the good old "Clock system." lol 

Anyway, today, I hauled out my camera (and yes it still works even after the icing down) and set the shutter speed to 30" and, for some shots, Bulb and tried to get some cool laser pointer shots. 

Ha, my brother suggested drawing a car. 
I think it came out pretty well.

I tried letters, but that didn't work so well.

It's laser beams everywhere! 

I think it's a pretty cool tool. At night, there's enough dust in the air that you can see the beam forever.  I have yet to test it for range but I think I can put a spot on a mountain about 5 mi away. It's also useful for pointing out constellations and features on the moon.  

Happy Birding! 


Birdnerdguy said...

This looks a bit frightening in your hands...

A. ☮ said...

Haha, cool pictures! I gotta try that... looks like fun!