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Astro-Hutech

Astro Hutech is the manufacturer of the world's first solar guider, Hinode SG as well as a worldwide distributor of premium Japanese astronomical products such as BORG refractors and IDAS optical filters.  Astro-Hutech provides quality equipment for the serious astronomer.

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Astronomers Without Borders

One People, One Sky.

We all share the same sky, and Astronomers Without Borders brings the world together to share our passion of astronomy and the wonders of the Universe.

When it comes to stargazing, longitude and latitude put major restrictions on what celestial treasures you can see. At the StarLight Festival, visitors to the Astronomers Without Borders exhibit will get the chance to lift those geographic limits by visiting active observing sites around the world in real time via Skype. 

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Astronomical League

The Astronomical League is composed of over two hundred and eighty local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. These organizations, along with our Members-at-Large, Patrons, and Supporting members form one of the largest amateur astronomical organizations in the world at over 15,000 strong!

Our basic goal is to encourage an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout America. Many people have seen pictures of the other planets in our Solar System from spacecraft, but have no idea that they too can see these objects with a telescope. We want people to get access to telescopes, whether it is through their local astronomical society, school, or their own instruments, and use them to view the beauty in the heavens.

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Astronomy Technology Today

Astronomy Technology Today is the only print publication on the planet devoted solely to the products of astronomy. Introduced in 2007, ATT quickly assumed the role of the de facto journal of the astro industry, providing readers in more than 50 countries with in-depth coverage of the latest in astronomical equipment. The ATT team is honored to be a part of the inaugural Big Bear StarLight Festival and hopes to see you there.

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Big Bear Solar Observatory

For decades, the Big Bear Solar Observatory has been on the cutting edge of solar astronomy research. Located on Big Bear Lake, the observatory is home to the world’s largest aperture and highest resolution solar telescope. During the StarLight Festival, the observatory, which is operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology, will be offering a limited number of free tours of their impressive facilities. They will also have a presence at the festival’s exhibit grounds where staff members will be at the BBSO-NJIT booth answering questions and showcasing some of the observatory’s stunning high-resolution images. Booth visitors can also view “BBSO Secrets of Our Star”, which is a short documentary produced by the AstronomyOutreach network that details the history and current research at the observatory. 

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Celestron

Celestron’s highest ambition is to inspire a sense of wonder, knowledge, and fun with every product we make. Even our most affordable telescope, the FirstScope, offers impressive views of the Moon and planets, and is easy for children and parents to use together.  It’s this emphasis on quality and attention to detail that sets Celestron apart—and it’s why our telescopes have been so beloved for decades.

Beyond the products we make, it’s the people of Celestron that truly make our company “universally superior.”  Dozens of Celestron employees have freely donated their own time to attend public star parties or host their own at local schools. Their stories always echo the same experience: there’s no more rewarding feeling than giving someone their first view of the Moon’s deep craters or Saturn’s luminous rings.  We hope you'll find that same sense of wonder at the StarLight Festival.  Come visit our booth and find out how easy it is to explore the night sky and enjoy the sense of wonder that comes from learning about our Universe.

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Delight's Earthy Delights

Delight’s Earthy Delights creates jewelry inspired by the beauty of science.  Our necklaces are made of semi-precious stones,.  We have necklaces that represent the Solar System, Constellations, Meteorites, Photosynthesis, Emission Spectra, DNA, and many others.

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Explora-Dome by PolyDome

PolyDome is offering a whole new breed of observatory dome. . . the Explora-Dome! Unlike our competitors in the market today, the Explora-Dome is a truly affordable, virtually indestructible, maintenance free observatory dome. Now you can afford to sit inside a true observatory sheltered from the winds and annoying neighbor's porch lights. No more need to haul your equipment out, set it up, and then when you are finished, break it down and haul it back inside.

With the Explora-Dome, the do-it-yourself observatory dream comes true!

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Explore One

The growing emphasis on STEM education shows that the world’s need for scientists and independent thinkers is ever increasing. At Explore One, we want to do our part in launching generations of innovators by offering creative-based play products that encourage our children’s natural curiosity and keen imaginations. From our junior telescopes that open up the universe to our EZ Science line filled with captivating projects that demonstrate scientific principles to our play structures that foster imagination, we are committed to creating fun tools that open up exhilarating avenues for children to explore.

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Explore Scientific

With a mission to make astronomy and other scientific exploration accessible and affordable, Explore Scientific has been opening up the skies and putting people on a path to discovery since 2008. In addition to designing, building and selling high-quality observation instruments and accessories of all types, sizes and skill levels, our company strives to provide top-notch customer service and engage people by organizing and participating in star parties and other outreach efforts. Our products are avenues to adventure, and, at the StarLight Festival, we hope to show visitors the amazing sights that are only an eyepiece away. 

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International Dark-Sky Association

The IDA is the recognized authority on light pollution. Founded in 1988,  the International Dark-Sky Association is the first organization to call attention to the hazards of light pollution, and in 24 years of operation our accomplishments have been tremendous.

We promote one simple idea: light what you need, when you need it. We know some light at night is necessary for safety and recreation. We work with manufacturers, planners, legislators, and citizens to provide energy efficient options that direct the light where you want it to go, not uselessly up into the sky.

 

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Lunt Engineering

Introducing Lunt Engineering!! The new sister company of Lunt Solar Systems.

Lunt Engineering is a TEAM of experienced professionals specializing in the production of telescope optics, software and mechanics.

We employ optical engineers, software engineers, and mechanical engineers, who design our products from the ground up. 

We source our lenses, mirrors, and correctors from companies with international recognition, many of which have decades of experience with industrial applications, professional astronomy installations, and space organizations (satellite optics, spectrographs etc.).

We respond to the current needs of our clients by also offering upgrade services for older observatories, where we bring the optics, mechanics, and control software up to the latest cutting-edge technology.

With all this work in the professional area, we have not forgotten that we are also amateur astronomers at heart. Lunt Engineering are proud to also offer our own brand of selective astronomy products to meet the needs of the quality driven astronomy enthusiast in us all.

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Lunt Solar Systems

Lunt Solar Systems is a manufacturing and sales facility located in Tucson, Arizona. Lunt Solar designs, fabricates, assembles, and tests solar telescopes and solar filters.  Whether you are looking for a dedicated solar telescope or a solar filter for attachment to your own astronomy telescope, we can help. Solar telescopes models start at $499 for an LS35T (telescope) or the only slightly more expensive LS50F (filter), all the way thru the 152T and the 160F.

Solar observing is both fun and educational. Come visit us at the StarLight Festival and see our scopes and filters in action, but be careful...solar observing is addicting!

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OPT Telescopes

Oceanside Photo and Telescope, commonly known as OPT, is comprised of one of the most knowledgeable, experienced telescope staffs anywhere in the world. We can answer any of your questions regarding telescopes, eyepieces, CCD imaging, equatorial mounts, and much more. Our telescope team has hundreds of years of combined experience in the industry and is the most knowledgeable staff on the planet! Visit our booth at the StarLight Festival and let our staff help you unlock the mysteries of the universe!

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Out of this World Meteorites

Out of This World provides astronomy and space science collectors everything from meteorites to advice and appraisals on space program artifacts and antique telescopes. 

If you are interested in something special like rocks from space – meteorites – then Out of This World is a first stop shop for you. Whether you would like a small, inexpensive meteorite or a more expensive slice of a Lunar meteorite, we have something for you. Many of the specimens come with a Certificate of Authenticity as well as information about the meteorite. 

Dr. Mike Reynolds, Out of This World principal meteorite collector, has written books and articles on meteorites and cratering, and is well-known for his expertise in the area of meteoritics. All of our samples are carefully selected and inspected by Dr. Reynolds.

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Painted Sstars

Sleep Under the Stars Every Night!  Painted Stars comes into your Southern California home and paints a cosmic mural of the night sky on your bedroom ceiling.  This astronomically correct mural includes stars, constellations, comets, and other cosmic objects, all of which are invisible during the day but glow gently at night as you drift off to sleep.  Visit Eddie & Laura Phillips at the StarLight Festival and see for yourself how relaxing and romantic Painted Stars can be!

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PlaneWave Instruments

Founded in 2006, PlaneWave Instruments is committed to providing observatory-class products for serious astronomers at an unprecedented value. Developed by PlaneWave, the CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) is a revolutionary new telescope optical system that was designed to excel at imaging on large format CCD cameras while remaining an excellent instrument for visual use. Created to meet the demands of both the serious imager and visual observer, the CDK is offered at an unprecedented value for a telescope of this quality and aperture. Today PlaneWave makes a full line of CDK telescopes as well as imaging and observatory class mounts to provide complete imaging systems for both individuals and industry.

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RTMC Astronomy Expo

The Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC) Astronomy Expo is held at the end of May over Memorial Day weekend each year.  It is well-known for its many speakers and workshops on telescopes and observing.  It also boasts of the biggest astronomical swap meet in the Western Hemisphere. Dozens of commercial vendors of telescopes and accessories come and give great prices on their products. In addition, the RTMC plays host to a three night star party under the dark, clear skies of Big Bear, California.

The RTMC began in 1969.  It was a way for amateur telescope makers to share their craft.  Its current home is at Camp Oakes, a YMCA camp east of Big Bear City on Highway 38. Located 50 miles northeast of Riverside in the San Bernardino mountains, the site offers space for camping, several dormitories and 18 three-sided shelters, a meeting/dining hall, and the Charles Walker Observatory.  The camp is located at an elevation of 7,600 feet. 

The Beginner’s Corner is a feature of the RTMC.  The Beginner’s Corner was created to stimulate interest in astronomy and telescope building.  It is an excellent opportunity for the novice astronomer to learn about the hobby through talks, demonstrations, and workshops.  Other lectures and panel discussions offer much of interest to observers at all levels.

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Sidewalk Astronomers

The Sidewalk Astronomers is a public service amateur astronomy association. ALL Sidewalk Astronomers events are for the public. We take telescopes TO the public - on street corners, public parks, in front of bookstores…wherever there are crowds of people. We also work with other amateur astronomy organizations and take part in many international projects. Since 1968, when John Dobson and two of his students (Bruce Sams and Jeff Roloff) started the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers, our sole purpose for existence has been public service in astronomy. Our primary work is: 1) giving the people of this planet a chance to see, with their own eyes, celestial objects through good-sized telescopes, and 2) providing them with information about what they are seeing.   We set up our telescopes in places where people are likely to be passing by - busy street corners, shopping malls, movie theaters, fairs, etc. We call it "urban guerrilla astronomy". 

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Sky & Telescope Magazine

Sky & Telescope magazine is your essential guide to astronomy, covering every aspect of the hobby from equipment to science to practical observing advice. Our website is also chock-full of information for stargazers at every skill level, from beginners to the most skilled observers and astrophotographers.

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Sky-Watcher USA

Sky-Watcher products have the features and world-class quality that have made Sky-Watcher the fastest growing telescope brand in Europe. With our extensive line of Dobsonians and APO refractors, we’re ready to set you up with the perfect scope for your needs.

We want to ensure that your experience with a Sky-Watcher product is the best it can be. To make that happen we have a comprehensive technical and customer support program that makes fixing a small problem not a big deal.

At Sky-Watcher USA we’re bringing a whole new experience to owning a telescope. If you’re ready for the quality products and attentive service you’ve been waiting for, then you’re ready for Sky-Watcher USA.

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SMaRT Education

SMaRT Education is a 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 2010 by two passionate moms dedicated to improving access to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) offerings for the kids of the Coachella Valley.

At SMaRT Education, we cultivate the positive effects of our programs by encouraging hands-on learning in STEM and computer sciences while fostering character development and team building skills for students in Kindergarten through college.

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Tele Vue Optics

Since 1979, Tele Vue Optics has advanced the art of telescope and eyepiece technology with ever sharper and wider views for studying both nature and astronomy, giving you an experience "even better than you imagined".

Take a look through a Tele Vue refractor with a Nagler, Ethos, or Delos eyepiece and be amazed at the clarity, high-contrast, and wide-angle views. With travel-easy, high-power scopes, beautifully constructed in Chester, N.Y., you can do it all - photography included!

No wonder our telescopes and eyepieces win the top awards in numerous astronomy magazines' reviews and their reader surveys. Even Cornell Ornithology Lab rated our Tele Vue 85 scope as "best optics in the world for birding!"; while our smallest scope, the Tele Vue 60, received the Smart Money Magazine award for "best overall telescope." Please visit televue.com for additional information and a truly educational experience.

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Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes

Woodland Hills Camera and Telescopes provides the best products and services for all your astronomy, optic, and photography needs!  We sell telescopes, CCD cameras, binoculars, microscopes, and software and books. 

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Astronomy Magazine

Founded by Steve Walther in August 1973, Astronomy Magazine is the greatest magazine about Astronomy in the world. Astronomy has a legendary staff of writers and editors. Meet Michael E. Bakich, Senior Editor where he will explain first-hand the universe of "Astronomy!

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