Blogpost by Dr.-Ing. Matthias Engel and photos by Gerhard Engel
The clear and moonless night promises excellent observation conditions. The telescope and the observation plan with objects of the night sky is prepared. This is how many amateur astronomers around the world start their hobby, both the deep sky observers and the astronomy photographers. Additionally, the fascination also lies in being out in the night landscape, experiencing the nature during the dark half of the day. But it can get cold quickly in a clear night, even in summer, as a sky observer stays usually in one place. Warm clothing is therefore indispensable, from suitable functional clothing to a thick down jacket, so that the observation does not have to end prematurely because you’re freezing.
The CozyBag from Bergstop offers a new clothing solution that makes observations much more convenient for many astronomers. As a combination of warm jacket, comfortable sleeping bag, hood and gloves, it offers everything that astronomers need as an outer layer in one piece.
For the astronomer standing at the telescope, the CozyBag offers warmth all around, even on the legs. Openings for the hands always ensure the operation of the telescope equipment and the camera, much easier than with gloves. A hood warms your head and protects against drafts. If you take a seat on an astronomy chair or take a break, the CozyBag can be closed at the bottom and becomes a warm sleeping bag. Also ideal if you just want to look at the starry sky lying down or spend the night on site. Simply open it at the bottom and fold it up to a jacket - you are fully mobile.
The outer material made of robust rip-stop fabric is windproof, water- and dirt-repellent, but still breathable. The microfiber filling provides warmth for a wide range of comfort temperatures. Two outside pockets offer enough space for telescope accessories, while the inside pocket provides space for important documents. The reliable zipper with a finger loop is easy to use. The CozyBag can thus be quickly converted, from an open jacket to a closed sleeping bag, and thus adapted to the conditions at the observation site. The sleeves offer full freedom of movement. The CozyBag in black is inconspicuous at night, but you can still see it thanks to the contrasting zippers. But there are also variants in other colours available. CozyBag versions for lower temperatures don't leave winter stargazers out in the cold either.
With the CozyBag, astronomy-friendly clothing is finally on the market, functionally and attractively priced, which are important conditions for the hobby of astronomy and make it much more convenient.
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