Scope City

Best Telescope Store, July 2004
At Scope City, the polished viewfinders on display help amateur astronomers spot the rings of Saturn (try the Konus 500, at $159), and professional space photographers can find assistance for snapping that close-up of the NGC 253 galaxy (with toys like a 16-inch Meade LX200, which goes for $11,000). Also available are binoculars for every variety of birder, portable telescopes, monocular scopes, and microscopes. The shop may be smaller than a Pluto asteroid, but the staff‘s knowledge is galactic.