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Eyewear and Optometry

Comprehensive examinations for children (starting at 2 years) adults and seniors as well as manage a host of eye conditions  

Please see our Optometry Page for more Information and Appointments

You Can Find Us At:

The Leslie Centre, Unit A7-1390

Major Mackenzie Drive East

Richmond Hill, Ontario,L4S 0A1




At New Eyes Old Skies we love PREVIOUSLY OWNED  astronomy equipment.  Our consignment floor space is always excepting new products. Our knowledgeable staff will always guide you in the right direction. Either give us a call or drop by at your earliest convenience.

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An event not to be missed – A Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon.

Please join New Eyes Old Skies for an evening at Saddington Park in Mississauga, on Sunday, September 27. (Address is 53 Lake Street, Mississauga, L5B 3Y3  –  GPS  or Google Saddington Park for exact directions).

We are gathering at the park starting at 7:30 pm.  All welcome. We encourage you to bring your own scopes or binoculars.  There will be scopes from other observers. Bring your family and friends to this unique event. Saddington is near the lake, so please dress according to the season. Don’t forget your camera or you can use your iPhone  to make some great memories.

See you there!

Photo by Armand Pede

Photo by Armand Pede


Just to note that we will be having Solar Observing with Malcolm Jardine today, as weather permits. He will be set up till 4:30 pm.

Please join us on our Piazza for today’s session. Malcolm will be showing us Sunspots in all their glory.

This is a no charge event that we feature at New Eyes Old Skies.


Televue 6mm Delos




Televue 21mm Ethos




H-Alpha Solar scope.  Able to observe prominences , filaments, granulations, and CME’s. Includes  20mm and 4mm  eyepieces.




It seems like along way off, but when you stop to think about it, Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away.

Just a small change for the up-coming Thanksgiving Weekend.We will be open Friday, October 9th, from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. New Eyes Old Skies will be taking a family weekend for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. As you and yours celebrate time together, we here at New Eyes Old Skies wish you all the best for the holiday weekend. We will return on the Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

We wish all our customers a very happy Thanksgiving.


This  Double Header should be on your radar. It is not very often that we are treated with three special events over a three month stretch. The full Moon’s of August 29, September 28, and October 27, should be added to your calendar. In particular, the evening of September 27 should be highlighted in  RED … That is the evening when the Moon will be totally eclipsed and at Perigee  with the Earth and Sun, ie. Perigee-Syzygy. This refers to the straight line configuration of the three celestial bodies  Earth – Moon – Sun

The full Moon’s of August, September and October are all designated  as Super Moons.The August Moon is the only one that is also known as  a Sturgeon Moon, a Corn Moon or a Grain Moon.  In August and October, the centres  of these Moons, to the centre of  the Earth are less than 361,836 kms apart ,Super Moon worthy.  But  the full Moon of September 28, is when the moon is 356,877 kms from the Earth, (centre to centre) the closest of all the Super Moon’s!

Starting on the evening of September 27,   the eclipse of the moon will last for approximately  3 hours and 20 minutes. Our Moon will  be bathed in the Earth’s umbral shadow, revealing  that beautiful red hue , we call a “Blood Moon”. Don’t miss this amazing event…..

We at New Eyes Old Skies, will be carrying an excellent  assortment of Binoculars and Telescopes for  all your  evening viewing. Please don’t hesitate in calling Bruce to place orders for that special filter or eyepiece. Clients have already started to place their orders. Call us before the back orders start. This is a wonderful family viewing event not to be missed. Astrophotographers get those cameras  ready !   We can order your imagers too…


The Moon

The Moon


Photo by Armand Pede

Photo by Armand Pede


Televue Starbeam   ON SALE  $259.95


Televue Pronto   70 mm      ON SALE    $549.95


ON SALE! Previously Owned Celestron CGE Mount $1,949.00

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Product Features:

  • Adjustable Height Tripod
  • One 11kg counterweights
  • Mini-Pier
  • Computer Handcontroller with 40,000 Object Database
  • Accepts D Style Dovetails
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  • An improved Super HD Tripod supports the CGE mount. This fully extendable tripod is made from the finest cold rolled carbon steel and can be raised to a height of 50″. The tripod uses a dual leg support for maximum rigidity with an upper leg brace to provide an outward preload and a lower leg brace providing inward tension.

CGE Equatorial Mounts Can Easily be Balanced on Both Axes:
Balancing the weight of camera equipment and other visual accessories is accomplished by simply sliding the counterweight for Right Ascension and moving the optical tube along its dovetail mounting for Declination. This means that no additional weight needs to be added to balance the telescope when additional accessories are added.

On Sale $1,949.00 !     SEE THE MOUNT IN OUR STORE

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New Eyes Old Skies Observing at Cold Creek Conservation on Saturday, March 14

We will be having our last winter session of the “Snowshoe Walk” at Cold Creek on Saturday, March 14 starting at 7:00 pm.

Steve Owen and Marc Fitkin will be leading the evening talk . After the talk, be will be heading out on the trail. Please note that all the snowshoe rentals have been spoken for.

If you have your own snowshoes, please bring them along. Snow boots or hiking boots are a good substitute . Dress warmly  with a hat, scarf and gloves; evenings are still cool.

There will not be any scope observing due to our 2 hour window at Cold Creek;  Binoculars are recommended for the trail walk.

Hot Chocolate and tea will be served after the walk.

See you at 7:00 pm !

New from New Eyes Old Skies: Daystar Filters!




Camouflage – Necessary or Not?

Camouflage – Necessary or Not?

This seems to be a topic that elicits an opinion from birders whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner.  There also doesn’t seem to be much in the way of a “grey” area; you are either for it or against it.  Fortunately (for me), this blog is not being written to try to ‘convert’ anyone from one side or the other; it is just a brief dissertation of personal experiences (and, since I am writing this, it will by my personal experiences).

Before I begin, I will let you know that I am a bird photographer and I do wear camouflage clothing, including pants, shirt, gloves, mitts, hat, toque, and coat.  Also, I have camouflage on my main lens.

I believe that the necessity to wear camouflage depends both on the type of birding you are doing and the location of your birding.

Type of Birding

There are 2 specific types of birding – watching and photographing.

Bird watchers typically have a good pair of binoculars, or a strong spotting scope, that they can use to find, observe, and identify the birds.  Some will note in their book the bird they saw, whether it was male or female, in breeding plumage, where they saw it, etc… whereas others are just happy to be able to find and see the bird.  Generally they do not stay in the same place a long time unless there are a large number of different birds there; they will observe and then move on.  Also, and here is the salient point, they generally do not have to get very close to the bird.  With the binoculars and spotting scopes, they can stay a fair distance away and still get some extraordinary views of their subject; they do not have to try to blend in with the surroundings; and bird watchers do not need to have the bird out in the open; then can identify it even if it is deep in the foliage.  For bird watchers, then, camouflage is probably not necessary; they can get just a good a view without it.

Bird photographers, on the other hand, have a different raison d’être.  They are trying to get as good a picture of the bird as possible and are not happy just to have seen the bird.  A lot of photographers try to sell their pictures (writer included) and therefore need to get clear, clean shots of the bird in its’ natural environment, hopefully not distracted by the photographer.  The picture always looks better if the bird is doing what comes naturally and not trying to hide or fly away because it was spooked.  To do this, there is a necessity to try to hide from the bird and blend in with the surroundings.  Birds see us differently than we do; to them we are a big, dark mass approaching, very unnerving and quite scary to a very small bird.  What camouflage will do, besides allowing the photographer to blend in, is break up the big, dark mass into smaller pieces that does not frighten the bird (as much).  Camouflage will not ‘hide’ the photographer, nor will it do too much if they are tromping through the bush and making a lot of noise (movement is still movement, no matter what you are wearing) but, if they are still enough it might allow the bird to come to the forefront and take some great pictures.


Location also will factor into whether camouflage is necessary.  If you are out in the wilderness, or a conservation area, where there are generally not very many people, then camouflage could help.  If, on the other hand, you are at a well attended park (such as Colonel Sam Smith Park or Humber Bay Park) the birds are a bit more acclimatized to humans and are more accessible.

Personal Observations

I know photographers who swear by their camouflage, and I know photographers who swear that it is never needed.  I also know watchers who wear camouflage and those who don’t.  In the end, it is a personal choice; there is really no ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ way to do it.  It is how you feel about it that matters.

Personally, I wear camouflage because I find that, where I do most of my birding, it does help me get closer to the birds and get better shots.  I have done it with and without and prefer with.


Getting Started In Astronomy

Here are some of the links to the resources mentioned in the presentation for getting started in Astronomy:

NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

North York Astronomical Association

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Sky & Telescope Magazine

Astronomy Magazine

SkyNews Magazine


As for the products mentioned in the slide show be sure to talk to us in the store.

We are here to help you.  We would love to hear your comments.



  • Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.

    ~ Socrates

  • We find them smaller and fainter, in constantly increasing numbers, and we know that we are reaching into space, farther and farther, until, with the faintest nebulae that can be detected with the greatest telescopes, we arrive at the frontier of the known universe.
    ~ Edwin Powell Hubblel
  • If there is anything that can bind the heavenly mind of man to this dreary exile of our earthly home and can reconcile us with our fate so that one can enjoy living—then it is verily the enjoyment of the mathematical sciences and astronomy.

    ~ Johannes Kepler

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