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.
Amateur Astronomy Books
Amateur Astronomy Resources
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|Advanced Telescope Systems, Inc | advancedtelescope.com
877-967-2673 | Anaheim, CA
Portable & permanent telescope piers.
Astro-Physics, Inc | astro-physics.com
| Machesney Park, IL
Develops telescopes and accessories for the advanced amateur.
Celestron, LLC | celestron.com
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.
Company Seven | company7.com
| Montpelier, MD
A resource for the international astronomical community and a registered U.S. Department of Defense
DayStar Filters LLC | daystarfilters.com
| 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
Le Sueur Manufacturing Company, Inc | astropier.com
205-822-0720 | Birmingham, AL
Heavy-duty, permanent, telescope-mounting piers.
LOMO America, Inc | lomoamerica.com
| Prospect Heights, IL
Microscopes, endoscopes, night vision devices and spotting scopes/telescopes.
Meade Instruments Corp | meade.com
manufactures telescopes and accessories for amateur astronomers.
Nu-Tek | nu-tek-optics.com
| 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
Obsession Telescopes |
920-648-2328 | Lake Mills, WI
Producer of portable deep sky telescopes.
Orion Telescopes & Binoculars | telescope.com
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 | parallaxinstruments.com
919-570-3140 | Youngsville, NC
Specializing in large aperture Ritchey-Chretien, Newtonian, and
Classical Cassegrain telescopes and German equatorial mountings.
Pier Components |
888-965-3762 | Middleburg, PA
ProtoStar | fpi-protostar.com
| Worthington, OH
Newtonian secondary mounts & mirrors, tubes & accessories.
Rigel Systems | rigelsys.com
| Rancho Palos
Manufacturer of innovative astronomy accessories.
RobinCasady.com | robincasady.com/Astro
Santa Barbara Instrument Group (SBIG) | sbig.com
805-571-7244 | Santa Barbara, CA
CCD autoguiders, cameras, spectrographs, filters, and software -
CCDOPS, Planet Master, CCDSharp, CCDSoftV5, EquinoX, CCDAutoPilot.
Sky Spot | sky-spot.com
| Bountiful, UT
Publishers of the "Finder Charts" for Telrad Users.
Software Bisque | bisque.com
| Golden, CO
Paramount ME robotic and Bisque TCS telescope control systems, software - TheSky6, TPoint, CCDSoft,
Orchestrate, AutomaDome, Pocket Edition, PrecisionPEC, Grand Tour, and BOSS.
Space Toys | spacetoys.com
| Lexington, KY
Astronomy books, telescopes, space toys, calendars, posters, prints, etc.
Starmaster™ Telescope | starmastertelescopes.com
620-638-4743 | Arcadia, KS
Manufacturer of 11" and 12.5" ELT Scopes, and 14.5" through 24"
conventional Truss Scopes.
Takahashi America | takahashiamerica.com
| Houston, TX
Manufactures refractors, Newtonian reflectors, Cassegrain/Newtonians, classical
Cassegrains, hyperbolic astrographs, corrected Baker RC astrographs, mounts and oculars.
Teleport Telescopes |
972-442-5232 | TX
Telescope designer & manufacturer.
Tele Vue Optics | televue.com
| Chester, NY
Telescopes, eyepieces, filters, mounts & accessories, photo accessories.
Unitron | unitronusa.com/quick_look_teles.htm
631-589-6666 | Bohemia, NY
Refractor telescopes and ImageTrac™, an automatic celestial navigation