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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

905-883-9191

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Interstellar Travel possible? “TO BOLDLY GO… New Lecture Series! November 25th,2014

Hello Everyone,

We are excited to announce our new lecture series: Interstellar Travel possible? “TO BOLDLY GO…
…where no man has gone before!” starts on November 25th,2014

The title above is taken from the opening monologue in the 1960s TV show “Star Trek”. Fifty years later, it still resonates with our current understandings and expectations for Space Exploration.

2015 will be the 250th “pre-anniversary” of when Captain James T. Kirk is imagined to have begun his five-year mission to explore distant worlds within our galaxy at the helm of the Federation starship Enterprise.

TV shows like Star Trek and movies like “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Contact” and “Interstellar” present visions based on well-established scientific concepts like Cosmology, Evolutionary Astrophysics, Special and General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics to explore our expectations and fears about the “New Frontier” of Space Exploration. They constantly remind us that great successes often come at a great cost.

On December 4th, the United Stated will launch its new Orion space capsule to test its ability to serve the next generation of astronauts heading to Mars. But in light of the very real recent crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and the many other losses to life and machines that have occurred over the years in pursuit of space exploration and exploitation, are we still willing to make such great sacrifices in order to keep moving forward in our quest to master space travel?

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

Drs.Tuba Koktay and Ian Shelton

Astronomy Nights! Saturday November 1st 2014

Join us for our Astronomy Nights at Cold Creek Conservation Area this Saturday evening at 5:30pm.

For more information as well as directions to Cold Creek, please visit our Astronomy Nights Page!

A Big Thank You!

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Specials from Hoya!

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Vivid Silks

New Eyes Old Skies has taken on a new venture with Vivid Silks.

We will feature a new artisan every 2 months.​ This month our resident artist is Kety Bagwalla. Kety’s silk designs are a magnificent compilation of floral design and abstract colours. We are carrying her hand painted silk scarves, wine covers, over- the-shoulder purses, eye glass cases, and business card holders.

Please see our excellent selection display.

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New from New Eyes Old Skies: Daystar Filters!

 

 

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A Big Thank You From New Eyes Old Skies

We would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all of those who participated at our Birthday Bash on June 7th 2014!  Our daytime program of Solar Observing and our evening program at Cold Creek Conservation Area was awesome and we had some great views of the Sun, Saturn, Mars, The Moon and a handful of deep sky objects!

Stay tuned for further details about Canada Day, July 1st!

ASTRONOMY 101: DISCOVER THE UNIVERSE

Drs. Ian Shelton & Tuba Koktay will take you on a weekly exploration of our Universe.

No prior knowledge of Astronomy or Physics is assumed. Each week, we’ll use pictures, videos, lively discussions and classroom demonstrations to help explain a few key concepts and reveal the beauty and majesty of the distant Universe. As weather permits, we’ll also step outdoors to show you some of the celestial objects we talk about in class, both using your unaided eyes and via a telescope. You are invited to request specific celestial objects to examine and discuss during the course using the Reservation request form linked below.

http://www.ddod.ca/YPU/

DAILIES TOTAL1 Contact Lenses

Introducing the Contact Lens that Feels like Nothing at All!

DAILIES TOTAL1® Daily Contact Lenses

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Available in single power format.
Lens Packaging available in 90 and 30 Packs

To schedule an appointment with our Optometrist or our Registered Optician Susan, please call us at 905-883-9191 or email us at neweyesoptometry@gmail.com

Please visit our Eyewear and Optometry Page for more details!

 

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Introducing Concept Eyewear

 

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Our exclusive eyewear lines are exquisitely unique, colorful and adventurous while delivering high quality and design value. The French design team turns to everyday objects, architecture and nature for inspiration. Each frame is expertly painted by hand twice and baked twice to ensure superior durable finishes. You will be amazed at the attention to detail!

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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

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.

Steve.

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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