Stellarvue is more than a telescope company. We are dedicated to fostering a deep appreciation for the night sky by presenting educational programs and outings in remote locations where one can see the stars as they should be seen.
HISTORY OF STELLARTRIPS
Vic Maris began presenting astronomy related programs long before he founded Stellarvue. As a ranger and naturalist, his first star talk was held in 1974 at Red Rock Canyon State Park. Since that time he has played a strong role in space science education. He was the Park Superintendent who paved the way for the establishment of the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sonoma County and he trained rangers in interpreting the night sky. Today in addition to his Stellartrips, Vic continues to train rangers and to present programs in many State and National Parks.
STELLARVUE 2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
January 14th - Installation Dinner for the Stockton Astronomical Society.
Vic will present a talk on the history of refractors and explain how high end apochromatic refractors are made. This will be an audio-visual presentation with video taken behind the scenes at Stellarvue.
APRIL 9 & 10 - NORTHEAST ASTRONOMY FORUM (NEAF)
Every year Vic Maris shows the latest in Stellargear at the largest telescope show in the U.S.A. Plan to spend the entire weekend in Suffern, New York this April and make it a special learning opportunity for the entire family. For more information on NEAF visit their website.
JUNE 30 - JULY 3: Stellarvue Dark Sky Star Party (DSSP). Our 2016 Dark Sky Star Party is booked. If you really, really, really want to attend call us. Sometimes a family must back out at the last minute. DSSP gives Stellarvue owners the opportunity to observe under extremely dark skies during our three - four night event. July 4 is an optional bonus night for those attending. We reserve the Likely Place RV Park during the most favorable new moon weekend of the year and cater the dinners. This facility has full hookups, an 18 hole golf course and a cafe so you can golf and camp without cooking! We also present numerous educational programs during the event. Attendance is limited to Stellarvue members who sign up in time! See our DSSP PAGE.
AUGUST 5-7: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Dark Sky Festival. August 5-7, 2016 is a great weekend to take advantage of the clear, summer night skies in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The date is a few nights after the New Moon and leads up to the impressive Perseid meteor shower
which peaks August 12 and 13. Another exciting event for 2016 is that we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, meaning National Parks all across the country are offering special events to the public. The 2016 Dark Sky Festival is considered a Centennial event. Vic Maris will present his Majesty of the Night Sky program at Lodgepole Campground on Saturday August 6. At this time it appears that all campsites are booked that weekend but check into the local forest service sites if you want to camp around Sequoia.
AUGUST 12-14: Lassen Volcanic National Park 100th Anniversary and Dark Sky Festival. Another Dark Sky Festival in a spectacular National Park! Vic will present his program in the campfire center at Manzanita Lake and several Stellarvue Telescopes will be set up in the observing field nearby.
AUGUST 25: Central Coast Astronomical Society. Vic will present a talk on the history of refractors and explain how high end apochromatic refractors are made. This will be an audio-visual presentation with video taken behind the scenes at Stellarvue. For more infromation visit the CCAS website.
OCTOBER 1: Arches National Park. The Stellarvue Mothership will be in the Arches National Park Campground during the new moon in October along with other Stellartrip enthusiasts who enjoy the slickrock desert under a dark sky canopy.
Vic and Jan continue to take either the "Stellarvue Mothership" or the "Stellarvue Bigfoot Trailer" to various dark sky locations. We hope to see you out under a truly dark sky, somewhere out there. Clear skies to everyone!