LVAAS General Meeting

Sunday December 4, 2 p.m. at Da Vinci Science Center

and on Zoom

(Holiday Party with Pot Luck Lunch - see below for full schedule)


The Evolution of World Class Refractors

 The talk begins with the history of telescopes and then shows how telescopes have evolved through the centuries
and discussing what it takes to make a world class refractor.
Finally, Vic will show what the differences are between mass produced telescopes and world class instruments.


Vic Maris

President, Stellarvue, Inc.


Vic Maris has been making telescopes since the mid 1960’s. Starting in 1974, he worked for thirty years for California State Parks as a ranger and superintendent. He gave interpretive presentations during his career, thousands of star talks and was the driving force behind the State working with dedicated club members in establishing an observatory at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. As Vic neared retirement he began a small telescope company that he named “Stellarvue.” He started in his garage. Two decades later Stellarvue has blossomed into a truly high-end refractor company. Stellarvue’s reputation attracted industry attention which led to creating space and defense optics. This enabled the company to purchase state of the art test equipment. This and a lot of hard work has resulted in the Stellarvue SVX series of telescopes producing the most accurate optics in the industry.

Event Schedule

12:00 p.m. - Da Vinci Science Center opens. Food items may be dropped off in the Creativity Center (first room on the left)

1:00 p.m. - Members' Pot Luck Lunch in the Creativity Center (bring an entree side dish, or dessert to share. LVAAS is providing drinks, plates, utensils, etc.)

2:00 p.m. - presentation

3:00 p.m. - break for dessert, etc.

3:30 p.m. - membership/business meeting

(A brief business meeting will be called to approve the 2023 budget)

4:30 p.m. - clean up

5:00 p.m. - Da Vinci Science Center closes

Prospective new members who wish to attend the meeting should email




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THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY -- 620B East Rock Road -- Allentown, PA 18103 -- 610-797-3476 --


Founded in 1957, the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) is one of the oldest continuously-operating amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S. The mission of LVAAS is to promote the study of Astronomy and to maintain a meeting space, observatories, and a planetarium.

LVAAS operates two astronomy sites: The South Mountain site in Salisbury Township is the headquarters of the Society. It has a planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector, a 21 foot dome, meeting space, the Red Shift store, library, workshop space, and three observatories. The Pulpit Rock site near Hamburg is LVAAS's members-only dark sky site. At 1600 feet above sea level, the site features five observatories and a pad for member's scopes.

Members who receive training on the scopes may obtain keys to the observatories. LVAAS also maintains a rental "fleet" of telescopes that members may rent at low cost. Members also receive access to The Observer, our online newsletter, as well as reduced subscription prices to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. If you want to learn more about astronomy and LVAAS, please join us at our next public star party.


South Mountain Clear Sky Chart  image

Pulpit Rock Clear Sky Chart         image