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CHRISTMAS HOURS HAVE BEGAN…….

JUST A REMINDER ABOUT OUR DECEMBER HOURS

Our extended hours now include

Sundays  12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

We are open from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm through out the week

Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

 

CHRISTMAS HOURS FOR NEW EYES OLD SKIES WILL BE STARTING ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 2

T’is the season of  celestial wonders…. We  are extending our regular hours for the Christmas season

Happy Shopping at New Eyes Old Skies

Starting on Saturday, December 2 till December 22

MONDAY – FRIDAY     10:00 am – 8:00

SATURDAY   10:00  am – 6:00 pm

SUNDAY  12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

                                                                                                    

Saturday December 23 rd we will be open until 5:00 pm 

Sunday  December 24th 

we will be open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

MERRY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

TO ALL FROM NEW EYES OLD SKIES

We will be closed for Christmas Day (Dec 25)

and

Boxing Day (Dec 26)

 

Resuming regular store hours

 Wednesday December 27

Please remember that all

on line orders will require shipping quotes

 

OUR NEXT OBSERVING SESSION will be on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Just a note that our last observing session for the  2017 season

will  be on

Saturday, November 25 commencing at 4:00 pm

at Cold Creek Conservation Area

Please check our Facebook page

or call the store  for any updates

SEE YOU AT COLD CREEK !

        Please note the new date… time remains the same

BOOKS, BOOKS BOOKS,,,,,,,

New Eyes Old Skies  would like to introduce you to our newly acquired selection of books for all Astronomy interests…

From Aliens to UFO ‘s…. from Stars to Star Catchers….

We have sourced, ordered and shelved some excellent titles.

Please drop by or give us a call…

Let New Eyes Old Skies be your guide to the magic and imagination of reading

ECLIPSE DAY AT NEW EYES OLD SKIES

What a day last Monday was…. We couldn’t believe the over-whelming response in our hosting of the days’ main event!

In our part of the country, the weather was perfect.. We had set up on the piazza just in front of the store,  two main scopes and a direct feed from NASA in the States.

Close to 100 people from the community and the surrounding GTA came to join us. Everyone was  definitely wowed by the Partial Eclipse.

This was one of those events that you didn’t want to miss. We have posted some great shots taken by our dedicated volunteers and some of our awesome clients.

A big “Thank You” goes out to  J.K. our main event coordinator ,Bruce, L.B. and all those people who came to support the day with New Eyes Old Skies  Richmond Hill

Eclipse Day         Photos by J.K./L.B./Sav/N.J.

USED BINOCULARS…..

A Superb pair of    Vortex   10 x 28 Binoculars 

with case, straps and Eye Relief

CALL STORE FOR DETAILS ON  PRICING

 

CHECK OUT ALL THESE NEW ITEMS…………….

We have just acquired some excellent USED EQUIPMENT…..

Televue   55mm 2″    PLÖSSL Eyepiece

‘Absolute Mint Condition’

CALL THE STORE FOR PRICING DETAILS

     

FOTOPRO TRIPODS NOW AVAILABLE AT NEW EYES OLD SKIES

JUST ARRIVED!

We have in store FotoPro Portable Travel Tripods, and  various Aluminum Tripods in assorted colours   (carrying case included)

c40i-orange-1 c40i-orange-2 c40i-titanium-1 c50i-orange-2

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.


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Winter 2015 Hours of Operation
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After hours by Appointment.
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