I can remember a Fisher Price playset I got for a birthday one year when I was just a kid. It consisted of a wide, orange belt that I could strap around my waist, a canteen (complete with holder), and a clip on the belt that could hold a pair of binoculars and a telescope (both really worked!). It was awesome.
I never wore the belt that much, and I never got into using the canteen…but the telescope was one of my favorite toys from that era of my childhood. Depending on my mood (and what books I had been reading), that telescope helped me solve all kinds of mysteries, and it joined me on far flung adventures to Siberia and beyond.
I was enthralled by the way you could make all your troubles disappear simply by peering through the ‘wrong’ end and watching everything get smaller as I extended the tube.
If only it was all that simple now, some 30 years later.