Need a new telescope or accessory?

Posted by Michael Bakich
on Friday, March 17, 2017

The Aviation Heritage Center of the Sheboygan Airport is a great place to connect with the history of flight. On March 25, buying and selling astronomical equipment will be the highlight. // Michael E. Bakich
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the Sheboygan Astronomical Society is hosting its tenth 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 drop in, be sure to stay awhile to chat with me and other like-minded individuals. The terms are cash, check, swap, and charge card, 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 talks by guest speakers. Talks start at 10 a.m. Topics this year will be astronomy trivia, Spaceport Sheboygan, and more. And for the first time, I will not be presenting a talk. Yet another reason to come!

Also this year, Spaceport Sheboygan will be there. It's is a non-profit, science education facility. With hands-on exhibits and actual NASA artifacts it offers a unique blend of educational and entertaining opportunities for students of all ages. Live science shows discuss what it's like to be in space and has demonstrations that will entertain. Sounds like fun.

Finally, 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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