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 Stellarvue owners can see the stars as they should be seen. Join Stellarvue Telescopes founder and president under dark skies in various locations including many Dark Sky National Parks and/or attend one of our exclusive Stellartrips.
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. 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 serving as President of Stellarvue, Vic sits on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Astronomy Foundation.
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 last year. This year join Vic Maris who will be keynote speaker on Friday Night, August 7 at the Manzanita Lake Campfire Center. Vic will present his latest version of his Majesty of the Night Sky program. The weekend will include programs by rangers, scientists and others presenting numerous educational programs celebrating the night sky! Activities included 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. Several Stellarvue refractors will be set up on Saturday night. So plan and reserve your campsite now!
October 10: Arches National Park: Vic Maris will present his Majesty of the Night Sky at the campfire center in the Devils Garden Campground at Arches National Park. View through telescopes after the program. Since the campground books almost 6 months in advance you should reserve a campsite the week of April 8 in order to ensure you have a site. If after that you can still get a campsite in a private campground in nearby Moab. Vic (a retired desert ranger) will also lead an inpromptu desert nature hike at Arches on this weekend. To make a campground reservation visit the NPS reservation site.
Next year Vic will continue to take the "Stellarvue Mothership" to various dark sky locations to share his passion of the night sky. Tune in later this year as we begin to set the schedule for 2016! Clear skies to everyone!