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There is something great happening up there and coming your way…
Starting with May 9 th, there is the rare “Transit of Mercury”. Then on May 22 rd, the incredible “Mars Opposition”. Not since 2005 has it been this good; 46 million miles away.
June 3 rd holds in store the “Opposition of Saturn” in the constellation Ophiuchus.
of Leo, is Jupiter. Also observable are it’s four large moons.
M45 The Pleiades taken Jan. 6, 2016 and below M42 AND M43 taken Feb. 22,2016
We have added to our “previously owned” section,this excellent astrophotography scope with many added extras for yourself or that special someone. Come to the store to see this great deal !!
Losmandy GM8 with CG11 Tripod and 9.25 ” Celestron SCT includes Solar Filter, 25 mm Eyepiece, Messier and Overlooked Object Guide books, 9.25″ tube and Telrad Dew Heaters with controller, Hand controller, AC/DC power source, DC cigarette lighter power adapter PLUS a Wil Tirion Star Chart….
Please see “Astronomy Nights” on the drop down menu for directions and for dressing in a conservation environment.
Hope to see you at the site. You are more than welcome to bring other family members or guests.
Our Opera Glasses are on sale for a NEW YEAR special price of 30% off !
What a great gift for that music or theatre goer on your list.
Whether on the traditional stem or with a chain, these glasses are sure to please.
Pouch carrying case included. Lots of colours available
Just in time for your spring celestial viewing…. Designed with the specifications of David H. Levy , f/4.8, focal length 731 mm, primary mirror diameter 152 mm, carbon fibre Maksutov-Newtonian Reflector
In support of the Sharing the Sky Foundation. This Comet Catcher comes with its own case, 2″ focuser with fine focus, right angle erect image illuminated finder scope, 1.25 inch adapter and extension tube, cradle rings with handle and vixen dovetail.
At New Eyes Old Skies, we have designed special presentation boxes. What are presentation boxes?
These are beautifully designed gift boxes presented to your loved one in the event that your scope has to be ordered. They are custom created by our resident craft designer.
Little extras can be added to your custom creation to give your gift a very special personal touch.
For Birthdays, Anniversaries, Retirement Gifts or any occasion.
“Like the Universe, imagination is endless” K. C. Garnet
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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