Hailing from around the world and across various STEM disciplines, these experts have one thing in common—they all rely on Celestron optics. This prestigious group includes non-profit organizations, science communicators, and world-renowned astroimagers, just to name a few. Explore our team members’ bios and learn how they use Celestron telescopes, microscopes, and binoculars in the field.
Astronomers Without Borders
Driven by its motto, “One People, One Sky,” Astronomers Without Borders cultivates community through astronomy. AWB members in every corner of the globe host public stargazing events and come together online to collaborate and share ideas.
Lee and Ashley Hall
This husband-and-wife team has a passion for paleontology. While Lee Hall excavates dinosaur fossils in the field, Ashley Hall manages outreach programs at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. From the lab to the dig site to the classroom, they always have Celestron microscopes in tow.
One of the world’s most prolific planetary imagers, Christopher Go, uses his Celestron 14” EdgeHD telescope under ideal seeing conditions at his home in Cebu City, Philippines. After imaging his favorite target, Jupiter, for years, he has made several important scientific discoveries, including a storm on the giant planet dubbed “Red Spot Junior.”
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
With a mission to enhance the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a leader in traditional research techniques and public outreach. Their innovative workshops educate and inspire the community, especially students and teachers.
Dr. Phil Plait, The Bad Astronomer
Astronomy Ph.D., skeptic, blogger, and two-time author Phil Plait uses his online platforms to share content for curious people who want to learn more about Earth, space, and the Universe. You’ll find him everywhere from Twitter to The Discovery Channel.
Robert Reeves’ love of astronomy dates back to the year Celestron was founded: 1960. Night after night, he points his Celestron telescopes at Earth’s closest neighbor, the Moon, capturing craters, maria, and other topographical features in stunning detail.
The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy
Founded by Stephen Ramsden, the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project is the largest hands-on astronomy outreach program in the world, offering a unique solar astronomy experience to over 250,000 people at more than 300 free STEM events per year in 22 countries.
Pranvera Hyseni has realized her dream of bringing astronomy to her native country, the Republic of Kosovo. She’s the founder of Astronomy Outreach of Kosovo, which reaches over 25,000 people annually—the largest group of its kind in Eastern Europe. She recently earned a graduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Earth & Planetary Sciences.
He nabbed his first APOD—and went viral—with a stunning capture of the International Space Station transiting the Moon. From his home observatory in Australia, Dylan teaches aspiring astroimagers via his popular YouTube channel.
Tahoe Star Tours
At the Cosmoarium at Northstar resort in Lake Tahoe, under pristine dark skies, art and science collide. Founder Tony Berendsen takes his guests on a mesmerizing night sky tour complete with top-of-the-line Celestron telescopes, a campfire, and his original astropoetry.
New York City native Theo Boris taught himself how to use a Celestron telescope on the roof of his Manhattan apartment building. He is an eclipse chaser, active in science-related philanthropic causes, and a competitive chess player. (Oh yeah, and he’s still in high school.)
You might think that only professional observatories are capable of discovering comets, but Australian astroimager Terry Lovejoy has managed to find six of them since 2007. Most notably, he found Comet C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy) with his Celestron 8” Schmidt-Cassegrain.
The Bug Chicks
Scientists, educators, besties. Through their engaging workshops, Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker help students and adults conquer their fear of insects and spiders. Armed with Celestron FlipView and MicroDirect microscopes, this duo gets up close and personal with the world’s most amazing crawling creatures.
Cara Santa Maria
Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, television presenter, and award-winning journalist with a background in neuroscience. She also hosts two podcasts, Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria and The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.
Damian Peach, an amateur astronomer since age 10, is a master planetary imager and recipient of multiple astroimaging awards. He’s also a prolific writer whose work graces the pages of astronomy and mainstream media publications. He also designs his own imaging courses.
Founders Viva Dadwal and Michael O’Shea created #Popscope in 2014 when they hosted a free pop-up stargazing event on a street corner in Ottawa, Ontario. Today, their grassroots organization has more than 40 volunteers, with chapters across North America.
As an expert in bloodstain pattern analysis, Anna Cox’s testimony in the courtroom can make or break a criminal case. She relies on her Celestron digital microscopes to go beneath the surface, uncover the truth, and solve crimes.
In less than five years, Austrian Christoph Kaltseis has received four APODs and two EAPODs with Celestron equipment ranging from an 8” Newtonian reflector to a 14” EdgeHD. He has quickly established himself as one of Europe’s most acclaimed astroimagers.
Sarah Swanson and Max Smith
In their guidebook, Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest, co-authors and spouses Sarah Swanson and Max Smith combine fascinating facts about 85 bird species with information on how and where to find them.
A professional engineer, Thierry Legault creates unique telescope rigs to capture jaw-dropping astroimages. His home-built, ultra-fast tracking mount can photograph tiny objects like the Space Shuttle, the Hubble Space Telescope, and more from the suburbs of Paris. Through books and workshops, he shares his knowledge with others.
He began observing the sky as a first grader. Now, Grant Regen is studying Engineering Physics at Stanford University and creating stunning astroimages with his weapon of choice—the Celestron RASA 8.
Writer, producer, and director John Davis is the force behind films like Oscar-nominated Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. But he also turns his artistic eye (and his many telescopes) toward the night sky.
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