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Orion has made the difficult decision to close our warehouse facility in the Netherlands. With the continuing supply chain/logistics challenges and slowness in the economy we have found that it is not economically feasible to maintain operations in the UK and Europe.

We have therefore stopped taking orders on this website. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We will continue to have Orion dealers in Europe to meet the needs of Orion consumers. We will also continue to honor the 30-Day product return period as well as honoring the Orion warranty for purchases made in the UK and Europe.

Our US-based Customer Service Representatives are here to help. Contact them via email at support@telescope.com or in the United Kingdom, via phone at 0-800-041-8146 (Monday-Friday between the hours of 1300 and 2400 GMT).

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In Darkness, There Was Light
In Darkness, There Was Light

In Corning, California, the night sky was BLACK, and the stars were bright and alluring. As a child, I took every opportunity to enjoy the night sky while listening to the crickets and the owls at night. My dad knew more than most, about astronomy , and loved to teach what he knew.

One night while he was driving, I was looking up at the night sky as I laid on my back, (before seat belts). The sky filled with falling stars. Now, I know that this must have been the night of the Perseids Meteor Shower. The stars seemed to be falling down on us, like a shower. The car going around the country curved roads, and the magic of the active sky surrounding us, gave me an experience that I have never forgotten.

A few years later, my family went to Los Angeles. I was upset to see that all the stars had fallen down on earth, and the night sky was starless. Everything seemed upside down to me. It was as if I had stepped into a world which didn't know that it was out of step with nature. I'll never forget that parallel universe feeling.

The night sky continues to be a great joy to me, as I continue to learn more and more. When teaching about the night sky, I always hold that fascination. I believe the listeners catch the magic.

Date Taken: 06/15/2011
Author: Tamara B
Category: Show & TELescope Contest (2011)

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