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Follow the Celestron blog to go behind the scenes with Celestron engineers, learn about new product releases, and stay up-to-date on celestial events. We also post exclusive interviews with astroimagers like PGA golfer Jimmy Walker and filmmaker John Davis. You’ll even get field notes from our guest bloggers on topics like birding, astroimaging, and comet hunting.

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International CES 2015

From driverless cars and lifelike robots to drones and virtual reality, it’s no secret why CES is the innovation oasis for all things technology. This year, with one of the largest attendance records to date, the International Consumer Electronics Show provided the perfect backdrop for Celestron’s latest product launch.

Learning Skyris: Drawing Color Out of Black and White

During his last flight, Commander William McCool described the view of the Earth below him, “The colors are stunning. In a single view, I see, looking out at the edge of the earth: red at the horizon line, blending to orange and yellow, followed by a thin white line, then light blue, gradually turning to dark blue and various gradually darker shades of gray, then black and a million stars above. It's breathtaking.” Monochrome cameras create stunning views of the universe in black and white, but the addition of three filters can release the hues of nature.

Badlands Astronomy Festival

On July 25-27, 2014, space science professionals, amateur astronomers and South Dakota residents converged at Badlands National Park to enjoy a three-day astronomy festival highlighted by one of the park's most precious resources–a dark sky filled with more than 7,500 stars!



Celestron Honors Future Astronomers at UCLA’s Astronomy Live! Summer Observing Workshop

For most Los Angeles area high school students, summer break is often spent at the beach or hanging out at shopping malls with friends. But for six local teenagers interested in astronomy, part of their summer also included taking part in a workshop at UCLA to learn the basics of observational astronomy and collecting data from the university's two large telescopes to complete their research projects related to astronomy and astrophysics.

Calling All Teachers: Win a Celestron Microscope Kit For Your Classroom!

Celestron’s biological and digital microscopes help teachers and students conduct experiments and interact with the microscopic world. To help encourage this process of scientific discovery, Celestron is thrilled to provide 5 exceptional teachers with a complete science kit to use in their classrooms during the upcoming 2014-2015 school year!

A Weekend of Bad Astronomy with Phil Plait’s Science Getaways

Blogger Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy) and his wife Marcella Setter founded Science Getaways, unique vacations that bring together science enthusiasts and scientific experts. Team Celestron tagged along on their latest trip, Space Ranch, in Tucson, Arizona.

Host A Star Party!

When we go to star parties, we never tire of seeing people’s faces light up—often literally!—when they see the craters on the Moon in sharp detail, or that audible gasp of amazement when they first glimpse the rings of Saturn or the belts of Jupiter. It’s sharing that sense of discovery and wonder that keeps us travelling around the country, but you don’t have to wait for us to drop by your area to experience it for yourself. If you have a telescope—or even better, friends with telescopes—why not host your own star party?

Jimmy Walker’s Astroimaging Tips

As a traveling PGA golfer, Jimmy Walker knows how to maximize efficiency in his astroimaging process. From a remote observatory to a super-accurate Celestron mount, Walker uses the best equipment to create his deep sky images quickly.

Learning Skyris: Imaging the Moon

Just as astronomers recommend the Moon as the first object to view in a telescope, so do astrophotographers recommend imaging the Moon first. When looking through a telescope, the Moon shows more detail than any other celestial object, which is the same as when imaging. Before you begin, though, you need to learn the basics of using Skyris.

ASAE: In the Desert, Everyone Knows Celestron’s Name

The expansive deserts of the American Southwest are renowned for their brilliant dark skies, so where better to host an astronomy expo? For its second year, Celestron journeyed to Tucson, Arizona, for the Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo (ASAE) on November 16 and 17.

Fall Birding in the Pacific Northwest with the OSU Bird Nerds

It is interesting that most of our world’s people have never been out at sea to any applicable degree. Indeed, I at least often forget that it exists at all: my daily life is little concerned with the ocean, and I find little reason to think of it on a regular basis. However, roughly 71% of the Earth is covered by water, and most of that is ocean.

Celestron Runs the World at Girltopia

When it comes to friendships, Celestron and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) share a relationship that has reached a golden level, to borrow a line from the Girl Scouts’ famous friendship song. And as the Girl Scouts have become increasingly passionate advocates of STEM and getting girls interested in science careers, it’s a partnership that has only grown more fruitful. 

Announcing the Winner of the CometWatch Challenge!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the CometWatch Challenge Giveaway, hosted by Celestron and Eureka Tent

Morning Comets and More Coffee!

Regardless of whether you stay up late or get up early, right now is the time to enjoy a plethora of bright comets. It isn’t often that there is a comet which can be easily seen with smaller backyard telescopes—and we currently have not only one, but four to enjoy!

Hawk Watching Basics

Fall can be an exciting time to visit a local hawk watch to observe daily raptor movements. This article will give you a basic understanding of raptor identification and will hopefully get you out on the ridge to start honing your identification skills!

Keeping Watch on Comet ISON

Early morning observers have been getting some first looks at Comet ISON. To date, it has breezed past Mars and is continuing towards the center of our solar system. It won’t be long until November 28, when ISON makes its blazing pass just 730,000 miles above the Sun’s surface. 

Jimmy Walker: PGA Golfer by Day, Astroimager by Night

This week, pro golfer Jimmy Walker won his first major PGA Tour event, the Open. With this big win under his belt, Walker is taking the golf world by storm and will soon compete in his first Masters tournament.

A Bird in the Hand: A Fall Bird Survey with the OSU Bird Nerds

Fall is upon us here in the Pacific Northwest.  The weather is cooling, the leaves are falling, and bright oranges, yellows, and reds speckle the evergreen landscape.  The rain is coming, but it’s not here yet.  This time of year marks a changing of the guard in the Willamette Valley.

Skyris Image Gallery

Many of the world's top astroimagers beta-tested and use our new line of astronomical CCD camera, Skyris. Here are some of their best shots. 

Comets! Chapter 1: Strange Lights in the Sky

With Comet ISON on the way, we are excited to bring you an excerpt from a brand new book on comets by David J. Eicher, editor of Astronomy Magazine. Make sure to pick up a copy of the book from Cambridge University Press.