In the late 1950s, Tom Johnson, founder of Valor Electronics, built a telescope from scratch to introduce his sons to the wonders of stargazing. What began as a hobby soon grew to be Johnson’s driving passion: Celestron.
Johnson made astronomy accessible to everyone with a revolutionary manufacturing process that enabled him to mass-produce Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and bring them to market at a surprisingly low price. The Celestron 8 was a smash success when it debuted in 1970, and Celestron has led the astronomy market ever since.
In addition to being the world's premier astronomy brand, Celestron has applied its decades of optics expertise to produce a full line of sport optics including binoculars and spotting scopes. Highlights of the Celestron lineup include our Nature DX binoculars, hailed a Top Pick Under $200 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for striking the perfect balance between features, ruggedness, and value. Celestron also produces several ED optics including Granite ED binoculars and Regal M2 ED spotting scopes. Both offer impressive clarity and performance at a fraction of the cost of their competitors.
A newcomer to the sport optics line is Celestron's innovative Hummingbird, the world's first "micro" ED spotting scope. This ultra-compact scope weighs just 590g and easily fits in a pocket or backpack.
Beyond the products we make, it’s the people of Celestron that make our company unique. We stand behind our products with industry-leading warranties and renowned customer service. Our technical support team assists everyone from the parent who’s assembling their child’s first telescope to customers who have owned—and used—the same Celestron optic for more than 40 years.
With more than 80 employees around the world, Celestron remains guided by our founding principles as we commit to ever-increasing global growth. Today, we still produce our flagship product—the 14-inch EdgeHD optical tube—at our headquarters in Torrance, California, using Tom Johnson’s signature method.