Association Française d'Astronomie - membre fondateur du PNA

Every day, events remind us how the values we believe in are eternally topical. A lay association, centered on popular education, the French Astronomical Association (AFA) works for the empowerment of people through training in critical thinking and knowledge dissemination. Access for all to scientific culture, information, knowledge is our mission, our will. We want it to be as yours.  We brainstorm and work hand in hand with many partners, stakeholders and members of our association.


Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve. 

Alqueva is the first site in the world to receive the “Starlight Tourism Destination” certification. This certification, awarded by the Starlight Foundation is supported by UNESCO, UNWTO and IAC. Starlight destinations are visitable places characterized by excellent quality for the contemplation of starry skies, and the practice of tourist activities based on this resource.

The region of the Great Lake Alqueva in Alentejo, Portugal is a wonderful place to see the stars, constellations and distant galaxies such as the Milky Way. The unique characteristics of the night sky with a very low rate of light pollution, in the municipalities of Alandroal, Reguengos, Monsaraz, Mourão, Barrancos, Portel and Moura ensure the ideal conditions for an excellent observation of the dark sky.

In Alqueva the sky has good atmospheric conditions for stargazing most of the year. Such skies are disappearing in Europe, where most of the population has no longer the privilege to observe an unpolluted sky.


In May 2016, a Gold Tier standard of International Dark Sky Park was awarded to Ballycroy National Park and Wild Nephin, known jointly as Mayo Dark Sky Park. The dark sky certification process is modeled on conservation programmes, such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves.

A Gold Tier award is the highest possible accolade, meaning that Mayo is now internationally recognised as one of the best places in the world to view the wonders of the night.

Mayo Dark Sky Park is a great example of a collaborative project between our communities, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Coillte, GMIT Mayo Campus, South West Mayo Development and Mayo County Council. We are very proud of the strong partnership formed between local people and state agencies who worked together on this project. The process of preparing a dark-sky application took over two years to complete from initial research undertaken in 2013.

Formal responsibility for Mayo Dark Sky Park is shared between the management of National Parks & Wildlife Service and Coillte. Both parties have committed to a responsible lighting plan for the Dark Sky Park.


ESO - European Southern Observatory. 

ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory by far. It is supported by 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world’s most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory and two survey telescopes. VISTA works in the infrared and is the world’s largest survey telescope and the VLT Survey Telescope is the largest telescope designed to exclusively survey the skies in visible light. ESO is the European partner of a revolutionary astronomical telescope ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. ESO is currently planning the 39-metre European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”.


Fédération Photographique de France

La Fédération Photographie de France est une association regroupant plus de 9000 adhérents répartis dans plus de 550 clubs photo en France. Elle organise tout au long de l'année des Rencontres Photographiques, valorise la démarche d'auteur par deux distinctions majeurs (le Grand Prix d'Auteur de la FPF et Le Grand Prix de la Création). Elle prend en charge l'organisaiton de stages d'initiation et de perfectionnement par la formation. Elle publie la prestigieuse revue France Photographie (5 numéros par an) et un livre Florilège FPF qui regroupe les meilleurs images de l'année.


Médas.

Main French retailer of binoculars, microscopes, loupes, terrestrial telescopes and astronomical instruments. The origin of this activity dates back to the 50s, when Jean MEDAS developed marketing of amateur telescopes, along with binoculars, spotting scopes, and even microscopes and binocular loupes to take off season store personnel, after a eyeglass manufacturing test.


Nikon.

Nikon Japanese brand is world leader in digital imaging and precision optics. Founded in 1987 and based in Champigny sur Marne, the company Nikon France SAS, whose CEO is Mr Marc Ortmans integrates all services required for the distribution of Nikon products, for France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Africa North. Nikon France is organized into two business units. Image Division, led by Valérie Pierre, distributes photographic equipment (SLR cameras, compact COOLPIX cameras, compact cameras with interchangeable lenses Nikon 1 NIKKOR lenses) and Sport Optics products (binoculars, laser rangefinders and long views) .dropoff window The Instruments Division, headed by Mr Philippe Rideau, distributes microscopy systems for research, medicine and biology industry.

 


Optolong Optics Co.,ltd is the brand owner of optolong who is a manufacturer of astronomy filters, fluorescence filters. We also offer other interference filters like UV filters, visible filters and Near inferred filters, beam splitter, anti-reflection coating and optical mirrors as a OEM service.

Located in Kunming city in China which is one of the four optics center and the coating experience of 18 years (since 1999) enable us to design and produce the filters with most sophisticated spectrum.

We are glad to declare that Optolong has been become the first and only non-replaceable brand for astronomical filters in China. Optolong brand is also known as the comparable filters with international brand by distributor client around the world.


"The Picto helps professionals and image enthusiasts since 1950.

It is therefore natural that Picto committed alongside Ciel & Espace and the photographic agency of the French Astronomical Association to support this new Award for professionals and amateurs of astronomical photography. "


All year, by cable car access from La Mongie at the foot of the famous Col du Tourmalet. At the top: the most beautiful view of the Pyrenees! panoramic terraces, but also a museum about astronomy and the history of the Pic du Midi, a traditional mountain restaurant and a gift shop.


Based in Cassola, in the north of Italy, Manfrotto designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of equipment and accessories for cameras and lighting, dedicated to the market for professionals in photography, film, cinema, live entertainment and video. The product line includes a wide range of tripods and ball joints for cameras, photo bags, lighting columns and accessories.


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