We're a retail store centrally located in Canada's Captial City of Ottawa. It was founded in 1975 with one goal in mind: to provide really exciting equipment.
In 1975, we were the first store in Ottawa to sell desktop microcomputers. At the same time, we became Canada's first Meade authorized dealer. We are also one of the first 15 Celestron dealers in the world.
Today, we specialize in optical equipment, such as telescopes, microscopes, binoculars, night vision, magnifiers and accessories. We're doing what we love, and we hope you'll love what we do.
All of our employees have years of experience. Feel free to draw upon our wealth of knowledge. We all took the Vortex Optics training course and are certified official experts of sports optics (2008).
Kent Goranson - General Manager
Employed with Focus Scientific since 1975. Kent's knowledge and guidance has helped a lot of people choose equipment that is not just best-in-class, but best-for-lifestyle-and-budget for over a third of a century. Celestron flew him down twice to their California factory to learn how to repair and service Celestron's world-famous Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.
Tristan Young - Sales Manager & Technician
Employed with Focus Scientific since 1993. Tristan enjoys using, fixing, improving and modding equipment of all types. Tristan specializes in attending to the smallest detail, and the detailed operation and quality control of our equipment. He is experienced in the collimation and repair of telescopes, binoculars and microscopes. His interests include computers, music, graphics, 3D modeling and printing, and photography.
Nathan Chamaillard - Sales, Technician & Machinist
Employed with Focus Scientific since 2007. Nathan's area of expertise is astrophotography, having produced gorgeous images that have made some of the best astrophotographers in Canada jealous (and everyone else!). He is also part of our quality control team. Nathan's competency includes fine machining; he can machine just about anything to connect, repair or restore equipment, or help you with your own custom designs.
Penelope Goranson - Office Manager & Bilingual Sales
Employed with Focus Scientific since 2003. Penelope is an accomplished musician with an M.A in English. She's played with big names such as Oscar Peterson, and Long John Baldry. She wrote and produced the wonderful (and catchy) song "Stargazing", which is available for download from our top webpage.
One of the things that connects all of our employees is we all play one or more musical instruments.