Celestron and Astronomers Without Borders are excited to announce a new partnership that brings together two of worldwide astronomy’s brightest stars.

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TORRANCE, CA – July 26, 2012 – Celestron, the global leader in telescope design, has partnered with Astronomers Without Borders, the leader in organizing programs connecting people worldwide through a shared common interest in astronomy. In this sponsorship, both companies will better serve the entire international astronomy community.

Celestron continues to innovate since manufacturing their first telescope over half a century ago. Industry standard offerings range from optics for amateur astronomers up to university research-quality instruments and beyond. Celestron’s mission is to inspire a sense of wonder, knowledge and fun about all aspects of astronomy in our customers worldwide.

Astronomers Without Borders began in 2007 and organizes the world’s largest global astronomy programs, based on the idea that “we all share the same sky”. Astronomers Without Borders’ flagship program, Global Astronomy Month (GAM) in April, has become the world’s largest regular celebration of astronomy with participation from the vast majority of the world’s countries.

Among the more than 30 programs in GAM 2012, an “Astropoetry Contest” was a huge success. There were over 70 entries from 8 countries across all ages, with Celestron’s AstroMaster and FirstScope telescopes awarded to the winners. View the blog here. Celestron also participated in the rare “Transit of Venus” celestial event in June with Astronomers Without Borders on Mount Wilson Observatory. You can watch the archived webcast here.

“Celestron is committed to Astronomers Without Borders’ sustainability for the benefit of all astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts, regardless of their location or specific interests.” says company president and CEO Joseph A. Lupica Jr.

Celestron will donate top new products to Astronomers Without Borders programs aimed at beginning astronomers and schools, bringing shared knowledge, resources and a sense of commonality between developed and developing nations. Already a name brand in over
80 countries, participation in these programs gives Celestron an even broader reach across the globe.

Astronomers Without Borders president Mike Simmons adds, “Celestron’s commitment to the worldwide astronomy community goes far beyond self-interest, with a long-term vision that promoting astronomy in education and as a hobby will improve participation in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in the US and around the world.”

About Celestron
Celestron is the 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 the world’s leading telescope maker, and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. For more information visit: www.celestron.com.

About Astronomers Without Borders
Astronomers Without Borders connects people worldwide through innovative programs that are accessible to everyone regardless of geography and culture. Combining local events with online technology and a global community, Astronomers Without borders is a leader in promoting understanding and peaceful international relations, while also supporting outreach and education in astronomy. For more information visit: www.astronomerswithoutborders.org.

Contacts:
Michelle Meskill
Marketing Manager, Celestron
310-328-9560 ext. 205
mmeskill@celestron.com

Mike Simmons
President, Astronomers Without Borders
818-597-0223
mikes@astronomerswithoutborders.org

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