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International Sidewalk Astronomy Night- March 8th

International Sidewalk Astronomy Night- March 8th




New Moon Telescopes is excited to be participating March 8th in the International Sidewalk Astronomy Night, held this year in Syracuse outside of the MOST.  This year’s event will honor the recently passed John Dobson, a mighty giant in the field of newtonian telescopes (you can read more about Mr. Dobson here).

Damian Allis has posted a brief explanation at CNYO of where to go, background on John Dobson and his importance to astronomers world-wide, and links for more information.  Come join us March 8th in Syracuse at the MOST!

**NEW** Really Cool Bearings!

**NEW** Really Cool Bearings!

As of Feb 10, 2014, all NMTs will come equipped with our brand new bearing.  Check them out on our page, here!



NMT Hosting A Star Party This Weekend – Friday, November 1st

28 October 2013 – For immediate release:

Central New York is home to a small business dedicated to building some of the largest telescopes available to amateur astronomers anywhere in the world. New Moon Telescopes (NMT, newmoontelescopes.com), located in West Monroe, NY, builds portable Newtonian-style Dobsonian reflector telescopes, many of which are far larger than those used at local universities! NMT cordially invites the public to come out and enjoy the views of the Night Sky through a recently completed behemoth 27″ Dobsonian scope – the largest portable optical telescope in NY – as well as several smaller NMTs operated by CNY customers.

Dobsonian telescopes are commonly referred to as “light buckets,” using their large primary mirrors to collect as much light from distant objects as possible. The bigger the primary mirror, the more starlight gathered and the brighter and more distant you can see. The difference in the brightness of distant objects between Dobsonians and familiar retail store telescopes is literally night-and-day. Those who have attended public viewing sessions with the Syracuse Astronomical Society or CNY Observers have, until now, had their views maxed-out at 16″ primary mirrors. The new NMT 27″ telescope gathers over two and a half times the amount of light! With a scope this size, we can take in unprecedented views of nearby nebulae and galaxies. Of great excitement to local amateur astronomers, this massive telescope will allow us to see galaxies over a billion light years away from CNY skies! And if you have any interest in “nearby” newborn baby stars, the Great Orion Nebula will be nicely placed in our late autumn sky. The view of this nebula through a scope of this size is nothing short of spectacular!

We invite you to come out and see the celestial sights through a New Moon Telescope Friday, November 1st at the North Sportsman’s Club (northsportsmansclub.net, 1708 County Route 37N, West Monroe, NY 13167). This event is FREE and open to the public. Since we all know how fickle CNY weather can be, we will use November 2nd and 3rd as alternates. Keep track of newmoontelescopes.com (and our twitter feed (@NMTelescopes) and Facebook Page) for weather updates and future observing events. Let us hope that one of these nights is clear for our unique opportunity to look “back in time” a couple billion years!


Fall 2013 Announcements

New Announcements for Fall 2013!

  • Mirror cell prices have been cut by 40%!!! Now that Ryan is working NMT full time, we have been able to find savings in our custom flotation mirror cells, and we’re passing those on to you!
  • NMT now offers installation of ServoCAT Jr. on our 8” through 18” scopes.  One of the great features of ServoCAT Jr. is that it can be used to track without requiring an additional purchase of DSCs.  However, if a go-to system is what you’re looking for, you’ll want to package the ServoCAT Jr. with Argo Navis or Sky Commander.  Our installed and tested price for ServoCAT Jr. is only $1,698.
  • We’re excited to offer custom tablet stalks, stained to match your NMT.  The stalk is mounted on the side of the rockerbox and provides a convenient place to hold a sky chart, encoder or ServoCAT computer or tablet.  $148
  • We’re also offering NEW custom eyepiece trays!  These are made to mount on the front or back of your NMT rocker box.  Created with your needs in mind, these eyepiece racks can hold up to five 2” eyepieces, seven 1.25” eyepieces, or a combination of both sizes.  Stained to match your NMT, finished with a durable high gloss top coat and built with the same attention to detail you’ll see on our telescopes, this eyepiece rack will be an excellent addition to your observing gear! (Yes, we will stain to match your current scope as well, even if it’s not an NMT.  Just email us the color stain you’d like.) $48
  • Keep your eye out for our Budget and Optic Series (BOS) line of telescopes!  For those who are interested in an NMT, but whose budgets are a little smaller, we will be offering the BOS line soon.  Stay tuned!

Okie-Tex from NMT’s Perspective

After spending three days and nights in the vast plains that were once the epicenter of the dust bowl, I can certainly say I have come to appreciate the beauty of desolation. The beautiful rock formations, antelope, and hawks keep my eyes busy during the day while the crystal clear skies from horizon to horizon-dark in every direction-consume me by night.

The 27” has proven to be quite the workhorse. The 16” has sat a bit isolated and lonely, but she still shows well, should someone want to stop by and take a peek through her. As a consummate star-hopper, I didn’t know how I was going to handle the transition to Argo-Navis and ServoCat. After a few days of constant use, I can honestly say that everyone who loves big dobs should consider the two systems as seriously as they consider their loyalties to star hopping. I was able to see more in the first night, including obscure Caldwells, IC’s, and Palomars that I may never have found in such a quick period of time. Argo is dead accurate, following the initial two star alignment, and ServoCat slews more rapidly than smaller 8” Cassegrains (and that’s carrying a 300 pound payload). Not to mention the extra half magnitude or so you get since you are now tracking. I cannot recommend these two systems enough.

Back to the star party and the going ons down here. The nights are in the low 50’s with a steady breeze that typically keeps the dew at bay. The days are typical Oklahoma- hot, beautiful, and almost cloud free. The people are just how I remember so fondly in the southern Midwest. They’re gracious, kind, warm, and eager to listen to me blab about my passion for building these big dobs. I have met a few other very notable telescope makers, and was fortunate to get to briefly hang out with NMT’s vendor of finely crafted spiders and secondary holders, Randy Cunningham from Astrosytems. Of course, I dropped a few dollars with the great folks from TeleGizmos and picked up some computer screen red plexiglass and dustproof keyboard accessories, both of which come in handy around such an astute group of observers.

A few feet to my south I am surrounded by some master observers that are calling out their faint fuzzy findings to each other in rapid succession. I believe both are using dobs in the 17.5-18” range, and with their keen eyes, they are able to identify more than may be expected for mere mortals using scopes of similar apertures. To my south are large groups of folks with a mix of cass’s and dobs set up to do imaging and showpiece eye candy observing (some of my faves). To my southeast sits a 25” F5 dob that spends time observing faint galaxies and the occasional planetary nebula.  And there are still the hundreds more scopes and owners set up in the jammed field down to the North.  Although my location is a bit secluded from the main gathering of amateurs, I am very satisfied with the interest in NMT and particularly our collapsible truss system, especially since we aren’t set up as a vendor.

The club members I have met are from all over the place. I met a few of the organizers from the OKC club, several of the Denver group, a few from Minnesota, and many from the Amarillo area. My consensus of them is that they are all passionate about our respective passions, and they are all warm and kind to a Okie Tex first timer like me.

The last thing I will mention is the food. It is catered in and you can opt for a B-F-L 3-meal a day payment, or can be modified down to any number you may think you want. I am doing lunch and dinner, and both have been exceptional with a highly professional catering staff and even better food (and quite a range of variety might I add).

Upon my closing of the blog post, her is what I will say about the pristine conditions tonight. I have over 100 NGC’s I’m going after: 891, 7662,6781,7009, 7293, 772, 1907, 1931, 1501, 2403, 2655, 185, 281, 457, 663, 7789, 5139, 49, 6939, 6946…just to name over 25% of them. Can’t wait! Will update soon!


Yes, that’s an NMT on the cover of Astronomy Technology Today

NMT's First Cover

NMT’s First Cover


We can barely believe it ourselves, but it’s true:  It’s our 16″ NMT on the front cover of the May/June issue of Astronomy Technology Today.  Not only that, but ATT was gracious enough to grant us permission to post the pdf version here so our readers can get an in depth taste of what an NMT is all about.  Astronomy Technology Today is great, always jam-packed with new astro-gear, gadgets and scopes and we are thrilled to be associated with it.  Subscribers to the paper version also have access to the entire mag in pdf form, which we love.  Check them out, and if you don’t already, consider subscribing today.  Trust us, you won’t regret it.

As for the NMT review, Click here to view a pdf version. Make sure to take a moment to also read the Editor’s Note.  We had the privilege of connecting with Gary Parkerson, Managing Editor of ATT at NEAF 2013. Ryan has been an avid reader of ATT for some time, and it’s been an honor to work with Gary on this project.
NMT would be remiss if we did not throw a HUGE shout out to Damian Allis, Ph.D. for the review of a telescope.  Without him, we would not have an article to share.  We would probably instead post a lament about what a bummer it was that it rained the weekend of the supermoon.  And that would be boring.  So, thank you, Dr. Allis, for everything!
This is just the beginning of things to come…

Cherry Springs Star Party 2013 (Part2)

The weather at Cherry Springs for the most part was… less than desirable, as you can see.

Thursday (and Friday, really):

Cherry Springs Cloudy

But By Saturday:



and eventually…


Hallelujah- Blue Skies!!

The observing was great, the camaraderie even better.  Sorry it had to end so soon.

Consider joining us for the fun at Cherry Springs Star Party 2014!


Cherry Springs Star Party 2013

Ryan left on Thursday morning, bright and early, for Cherry Springs State Park near Coudersport, PA for the Cherry Springs Start Party 2013, hosted by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, PA.

Due to his master packing and design skill, he fit so much into our little Toyota!  His facebook post the morning of:

“Heading off to Cherry Springs Star Party. Packed in the little Toyota: 16×20 tent, several boxes of astronomy equipment, large suitcase, observing ladder/chair, cd’s, 4 books, toolbox… Ready to roll!”

 Ryan Goodson Driving to Cherry Springs

Ryan took some video from the grounds to give you an idea of how everything was set up, if you weren’t able to join us.  But, living out in the boondocks like we do makes reliable internet service a difficult thing to find.  Star-Gazing = Easy.  Uploading Video= easy A Challenge.  I promise to post it next time I come into ‘town’.

In the meantime, here is the panoramic view of the grounds.  Enjoy!

The Grounds at Cherry Springs




Star Party This Saturday, May 4th

Photo by Dr. Stuart Forster

Photo by Dr. Stuart Forster


It’s that time of year when dark skies beckon and one doesn’t need to bundle up with layer upon layer of jackets, scarves, hats and gloves to go observe!  In honor of Spring finally arriving in upstate New York, New Moon Telescopes is having an open Star Party this Saturday night, May 4 in Parish, NY for all who are interested.

The scopes will be set up at 8pm in some of the darkest skies around.  Bring your own or look through one of ours.  If the skies are clouded over in Parish, we will post a cancellation notice by 6pm Saturday night.  Click here to email us for directions.  Look forward to seeing you then!


NMT at Darling Hill Observatory in Tully, NY 10/6/12

NGC 7789, 28 August 2010 by Stu Forster

NGC 7789, 28 August 2010 by Stu Forster

New Moon Telescopes will be at Darling Hill Observatory on Saturday, October 6th at dusk.  We’re excited to see new and long-time friends come together to enjoy the skies!  Come on out with yout hats and gloves and enjoy the autumn sky with us.