SF Bay Area Telescope Stores
If you are thinking of buying a telescope, please purchase your telescope from one of these shops.Â
Avoid purchasing a telescope from a department store, cable shopping channel, or other non-specialty store such as the "science channel store" at your local mall. These stores carry low-quality, poorly performing telescopes which will only discourage you from astronomy.
The stores listed here specialize in telescopes, and have knowledgeable salespeople who can help you select a good quality telescope that you will use and enjoy.
The Sidewalk Astronomers have not been paid to bring you the recommendations here; we're presenting this list as a public service.
350 Bay St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tel: (415) 421-8800
Hours: 10AM - 7PM, M-F,
SAT. 10AM - 6PM
Scope City is located in San Francisco's Marina district. Ask for Sam, and tell them the folks at the Sidewalk Astronomers website sent you â€” you'll get extra special treatment!
Orion Telescopes and Binoculars
10555 S. De Anza Blvd.
Hours 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Monday - Saturday
Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday
Phone (408) 255-8770
Easy Access from 280, 101, and 85
Convenient FREE parking
Orion has a retail store in Cupertino, and a factory outlet store in Watsonville. They offer an excellent line of value-priced telescopes that are perfect for beginners. The Starblast telescope is an excellent buy for under $200.