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Free Gifts

In order to add value to your purchase, we have curated some great products that are sure enhance your user experience. The best part is you can choose which gift is relevant to you.

These items represent real value. They are frequently sold separately and recommended by astronomy shops across the country.

Current Gift Selections

Brought to you by the David Chandler Company.

The Night Sky Planisphere

The"Night"Sky™ is the original two-sided planisphere (also called a star dial or star chart) uniquely designed to reduce distortion and printed on a light background for night readability.  The Night Sky™ is die cut for specific latitudes, to provide the truest view of the starry night based upon where the viewer is watching the sky.  If you choose this gift, you'll need to provide your latitude range. There are different versions of this planishere: large and small, and plastic and cardboard. You will receive the most valuable one, the large one made of plastic. It will last for years. Find out more here.

Sky Atlas for Small Telescopes and Binoculars

Most star atlases are designed for use with 6 to 8 inch telescopes. This sky atlas provides a quality resource for use with starter or intermediate telescopes and binoculars. There is so much to learn about the night sky, and mastering your telescope using this resource will give you a solid foundation. Find out more here.

Night Reader Pro Astronomer's Flashlight

The Night Reader Pro™ is designed specifically for astronomers. The red light it emits will not deplete your night vision like a white light will.  With adjustable brightness it can be bright enough for walking around a dark site and dimmed down to a comfortable level for reading a chart or atlas. It comes with a lifetime factory warranty and is made in the U.S.A. Find out more here.

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Full Aperture Bahtinov Mask Focusing Screen

A Bahtinov mask is indispensable when trying to achieve razor sharp focus, especially for astophotography. This focusing aid is proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. out of single-sheet aluminum (unlike the many less durable plastic counterparts on the market). The aluminum is powder coated to avoid abrasion. Plastic screws and adjustable rubber grommets help the mask fit snugly on the objective of your telescope with no worry of damage. It comes in a few sizes, and we'll make sure you get the right one for your telescope. Find out more here.


Dew Heater Strap

The Dew Heater Strap is your partner in actively avoiding condensation on your lenses or mirrors. You've taken all the steps necessary to get the perfect shot, and you don't want it to be ruined by foggy lenses. Made in America with robust stitching, this strap generates heat evenly along its length and is Velcro-adjustable. It comes in a few sizes to fit your scope perfectly. We'll send you the most appropriate one. Find out more here.


★ Store Reviews

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42 reviews
This shroud covers it all.

This shroud blocks out all of the light trespass in my area. It has two slots for the eyepiece and the finder scope. A must have item for this instrument.

Nicely emersive experience.

This lens has me looking into more 2" eyepieces from the same series. The views are amazing and Crystal clear. Literally room to stretch out the eyes.
Ring Nebula is so beautiful through this lens, truly breathtaking.

Fast, reliable, spot on customer service.

I have been in the market for an Ultralight 12" Dobsonian telescope. Ryan helped me with useful information on Explore Scientific telescope. What an amazing purchase. A high quality instrument and a dream come true for collimation. Great company, great scope.

Coming equipped with two decent eyepieces and an adapter is nice. Will upgrade to a 2" eyepiece one day, but not in the budget right now. Thanks to Ryan for help with ordering.


I'm enjoying the telescope very much. It's not too hard to assemble, although very slowly the first time.