Manufacturers & Services
Amateur astronomy is one of those hobbies in which I participated avidly for about five years while in the U.S. Air Force and for a couple years after separating. During that time I observed as often as time and atmospheric conditions permitted. While at Robins AFB, in Warner Robins, Georgia, I belonged to the Macon Amateur Astronomy club and spent quite a few Friday evenings operating the museum's/club's 8", 10" and 14" Celestron telescopes both for private observation and for assisting the public after the planetarium show. The club took a couple trips to the Fernbank Science Center http://fsc.fernbank.edu/ in Atlanta and got to look through their 32" reflector, which at the time (circa 1980) was the largest reflecting telescope in the southeast. |
Today, of course, private 30" Dobsonians are as affordable as motorcycles. A picture of me and my 8" Newtonian reflector is given below. I ended up selling it after getting married to help pay the mortgage (sold all the R/C stuff, too). Only naked-eye (no longer anywhere near my former 20/15 vision) and my trusty binoculars remain for observing over the past 20 years. Recently, have I begun reacquiring some of my "toys" from yesteryear. I have not purchased another telescope yet, but the good thing is that now the state of the art is orders of magnitude better than where I left off.
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|Advanced Telescope Systems, Inc|
877-967-2673 | Anaheim, CA
Portable & permanent telescope piers.
815-282-1513 | Machesney Park, IL
Develops telescopes and accessories for the advanced amateur.
310-328-9560 | Torrance, CA
Designer, manufacturer and importer of high-quality optical products including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes.
301-604-2500 | Montpelier, MD
A resource for the international astronomical community and a registered U.S. Department of Defense contractor.
DayStar Filters LLC
660-747-2100 | Warrensburg, MO
Filtergrams, hydrogen alpha filters, calcium filters, energy rejection filters.
212-703-5800 | New York, NY
An integrated multimedia content & commerce company capturing people’s fascination with space, science and technological innovation across consumer, education and professional markets.
Le Sueur Manufacturing Company, Inc
205-822-0720 | Birmingham, AL
Heavy-duty, permanent, telescope-mounting piers.
LOMO America, Inc
888-446-7842 | Prospect Heights, IL
Microscopes, endoscopes, night vision devices and spotting scopes/telescopes.
Meade Instruments Corp
Designs and manufactures telescopes and accessories for amateur astronomers.
410-273-7070 | Aberdeen, MD
Specializes in the design & manufacture of custom and prototype precision optical components and systems, including on- and off-axis telescopes and laser beam expanders for the UV, Visible and Infrared spectra, massive optics to 60", and more.
601-982-3333 | Jackson, MS
Manufacturer of observatory domes, missile tracking, and laser ranging shelters.
920-648-2328 | Lake Mills, WI
Producer of portable deep sky telescopes.
Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
800-447-1001 | Santa Cruz, CA
Largest multi-channel brand of quality optics for amateur astronomers and outdoor enthusiasts in North America.
|Parallax Instruments, Inc|
919-570-3140 | Youngsville, NC
Specializing in large aperture Ritchey-Chretien, Newtonian, and Classical Cassegrain telescopes and German equatorial mountings.
888-965-3762 | Middleburg, PA
866-227-6240 | Worthington, OH
Newtonian secondary mounts & mirrors, tubes & accessories.
310-375-4149 | Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Manufacturer of innovative astronomy accessories.
Santa Barbara Instrument Group (SBIG)
805-571-7244 | Santa Barbara, CA
CCD autoguiders, cameras, spectrographs, filters, and software - CCDOPS, Planet Master, CCDSharp, CCDSoftV5, EquinoX, CCDAutoPilot.
800-363-9540 | Bountiful, UT
Publishers of the "Finder Charts" for Telrad Users.
800-843-7599 | Golden, CO
Paramount ME robotic and Bisque TCS telescope control systems, software - TheSky6, TPoint, CCDSoft, Orchestrate, AutomaDome, Pocket Edition, PrecisionPEC, Grand Tour, and BOSS.
859-225-7986 | Lexington, KY
Astronomy books, telescopes, space toys, calendars, posters, prints, etc.
620-638-4743 | Arcadia, KS
Manufacturer of 11" and 12.5" ELT Scopes, and 14.5" through 24" conventional Truss Scopes.
713-529-3551 | Houston, TX
Manufactures refractors, Newtonian reflectors, Cassegrain/Newtonians, classical Cassegrains, hyperbolic astrographs, corrected Baker RC astrographs, mounts and oculars.
972-442-5232 | TX
Telescope designer & manufacturer.
Tele Vue Optics
845-469-4551 | Chester, NY
Telescopes, eyepieces, filters, mounts & accessories, photo accessories.
631-589-6666 | Bohemia, NY
Refractor telescopes and ImageTrac™, an automatic celestial navigation system.