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A Zero-waste 100% sustainable culinary experience, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Discover the speculative future of our interplanetary culinary culture.
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The First Space Hotel

The First Space Hotel

Zach goes on the journey of a lifetime to discover the world’s firs…

Space Tourism, in a bubble

Space Tourism, in a bubble

Sunrise hikes followed by a breakfast at the tip on an island surro…

Get a Stellar View with a Stellarvue!

Get a Stellar View with a Stellarvue!

Stellarvue is more than a telescope company. For the past 21 years …

Cooking with ingredients only found on Mars

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Stellarvue is more than a telescope company. For the past 21 years they have worked hard to create a global community (a 'Stellar-family') of employees and customers who are passionate about astronomy, education, and viewing the night sky through high-quality telescopes.
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SVX070T-25SV LIMITED EDITION

SVX070T-25SV Limited Edition. This special edition is only available direct from the Stellarvue website. Once these telescopes are sold out they may not make any more. It will depend on how long each one takes to perfect and that will determine if Stellarvue makes any more.  Offered direct from the maker until they run out of existing glass.  

The latest and best 70 mm telescope which is known for capturing wide field images of deep space objects. It features an extremely high Strehl objective hand figured in our optical shop in Auburn California. When you purchase this telescope you will receive a “real” Zygo interferometric test report taken at full aperture of the actual lens you receive. The test will be conducted on an actual 6″ Zygo Phase-Shifting Laser Interferometer here in Auburn. 

Better star images, higher contrast and absolute visual perfection.  

GETTING STARTED

How to Buy your first Telescope

Selecting the right telescope can be a challenge for beginners. Here are some helpful guidelines to get you started in your new hobby. 

There are three main types of telescopes: 

  • 1. Those with lenses (Refractors)

  • 2. Those with mirrors (Reflectors)

  • 3. Those with a combination of elements that use lenses and mirrors (Catadioptric Telescopes)

Step-by-step guide for those new to the hobby

1. Start by learning the night sky. You can download inexpensive or free planetarium programs like Star Walk, Star Chart (iPhone/iPad), or Starlight on your portable device to show you in real time the sky above and help you learn the constellations. These programs are simple and fun to use as you scan the night sky. These programs will point out the locations of the planets and deep sky objects above you. 

2. Try binoculars. With your planetarium program you can now use binoculars or a wide-field telescope to get a closer look at objects like the moon, nebulae, and star clusters. Get out to a dark sky location. You will be amazed at how many stars are above and how awesome open clusters and the Milky Way appear in your binoculars. The advantage is that binoculars are readily available; the disadvantage is that you are limited to low power. 

3. Purchase a wide-field refractor with good optics, a stable mount, and tripod: Having learned the night sky and several constellations, you are now ready to get your first telescope. The advantage of a good wide-field telescope over binoculars is that you can select different eyepieces to boost the power and see much more. It is possible to make out the moons of Jupiter with a good pair of binoculars, but you will never see the planets’ surface features or the rings of Saturn. 

4. Which Stellarvue telescopes are recommended for beginners? The Stellarvue SVX80T-25SV is an 80mm f-6 apo triplet made using our deluxe 2.5″ dual speed, rack and pinion focuser, hand-figured in our own facility in Auburn, CA. This high-Strehl instrument is recommended for those not ready to jump too deep into our other SVX refractors. This version of our 80 mm apo triplet is designed primarily for visual use. This telescope can be used with our SFF3-80 flattener when ready to begin your imaging path.

Stellarvue SVX080T-25SV Premier Apochromatic Triplet Refractor

This is the Stellarvue 80 mm f-6 apo triplet made using our deluxe 2.5" dual speed, rack and pinion focuser

Stellarvue SVX102T-R Premier Apochromatic Triplet Refractor

The SVX102T-R is our premier high performance, light weight 4” f-7. (714 mm focal length) air spaced apo triplet refractor

Stellarvue SVX130T Premier Apochromatic Triplet Refractor

This is the latest version of our 130 mm apo triplet refractor

KEEP TOURING

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Space Tourism, in a bubble

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Sunrise hikes followed by a breakfast at the tip on an island surrounded by giant cacti is a unique way to start the day while sunset drives to catch the last rays of light are spectacular every time, especially when comfortably installed with a glass of wine or cocktail prepared on the spot. During the rainy season, the salar turns into a thin lake where one can paddle, canoe out or simply enjoy a photographic session as clouds endlessly reflect on the surface of the water. At night, when the telescope is out, the sky seems to open up and pour stars above one’s head. The salar is a place of endless possibilities.
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Some of the endemic wildlife  of the altiplano can be spotted near the lodge: flamingos, vicuñas (Kind of local antilope producing the finest wool, surpassing cashmere in quality), viscachas, Andean fox. Giant cacti can be found all around the lodge. The Echinopsis atacamensis towers up to 10m and blooms in October and November. On your way from Uyuni, you’ll probably stop at the old train cemetery with its dozens of old locomotives and carriages dating back to early 20th century, then to Inca Huasi Island, covered with a forest of giant cacti.

The towering Thunupa volcano right behind Kachi Lodge is another landmark of the salt flats. El Mirador del Thunupa, located at the bottom of the exploded crater is reachable by driving a vertiginous track offering extraordinary views over the salar . When lit by the sun, the face of the moutain turns into a mesmerizing array of colors from bright yellow to dark red. For those who dare, they can bike down the track ’till the village of Tahua

All experiences are done with your own guide, private car and driver. You will arrange your program with your guide when arriving on the Lodge. It can be modified during your stay, according to your wishes and the weather conditions. Kachi Lodge is constantly extending its program of activities.

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Zach goes on the journey of a lifetime to discover the world's first Space Hotel
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Yes! This is actually happening! In a truly unique twist of engineering, the idea of a Space Hotel is only 5 years away. 

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