WISH LIST New stuff to spend your hard-earned cash on this month
Notebooks don’t need batteries, can be slipped into a pocket, are easy to write and sketch on and there are still birdwatchers who use them! Castelli’s ivory range has off-white FSC mix pages and includes pocket notebooks with a ribbon page marker, an elastic closing loop, a pocket inside the back cover, and a loop for the nice, chunky retro pencil that comes with it. You can even choose a design. castelli.co.uk. Don’t write-off 50mm scopes – they are small and light and if you have never tried one, you may be surprised at their performance. This one is about 25cm long, weighs just 700g and comes in straight and angled designs. The optics are fully multi-coated and it has dielectric coating on the prisms. You can digiscope with it and it has dual-focussing for extra precision. Close-focus is an impressive 2.5m. It comes with a stay-on case, too, which is very handy. hawkeoptics.com/nature.