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Binoculars deals: The best discounts and savings available

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We've scoped out all the best binoculars deals on the market and put them in this in-depth guide so navigating the web becomes little easier. Due to the sheer number of discounts out there, there's something to suit everyone and every budget. 

For many astronomers, a pair of the best binoculars can be a crucial tool. They can also be a cost-effective alternative to the best telescopes and still provide excellent night sky views. A lot of online retailers are pushing their Summer sales and although Amazon Prime Day has finished, you can still bag a bargain. Some of the top binoculars deals on the market include the Celestron 20x80 Skymaster Pro (opens in new tab) (save over $56) and the Nikon 18x70 Astroluxe-XL (opens in new tab) (now over $450 off). 

If you know what make of binoculars you want, you can always check out our brand-specific guides. We've done our research and found all the best Bushnell binoculars deals, Nikon binoculars deals, Leica binoculars deals, Zeiss binoculars deals, Vortex binoculars deals.

If you're looking for the best binoculars deals out there, but you're unsure on what to look out for in terms of optics, we recommend a Bak-4 glass Porro prism design, as well as opting for multi-coated optics. You can't go too far wrong with that and then when it comes to magnification, 8x or 10x is normally a good choice as you'll get clear views of far away objects with those specs. However, if you're ready to check out the best binoculars deals on the market, you should read our round-up below.

Today's best binoculars deals

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Olympus 8x40 S Binoculars  : £109.99  Now £79 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (UK only deal)


With a 28% discount,
this is a pretty good deal on the Olympus 8x40 S Binoculars. They are lightweight, durable and boast excellent optics for this price. See more about the Olympus 8x40 S Binoculars here. (opens in new tab)

Note: We have seen these binoculars on offer for even less in recent times, however this is still a good deal.

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Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars
$119.95 $84.95 at Amazon

You'll save $35
on these binoculars that are excellent for low light and long-range conditions. 15x magnifications make far away targets visible while a large aperture and objective lens allow a lot of light in for a clear viewing experience. You can save an extra $10 by applying the coupon at checkout. Or you can also get a $30 reduction on the bundle with the Smartphone adapter (opens in new tab).

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They are also on offer at B&H Photo and video (opens in new tab) with a free LED flashlight. We expect the price will be altered to match the Amazon Prime Day deal so keep an eye on here too.

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Nikon Aculon A211 10-22x50 Zoom: $179.95 $146.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab).

Save $33 and grab a great price 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.

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Nikon 18x70 Astroluxe-XL: $2,250.95 $1796.95 at Adorama (opens in new tab)

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

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Celestron 20x80 SkyMaster Pro | $319.95 down to $263.15 on Amazon (opens in new tab).

Save over $56 on these specialist binoculars, or you can get them at Adorama (opens in new tab) ($279.95 instead of their usual $416.85 list price) which are specifically designed for stargazing. The 80mm apertures allow in plenty of light, which should mean that you’ll get views of distant stars and planets. They’re a little heavy so a tripod is recommended. 

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Celestron Cometron 7x50: $37.95 $35.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
These compact binoculars from Celestron have generous 50mm apertures that 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. 

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Nikon Action 12x50 EX binoculars:$179.99 now $164 on Amazon (opens in new tab).
These excellent stargazing binoculars come 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. 

Note: This may not be a huge saving but this is the lowest price we've seen on these binos for a while, stock is low though so you'll have to act soon. 

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 (opens in new tab) 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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You're likely to find most of the best binoculars for stargazing in this section with 10x magnifications. These binos are all powerful enough for you to scope out night sky objects but compact enough for you to carry around without much trouble. They're often a great cost-effective alternative to investing in a top telescope. 

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 (opens in new tab). 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 (opens in new tab).

Here you'll find all the best binoculars deals for the Celestron SkyMaster 12x60, the Nikon Action EX 12x50 and the Celestron Nature DX 12x56. This all depends on stock availability though. 

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. 

There's a couple of our favorites below for you to check out, both of which are worth the purchase and you cant go wrong with them. The excellent and highly recommended Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 and the Meade Instruments 15x70 Astro.

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 (opens in new tab) 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.

We've included just the one model in this category below, the Celestron SkyMaster 25x100. These aren't a beginner's model at all, as expected they're big, they also aren't cheap however the optics you get are top-quality and you get crystal clear views of your night sky targets. 

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Jason Parnell-Brookes
Jason Parnell-Brookes

Jason Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. He won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 beating over 90,000 other entrants and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. Jason is a Masters graduate and has a wealth of academic and real-world experience in a variety of photographic disciplines from astrophotography and wildlife to fashion and portraiture. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at Space.com his speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.