International Observe The Moon Night – 5 October 2019

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

Announcements for IOMN 2019 have started coming into our inbox. Whether an event is hosted in the area or you just decide to enjoy the view from your backyard, the page has plenty of information, including maps, event history, and details about the focus of this year’s event – the continued celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

About IOMN

International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation and appreciation of the Moon. All are invited to observe the Moon, learn about NASA planetary science and exploration, and celebrate cultural and personal connections to our nearest neighbor. Each year, thousands of people participate at museums, planetaria, schools, universities, observatories, parks, businesses, and backyards around the world. Anyone can participate. All you need to do is look up! Any astronomy club, interested group, or individual can host an event; events range from small family gatherings to community events that draw hundreds of visitors!

This Year’s Theme

In 2019, we are celebrating the Apollo 50th Anniversary. 1969 marks the first time humans set foot the Moon, when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon’s surface. The anniversary presents a unique opportunity to discuss past, present, and future lunar and planetary science and exploration and to celebrate all of the people who participated and shared in this human triumph.

See for more information and event hosting opportunities.

Sweet Science Series – Onondaga Lake Cleanup And Tour Of The Onondaga Lake Visitors Center

September 17th, 6:00-7:30 pm

Refreshments at 5:30 pm

Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, 280 Restoration Way, Syracuse, NY 13209

Please Note there will be some construction in the parking lot.

The Central NY community has played a key role in the efforts to clean up Onondaga Lake. The Onondaga Lake Visitors Center was built to provide the public with access to the significant work taking place by hundreds of scientists, engineers, and skilled craft laborers from this region. From significant improvements in water quality, to the return of native plants and animals, you will see the progress being made to restore the natural beauty and habitat of Onondaga Lake.

People interested in learning more about the Onondaga Lake cleanup are invited to attend the free Sweet Science Series presentation on Tuesday, September 17th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, 280 Restoration Way, Syracuse NY 13209. Admission is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served at 5:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP to by September 15th.

Presenter Information

Craig Milburn is Managing Partner at Brown & Sanford Consulting and serves Honeywell as Program Manager of Communications and Government Affairs on the Onondaga Lake project. His main responsibilities include developing and implementing strategy for communication activities, charitable programs, and government affairs. He works closely with community members on the Onondaga Lake Citizen Participation Working Group, local stakeholders and government officials to keep them apprised of the progress with the lake cleanup. Craig has overseen three community planning projects that gathered community input for future uses of Honeywell-owned land along Onondaga Lake and nearby areas. He’s lived in Central New York since 1994 and is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse.

About Sweet Science Series

TACNY John Edson Sweet Lectures, a program founded in 1913, is now called the Sweet Science Series and features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere for adults of all levels of technical understanding. A minimum of six free and open to the public presentations are held each year.


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, see

Unitron Telescope Model 150 For Sale In Lafayette

UPDATE 30 September 2019: The scope has sold!

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

Reposting below details about an old classic of a telescope available in Lafayette. Markus reports “everything is like new except the inter tripod brace which is cracked at one corner (wood) – it’s a quick fix.” You can find information about this scope, built during the prime of the Unitron company, at Similar of the model have sold online in the range of up-to $1000 – Markus is looking for the best offer. Please contact him at the number above with any interest and questions.