Stock is running low as the last hours of Amazon Prime Day run through retailers. so make sure to nab these last-minute deals below quickly before they warp into another dimension.
Cameras are a great tool for astrophotography and we really like the Panasonic Lumix S5 Mirrorless Camera, which is $500 off at Amazon right now (opens in new tab). Save 25% on a photo that excels in video and photo capturing. Note that this is the camera body only, but we have some accessory suggestions below to build your arsenal.
The best telescope deal right now is the Celestron 114LCM computerized Newtonian telescope, which will save you nearly $76 (opens in new tab). The fully computerized Alt-az mount telescope can automatically Go-To celestial objects at the press of a button, making it ideal for beginner and intermediate astronomers alike.
Budget-friendly binoculars are on sale in numerous brands. Our favorite is the Celestron Nature DX 8x42 Binoculars on sale at Amazon (opens in new tab) for just $133.18. At 22% off, you can get one of our best binocular brands and get a wide field of view for skywatching use. If you prefer to zoom in on your target, the more powerful Celestron Nature DX 10x42 Binoculars is on sale at Amazon (opens in new tab) for $129.72.
For Lego-lovers there are also double VIP points (opens in new tab) on purchases throughout the Amazon Prime Day event so you should be able to get back around 10% of all purchases.
If you're new to Prime Day, here's what to expect. It's Amazon's biggest sale every year and inclusive for members of its Prime subscription service. If you're not signed up, you can get access to more general deals live today and coming next month with a 30-day free trial of Prime (opens in new tab). After that, make sure to complete the Prime Stamp Card to get a free $10 coupon (opens in new tab) for Prime Day spending.
Amazon Prime Day 2022 will be big. While final numbers are being tallied, know that last year Adobe Analytics (opens in new tab) found that online retail sales in the US were more than $11 billion during last year's Prime Day in 2021, even more so than Cyber Monday and Prime Day in 2020.
While inflation has hit hard on products, along with supply chain issues, we still do continue to see good deals in binoculars, telescopes, Star Wars bundles and other major space franchises ranging from games to Lego sets. We also do appreciate that for those facing budgetary challenges, great deals are more valuable than ever, which is why we will keep a close eye out to get you the most value for your money.
- Best Celestron telescopes and binocular deals
- The best Star Wars deals and gifts
- The best Lego Star Wars deals
- The best Star Trek deals
Telescopes & Binoculars deals
Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ:
$199.95 $151.09 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $50 when you take your first step into exploring the celestial world with this high-performance beginner telescope from Celestron.
Celestron 70mm Travel Scope DX - Portable Refractor Telescope:
$119.95 now $84.09 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save almost 30% on this lightweight, portable Celestron telescope which is perfect for beginners. It comes with a large 70mm objective lens as well as a bonus bag, tripod, moon filter, Bluetooth shutter release and a smartphone adaptor.
Celestron 70mm Travel Scope |
MSRP: $109.95 | Now $96.32 (opens in new tab)
An ideal bit of kit for stargazers, this is a 'grab and go' model that requires minimum setup. The lightweight telescope comes with a handy backpack, so you can port the telescope around easily too.
Note: While this is on sale, we have seen a lower asking price in recent times, although the price you would pay is still lower than previous mark-down prices.
Svbony SV503 80ED F7 Telescope: $469.99 now $375.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 20% on this light-guzzling refractor telescope this Amazon Prime Day. This is the cheapest deal we've seen since the beginning of 2022 and it's an even better deal now, so save up to $94 on this stunning scope.
Celestron – Nature DX 8x42 Binoculars
$169.95 $133.18 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 22% on this binocular set for outdoor, birding and skywatching use. Fog and waterproof construction mean you can use the eyepieces in all sorts of weather conditions.
Celestron Nature DX 10x42 Binoculars
$179.95 $129.72 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save an amazing 28% on this binocular set that will get you set for birdwatching, outdoor activities or looking at the sky. The high-powered eyepieces, with somewhat generous eye relief, pair perfectly with waterproof and fog-resistant construction.
Olympus 8x40 S Binoculars :
£109.99 Now £62.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
With a 42% discount, this is the cheapest we have seen these Olympus 8x40 S Binoculars. They are lightweight, durable and boast excellent optics for this price.
Save over $100 on this pair of binoculars which are popular with astronomers. They have excellent build quality and the 20x magnification and huge 80mm objective lenses let in more than enough light for enjoyable sky watching evenings for years to come.
Panasonic Lumix S5 Mirrorless Camera
$1997.99 now $1497.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab).
Save $500 and get Amazon's lowest price on a camera that excels in both photo and video capturing. 4K 60p, 10-bit video and up to 180fps slow-motion shooting abilities are the stand-out specs on this model but do note this is the camera body only.
Panasonic Lumix S5 Mirrorless Camera With Lens Kit
$2297.99 now $1797.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab).
Save $500 and get Amazon's lowest price on a camera that excels in both photo and video capturing. 4K 60p, 10-bit video and up to 180fps slow-motion shooting abilities are the stand-out specs and this comes with a lens kit.
Canon 6D MK II:
$1892.992 now $1219.95 (opens in new tab)at Walmart
Save more than $600 on this reliable photographic companion. Straight out of the box, the 6D Mark II can be trusted to take high resolution, pleasingly color-accurate photos, and is a great model for newcomers to full-frame photography.
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D:
$959.98 $639.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
The world's lightest DSLR has just got a huge $320 discount thanks to the latest price drop from Walmart, competing with Amazon Prime Day. Packed with features that you can see in the latest mirrorless models, it still retains that fantastically bright optical viewfinder, ideal for beginners and purists just getting into photography.
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1X:
$2999 $1899 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This deluxe professional Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera is 37% off for Prime Day, at a cost of just $1,899. Features include a 20.4 megapixel (MP) live MOS image sensor and dual Tropic VIII image processors.
$4499 now $2849 at Adorama (opens in new tab)
You missed out on the free lens offer but you can still shop at Adorama as an alternative to Amazon to make this huge saving.
Want the Fujifilm GFX50R with a free lens for the same price as the best-ever deal on Amazon? Well, if you head over to Adorama they're crushing Amazon by throwing in a free Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 lens worth $849 (opens in new tab) !
Panasonic LUMIX FZ2500:
$1197.99 now $897.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $300 on this weighty Amazon Prime Day discount with over 25% on the LUMIX FZ2500, known for its hybrid shooting ability, flexible fixed zoom lens and excellent stills and video prowess.
Nikon Z fc DX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body:
$959.95 now $854.95 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $105 on this capable mirrorless camera from one of the most reliable names in the camera industry. It has a 20.9 MP DX CMOS sensor and can record UHD 4K video.
$4499 now $2849 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon is offering the Fujifilm GFX50R for just $2849 for the body only which is the best deal we've seen on this camera. But stocks look low right now so make sure you grab it before Prime Day is over.
Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S Mirrorless Camera Lens:
$2499 £1,893 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
At 24% off, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S Mirrorless Camera Lens is at its best discount ever on Amazon. Capture glorious, wide-angle views of the night sky with this lens, while pairing with one of our best cameras for astrophotography (opens in new tab).
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 Contemporary Sony E Lens
£342.98 now £250 on Amazon (opens in new tab).
Save over £92 on a fantastic lens that will no doubt take your landscape and wide-angle photography to the next level. It's a compact system camera lens, has F1.4 brightness, Sony E compatible mounting and is now heavily reduced.
Star projector deals
BlissLights Sky Lite 2.0: Was $69.99, reduced to $29.99 Now $19.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Both Amazon and Walmart are offering the BlissLights Sky Lite 2.0 with a 50% discount! Whilst some of these deals can be dubious, we've reviewed this exact model. At the time we said it could be considered on the pricey side, so this discount brings it in-line with a price point we'd expect to see.
Star Projector, 4 in 1 LED Galaxy Night Light Projector:
$27.99 $13.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab)
With a huge 50% off you can't go wrong with this colorful penguin-shaped children's star projector. Light up your kid's bedroom with one of four lighting modes to help them get off to sleep, and adjust the brightness to your desired level. Play soothing sounds via the Bluetooth speaker for extra ambiance. Set the projector to automatically turn off or control it with voice or clap control.
Lukidy 2Pack Lightsaber
$175.99 $84.00 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Slash your battle costs in half with this 52% Amazon Prime Day discount on the Lukidy 2Pack Lightsaber. Disassemble or reassemble the two weapons as you will to battle the side of the Force you don't like.
Lorsaberus Lightsaber 2Pack:
$99.99 $79.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Not only do you save 20% on this incredible two-pack, but the modular saber includes a variety of colors to show which side of the Force you want to support: purple, green, blue and red.
Custom Saber Smooth Swing RGB Light Saber:
$139.00 $111.20 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This high-quality saber is priced to take into account the aluminum alloy and the high-impact blade, but the durability is top-notch. It will hold out for powered Force battles for about two hours, with a smooth swing to help your timing.
DJI Air 2S Combo:
$1299 now $1039 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $260 on the DJI Air S2, an excellent drone at it's lowest every price.. The Air S2's camera can shoot shoot 5.4k footage, and can easily handle 4K Ultra HD and 1080p filming too. It has 31 minutes of flight time, a transmission range of 12 kilometers and return home feature.
DJI Air 2S Combo:
$1299 now $1039 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
If Best Buy is your preferred retailer (or if Amazon sells out), the you can get the same $260 discount on the DJI Air 2S combo at Best Buy.
DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo: Was £579, now £449 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
UK deal: Save £120 on one of the top drones on the market for beginners and pros alike. The DJI Mini 2 weighs under 250g so you don't need to register it, and it's a standout among entry-level drones.
Lego International Space Station
$69.99 $52.49 at Target (opens in new tab)
Save $18 (25% discount) on this Lego version of the real-life International Space Station. It's an intricate build that we thoroughly enjoyed, and we're sure you will too. Alongside the ISS, you also get astronauts, a mini space shuttle and the robotic Canadarm.
Lego Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Millennium Falcon
$159.99 $127.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $32 on the Lego version of the most iconic ship in all of science fiction. This set comes with minifigures BB-8, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian and more.
Lego DC Batman — Batman Cowl:
$59.99 $48.00 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Why so serious? This 410-piece collectible Batman is the set that Dark Knight fans deserve. Adults in your life are going to love reliving their favorite Batman franchises, whether they are fans of Ben Affleck (Batfleck), Adam West, Christian Bale or other famous stars who put on the iconic mask.
Star Wars deals
Lego Star Wars Mandalorian Starfighter:
$59.99 $47.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Before Mando, we got the know the Mandalorians, and their cool as heck spaceships in The Clone Wars. This 544-piece replica of the Mandalorian Starfighter looks great and comes with several minifigures and weapons.
Lego Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet:
$59.99 $51.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
You can build the star of the new Disney Plus series, The Book of Boba Fett, at a great discount. The set includes 625 pieces and a nameplate to awe your visitors with references to bounty hunters.
3D printer deals
Anycubic Photon Mono X
$759 now $365 from Anycubic (opens in new tab).
Save $394 on this Anycubic 4K resin 3D printer that can kick out highly detailed prints. It has a good sized build plate (192mm x 120mm x 245mm), fast print speeds, and touch screen controls for ease of use.
Anycubic Photon Mono 4K
$289 now $219 from Anycubic (opens in new tab).
Save $80 on another fantastic 4K resin 3D printer from Anycubic. The Photon Mono 4K has a smaller build plate that the Mono X above, and it prints a little slower, but it's also nearly half the price. (Note that this was previously available for $194, but still on a slightly lesser sale.)
Anycubic Mega S 3D printer
$259.99 now $179.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab).
Save $80 on this beginner-friendly 3D printer from Anycubic. The Mega S is an FDM printer with a print volume of 8.27 x 8.27 x 8.07 inches. It's well-built and reliable, and comes with a resume printing feature in case you experience any sudden power outage.
Anycubic Mega X 3D printer
$469.99 now $299.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab).
Save $170 on this chunky FDM 3D printer. With a maximum print volume of 11.8x11.8.x12 inches, it can handle much larger prints than most conventional FDM printers. It also comes with a resume printing button, touchscreen controls, and lifetime technical support.
This is an even better sale than previously, as the past sale price during 2022 Prime Day was $319.99. Don't delay on this last-minute deal.
Star Trek deals
Playmobil U.S.S Enterprise
$499.99 now $357.19 on Amazon (opens in new tab).
Save over $140 on a collector's dream and something that will seriously impress any Trekkie out there. This awesome set measures at over a meter in length, comes with figures of the original crew and you can control the light and sound effects through an augmented reality app.
Board & video game deals
Terraforming Mars |
$69.95 $38.55 at Amazon (45% off) (opens in new tab)
It's smart, challenging and beautifully crafted and now you can get the Terraforming Mars base game with a 32% discount.
Model rocket deals
Estes Nike-X |
$25.75 $17.48 at Amazon (32% off) (opens in new tab)
Recreate this historic ballistic rocket through a mini-launch experience. In just four to six hours, you can assemble the Nike-X for a launch that will bring your rocket up to 900 feet (275 meters). Make sure to gather your engines and launch materials, sold separately.
Books, Movies & TV deals
Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series on Blu-ray |
$99.98 $49.99 at Amazon (50% off) (opens in new tab)
Fans of "Battlestar Galactica" can get a huge discount on the complete series on Blu-ray for Prime Day! It is at its best price yet of the season and an incredible half off, so hurry up, you Cylon-seekers.
E.T. in 4k Ultra HD |
$22.98 $9.20 at Amazon (60% off) (opens in new tab)
One of the most famous science fiction movies of all time, this Steven Spielberg film tells the unforgettable story of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy who helps him find his way home. It's on an even deeper discount to finish off Prime Day, so scoop it up in your spaceship today!
VR headset deals
HTC Vive Cosmos Elite VR headset (headset only)
$449.00 $380.00 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite VR headset is on a 15% discount. While only the headset squeaks into this deal, it's a great start to get your feet wet in the worlds that virtual reality has to offer.
Oculus Quest 2 (Renewed):
$299.99 $249.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Buy our favorite VR headset at a 16% discount for Amazon Prime Day. The Oculus Quest 2 is a fantastic standalone VR headset, with exclusive games like Resident Evil 4 VR.
Oculus Quest 2 : $299.99 with free $25 Amazon gift card at Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you'd rather get a brand new Oculus Quest 2, you can still grab a bargain with this deal which throws in a $25 gift card for Amazon - perfect if you've got more shopping to this Prime Day.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Prime Day is Amazon's hugest annual sale, taking place over two days. It's usually performed in the summer months and is a complete exclusive for Amazon Prime members. Yes, you may be able to find a selection of non-Prime offers throughout the sale, but the best discounts come from membership.
To get all deal eligbiliity, you need to sign up for Prime membership (opens in new tab). It's currently $14.99 per month, or $139 per year. You can also start a free 30-day Prime trial (opens in new tab) , as long as you haven't been a member in the past.
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR A FREE 30-DAY AMAZON PRIME TRIAL
Prime Day first began in 2015 to celebrate Amazon's 20th anniversary and to encourage consumers to open their wallets outside of the traditional holiday spending season, between October and December. The online retailer says (opens in new tab) its only goal in having Prime Day was to "offer a volume of deals greater than Black Friday."
The annual sale is now huge, attracting other retailers who try to compete with their own deals, and we'll keep you posted throughout the event. We'll show you what's going on at Amazon as well as other big retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and Target.
Pro tips for Prime Day preparation
Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping events of the year and as such, a little bit of preparation will pay off. The six tips below will help you keep your energy up while looking for the best deal possible with the time you have.
1. Use the Amazon Prime free trial
This is great if you haven't had the chance to try out Amazon Prime in the past. Since Prime Day is for Prime Members only, first-time subscribers can snag a 30-day free trial of Prime (opens in new tab).
2. Watch other retailers, too
Since other companies want to get the customers that Amazon is vying to attract, it's common for Walmart, Best Buy and other big box stores to get in on the action. Make sure to shop around at these companies as well to see if what they are offering is even better than Prime Day. The advantage of going outside the Amazon ecosystem is you don't even need Prime to participate, too.
3. Know what you want to buy
Make sure to consult our buying guides here at Space.com to make sure you're ready for the big event. Our best telescopes will show you which devices are best to spot planets, galaxies and other objects. Our best Star Wars gifts will help the Jedi in your life, while Lego deals will get builders of all ages together. We'll continue to update these pages in the weeks before Prime Day to keep you up to date.
4. Stay flexible
We'll do our best during Prime Day to show you different versions of the same product, or equivalent products, to help you make the best choice available. Deals can expire quickly, so make sure not to get too connected to one particular product. More flexible buyers tend to be happier ones.
5. Start early
Gate-crashing deals are often the best ones to be found as the event begins. Especially for those big-ticket items with limited stock, like new Lego sets or certain binoculars or telescopes, you'll want to grab these items quickly before they disappear. Smaller gifts might not have as much demand, but if you really want a particular thing, it's better to jump on immediately.
6. Check back regularly
Amazon does update its pricing rapidly throughout the event, and we at Space.com will as well. What we often see is amazing deals popping up in the last hours, as stock suddenly gets released or new entries pop up on the Amazon website. So keep refreshing our pages and we will do our best to guide you through the hectic two days that make up Prime Day.
Prime Day, or wait for Black Friday?
Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday are both popular opportunities to offer sales on the big-ticket items space fans enjoy, like binoculars, telescopes, Star Wars kits and board games. Deciding when to jump is a careful consideration.
If you're an Amazon devotee, you'll likely want to stick to Prime Day as your big shopping event. While there are other stores that jump in, like Best Buy, Target and Walmart, those stores tend to hold back for Black Friday. Also, Prime Day has a more limited audience than Black Friday due to its membership, so you'll have an advantage when shopping for sales.
Naturally, if you want to get your items sooner, Prime Day is the time to jump. But if you want a wider range of retailers to consider, we will also keep you apprised of Black Friday opportunities when they come up. Stay tuned to Space.com in the weeks before Black Friday to see our coverage of the best space deals, all the way through to Cyber Monday.
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