Founded to make astronomy, microscopy, and exploration of nature accessible and affordable, Explore Scientific, LLC was announced on July 19th, 2008 at the banquet gathering of the annual Astronomical League Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The announcement was made to an amateur astronomer audience that included well-known planetary researchers, astronomy club presidents, active supporters of the Astronomical League, and award recipients that have made major contributions to astronomical science and educational outreach.
helps the general public experience the adventure, wonder, and excitement of scientific exploration. The company designs, builds, and sells telescopes, spotting scopes, binoculars, and microscopes that are high-quality, durable, and a great value. The company engages its audience through participation in recognition programs, awards, workshops, and expeditions.
Astronomy outreach enthusiast and former VP of Meade Instruments, Scott W. Roberts, announced his return to the telescope manufacturing industry with the launch of Explore Scientific, LLC during the annual Astronomical League's Awards Banquet in Des Moines, Iowa.Founder and President, Scott Roberts has spent over 30 years in the astronomy optics industry. He became involved in our hobby as a young boy. In high school, he began selling cameras at Oceanside Photo, spending 11 years there and served as the General Manager. He was instrumental in introducing telescopes to what would be renamed Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT) which has now become one of the largest astronomy dealers in the world. He moved on to work at Meade Instruments spending 21 years there while holding many job responsibilities including VP of Sales.
In 2008, Scott decided to follow his passion for this hobby by starting his own company. Explore Scientific LLC began with a relationship between Jinghua Optical Corporation (JOC) in Guangzhou, China and Scott operated the company from his home in Laguna Hills, CA. JOC is a leader in Asia’s optical manufacturing field and is the exclusive manufacturer of Explore Scientific products.
In 2010, Explore Scientific relocated to Northwest Arkansas to establish an office and a small warehouse in Bentonville. Business quickly expanded and the company made several moves to its present-day location in Springdale and now occupies 60,000 square feet of showroom, warehouse and office space. In 2012, Robert Price joined forces with Scott and established a formal partnership. Rob is COO of Explore Scientific, LLC and is responsible for the startup and growth of the Mass Merchant channels and our Explore One, National Geographic and Discovery brands.
Since the beginning, Explore Scientific has been on a mission to make astronomy accessible and provide a truly transformative experience by giving enthusiasts of all skill levels the tools and guidance they need to explore the skies. The company focuses on building its reputation in the astronomy community by designing high quality telescopes and premium eyepieces that quickly grew to demanding standards of clarity, contrast and functionality.
Explore Scientific branched out into other areas of the optics industry thanks in large part to strategic partnerships. In 2009, we began a mutually beneficial relationship with Bresser, a Germany-based company that has grown since its 1957 inception to become a leader in Europe’s optics industry. Through this collaboration, Explore Scientific became the exclusive distributor of Bresser products throughout the Americas and expanded our offerings to include binoculars, microscopes, riflescopes, laser rangefinders, game cameras and other instruments for both outdoor sports and science enthusiasts.
The present-day business structure has changed with 100% Explore Scientific becoming a wholly owned subsidiary with USA ownership. Operations include sales, design, marketing, distribution, and light manufacturing. With its sharp growth trajectory and multi-national design group we continue to advance the standards of consumer optics with our proven technology and application competence along with our resources in China, Germany and the US.