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Three Ways to Order Galileoscopes!

  1. Order up to 9 individual kits at the retail price:
  2. Order 10 or more kits at the bulk-discount price (ideal for educators and resellers):
  3. Preorder 10 or more discounted kits, solar filters, and/or tripods for the upcoming solar eclipses (see below):

Also Available: Sun Catcher Eclipse Glasses!

Two major solar eclipses are coming to North America! On October 14, 2023, an annular (“ring of fire”) eclipse sweeps from Oregon to Texas in a 125-mile-wide path that continues to the Yucatán peninsula and northern South America. Six months later, on April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse darkens a 115-mile-wide swath from Mexico to the Canadian maritimes, traversing the U.S. from Texas to Maine in the process. In both cases all of North America will have at least a partial solar eclipse. Except during totality on April 8, 2024, you’ll need safe solar viewers to watch the eclipses. You can get them from the same source as the Galileoscope: Explore Scientific. As above, you have three options:

  1. Order 4-packs of Sun Catcher Eclipse Glasses at the retail price:
  2. Order Galileoscopes and/or eclipse glasses at bulk-discount prices (ideal for educators and resellers):
  3. Preorder 10 or more kits, solar filters, tripods, and/or eclipse glasses for the upcoming solar eclipses:

A Message from the Co-Creators of the Galileoscope

We created the Galileoscope under the auspices of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) as a global cornerstone project for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA). It solved a long-standing problem: the lack of a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit suitable for both optics education and celestial observation. The Galileoscope program was expected to last only through the IYA, but the global astronomy education-and-outreach community loved the kit and asked us to keep it in production, which we managed to do for an additional nine years, thanks in part to the kit also being named a cornerstone project of the 2015 International Year of Light. Over that decade, with us managing the project as volunteers, we distributed more than a quarter million Galileoscope kits to teachers, students, and other enthusiasts in more than 110 countries! As of 2020, the Galileoscope has a new home: Explore Scientific, the Arkansas-based maker of gear for the astronomy, outdoor sports, and science-education markets. We are delighted that the kit remains available and thank Scott Roberts and his team at Explore Scientific for their support!

Doug Arion (Carthage Institute of Astronomy) &
 Rick Fienberg (American Astronomical Society)