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Binoculars deals: Save big in time for Christmas

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If you're looking for great binoculars deals for a stargazer on your Christmas list this year, one of the high-quality binoculars in this guide might just be the perfect gift. While many would gravitate toward telescopes for space-obsessed friends and family, binoculars are just as wonderful for skywatching. 

Modern binoculars are sharp enough to let you see all kinds of stars and galaxies. They have a wider field of view than telescopes, so you can take in more of the night sky. And binoculars are easily portable, making them great to bring on vacation and stargazing trips. 

What's more, even the best binoculars don't cost the earth. While many of the best telescopes can be quite expensive and aren't as portable, binoculars are a far cheaper option. You don't quite get the same magnification, but a good pair of binoculars are a versatile option for exploring space. We recommend considering binoculars for Christmas this year. 

When you’re picking up a pair of the best binoculars for stargazing, there are a few features to watch out for. We’d recommend going with a Bak-4 Porro prism design, as well as opting for multi-coated optics. This combination should give you the best chance at seeing clear, contrasting views of the night sky. We’d also suggest opting for a pair that offers 8x or 10x magnification, and boasts apertures of around 42 - 50 millimeters. Those large apertures are key to gathering lots of light, so you’ll be able to see distant, fainter objects - and nearby stars will appear more brilliant, too.

However, those larger apertures will also make these optics rather heavy, so if you’re trying to find a pair of the best binoculars for kids you might want to try something slightly lighter. Or invest in a tripod to help keep your binoculars steady.

Today's best binoculars deals

We've pulled together the best deals we can find right now and outlined them here.  We always compare prices to the RRP or the average retail cost, so you can rest assured that the below are genuine deals. 

Nikon Aculon A211 10-22x50 Zoom: $179.95

Nikon Aculon A211 10-22x50 Zoom: $179.95 $146.95 at Amazon.

You can save $33 on this excellent pair of zoom binoculars at Amazon. Large 50mm lenses allow in plenty of light, so you'll be able to pick out fainter stars, while the zoom means you can get even closer to night sky targets.

Nikon 18x70 Astroluxe-XL: $2,250.95

Nikon 18x70 Astroluxe-XL: $2,250.95 $1796.95 at Adorama

Ideal for more experienced stargazers, these hefty Astroluxe-XL binoculars have had $450 knocked off their price on Adorama. You'll be able to spot stars, moons and planets with excellent clarity through these.

Nikon ProStaff 3S 10x42: $129.95

Nikon ProStaff 3S 10x42: $129.95 $106.95 at Amazon
You can save $23 on the brilliant Nikon ProStaff 3S 10x42, which boast a rubber coating that allows for a sturdy grip.  Multi-coated lenses mean you should get sharp, contrasting view through these binos, which is important when you're looking at stars and planets. 

Celestron Cometron 7x50: $34.95

Celestron Cometron 7x50: $34.95 $29.49 at Amazon
These compact binoculars from Celestron have $5.46 off their standard price. With generous 50mm apertures, they should let in plenty of light - and the low magnification means you'll get wide angle views, so you can take in more of the night sky. 

Note: This deal went out of stock over Black Friday, but it has returned. It's one to act fast on as supplies may run out.

Nikon Action 12x50 EX binoculars: $276.95

Nikon Action 12x50 EX binoculars:$276.95 $179.99
There's 35% off the standard price on these excellent stargazing binoculars. With generously sized objective lenses and BaK4 high index prisms, these optics work well in low-light conditions, so they're great for star spotting. 

Nikon Aculon A211 10x50: $119.95

Nikon Aculon A211 10x50: $119.95 $96.95 at Amazon

There's a saving of nearly $23 on this pair of binos, but you'll get a lot for your money here, including Bak4 porro prisms and mighty 50mm objective lenses. They're great if you want a wide-angle view of the sky.

Vortex Optics Razor UHD Binoculars 8x42: $2,099.99

Vortex Optics Razor UHD Binoculars 8x42: $2,099.99 $1,449.00 at Amazon

Amazon has knocked $650.99 off the standard price on these Vortex binoculars. Users report startlingly clear views through these binos, with edge-to-edge sharpness. They’re waterproof and fog-proof and, crucially, come with a lifetime warranty. 

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6x, 7x and lower magnifications

Vixen SG 2.1x42

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Magnifications this low are generally aimed at kids. That's not to dismiss them, though, as these binoculars still give little ones the chance to get excited about everything from bird watching to stargazing, without tiring out their arms with the weight of heavy lenses. And as long as the diameter of the objective lens is fairly decent (we recommend 30mm as a minimum) then the binoculars should still let in plenty of light, so kids can get a clear view of the night sky.

There are a few pairs we've included in this section: the Celestron Cometron 7x50, which are actually our top pick for kids, alongside the super-rugged National Geographic 6x21 Children's binos and the Vixen SG 2.1x42. This latter pair are designed for wide-field observation and offer an incredible stereoscopic depth. Below, you'll find the best offers on all of these, depending on availability in your area.

8x binoculars

Opticron Adventurer T WP 8x42

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Most people will tell you that 10x50 is the ideal magnification to aperture ratio for stargazing binoculars. While this is generally a good rule to follow, we actually think that some of the best binoculars for stargazing fall into the 8x42 category. These are the Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42 binoculars – top in our list of best binoculars overall – which have a wider field of view than 10x50 models and also boast a crisp, clear view of objects. 

Also below - depending on availability - you'll see the Opticron Adventurer T WP 8x42, Nikon Prostaff 3S 8x42 and Celestron Nature DX 8x32. All of these models are ideal for kids who are interested in stargazing and would prefer a slightly higher magnification than those found in the models above.

10x binoculars

Opticron Adventurer II WP 10x50 binocular

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This is where you'll find most of the best binoculars for stargazing. Compact enough to take with you on an astro-camping trip, but also boasting a large enough magnification to bring you closer to the constellations, they're ideal for night sky enthusiasts. You'll be able to pick out all the usual targets with these binos, including star clusters and bright double stars.

If they're available in your local area, you should see the best prices for the following models below: the Canon 10x42L IS WP and Olympus 10x25 WP II (both excellent for budding young astronomers) along with the Opticron Adventurer II WP 10x50, the Vortex 10x50 Crossfire HD, the Nikon 10x50 Aculon A211 and the Celestron UpClose G2 10x50.

12x binoculars

Celestron Skymaster 12x60

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At this size, the binoculars are almost akin to a small portable telescope, as the 12x magnification lets you focus on deep sky objects like the Andromeda Galaxy. You might want to start thinking about using a tripod if you're opting for models in this category, as they're heavier and less compact than their counterparts with lower magnification - so it's much trickier to hold these binoculars steady.

Below, you'll find the best prices on the Celestron SkyMaster 12x60, the Nikon Action EX 12x50 and the Celestron Nature DX 12x56, depending on local availability.

15x binoculars

Meade Instruments 15x70 Astro Binoculars

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At this size, there's no maybe about it: you're going to need a tripod. You'll also probably have to pay out a little more for the higher magnification - but it's well worth it if you're a serious stargazer, as binoculars of this type will reveal everything from the detailed surface of the moon to the brightest deep sky objects. 

Below, you'll find a coupleof our favorite models, according to stock in your area: the Meade Instruments 15x70 Astro and the superb Celestron SkyMaster 15x70.

25x binoculars

Celestron SkyMaster 25x100 binocular

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The final models in our round-up of binoculars for sale offer 25x magnification. It's not quite the same as those offered by the best telescopes around, but it's still very impressive. With this magnification, you'll just about be able perceive Jupiter’s atmospheric belts in the field of view.

There's only one model in this category that we've included below: the Celestron SkyMaster 25x100. These binoculars aren't cheap, but the optics are brilliant, offering clear crisp views with great clarity and contrast. 

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Ruth Gaukrodger

Ruth has worked across both print and online media for five years, contributing to national newspaper titles and popular tech sites. She has held a number of journalist roles alongside more senior editorial positions, and is currently acting as a commissioning editor for Space.com.