Focus Scientific - Putting The Universe In Focus Since 1975
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014  
  Tel. 613-723-1350 - Fax. 613-723-1467 - Order Toll-Free: 877-815-1350

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Ottawa's telescope, binocular and microscope store, featuring expert advice, quality optics. Shop online or in our showroom.

Astronomy - Birdwatching - Microscopy

Business Hours

Our regular hours of operation are now in effect.

Upcoming Events

  • May 10 2014 - International Astronomy Day
  • May 10 2014 - Astronomy Course @ Museum of Science and Technology

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.

Events include:

  • Astronomy Course 12pm to 4pm, Museum of Science & Technology auditorium - admission rates apply
  • Free Solar Observing 11am to 1pm, Museum of Science & Technology observatory - View the closest star, our Sun through specialized eye-safe telescopes and filters
  • Free Star Party 8pm to 9:30pm, Museum of Science & Technology - View Jupiter, Saturn, Mars or the Moon through Canada's historic and largest refracting telescope (15 inch), and through other amateur telescopes
  • Q&A with our staff 10am to 5pm - check out exciting equipment at the store, get your questions answered
  • Observatory events are weather permitting, no admission required

Admission rates to main musuem and auditorium:

  • Free with membership
  • Adults $12.00
  • Students and seniors $10.00
  • Children (3-12) $8.00
  • Children under 3 free
  • Family (2 adults and 3 children) $30.00

Feel free to download our basic astronomy course before gearing up for astronomy day.

The course includes:

  • The Universe and our place it
  • Telescope types and mounts
  • Telescope setup and alignment
  • What to look at and how can to find it

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.

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Telescope Shopping Comparison

 Focus ScientificDepartment StoreOther Astronomy Stores
InspectedYesNoPossibly on request
CollimatedYesNot capablePossibly on request
Free Scope CourseYesNoNo
After Sale AssistanceYesNoYes
Added Value$120.00No$30
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Gift Suggestions

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.

Latest Solar Image

Latest image of our Sun

Current Lunar Phase

Image showing the current Lunar phase

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.


Clear Sky Clock for Ottawa


Clear Sky Clock for Foymount

La Verendrye

Clear Sky Clock for La Verendrye

Beckwith Park

Clear Sky Clock for Beckwith Park

Boundary Road

Clear Sky Clock for Boundary Road

Astronomy Weather Forecast

Environment Canada maintains useful forecasts geared towards astronomers.

Time Services

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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