Tentang Celestron

About Celestron

Celestron Building in Torrance, CaCelestron, LLC.
2835 Columbia St
Torrance, CA 90503
telephone: 310-328-9560
fax: 310-212-5835
Celestron will remain the world’s most innovative, leading telescope brand, while also expanding our product offering to support and enhance science, education and outdoor markets. 
We strive to inspire a sense of wonder, knowledge and fun in our customers and throughout our company.
Celestron, is a leading designer, manufacturer and importer of high-quality optical products including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes.  Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron  has grown to become one of the world’s leading telescope makers, and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology.  Celestron’s innovative products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades, adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader’s Digest, Popular Science, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Consumer Electronics Association and more.  Celestron sells and markets its products worldwide through a variety of specialty retail outlets and international distributors. Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities, in Torrance, CA.
 

Celestron Origins

Since 1609, when the great Italian scientist Galileo. Galileo first introduced a rudimentary telescope to astronomy that gave a glimpse of the mysteries lying within the night sky, a fascination to further explore the vast Universe became a constant lure to the curious at heart. By today's standard, that telescope was not much more than ordinary opera glasses. However, that fascination with the mysteries of night skies continued through the ensuing four centuries and triggered immense optic discoveries, culminating in the 21st century, in an ever-growing market not only of professionals but also of serious amateur astronomers and space enthusiasts, young and old alike.
Today, it is Southern California-based Celestron, with its wide array of state-of-the-art optical technologies that has captured an enviable worldwide reputation for its well-engineered products and assisted in the exploration of the sky. A leader in designing, manufacturing and importing high-quality optical products, including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes, Celestron enjoys international brand-name recognition.
Celestron was first founded, as Valor Electronics, an aerospace electronics firm by Tom Johnson, who, while searching for a suitable telescope for his two young sons, decided to build a telescope from scratch. Starting with a 6-inch reflector, he progressed to building increasingly larger and more sophisticated designs. Tom's hobby soon grew into a full-time business, offering Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes in 4-inch to 22-inch models.
His immediate challenge was to find a way to efficiently produce the Schmidt corrector plate used in the top-of-the-line catadioptric telescopes (hybrid of reflector and refractor telescope design). Although a corrector plate appears flat, it has a "wavy" surface that is difficult to mass-produce using standard equipment and procedures. By 1970, Celestron designers and engineers announced a revolutionary method of producing Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes at reasonable cost and in volume. This optical breakthrough was incorporated in the first Celestron C8.
The popularity of the C8 in the consumer marketplace led to the C5 and then to larger versions including an 11-inch and 14-inch telescope. Today the Celestron product line still features these models, but has been greatly broadened to include a number of quality optical products.
Celestron has experienced impressive growth over the years, since Tom Johnson sold the company in 1980. Between 1980 and 2002 there were a couple of changes in ownership of the company. In 2002 three of Celestron's senior management team purchased the assets of Celestron and initiated a whole new era for Celestron.
Under this ownership the company expanded distribution channels and product offerings, and launched the observatory-class CGE Series of computerized equatorial telescopes. In April of 2005, SW Technology Corporation, current owner acquired the company. Celestron was provided access to a supply chain network with state of the art technology and many years of technical and manufacturing experiences. Backed with these competitive advantages, Celestron is now able to concentrate its resources towards offering an unprecedented level of customer satisfaction and a wide range of products to the market place.
Throughout the world, Celestron telescopes have become the "telescope of choice" for the consumer that can differentiate between brands. Major colleges and universities worldwide use Celestron telescopes in their astronomy programs. Moreover, its solid and esteemed reputation in the scientific community has reached NASA, who selected Celestron's C5 telescope as the telescope to be taken on several space shuttle research missions.
Today Celestron sells and markets its products worldwide through a variety of specialty retail outlets and international distributors. A privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities, in Torrance, CA, Celestron provides efficient and effective logistical support to large retailers such as Costco, Walmart.com, Canadian Tire, American Express, LL Bean and Amazon.com