About Us

Focus Scientific

We are the oldest telescope retailer in Canada.

Our retail store is located in Canada's Capital City of Ottawa. It was founded in 1975 with one goal in mind: to provide really exciting cutting-edge equipment.

In 1975, we were the first store in Ottawa to sell desktop microcomputers based on such processors as the Zylog Z80. At the same time, we became Canada's first Meade authorized dealer. We joined Celestron's dealer network, which at the time was comprised of 12 other dealers.

We specialize in optical equipment, such as telescopes, microscopes, binoculars, cameras, night vision, magnifiers and accessories. We're doing what we love, and we hope you'll love what we do.

 

Our Employees

All of our employees have years of experience in a wide variety of fields and interests. Feel free to draw upon our wealth of knowledge.

 

Tristan Young - Manager

Employed with Focus Scientific since 1993. Tristan enjoys every aspect of a diverse range of equipment, such as utilization, repair, improvement and modification. He upholds one of our most important tenets, specializing in attending to the smallest detail, detailed operation and quality control of our equipment.  His interests include computers, music production (sound and lights), audiophile, graphics, 3D modeling and printing, car repair, photography and smart home automation.

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Tariq Bur - Assistant Manager

Tariq joined our team in late 2020 after gracing our store for many years.  He's like family to the team.  People from all over Canada draw from his knowledge and enthusiasm for astrophotography.  More to come.

 

Glenn LeDrew - Sales, Technician

Glenn has been an active amateur astronomer since 1975, and has traveled to Australia and Mexico for deep southern sky and eclipse gazing. He is experienced in the collimation and repair of telescopes and binoculars. He builds equipment for himself and others, including telescopes, binoculars, all-sky cameras/projectors for planetariums, and dew heater systems. For a time he fabricated industrial and research-grade astronomical optics for Ceravolo Optical Systems, and worked for Ottawa's own Mallincam. He has written his own star charting software to create illustrations for books and SkyNews magazine, and published articles and astrophotos in magazines. In his spare time, he enjoys meticulously improving 3D models of vintage aircraft for the IL 2 World War II Combat Flight Simulator.

 

Aidan Downie-Cheetham - Sales, Shipping

Aidan is a newcomer to astronomy, but he tackles it with passion.  More description to come.

 

Kent Goranson - Owner

We'd like to pay special homage to Kent, our friend, our mentor, and the man we all looked to for guidance. Kent along with his former partner created this fine Canadian institution through hard work, blood, sweat and tears. His determination to bring exciting technology into the homes of Canadians, and introduce them to the wonderful world of computers, astronomy and nature set the foundation for many venturing into their new hobbies and careers. Kent retired from his duties in July 2019.

Canadian Geographic interviewed Kent in 2014, and as luck should have it, we found it. The internet really does not forget. And neither will the many people who's lives have been touched by Kent.