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Two 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):

Get Ready for the Great North American Solar Eclipse!

On April 8, 2024, North America will be treated to a total solar eclipse, when the Sun, Moon, and Earth align. The Moon’s dark shadow will sweep from Mexico into Texas, northeast across the U.S. to Maine, and on through eastern Canada. Daylight will plunge into deep twilight, revealing the magnificent solar corona for anyone fortunate to be within the 115-mile-wide path of totality under clear skies. Nearly everyone in North America will have at least a partial solar eclipse that day. Except during totality, you’ll need safe solar filters and eclipse glasses to watch. You can get them from the same source as the Galileoscope: Explore Scientific. Again, you have multiple options:

  1. Order up to 9 solar filters for Galileoscopes you already own at the retail price:
  2. Order 4-packs or 10-packs of Sun Catcher Eclipse Glasses at the retail price:
  3. Order 10 or more Galileoscopes, solar filters, and/or eclipse glasses at bulk-discount prices:

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! Now 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 (Mountains of Stars) &
 Rick Fienberg (American Astronomical Society)