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Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm

Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Sunday: CLOSED

OPT Holiday Hours

OPT will be closed the following holidays


November 22 | Wednesday
November 23 | Thursday (Thanksgiving)


December 22 | Friday
December 23 | Saturday
December 24 | Sunday (Christmas Eve)
December 25 | Monday (Christmas Day)


January 1 | Monday (New Year’s Day)


    About OPT

    Oceanside Photo and Telescope, commonly known as OPT, is comprised of one of the most knowledgeable, experienced telescope staffs anywhere in the world. We can answer any of your questions regarding telescopes, eyepieces, CCD imaging, equatorial mounts, and much more. Our telescope team has hundreds of years of combined experience in the industry! Give us a call or send us an e-mail anytime and let our staff help you unlock the mysteries of the universe!

    OPT also has a complete team of camera experts on-hand to fulfill all of your photography needs. Whether it is film or digital you love, we have what you need and can answer any question you may have. We are a full line dealer for Canon and Nikon, and we also offer a wide selection of the most popular photography equipment around.

    OPT began as a small camera store way back in 1947 and has since grown into one of the largest telescope retailers in the world. (See store history below). OPT is a real store, staffed by real astronomy and photography enthusiasts. 

    Around the corner or around the globe, it is easy to get in touch with OPT. OPT is located at 918 Mission Avenue in Oceanside, California. If you live in (or are visiting!) sunny Southern California, stop by and check out our beautiful showroom. We are located conveniently near the intersection of Interstate-5 and Mission Avenue. If you are coming from I-5, exit on Mission Avenue and head west, towards the beach. We are approximately 200 yards west of the I-5 freeway, right on the northwest corner of Mission Avenue and Horne Street. 

    OPT is one of the largest dealers worldwide for Meade, Celestron, SBIG, Televue, Coronado, Takahashi, Losmandy, Stellarvue, JMI, Denkmeier, Vixen, Kendrick, and many more. We carry everything from moon filters and power cords to large aperture apochromatic refractors and large format CCD cameras. If it is out on the market, you can probably find it here at OPT.

    A Quick History Of OPT


    OPT was founded in 1947 by Donald Penning, a Flying Tiger fighter pilot from World War II. At this early stage, the business was called Oceanside Photographic Center, and it mainly sold camera equipment to the Marines from the local base, Camp Pendleton.

    In 1974, Oceanside Photographic Center moved into its new, larger facilities at 216 North Hill Street in Oceanside, just a few blocks down the road from our current location. A few years later, in 1977, the store once again outgrew its storefront and moved into a larger facility at 207 North Hill Street.

    In 1982 Oceanside Photographic Center began selling telescopes and telescope accessories. Three years and a couple hundred telescopes later the business changed its name to Oceanside Photo and Telescope.

    OPT began a period of rapid growth as the telescope side of the business took off. In 1988, OPT moved to a larger facility at 1024 Mission Avenue to accommodate the tremendous increase in telescope sales and the number of telescope needed for inventory.

    In 1994 OPT created their very first website, www.optcorp.com. The first rendition of the website was a simple list of telescopes and accessories available at OPT. Two years later, in 1996, www.optcorp.com expanded to include photos, more products and more information.

    In 1999 OPT was selling so many telescopes and cameras that they had completely filled up the store, top to bottom! OPT opened its first warehouse in 1999 to properly inventory the large selection of telescopes, cameras, binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes and accessories.

    1999 was also the year that www.optcorp.com officially became an e-commerce website. The website was an instant success and was expanded once again in 2001 with more products, photos, info and more!

    OPT had long since outgrown the store at 1024 Mission Avenue, but finally moved into a new location near the end of 2004. The new $1.5 million dollar building is one of the largest and most complete showrooms in the world. Not only can you find nearly 100 different telescopes on display, you can also check out our star dome overhead, our beautiful glass compass underfoot or the exotic astrolabe near the entrance- or you can come by and do some hydrogen-alpha solar observing from our balcony and check out the view of the Pacific Ocean through some binoculars or a spotting scope!
    Ginny and Dustin acquired OPT on September 1st, 2016 after being employees for just shy of one year. Originally from Nashville, TN, The Gibson's moved across the country to pursue jobs at OPT in November of 2015. They live with their three dogs Jackson (Jack Russel), Orwell (English Bulldog), and Sophie (French Bulldog/Pug mix) in Oceanside, CA. They are both avid astrophotographers, and look forward to enhancing OPT as well as the many lives it affects!

    Today, we are one of the top telescope retailers in the world. We have been here since 1947 and we plan on being here for a long time to come!

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