Checks should be made payable to Institute for Earth Science Research and Education. Our mailing address is:
2686 Overhill Drive
Eagleville, PA 19403-4822
Inexpensive items such as one or a few pyranometer kits will be sent by US Postal Service to US addresses. Pyranometer kit and assembled pyranometer prices (as given on the order form linked above) include shipping to US addresses. IESRE usually uses UPS for other items, such as sun photometers, and all large orders. The minimum UPS shipping fee, which will cover standard ground shipping of small orders to US addresses, is US$15. Based on your order, we will notify you if the actual UPS charges will exceed $15.00. Whenever we use UPS or some other commercial carrier we will forward to you, by e-mail, tracking information for your package.
Shipping to addresses outside the US by UPS or other commercial carriers can be VERY expensive. Even one sun photometer, which weighs much less than a pound (half a kilogram) will be billed for international commercial shipping using an assumed weight based on the dimensions of the shipping box. We have often found this "dimensional weight" to be calculated at 4 pounds (2 kilograms) regardless of the actual weight of the shipment. UPS shipping charges to any non-US destination other than Canada will probably be more than US$100. You can, of course, estimate these costs yourself by accessing commercial carrier websites. The minimum size box for one sun photometer is about 4" x 6" x 8" (10cm x 15cm x 20cm).
An alternative for international shipments, especially for small instruments, is USPS Priority Mail International Flat Rate boxes. A small box is suitable for shipping a few pyranometer kits, for example, and costs about US$24. Larger instruments will not fit in these small boxes and the next size box costs about $60. Regular USPS international shipping (not International Flat Rate) for a sun photometer is about $40. The disadvantage of USPS shipping is that there is no in-transit order tracking. It is possible to insure these shipments, but that roughly doubles the USPS shipping cost. Depending on your location outside the US, it is up to you to decide whether USPS shipping is a reasonable alternative to a commercial carrier.
IESRE is always ready to discuss special needs for inexpensive monitoring instruments. Please give us a call to discuss ways we might collaborate on your education and research projects. We also offer workshops for teachers and students, including workshops at which participants can build their own solar and atmosphere monitoring instruments.