Buy and sell astronomy gear April 9

Posted by Michael Bakich
on Monday, April 4, 2016

The Aviation Heritage Center located at the Sheboygan Airport is a great place to connect with the history of flight. On April 9, however, buying and selling astronomical equipment will be the highlight. // Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin
On Saturday, April 9, 2016, the Sheboygan Astronomical Society is hosting its ninth annual Swap ’N’ Sell. This year’s event, like the previous ones, will take place at the Aviation Heritage Center of the Sheboygan Airport in Wisconsin from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those of you who own a GPS or like to use Google Maps or MapQuest, the address is N6191 Resource Drive, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin 53085.

Maybe you have some astronomy stuff like telescopes, eyepieces, accessories, cameras, or books you no longer use. If so, this event offers a great opportunity for you to sell or swap your items with other amateur astronomers.

Most visitors, however, stop by to see what kind of deals they can find on new or used equipment. I’ll say that for a relatively small event, the pickings usually are pretty good. If you do make it to the Swap-n-Sell on Saturday, be sure to stay awhile to chat with like-minded individuals. You can learn a lot about a vast array of equipment. As for sales, the terms are cash, check, or swap; and don’t be afraid to haggle a little.

In addition to the Swap ’N’ Sell, you’ll also have the opportunity to sit in on a talk by a guest speaker. Me. At 11 a.m., I’ll be presenting “The Dark Side of Science: The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.”

And there’s something special this year. Well, apart from my talk, that is! You’ll have a chance to fly a 3-axis full-motion flight simulator. The cost is $10 (cash) for a 15-minute flight. If you’re interested, you can sign up by emailing

Because this is Wisconsin, there’s alway a brat fry and (nonalcoholic) drinks for sale during the event.

See you there!


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