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For Sale Outside Tully, NY: Orion SkyQuest XT8 Dobsonian Telescope #9908 (Vintage 1999) – SOLD

The scope has sold!

Greetings fellow, astrophiles!

Local amateur astronomer extraordinare and friend of CNYO John McMahon has a SkyQuest XT8 for sale. For interested parties, please drop a line to and I’ll forward your contact info to John directly.

Orion SkyQuest XT8 Dobsonian Telescope #9908 (vintage 1999)

Excellent condition
Completely assembled
Perfect for both Solar System and deep-sky observing


Specifications and description from original instruction manual (included):

* Enameled steel tube
* Tube outer diameter: 230mm
* 200 mm parabolic mirror (f.l. 1200mm, f/6)
* Mirror coatings: aluminum with SiO overcoat, 89% reflective
* Aluminum R&P focuser
* 6×30 finder scope
* Original Plössl eyepieces included: 25 mm (48X), 9 mm. (133x)
* Eyepiece rack (accommodates four eyepieces)
* CorrecTension mounting system
* Rigid plastic dust cap
* Wt.: 42.3 lbs (tube + base)

Reviewed in Sky and Telescope, January 2000 (Vol. 99, No. 1): pp. 60-69. Excerpt:

“The Orion SkyQuest XT8 stands out as the best telescope of the batch, with its good optical performance, smooth, controllable motions, freedom from most problems and good package of standard accessories. This is a fine telescope for beginners and should provide enjoyable observing for anyone…”

You can also find some additional information on the scope line (+/- some generational modifications) at:


Personal note: This instrument has been well-maintained and has afforded the owner many hours of serious astronomical observations, easily providing excellent views of deep-sky objects (including those on the Messier and Caldwell catalogs), numerous double stars, comets, planets and a wealth of lunar details.

Original list price as purchased: $499.00. Asking: $225.00

Free Astronomy Magazine – September-October 2016 Issue Available For Reading And Download

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

2016sept8_freeastroThe most recent issue of Free Astronomy Magazine (September-October, 2016) is available for your reading and downloading pleasure at (click the link to go directly to the issue).

Free Astronomy Magazine was featured as the first of a series of articles on great free online content for amateur astronomers (see A Universe Of Free Resources Part 1) and we’ll be keeping track of future publications under the Online Resources category on the CNYO website.

You can find previous Free Astronomy Magazine issues by checking out our Free Astronomy Magazine Category (or look under the Education link in our menu).

For those wanting a quick look at what the issue has to offer, the Table of Contents is reproduced below.

September-October 2016

The web browser-readable version of the issue can be found here:

September/October 2016 –

For those who want to jump right to the PDF download (27 MB), Click here: September-October 2016


TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “Bionanotechnology: Between Reality And Dream”

Saturday – September 17, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY

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Liviu Movileanu, PhD, Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Syracuse University

Talk Overview

Today is an exceptional time for working in bionanotechnology. Many noteworthy breakthroughs in the last two decades in physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science have permitted obtaining an immense amount of information on molecular structure and function of biomolecules. With the inspiration of so many examples from nature, we are now poised to make use of it for atomic- and molecular-level engineering. Therefore, bionanotechnology is a rapidly evolving and unifying science that encompasses a collection of disciplines.


movileanu_2Liviu Movileanu has studied physics (1985-1990) and received the Ph.D. degree in biophysics from the University of Bucharest (1997). He has acquired postdoctoral positions at the University of Missouri (Kansas City, USA, 1997-1998) and the Texas A&M University Health Science Center (College Station, Tex, USA, 1999-2004). Currently, he is as a Professor of Physics at Syracuse University. He has published about ~67 papers in international scientific journals and has delivered more than 140 invited talks worldwide. He is also affiliated to Syracuse Biomaterials Institute (SBI), SUNY Upstate Cancer Research Institute, and Institute of Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM-I2CAM). He has been awarded an Associate Member Fellowship of the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (1997), a Research Fellowship of the TEMPUS Program of the European Community (1997), and a Wellcome Trust Fellowship for International Postdoctoral Fellows (1998). Currently, his research group is funded by the US National Institutes of Health. His expertise areas include single-molecule and membrane biophysics, chemical and synthetic biology, bionanotechnology and nanomedicine, biosensors and functional biomaterials, biological statistics, and numerical analysis of stochastic biological processes.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit

“Stargazing In Upstate NY In September” Article Posted To And

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

The latest article in the series, “Stargazing in Upstate NY in September: Look for more subtle objects on autumn nights,” has just been posted to and Among other topics, this article continues our exploration of the Summer Triangle, using Vega (for the easy find) and Lyra to guide new observers to a few binocular highlights in the late-Summer sky.

Direct Link:…for_more_subtle_objects_on_autumn_nig.html

This article also marks the first official mention (to the best of my knowledge) of our upcoming MOST/TACNY/CNYO hosting of International Observe The Moon Night on Saturday, October 8th. Additional details to follow, but expect the observing to happen somewhere around The MOST itself.


Extra-special thanks to Nick Lamendola from the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science (image above, taken from the grounds of Farash Center – click for a larger view) for the use of his Perseid composite as the article opener.

From The TACNY Email List – Drive & Shine Electric Vehicle Expo (Sept. 11) And Carrier Dome Tour (Sept. 9)

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

Two events in from the TACNY email list – interested CNY technologists (and enthusiasts) are welcome to sign up for this list themselves on the website – and apologies for the short notice on the Dome Tour (email just showed yesterday).

Carrier Dome Tour, Friday, Sept. 9th


900 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY 13244

Join the ASHRAE Central NY Chapter for a tour of the Carrier Dome. This may be your last chance to see the equipment used to pressurize the dome roof and condition the building before the dome is switched to a hard roof in the coming year.

We will be meeting at the Carrier Dome on September 14 at 5:30 PM ET. Dinner is included and will follow at the 44 Club. Note that the cost of this meeting is $35 for general admission (prepay or pay at door) and $25 for life members. 

Email our program chair, Steve Sill, with any and all questions. 


Note: This meeting is not eligible for PDH. 

More information and online registration: September 2016 Meeting – Carrier Dome Tour – (Walk In Registrations not Accepted) 

Drive And Shine: Electric Vehicle Expo And Solar Fair! Sunday, Sept. 11th


WHAT: Join us for this fun and unique event, highlighting two technologies that are helping thousands of Central New Yorkers to take advantage of clean transportation and renewable energy! There will be an electric vehicle expo as well as information available on how affordable electric vehicles and solar energy have become, and how easy they are to take advantage of. Dozens of experts from both technologies will be available to answer all of your questions. Nonprofit organizations as well as city and state elected officials will be present. There will also be food trucks, live music, and activities for kids!

WHEN: Sunday, September 11th, 2016; 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Parking Lot at Corner of S. Clinton and W. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY (just West of Perseverance Park)


* Electric Vehicles will be available for test drives and ride alongs, including: Ford Fusion, Cadillac ELR, Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Chevy Volt, and more!
* The Installers from SolarizeCNY will be available for customers to talk to about signing up for a free solar assessment, and to learn more about community solar, which is new in NYS this year
* Several food trucks and live bands
* City and state elected representatives will make an appearance
* Sunny 102 will be airing live from 12:00 – 2:00 pm
* For more information, or to register for this free event, go to the SolarizeCNY Facebook page, or

HOSTED BY: The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, SolarizeCNY, New Yorkers for Clean PowerSUNY ESF, Clean Communities of CNY, Sierra Club, and Alliance for a Green Economy.