- About Us
The mission of Stellarvue is to inspire a healthy interest in science and astronomy by handcrafting the finest telescopes on the planet.
Who We Are
Stellarvue is the telescope division of Auburn Precision Optics. Stellarvue is located at 11802 Kemper Road, Auburn, CA. We can be reached at (530) 823-7796, Monday-Friday from 9-5 Pacific time, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stellarvue is more than just a telescope company--we are a 'Stellar-family.' For the past 20 years, we have contributed to the astronomical community in many ways, promoting scientific education through "Stellartrips" to locations around the world, and other educational programs for our telescope owners.
Every Stellarvue telescope is tested in three different ways: (1) for optical accuracy using a Zygo phase-shifting laser interferometer; (2) for optical alignment using an auto-collimator; and (3) for overall performance with a visual star test.
Optical and mechanical parts are covered by a two-year parts and labor warranty to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. After the two-year warranty has expired, Stellarvue will repair telescopes for a nominal fee.
Our Stellar-family customers serve as our ambassadors and we want each of our telescopes operating to spec so that owners can be proud of their telescope and excited to show it off.
About the Owner
Stellarvue founder and Ace of Space Vic Maris began a lifelong pursuit of astronomy in the mid 1960's, after reading the Golden Book of Astronomy.
When recalling his earliest memories of astronomy, Vic said, "My father bought me a 60 mm refractor to encourage my interest in science, but that telescope almost ended my interest in astronomy." Vic fought the telescope for several nights, with its wobbly base and defective optics.
After many attempts, the telescope was retired to his closet. "Far too many telescopes sit unused in closets because companies don't create them with the user in mind. If a telescope is not easy and enjoyable to use, it cannot do what it should; telescopes ought to foster a greater appreciation for the universe."
In spite of his first telescope, Vic continued to be interested in the night sky. "The pursuit of astronomy has given me some inspirational experiences. I sincerely appreciate all of those people who helped me along my way.” Vic was also lucky to live in Southern California where some of the best telescope makers could be found and they where willing to mentor him.
Vic polished his first 6” mirror and made his first telescope at the age of 14. Two years later, he took on the challenge of making a 5” f-15 refractor at the age of 16.
After graduation, Vic pursued a career working in California State Parks as a ranger and later, a superintendent. He worked for Parks for 30 years, during which time he set up star gazing programs and also helped establish the Robert Ferguson Observatory.
As Vic neared retirement he taught astronomy for fun in Sacramento, and his students encouraged him to make high-quality, reliable telescopes. With this encouragement, Stellarvue started in Vic's garage back in 1998. Since then the company has grown exponentially and has produced thousands of hand crafted telescopes with exceptional optics.
"I have enjoyed introducing thousands of people to astronomy for the past 45 years . Many of these people have purchased a poorly made department store telescope, the nightmare of any budding astronomer. It is unfortunate that most telescopes are poorly made. This is what inspired me to create Stellarvue. This is a small telescope company is dedicated to introducing people to the night sky and providing them high-quality, reasonably priced equipment. Our educational programs allow us to share the wonders of the universe with hundreds of like-minded people. This has always been more a labor of love than a commercial endeavor. Anyone who has been truly inspired by the majesty of the night sky knows exactly what I am talking about." -Vic Maris