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About Astronomy Alive

Who is Astronomy Alive?

Cris Ellis is founder & proprietor of Astronomy Alive, a division of Ellis Marketing (established 1987). His astronomy experience spans decades of continuous innovation & growth and his astronomy knowledge is exceptional - even by global standards.

Cris' strategy in selecting optics with customers is simple - Do it Once - Do it Right - using Exclusively the best products.

We only supply quality telescopes that actually perform - we do NOT supply low quality units that disappoint.


Did you know that Astronomy Alive is 100% Australian owned, 100% Australian located and 100% Australian operated?

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: Camera stores, Department stores or Webpage suppliers only - all with limited / no specialist knowledge in telescopes & astronomy.

We recommend you use caution when buying. Australia's most advertised telescope business in most internet searches - aren't Australians, aren't owned or managed in Australia. They may use a very Australian sounding business name, but are a foreign business.


Specialists in Telescopes

When you contact us you are 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 contacting a ........ salesperson in a shop.

Cris is a telescope designer, optical engineer & specialist optical designer. He has a long history designing & servicing a full range of specialist premium telescopes from nearly every leading brand globally.


Specialists in Astrophotgraphy Systems

We are the most experienced specialist astrophotography products supplier in Australia, and have a dedicated ultra high performance portfolio of astrophotographic products specifically custom designed to provide the maximum performance to the new or experienced astrophotograpohy enthusiast.

These products are also available at prices that will surprise the astrophotography enthusiast as we deal DIRECT with the optics manufacturers themselves - and thereby achieve sourcing of the highest quality astrophotography products at prices which are well below the cost of other Australian suppliers (who simply do not know who these suppliers are / or cannot access these sensational suppliers as Astronomy Alive has exclusivity for their products).

This gives you the customer a higher capability astroimaging system at a price which is lower. Plus also gives you the RIGHT quality with your purchase from us - no need for system changes later (common with many suppliers).


Jupiter at 8 years old .......

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.


Optical Excellence

Cris is the only specialist telescope designer, hand craftsman optics consultant in Australia. He is Australia's most experienced astronomy tour designer & specialist tour guide, 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 supply of major observatory systems to professional, university, institutional and scientific bodies throughout Australasia, South East Asia, North America & Europe.

Exclusive distributors for nearly all of the top 10 telescope manufacturers globally

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 deliberately & exclusively available only from Astronomy Alive.

Our product range is without rival by any local/ national/ regional supplier, and is only (nearly) equalled by an extraordinary capability specialist supplier 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 direct 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 !


Astronomy Alive Showroom

Our telescope showroom in Bentleigh, Melbourne, features the largest stock of any telescope supplier in the Southern Hemisphere


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)     Saxon (Shanghai)
Carl Zeiss (Germany) - we are the second largest stockist of Carl Zeiss globally
Pentax, Nikon, Vortex