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As the site's motto states, Edmund Scientifics has been delivering wonder and inspiration since 1942, when an amateur photographer named Norman Edmund was frustrated with the difficulty in locating hard-to-find lenses for his cameras. He decided to place magazine ads offering these specialty products himself, and business boomed in the post-World War II era. An Edmund Scientific lens was one of the critical components of the first color TV camera which recorded the NASA Apollo moon landings. The company developed the award-winning AstroscanÂ® Telescope when customers requested an affordable, compact scope. Over the past 73 years, the company has grown to become the premier source for unusual gifts, scientific activities and toys, as well as its staple telescopes. Because Edmund Scientifics loves science as much as its customers do, this is the place to find everything from magnets to robotics to solar energy and geek tech products.