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Covid-19 brings a new business reality

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Covid-19 brings a new business reality

PART ONE: Covid Update


As I write this blog entry, the date is May 20, 2020, and we are several months into the global pandemic caused by Covid-19.


At the Land Sea & Sky brick and mortar store in Houston, Texas, we are working together to provide customers with opportunities to shop online, and offering free, extensive phone and/or video consultations.  In short, Land Sea & Sky is OPEN for business (yay!), but the showroom is closed to the public for now.


We miss seeing you in person!


The showroom will open again as soon as it we can do so safely.  It is a tough decision to work in a closed showroom, and we are doing so out of an abundance of caution.  We have a very small staff, less than a dozen loyal teammates.  It is imperative that we do our best to keep the high risk members of these  families safe. For now, that means choosing people over profits.


Behind our masks, know we are smiling at you.  Every squirt of hand sanitizer and every spray of Lysol are our tiny contributions to keeping you safe, and to providing you continued access to really great optics.  


Part Two: Hobbies Help!


Did you know that hobbies help to relieve stress, by keeping your mind engaged on something you enjoy? 


Here are three suggestions for starting a new hobby today!


1) ASTRONOMY: What better time could there be than now?  Learn how to set up and use a "Go To" telescope!  Our best selling Go To scope is the Celestron NexStar 6SE.  


2) BIRDING: Fun for all ages, bird watching or "birding" has really taken off during the isolation of Covid-19. Most birders use an 8x42 binocular, and if you're just starting out, you'll want a binocular with a wide field of view and lens coatings that provide a crisp, sharp view. Start your research here.


3) MICROSCOPY: We have both new and refurbished microscopes for all ages, plus prepared slide kits. But really, making your own slides is even more fun! Water from the puddles outside can boast some really amazing views as microscopic creatures zoom around - even more fun when you record it with a cell phone and set it to music!  Seriously, this is hours of entertainment LOL!  Call us with your ideas and budget, and we will set you up with a terrific microscope.


Questions?  You can reach us by phone at 713-529-3551, or by email at [email protected]


  1. New Astronomer New Astronomer

    Thanks for keeping our hobbies alive. Not sure if this is the best place to post this but I am planning to buy the following items from your website:


    I plan to get started into astronomy (mainly viewing but also doing some amateur photography). I have a couple questions: (a) Right now, the first two items mention "special order". Can you please let me know how long will it take to receive these items? I am in California. Is there any impact due to COVID19 on shipping times? (b) Can you please let me know if this is a good starting point for a beginner in astronomy (e.g., to view/image planets and possibly also deep sky objects)? (c) I wasn't able to add the third item to cart. Maybe you can help there as well. Thanks a lot and keep safe!

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