Most orders will ship from OPT the same business day if placed prior to 2:00pm Pacific Time or will ship the next business day from OPT if placed after 2:00pm Pacific Time. If for some reason we are out of stock on an item and that fact was not displayed on our website, we will be in contact with you via phone or e-mail as quickly as possible. The vast majority of items on this website will ship from OPT, yet there are a few items that will drop-ship directly from the manufacturer.
OPT will ship all of our products to destinations within the United States. We offer UPS Groundtrack, 3-Day Select, 2nd Day Air and Next Day Air options to most areas within the 50 states. All UPS options are fully insured and have tracking numbers. OPT also offers United States Postal Service (USPS) shipping options including USPS Priority and USPS Parcel Post. These USPS options do not offer tracking and tend to be slower than UPS options. They can be less expensive on some shipments and are also a good option for PO boxes.
If you wish to check the shipping costs for an individual item, simply click on the “Shipping Estimate” tab once you add the product to your cart, enter your zip code in the box and click the “Get Shipping Estimate” button. Our calculator will show UPS shipping options as well as all available USPS options.
OPT is pleased to support the international astronomy community and is one of the largest international telescope dealers worldwide! We can ship most of our products overseas, yet there are some restricted items that we cannot ship outside of the United States. Some of these restrictions are complicated, so if you have any questions, please feel free to call us or send our Internet Sales Department an e-mail.
OPT can ship ALL used items internationally, even if there are restrictions for new items. So if you are looking for a Meade or Celestron telescope, please check out our used telescopes for great prices on products we can ship anywhere in the world!
OPT uses multiple companies to ship products internationally. Our main carrier is UPS. UPS has three international shipping options, Express (2 to 3 day delivery) Saver (2 to 4 day delivery) and Expedited (4 to 5 day delivery). UPS also offers a Canada Standard shipping method for our customers in Canada. This is a ground option and can be cost effective for some orders. UPS shipping is very accurate and extremely fast, but is more expensive than some alternative options.
OPT also offers shipping options from the United States Postal Service, or USPS. USPS offers International Express (3 to 5 days) and International Priority (6 to 10 days) for those looking for less expensive shipping options.
OPT offers free shipping on a large number of products on our website. Free shipping is available to customers in the 48 contiguous US states. OPT will make every effort to provide free shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and to APO/FPO addresses, though we cannot guarantee free shipping for all items to all locations.
Most free shipping items will ship via UPS Ground with full insurance. UPS Ground will be the default free shipping option during checkout. However OPT reserves the right to use the United States Postal Service (USPS) or a drop-shipment directly from the manufacturer when necessary. If you have any questions, please contact our internet sales department.