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Cris Ellis is founder and proprietor of Astronomy Alive, a division of Ellis Marketing which was established in 1987. His astronomy experience spans decades of continuous innovation & growth and his astronomy knowledge is exceptional, even by global standards.
Our telescope showroom and workshop is located in the Melbourne suburb of Bentleigh.
We are Melbourne's ONLY specialist supplier of telescopes. Our competitors are either: Camera stores, Department stores or Webpage warehouse suppliers only - all with limited/ no specialist knowledge in telescopes & astronomy.
We recommend you use caution when buying. Australia's most advertised optical business in most internet searches - aren't Australians, aren't owned or managed in Australia. They use a very Australian sounding business name, but are usually a foreign business.
When you call us your call is answered by the business owner, Cris Ellis - personally. Cris is a specialist - and is at your availability to assist every aspect of astronomy & optics - you are not merely calling a ........ salesperson in a shop.
Cris is a specialist telescope designer, optical engineer & specialist optical designer. He has a long history servicing specialist telescopes such as Carl Zeiss, Quantum, Questar, Antique telescopes & premier capability Triplet Apochromatic refractors - and supporting customers whom wish to on sell these telescopes and do not know how to go about it or where to find suitable new owners for such items.
Cris Ellis was introduced to astronomy at age 8, when he viewed Jupiter through a telescope. He saw the round disc of the planet and its four major moons, and was instantly hooked on astronomy.
Cris is well known in Australian astronomy as founder and president of the Astronomical Society of Melbourne. He is also creator and teacher of astronomy courses at various Melbourne colleges. He is an established astronomy author in Astrophysics & Cosmology, the most active night sky tour leader and astronomy public speaker in Australia, and has assisted with the establishment of astronomical societies in Asia. He comes from a long history in specialist physics & engineering in the global automotive industry.
Cris is the only specialist telescope designer, hand craftsman & optics consultant in Australia. He is Australia's most experienced astronomy tour specialist, customising specialist tours to the world's major observatories.
Astronomy Alive has significantly the most comprehensive portfolio of astronomy and astrophotography products in the southern hemisphere, from beginner through intermediate, plus advanced, professional and also right up to full major observatory systems. Cris is the preferred supplier of beginner telescopes to newbies to astronomy - right through to designing and suply of major observatory systems to major professional, university, institutional and scientific bodies throught Australasia, South East Asia, plus also North America & Europe.
Astronomy Alive is proud to support nearly every major & premier manufacturer of quality telescopes and astrophotography systems globally. With many of these global astronomy paragons of capability & quality having their exceptional products being exclusively available from Astronomy Alive.
Our product range is without rival by any local/ national/ regional supplier, and is only (nearly) equalled by a couple of extraordinary capability specialist suppliers in Europe. If you do not find a particular product that you are prospectively interested in on our webpage- there is a good reason for this, as Cris isn't interested in that supplier or their products - as we refuse to supply products that we regard as lower in quality/ capability than the minimum standard - or overly expensive as they are going through too many sets of hands to get to you the customer.
We prefer to deal with the manufacturers of telescopes of this world, not the marketers (who do not manufacture anything). In short - you the customer deserve better gear that actually performs !
Photos above are our showroom and our major suppliers:
The world's best telescope maker - Officina Stellare (Italy)
plus ASA Astrosysteme (Austria)
the world's best refractors from CFF Telescopes (Poland) SharpStar Optics (Shanghai)
United Optics (Kunming) Central DS CCD's (Korea)
Skywatcher & Meade (Shanghai) Orion Optics UK (England)
Vixen (Japan) William Optics (Taiwan) Coronado (Solar H Alpha, USA)
QHY CCD's (China) APM Telescopes (Germany) Moonraker Telescopes (UK)
TEC (USA) Finger Lakes Instruments (USA)
Carl Zeiss (Germany) - we are the second largest stockist of Carl Zeiss globally
Pentax, Nikon, Vortex