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Vintage Celestron C16 and C12 For Sale In CNY

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophile!

In the interest of reaching the larger CNY astronomy community, the SAS is happy to post information for people in the CNY area about astronomical equipment for sale. The SAS takes no responsibility for any aspect of the sale itself, but simply provides an outlet to members and nonmembers alike.

The following is available from Robert Piekiel in CNY. Yes, THAT Robert Piekiel, reachable at piekielrl@netzero.net. For those of you lucky enough to have seen one of Bob’s lectures, been to one of his observing sessions at Baltimore Woods, or have a digital copy of his Celestron: The Early Years, you already know these are top-condition and maintained scopes and that Bob’s offer to instruct on setup and usage will be as complete as anyone would need.

Info from Bob:

Hi All, I am scaling down my astronomy operations somewhat and have decided to sell my Vintage Celestron C16 (image above) and / or the C12 (image below). Both are in as good a condition as you will ever find one of these 40-year-old scopes in and I have restrored them to as original as you will get. These scopes are heavy (around 800 lbs. each) so a buyer must come to my home (I’m 13 miles SW of Syracuse, NY, with easy access to I-81 and I-90) to pick them up, where I will personally assist with disassembly and instructions for use. If you choose, you could hire a mover to come and get one of the scopes, but I would strongly recommend that you the buyer come and get them whereupon I can give you one-on-one instruction as to their use and construction.

They can fit in the back of a minivan or Taurus-sized stationwagon. The prices: C16 – $9900, and the C12 – $7500, both a bit less than what I paid for them. Prospective buyers should study my ebook “Celestron The Early Years” as many photos of each of them are in there as well as answers to 95% of the questions you may have. The pictures I have posted are from my ebook – it contains many more of these scopes both inside and out.

Darling Hill Observatory Will Open TONIGHT (25 Nov 2011) For Public Viewing, Newsletter To Follow

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophile!

I am thankful today that there’s predicted to be enough dark sky to warrant observing for what is the last official Public Viewing session for 2011. Darling Hill will open by 6 p.m. for as much final observing as we can, although we do plan on trying to open on December 10th for the lunar eclipse. Jupiter remains the most brilliant object in the night sky, Uranus is visible in decent-sized scopes, and Mars makes its return to our Public Viewing sessions (if you’re at the observatory around 1:00 a.m., which may or may not happen given the prediction for increasing cloud cover).

The International Space Station will provide us two fly-bys tonight, although the first may be too early to see clearly. In the event, check your North-Northeast sky at 5:10 p.m. and your Northwest sky at 6:44 p.m.

And, finally, have nasa.gov and NASA-TV at the ready tomorrow morning for the take-off of the Curiosity Rover at 10:02 a.m.!

Meade LX200GPS 8-Inch Computerized Telescope For Sale In CNY

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophile!

In the interest of reaching the larger CNY astronomy community, the SAS is happy to post information for people in the CNY area about astronomical equipment for sale. The SAS takes no responsibility for any aspect of the sale itself, but simply provides an outlet to members and nonmembers alike.

The following is available from Cathy Schmidt in CNY ((315)-725-9355 and allegro36@twcny.rr.com).

Our recent 2011 Summer Seminar Sponsor www.opticsplanet.net has a page of useful information about this scope at: www.opticsplanet.net/meade-lx200-gps-telescopes.html.

Info from Cathy:

This is a Meade LX200GPS 8-inch computerized telescope, purchased in 2003 for over $3,000. I don’t know too much about it as it was my husbands. I am asking $1,250.00.


This is a very large, heavy, professional telescope, complete with manual, original heavy-duty tripod, a padded & lockable case, all components (right angle adapters and computer controller) and a dedicated eyepiece case.

The eyepieces are as follows: 6.4 mm, 9.7 mm, 15 mm, 20 mm, 26 mm, 32 mm & 40 mm.

Attempted Viewing Of Asteroid 2005 YU55 TONIGHT, November 8 (Tuesday)

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

As many, many news sources have reported, asteroid 2005 YU55 is making its closest approach to us tonight at 23:28 Universal Time (6:28 p.m. EST), where it will be flying through Delphinus, grazing Equuleus, and settling into Pegasus for a several hour stay. Darling Hill Observatory will open tonight in an attempt to see this 1/4 mile long object as it approaches within 85% of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

NOTE 1: This is will be a dim object, visible as a pinpoint of light at even high magnification. Large binoculars and +6″ scopes are required to observe this object at all.

NOTE 2: The Moon is 96% full tonight, which may aid in complicating the hunt for this dim object. If you’re attempting to find this object yourself, some high-quality star charts will make your life much easier.

Some sources of info:

* www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/133013563.html

* en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_YU55

* www.astronomy.com/en/News-Observing/News/201/11/Asteroid…8.aspx

Darling Hill Observatory Should Be Open By 5:30 p.m. If you can’t make this one, consider it’s next closest approach in 2041!

TACNY Sweet Lecture – Effective Speaking And How To Avoid Death By PowerPoint – Tuesday, November 8

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

A TACNY (Technology Alliance of CNY, of which the SAS is a member organization) Sweet Lecture (not to be directly confused with a sweet TACNY Lecture) is happening on the OCC campus this coming Tuesday (November 8). Information from the TACNY website for “Effective Speaking and How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint” is provided below.

Direct Link: www.tacny.org/home/ctl/viewdetail/mid/1903/itemid/728/d/20111108.aspx


“Effective Speaking and How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint”

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Mawhinney Hall, Room 345 at Onondaga Community College

Speaker: Diana Wolgemuth, a training consultant with Dale Carnegie in Syracuse, is the featured speaker.

Talk Overview:

The Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY) will host an exciting presentation on professional speaking techniques as part of TACNY’s 2011-2012 Sweet Lecture Series. “Effective Speaking and How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint” is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 6 pm. Diana Wolgemuth, a training consultant with Dale Carnegie in Syracuse, is the featured speaker. The event will be held at Mawhinney Hall, Room 345 at Onondaga Community College.

This free event is open to the public and is part of TACNY’s Sweet Lecture Series. Ms. Wolgemuth has been a training consultant locally for several years. Prior to her tenure with Dale Carnegie, she was the Learning and Development Manager at Hand Held Products (known today as Honeywell) in Skaneateles for seven years. Her presentation will include:

– Steps for Preparing Your Presentation
– How to Read Your Audience and Keep Them Engaged
– Best Practices for Using Power Point.

This lecture will certainly benefit anyone that needs to step in front of an audience in a professional setting.

Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to sweet.lecture@tacny.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there – please pass the word!

www.tacny.org/home/ctl/viewdetail/mid/1903/itemid/728/d/20111108.aspx