Temporarily Email Service Disruption
We are experiencing technical difficulties with our email server. Please call us at 613-723-1350 or toll-free at 1-877-815-1350 if you have any questions about products, or would like to place an order. We hope to have email service restored shortly.
Web Store Temporarily Down Due To Maintenance
Our web store is temporarily down while maintenance. We're sorry for the inconvenience. Please call us at 613-723-1350 or toll-free at 1-877-815-1350 if you have any questions about products, or would like to place an order.
OpenSSL Heartbleed Vulnerability
April 10 2014: Our website has been evaluated and tested, and is not affected by the OpenSSL TLS Heartbleed Vulnerability that is making the news. Shop with confidence at Focus Scientific.
Ottawa's telescope, binocular and microscope store, featuring expert advice, quality optics. Shop online or in our showroom.
Our regular hours of operation are now in effect.
Telescope Course - International Astronomy Day
Passionate about the world around you, but don't know where to start? Come spend four hours with our great friends Paul and Rob, as they introduce curious families to general astronomy, and offer useful observing tips, and instructionals on how to set up and use amateur equipment.
Our annual astronomy course is sure to please. While you're at it, take advantage of the 41st International Astronomy Day festivities with Ottawa area astronomers at Focus Scientific, and at the Museum of Science and Technology.
Event date: Saturday May 10th 2014
No registration required.
Admission rates to main musuem and auditorium:
Feel free to download our basic astronomy course before gearing up for astronomy day.
The course includes:
The telescope course material can be downloaded for free from our download section.
Our well-advised technical staff are available year-round to help you with one-on-one assistance.
Are You Being Served?
CBC Radio Ottawa recently began spotlighting exceptional retail workers. We are proud to have our Tristan Young featured on this show.
The Focus Scientific Difference
Celestron Premier Select Dealer
We are proud to join the top group of Celestron dealers. We'd like to thank our wonderful customers for their support along the way.
Focus Scientific - supplying Celestron products since 1975.
How To Find Us
We are located west of Preston, close to Sherwood, and 2 buildings west of the Rogers wireless store.
We have free parking in the front and rear of the building. Use the driveway to the right to reach the rear parking. There is more parking (overflow) along Loretta, Breezehill and Sherwood. We can help you locate us or find additional parking, call us at 613-723-1350.
Our location information page has more details.
Telescope Shopping Comparison
Having trouble finding that perfect gift? Check out our Gift Suggestion guide.
Come Visit Our Showroom
Over 50 models of scopes and over 100 models of binoculars, monoculars, and microscopes in stock. We're working hard to add excitement to the store.Our address
911 Carling Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4E3
Located East of the Civic Hospital at intersection of Carling and Sherwood, down the hill from the Dominion observatory. The locate us section may help you further.
Stargazing - Free Song
Stargazing was written and produced by professional musician Penelope Goranson, Focus Scientific.
Recorded by Rob Cosh.Stargazing by Penelope Goranson - Time: 2:09 - mp3 4.93MB
To save this song to your computer: right-click the link and select "Save Link As" or "Save Target As".
New Download: Light Pollution Presentation
Help advocate light pollution abatement with this excellent powerpoint presentation, courtesy of Tom Butterworth from the South Nation Space Station. You can find it in our downloads section.
It was originally created for the South Nation Conservation area. It can easily be modified to represent other interest areas.
Solar and Lunar Observing
View sunspot activity, and determine the current phase of the moon.
Ottawa Area Weather
Current and extended local weather at a glance.
Clear Sky Clock
Quickly determine sky and ground conditions: cloud, seeing, transparency, darkness, wind, humidity and temperature.
Click one of the mini clocks below to view the full-sized versions.
Astronomy Weather Forecast
Environment Canada maintains useful forecasts geared towards astronomers.
The National Research Council maintain a time service website with useful information that can help you set and verify your time, timezone, daylight savings, etc.
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