If you managed to survive the heatwave in Southern and Northern Ontario this week, and then
the crazy rain, windstorms, and tornado type weather, well kudos to you!
Man, even in Northern Ontario, where normally canoeing is considered a leisurely activity,
it was a grueling workout on North Tea Lake in Algonquin Park, for some friends of mine,
just to stay in the shade, to try and keep "cool".
Of course, it's hard to stay cool in almost 40 degree weather, but hey you do what you gotta do.
Another friend of mine, was crazy enough to be working on replacing a roof during the hot weather,
and of course suffered from a case of sunstroke the very next day.
No surprise there!
So what did you do to keep cool?
This is one time when "drinking a cold one" didn't do the job either.
Makes you kind of feel wistful wishing for Winter, does it not? :)
PS Here is what's new this week:
Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) is slipping away... amd Comet ISON is coming!
The year 2013 may just well be the "Year of the Comets" and one of the biggest stars of the show so far has been Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS. It will continue to remain visible to larger telescopes from July through August, 2013... and Comet ISON is on the way! You'll want to get a closer look at this once-in-a-lifetime event! Order your binoculars and telescopes now so you don't waste any opportunities to study these magnificent comets. (Comet Image Courtesy of Adam Evans)
Share this incredible event with your family and friends! You won't want to miss a moment...
Now using a telescope has become even easier!
Before Celestron StarSense AutoAlign, using a computerized telescope required a lengthy alignment process of finding and centering at least two bright stars in the telescope's eyepiece. But StarSense automatically aligns itself with no user input needed. With this one-of-a-kind accessory, you become an instant astronomer - even if you've never used a telescope before! StarSense is not only compatible with all of Celestron's current computerized telescope models, but backwards compatible with many older models as well.
The Celestron StarSense AutoAlign includes a small digital camera that attaches to the telescope's optical tube, along with a specialized hand controller. Just set up the accessory, push the Align button on the hand controller, and StarSense starts capturing and comparing images of the night sky against its internal database of 40,000 celestial objects. In about three minutes, StarSense will gather enough information to triangulate its position and align itself!
This amazing new technology becomes available in August 2013... Preorder now for fastest delivery!
Get ready for a whole new type of astronomical imaging camera... the Celestron Skyris!
Celestron, the world's number one telescope maker, is thrilled to announce not only a landmark partnership with The Imaging Source, but the game-changing result of that collaboration - the Celestron Skyris - a revolutionary new line of astronomical CCD cameras. Designed for beginning and advanced imagers alike, each of the six color and monochromatic Celestron Skyris CCD Camera models reveals the solar system from a completely new perspective, allowing you to create stunning planetary images in crisp, high resolution.
The Celestron Skyris CCD Camera is available in six optimized configurations. The Skyris 618C and 618M are the fastest cameras. Use for color and monochromatic planetary imaging with long focal-length telescopes like Schmidt-Cassegrains and EdgeHDs. The Skyris 445C and 445M feature small pixels to generate exquisitely detailed images. Use for color and monochromatic planetary, lunar, and solar imaging. The Skyris 274C and 274M have the biggest sensors, field of view, and pixel array.
Super fast imaging at a great price!
Get great images of the night sky with the iOptron SkyTracker Camera Mount Package!
It's time to check out the iOptron SkyTracker Camera Mount Package for astrophotography. New features include increased payload of 7.7 lbs and adjustable AZ base. Complete package comes in black or white and includes the SkyTracker, polar scope, tripod and ball head. You're ready to go! This portable mount makes it easy to take long exposures of the night sky without streaking or star trailing.
The iOptron SkyTracker Camera Mount Package is simple to set up. Just attach the unit to the camera tripod, then slide and lock your digital camera into the saddle. Align SkyTracker to Polaris using the included dark field illuminated polar scope, then turn on the motor. Your camera is now tracking at the same speed the Earth rotates! The unique DC servo motor keeps your camera in motion to avoid star trails and allows you to take long exposures for beautiful images of the night sky.
On sale now for just $545!
Save BIG with the Celestron Summer Imaging Sale!
Have you always wanted to get into astrophotography? Well, now is your chance! Celestron offers some of the finest imaging equipment available. Right now you can save at least 10% on Celestron EdgeHD Telescopes, as well as Celestron CGE Pro and Celestron CGEM. Need more? Then be sure to check out the savings on Celestron CGEM and CGE Pro Mounts! Still not enough? Then we'll cut the prices on the Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera and more! Get the picture?
These hot Summer deals only last through August 31, 2013...