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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

neweyesoldskies@gmail.com

MERCURY MONDAY WAS AMAZING…….

As the morning flip-flopped  from sunny to overcast to  finally opening up to a day worth remembering.

The conditions being near perfect for the transit of Mercury.

Malcolm Jardine set up his telescope  on our patio for some awesome viewing and photography of this rare event.

We had a lot of folks come over to look through the scope. It was an excellent way of starting the week.

We would like to thank Malcolm for his expertise and patience with the weather, and to the folks who joined us to witness this rare event.

MERCURY MONDAY

Mercury Monday will here in just a few days ….. Are you ready ?

At New Eyes Old Skies, we will be setting up a solar scope for  the viewing of the Transit of Mercury,

starting at 10:30 am to 2:00 pm EST.

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“FIRST ENCOUNTERS” WITH YOUR TELESCOPE SATURDAY, MAY 28 TH

New Eyes Old Skies, is proud to present  how to purchase your first telescope or how to upgrade to the next level.  This event will take place  on Saturday, May 28th starting at 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm.

Programs presented by  four professional amateur astronomers, with a combined astronomical knowledge of 100 years….should you have questions on visual astronomy, astrophotography, and drawing at the eyepiece, we are here to help solve  the mystery21035_477605095354_5503417_n‘s  of the universe….

THIS IS A NO CHARGE EVENT

PLEASE CALL TO REGISTER AS THIS PROGRAM WILL FILL UP QUICKLY

FREE CELESTRON FRISBEES FOR THE KIDS  ( FOR THE FIRST 20 KIDS)

FREE “HOW TO BUY YOUR FIRST TELESCOPE” MAGAZINES 

Don’t miss this exciting event !!

INCREDIBLE ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS ARE COMING YOUR WAY

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.

Out now is the most majestic astronomical sight in the Solar System, in the Mars_23_aug_2003_hubble (1)saturn

This full-disc image of Jupiter was taken on 21 April 2014 with Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

This full-disc image of Jupiter was taken on 21 April 2014 with Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

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of Leo, is Jupiter. Also observable are it’s four  large moons.

JUST ARRIVED AND IN STOCK FOR ALL THOSE COMMUNION GIFTS

Spring is the time for renewal and First Communions.We have just received an inventory of “Celestron Powerseeker 60mm Refractors”.

A gift that doesn’t get forgotten or stuffed in a closet.

At an affordable price, it’s a great deal and a super first-time telescope gift. Hope to see you soon !

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OUR CUSTOMERS ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS AT WORK

We are very fortunate in having some wonderful customers who like to share there love of the night sky with the Astronomy community.

Nan Jiang has been very busy over the month of February, spending time with his scope and taking some wonderful photographs. We are very pleased that Nan has let us share his photos on our site.

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JUST ARRIVED FOR FEBRUARY

ASTRO-TECH 90MM EDT TRIPLET

Moonlite Focuser with Fine Focus

Aluminium case

Ohara FPL – 53 ED Glass

1.25″ Eyepiece Lock Knob

Rings with Vixen Dovetail

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F/6.7  600mm Focal Length

PRICED TO SELL

   $1,295.00

 

 

A FEBRUARY VALENTINE’S SPECIAL PREVIOUSLY OWNED 9.25″ CELESTRON SCT WITH LOTS OF BONUS EXTRAS

A VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL

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….

 

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OUR 2016 OBSERVING SESSIONS

Welcome to  our scheduled Winter Observing Sessions with New Eyes Old Skies

Our first of the season session will be on Saturday, January, 23 rd at 7:00 pm

This will be a “Moon Light Snowshoe Hike and Guided Astronomy Tour” at Cold Creek Conservation Area

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.

 

NEW ARRIVAL FOR 2016

NEW ARRIVAL FOR 2016      PREVIOUSLY OWNED

MINT CONDITION   ONE ONLY

Lunt LS60T  1200     SOLAR SCOPE

500 mm F/L with Deluxe Feather Touch Focuser

Also includes Televue Sol-Finder plus a Meade 25 mm Plossel Eyepiece

and a Deluxe Metal carrying case

Priced to sell    $1,959.00

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NEW ARRIVALS FOR 2016

NEW ARRIVALS FOR 2016

New Televue  Delos 17.3 mm   (One Only)

Sale Price   $379.00

OPERA GLASSES HOT ITEM FOR 2016 ” NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL AT 30 % OFF”

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

 

THE TELE/MICRO DOCTOR IS IN !

SEE BRUCE FOR ALL OF YOUR TELESCOPE AND MICROSCOPE

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PREVIOUSLY USED “THE DAVID H. LEVY COMET HUNTER” by EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC “PRE-SPRING SPECIAL”

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.

PRE-SPRING SPECIAL

 SALE PRICED AT     $749.95  

 

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PRESENTATION BOXES – A UNIQUE GIFT OF WHAT’S TO COME

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.

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For Birthdays, Anniversaries, Retirement Gifts or any occasion.

“Like the Universe, imagination is endless”   K. C. Garnet

PERIGEE – SYZYGY PREPARE TO BE AMAZED !

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…

 

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Photo by Armand Pede

Photo by Armand Pede

TELEVUE STARBEAM

Televue Starbeam   ON SALE  $259.95

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

Order Online!

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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
  • Recognized For Superior Stability:
  • 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 this week only !

Reg. 2495.95

 

New from New Eyes Old Skies: Daystar Filters!

 

 

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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.

  • 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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