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Explore Alliance Ambassadors - Rodrigo Zelada


La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile

Rodrigo Zelada, owner of North Optics Instruments, a prominent telescope store in Chile, has been a passionate advocate for amateur astronomy and astrophotography for 25 years. His journey began at the age of 15, and since then, he has dedicated his life to exploring and sharing the wonders of the night sky.

As a professional engineer in geodesy, Rodrigo combines his technical expertise with his deep love for astronomy. He is actively involved in various outreach activities, sharing his knowledge and experience with schools, scientific organizations, and amateur observatories in the IV Region of Coquimbo, Chile. Rodrigo's efforts aim to inspire and motivate youth and children to discover and explore the skies.

Rodrigo is also an influential figure in the astronomy community on social media in Chile. He provides advice and guidance to experienced telescope users and astrophotographers looking to improve their equipment and skills. Additionally, he offers support to beginners seeking to acquire their first telescope, ensuring they have the knowledge needed to embark on their astronomical journey. Rodrigo’s expertise extends to advising schools, universities, and amateur observatories on telescopes and equipment.

Rodrigo Zelada's dedication to amateur astronomy and astrophotography has made him a respected figure in the Chilean astronomy community. Through his store, North Optics Instruments, and his extensive outreach efforts, he continues to inspire and educate the next generation of astronomers, fostering a love for the night sky in people of all ages.



  • Astronomical League
  • Westminster Astronomical Society (WASI)
  • TriState Astronomers
  • Girl Scouts

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