- About Us
Stellarvue is a California telescope company located at 11820 Kemper Road, Auburn, CA. We can be reached at (530) 823-7796 Monday through Friday from 9-5 Pacific time or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stellarvue is more than just a telescope company. While we are best known for our consistently high quality telescopes, we contribute to the astronomical community in other ways. We strive to promote scientific education through Stellartrips to locations around the world and to provide excellent educational programs for our telescope owners.
All Stellarvue telescope are triple tested including a star test. Vic Maris personally tests all Apo triplets. Optical and mechanical parts are covered by a two year parts and labor warranty to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. But it does not stop there. Imagine you drop your telescope long after the warranty has expired. Should this happen, if it is a Stellarvue we can repair it long after the warranty has expired. We do not endeavor to profit on your loss so all after warranty repairs are made at a very nominal fee plus parts. We are committed to ensuring that all Stellarvue instruments operate correctly. We value our customers: they serve as our ambassadors. We want each and every one of our telescopes operating to spec so that the customer can be proud of their telescope and excited to show it off.
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. "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."
Vic, however, was lucky. Several people fostered his interest in astronomy from an early age. "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.
After being introduced to telescope making at the age of 14, Vic polished his first 6” mirror in the mid 1960’s. Not being content with that 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 30 years for parks often playing a significant role in protecting the parks and establishing star gazing opportunities such as the Robert Ferguson Observatory. As Vic neared retirement he was teaching astronomy in Sacramento and his students encouraged him to make telescopes that actually worked. So Stellarvue started in Vic's garage back in 1998. He started the company presenting the first "Astrocamp" and then began producing telescopes. Since then the company 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."