Holiday Social and Auction

2019 Holiday auction

This event will start at 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 with an appetizer social hour and browsing time for the items to be auctioned. The Auction will start promptly at 7:30 pm.  Back by popular demand will be our auctioneer from last year, Randy Latta, and he is guaranteed to be just as humorous and entertaining.  Find a list of some of the auction items below.

The Astronomy Club of Asheville brings many events throughout the year to the public for free. There are guest speakers, community stargazes, and outreach events at local schools and community groups. This fundraiser will help us to continue to bring the wonders of the night sky to the Asheville community.
LOCATION: UNC-Asheville Reuter Center, Manheimer Room on the bottom floor.

This year, we’ll have four wonderful door prizes, so be sure to pick up a ticket when you arrive!

Door prizes


Avenue M Gift Certificate
Avenue M Gift Certificate ($50)
Creative, casual fare, served in a relaxed atmosphere.


Sand Hill Kitchen Gift CertificateSand Hill Kitchen Gift Certificate ($10)
$10 Gift Certificate to Asheville’s Sand Hill Restaurant “Regional and Seasonal.”



Sunny Point Cafe
Two Sunny Point Café $25 Gift Cards ($50)
Sunny Point Café is a family owned, independent restaurant serving upscale comfort food from dawn to dark.



Taco Billy Gift Certificate
Taco Billy Gift Certificate ($25)
Taste the adventure, feel the love at the intersection of Passion and Adventure.


Some of the Auction Items

Prices shown are approximate retail value, in new condition.
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Women 0f Nasa LEGOsLEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA (231 Pieces) ($30)
Features 3 LEGO builds illustrating the areas of expertise of the 4 featured women of NASA.



Green Laser Kit
500mW Green Laser Kit, rechargeable ($49)
NOTE: This is not a toy. It is a potentially dangerous tool, to be handled with extreme care. Permanent eye injury can result from misuse. Do not play with this with pets, do not let children touch it. Aiming lasers at aircraft is a federal crime.


Handcrafted earrings
Handcrafted earrings by local artist Ellen van Mansvelt ($42)
Earrings are Sterling silver and other metals, with precious gemstones.



Flat Iron Studio Bowl
Hand made bowl from Flat Iron Studio ($350)
Gorgeous bowl, made from Asheville American Elm, from Flat Iron Studio, Asheville.



Pubcycle BYOB Tour
Amazing BYOB Pubcycle Tour, 4 $25 tickets ($100)
1.5 hr BYOB Tour. See the sights and sip your beer or wine in style as you cruise the streets on our joke-filled, preposterously fun pedal around the city!


Zodiac posterSigns of the Zodiac poster ($9)
Beautiful Zodiac poster by Cavallini and Co., 20 x 28 inches.



Glass Onion Gift Certificate
Gift Certificate for the Glass Onion restaurant in Weaverville N.C. ($50)
Simple, delicious Italian meals made strictly with the freshest, prime-quality ingredients, expertly prepared, promptly served, and courteously priced.



Asheville Tourists baseball souvenir setAsheville Tourists baseball souvenir set including 4 General Admission tickets ($100)
2019 team photo, jersey, hat, back pack and four General Admission tickets. Great gift for any Tourists fan.



Tide Runners Tim BarnwellAutographed copy of Tide Runners: Shrimping and Fishing on the Carolinas and Georgia Coast by Tim Barnwell ($35)
Club member Tim Barnwell, renowned photographer and author’s latest book of photography, the culmination of nine years of work. Signed by the author!



Twisted Laurel Gift CertificateDaphne at Twisted Laurel Gift Certificate ($50)
Daphne at Twisted Laurel brings a creative, seasonal interpretation of Farm to Table, New American cuisine in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.


Stellarvue finderStellarvue finder ($225)
9 x 50 Stellarvue finder for your telescope.



The Hop Ice Cream Gift CertificateGift Certificate from The Hop Ice Cream Café ($30)
6-inch ice cream cake, from Asheville’s favorite ice cream shop. Happiness through ice cream!



Star Atlas
Star Atlas Book ($10)
Edited by Dr. Jacqueline Mitton and Dr. Simon Mitton. Over 4,000 stars located and identified.



Earrings by Ellen van Mansvelt
Another pair of handcrafted earrings by local artist Ellen van Mansvelt ($42)
Earrings are Sterling silver and other metals, with precious gemstones.


Puzzle coastersPuzzle coasters ($20)
Set of puzzle coasters to protect your table top and play with at the same time.


Addison Farms Wine Tour
Addison Farms Winemaker’s Tour for Two ($60)
A personal tour for two, of the Addison Farms vineyard and winery, with wine tasting.



Green Laser Pointer
Green Laser Pointer ($6)
5 mW Green Laser Pointer. NOTE: This is not a toy. It is a potentially dangerous tool, to be handled with extreme care. Permanent eye injury can result from misuse. Do not play with this with pets, do not let children touch it. Aiming lasers at aircraft is a federal crime. Powered by 2 AAA batteries, included.



Cori Saraceni Original Art The Sea Mirroring The CosmosThe Sea Mirroring The Cosmos 12″ x 15″ ($500)
Original framed artwork by club member Cori Saraceni.



Conundrum Wise Guy
The Conundrum Presents “Who Whacked Wiseguy,” 4 $25 Tickets ($100)
The year is 1926 and the Battery Park Hotel is the place to be. Wiseguy was just found dead in his office. You become an Investigator and try to solve the murder.



Tide Runners Tim BarnwellAnother autographed copy of Tide Runners: Shrimping and Fishing on the Carolinas and Georgia Coast by Tim Barnwell ($35)
Club member Tim Barnwell, renowned photographer and author’s latest book of photography, the culmination of nine years of work. Signed by the author!


Omegon binoculars
Omegon binoculars ($167)
Omegon 2.1×42 Wide-Field Binoculars for Star Field observing. These mini-binoculars let you observe the night sky as if your eyes were suddenly much more capable. You can observe entire constellations and star fields, but the stars are brighter and clearer and you can make out much more than just with the naked eye.


NAPA Car Care BucketNAPA Car Care Bucket ($50)
Wash and polish your car and make it look brand new!



Mike Byer Oil Change Gift Certificate
Oil Change and Tire rotation ($50)
Mike Beyer Auto and Truck Repair gift certificate for an oil change and tire rotation. Includes inspection of drive belts,brakes, all fluid levels,and a multi-point inspection of front end and drive components.


Messier Objects Finder ChartsMessier Objects Finder Charts with Telrad Finder ($75)
Two volume set, The Messier Objects, with a Telrad Finder, the easiest way to aim a telescope. The view seen through the window of the Telrad is continuous with the sky around it, not magnified or upside down.



Martin Rees Just Six Numbers
Just Six Numbers by Martin Rees ($15)
The genesis of the universe elegantly explained in a simple theory based on just six numbers by one of the world’s most renowned astrophysicists.



Green Laser Pointer
Another Green Laser Pointer ($6)
5 mW Green Laser Pointer. NOTE: This is not a toy. It is a potentially dangerous tool, to be handled with extreme care. Permanent eye injury can result from misuse. Do not play with this with pets, do not let children touch it. Aiming lasers at aircraft is a federal crime. Powered by 2 AAA batteries, included.



Laser collimator
Next Generation Laser collimator ($35)
This high quality laser collimator get can help you get better images from your telescope.



Cori Saraceni Original Art The Evolution of Ice Crystals
Cori Saraceni “The Evolution of Ice Crystals” 11″ x 11″ ($500)
Framed, original artwork by club member Cori Saraceni.



Celestron Sky Scout Personal Planetarium
Celestron Sky Scout Personal Planetarium (See note)
Locates and identifies over 6,000 stars, planets, and constellations with GPS technology. NOTE: The Sky Scout sells for $65, but it’s been discontinued and will have a low starting bid.



Blue Ridge Chair Works
Folding Chair from Blue Ridge Chair Works ($168)
High quality folding wood chair, locally manufactured, comfortable, portable.



Green Laser Pointer
Another Green Laser Pointer ($6)
5 mW Green Laser Pointer. NOTE: This is not a toy. It is a potentially dangerous tool, to be handled with extreme care. Permanent eye injury can result from misuse. Do not play with this with pets, do not let children touch it. Aiming lasers at aircraft is a federal crime. Powered by 2 AAA batteries, included.



Earrings by Ellen van Mansvelt
Another pair of handcrafted earrings by local artist Ellen van Mansvelt ($42)
Earrings are Sterling silver and other metals, with precious gemstones.



Astronomy Hacks Book
Astronomy Hacks, by Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson ($15)
Tips and tools for observing the night sky. Why use the traditional approach to study the stars when you can turn computers, handheld devices, and telescopes into out-of-this-world stargazing tools?



1000+ The Amateur Astronomer's Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing
1000+ The Amateur Astronomer’s Field Guide to Deep Sky Observing, by Tom Lorenzin ($50)
Astronomy Field Guide. Use this guide to the night sky in your back yard, or bring it with you to the next star gaze!



Astronomy binoculars
Astronomy binoculars with tripod mount ($275)
Bresser/Everest 8×42 Astronomy binoculars with counter weighted tripod mount for great stability.


Hand-made walnut salad bowlHand-made walnut salad bowl ($100)
Beautiful 11-inch walnut bowl, autographed by the artist, our own Knox Worde.


NC Arboretum Gift CertificateTwo $70 1-year household memberships to the NC Arboretum ($140)
Includes free parking, 65 acres of cultivated gardens, seasonal landscape exhibits, 10 miles of natural wooded trails, and so much more!


What If? bookWhat If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe ($12)
Hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.


Astrophotography by Thierry LegaultAstrophotography by Thierry Legault ($32)
Author and world-renowned astrophotographer Thierry Legault teaches the art and techniques of astrophotography.


Digital Astrophotography by Stefan SeipDigital Astrophotography by Stefan Seip ($12)
Spectacular results, easy to learn to take beautiful night shots with step-by-step instructions.


Hubble book by Giles SparrowHubble book by Giles Sparrow ($12.50)
This book gives the complete history of the Hubble Space Telescope, and then launches you on a strikingly beautiful tour of the stars.


Newton’s Clock Chaos in the Solar System by Ivars PetersonNewton’s Clock Chaos in the Solar System by Ivars Peterson ($12)
An up-to-date look at one of science’s greatest detective stories: the search for order in the workings of the solar system.


Celestron NexStar TelescopeCelestron NexStar Telescope ($800)
Complete NexStar package, with case and Celestron NexStar User’s Guide by Michael Swanson.


Building a Roll-Off Roof Observatory by John HicksBuilding a Roll-Off Roof Observatory by John Hicks ($47)
A complete guide for design and construction of the simplest observatory design for today’s practical astronomers.


Long Exposure Astrophotography by Allan HallLong Exposure Astrophotography by Allan Hall ($17)
You can create breathtaking images of the heavens. This book will be your indispensable guide.


Jesse Israel bulbs bowl and planterBulbs, bowl, and planter from Jesse Israel and Sons Garden Center ($35)
Dig in the dirt for a glorious colorful spring. From Jesse Israel and Sons Nursery and Garden Center.


Foggy Mountain BrewpubFoggy Mountain Brewpub gift certificate ($25)
Enjoy a unique, casual dining experience served fresh out of our from-scratch kitchen. Foggy Mountain Brewpub, 12 Church St. Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-3008.


Magic Set For BeginnersMelissa and Doug’s classic magic tricks for beginners ($28)
Ten classic magic tricks, with kid-friendly instructions.


The Telescope by Richard DunnThe Telescope, A Short History by Richard Dunn ($12)
The whole spellbinding story is here, from the early instruments through the many developments over the centuries.


Wicked Weed WestWicked Weed West beer and collectibles ($20)
“Smashville” mixed 6 pack of beer, bottle opener and stickers. You must be over 21 and have ID to show.


Noble Hard CiderTwo bottles and two glasses from Noble Hard Cider ($30)
Hard Cider in a full range of flavors for every palate. You must be over 21 and have ID to show.


Catawba Brewing CompanyBeer drinker’s collection, including a six-pack and two glasses ($50)
Catawba Brewing Company carrying bag, hat and other goodies. Local craft beers South Slope, Asheville. You must be over 21 and have ID to show.


Balloon ride gift certificateHot air balloon ride for two from Asheville Balloon Company ($500)
Asheville Balloon Company flies in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. You will ride with a highly experienced FAA certified pilot.