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“50th Anniversary Limited Edition” Celestron CPC with Carbon Fibre Tube. The newest addition to our Show Room Floor.
8″ Schmidt-Cassegrain in mint condition. This unit comes with a 8 x 50 Finderscope, a 1.25″ Diagonal and an AC/DC Adapter. Plus a JMI case w/over-sized wheels.
To sweeten the deal, this package is teamed up with a Special Edition Eyepiece Kit . The Barlow and the Eyepieces are all accented in gold for the 50th Anniversary.
Everything in for the amazing price of $2695.00
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.
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 !
It’s cold and clear and the sun is shining for February. To celebrate the sun , we are having a HUGE SALE on Eye wear.
50% OFF Selected Sunglasses and Frames with the purchase of prescription lenses
Just arrived ! Denkmeier Binoviewers with case and accessories. Lightly Used and at a great price.
Call us for the details. What a great Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone.
Flowers and chocolate are fine, but a telescope lasts a lifetime. This year is the International Year of Light. So light up your Valentine with the promise of the universe.
New Eyes Old Skies will definitely help you make the right choice in eye pieces, binoculars, astronomy accessories and the ultimate, a new telescope!
Valentine’s Day is Saturday February 14th.
Bruce and Susan will be happy to sort out all of your wish list items.
We are excited to announce our new lecture series: With this being “The International Year of Light”, we would like to introduce to you our new lecture series
INTERMEDIATE ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY – WINTER 2015
Be ready to photograph the Total Lunar Eclipse happening Easter weekend. This is a 4 – part series. The sessions will cover an introduction to the Celestial Realm, Processing , Working with raw images and the Skills required for good picture taking using a telescope.
Pre-requisite: only a very basic knowledge of astronomy is assumed, and you should know how to operate your camera.
This 2 hour class runs from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm starting on Monday February 9th at New Eyes Old Skies.
Light refreshment is served.
Please visit our website www.ddod.ca for more information and register online.
Lectures will be held at New Eyes Old Skies Store in Richmond Hill.
Returning customers will get a one time only discount! thank you for your patronage.
Hope to see you at our lectures and as always please feel free to share this e-mail with your friends who would like to learn astronomy..:)
Thank you in advance to show interest in our programs
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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.
Here are some of the links to the resources mentioned in the presentation for getting started in Astronomy:
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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