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 Vic sits on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Astronomy Foundation and works hard to promote science education. He presents programs in many State and National Parks.
STELLARVUE 2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
APRIL 18 & 19 - 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 next April and make it a special learning opportunity for the entire family. For more information on NEAF visit their website.
JULY 16 - 19: Stellarvue Dark Sky Star Party (DSSP). Our 2015 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. 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 2014 PAGE.
JULY 25: Southern California Astronomy Expo (SCAE).
Join us at Oceanside Photo and Telescope for their annual SCAE. Vic Maris will be on hand to show the latest in Stellargear! The raffle at SCAE is huge with lots of winners, especially children!
Vic will have on display the new SVQ100 and SVS130 Astrographic Refractors. For more information, visit the SCAE page.
August 7-9: Lassen Volcanic National Park - Dark Sky Festival: The Dark Sky Festival at Lassen was a real success this year. Vic Maris was keynote speaker on Friday Night, August 7 at the Manzanita Lake Campfire Center. Vic presented his latest version of his Majesty of the Night Sky program to a group of more than 300 people. They cheered.
Lassen's Dark Sky Festival includes programs by rangers, scientists and others presenting numerous educational programs celebrating the night sky! Activities includes nightly constellation tours and stargazing, Astronomy activities including guided hikes, solar scope viewing, discussions and demonstrations by National Park Dark Sky rangers, NASA, International Dark Sky Association, Astronomical Society of Nevada, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Watch for information on next year's program.
September 24: Central Coast Astronomical Society General Meeting. Join Vic Maris as he presents his "Majesty of the Night Sky" program to the CCAS at their monthly meeting on September 24 at the United Methodist Church, Wesley Building at 1515 Fredericks Ave, San Luis Obispo. Visit the Central Coast Astronomical Society website for more information.
October 10: Note: The Arches National Park program scheduled for this date has been cancelled.
Next year Vic will continue to take either the "Stellarvue Mothership" or the "Stellarvue Bigfoot" to various dark sky locations to share his passion of the night sky. The location will determine if we bring a trailer or motorhome. Smaller parks cannot accomodate a full sized motorhome hence the addition of the Bigfoot Trailer. Tune in later this year as we begin to set the schedule for 2016! Clear skies to everyone!