Amazon Prime Day 2023 is coming on July 11-12 and if you're thinking about buying a telescope during the summer sales event, there are some things you may want to consider. Prime Day originally got started back in 2015 to celebrate Amazon's 20th birthday and it has grown every year since. The event has expanded beyond a single day in recent years, and 2023 will follow suit with deals on telescopes, binoculars and more.
We've all been affected in one way or another by the cost of living crisis in recent years, so we have to be extra critical with which deals are actually worth it in 2023. In 2022 there were some brilliant savings on telescopes and stargazing equipment, and there are already some great telescope savings on Amazon. But should you buy a telescope with one of the post-Prime Day deals, or wait for one of the other annual sales events? In this guide, we'll take a look at some of the reasons to spend, some reasons to wait, and some examples of the amazing deals in 2022.
Best Pre-Amazon Prime Day deals
Unistellar eVscope eQuinox Smart Telescope:
was $2999 now $1999 on Amazon.
Save $1000 on a highly sophisticated telescope that's 100 times more powerful than a regular telescope.
It comes with a huge database of night sky objects so you can view targets at a touch of a button and comes with the Unistellar network of over 5000 citizen astronomers. It's a serious bit of kit with a serious discount to match.
Note: Stock is low, so you'll have to act fast to grab this deal, which is one of our top early deals for Prime Day 2023.
Celestron 114LCM Computerized Newtonian Telescope:
$439.95 now $389 on Amazon.
Save nearly $50 off this computerized Newtonian telescope from Celestron. Utilizing a motorized Go-To mount, astronomers can use the hand control to navigate to and track approximately 4000 celestial objects. It also comes with a StarPointer red dot finderscope, aluminum tripod and two eyepieces (25mm and 9mm).
Why buy a telescope during Amazon Prime Day?
With so many discounts and big sales events throughout the year, timing is everything when it comes to finding the best deals on telescope equipment. Amazon Prime day is possibly one of the events many people forget about, which means it's usually not as hectic as some of the heavy hitters like Black Friday, and the after-Christmas sales. As there are fewer consumers looking for the same items, this usually means it's easier to get the stock you want on Amazon Prime day.
Although do be aware that there is currently a global supply issue with telescopes due to limited production and distribution, so stock may be harder to get hold of than usual. There are also limited other midsummer savings events, so Prime Day is a great time to grab the bargains without having to wait until winter.
Another very valid reason to wait for the Prime Day deals is the current cost of living crisis. With energy and fuel costs rising, many consumers simply can't afford the luxuries they once didn't think twice about. So waiting for the Prime Day deals may be the only way people can afford to continue stargazing in these current times.
Why Amazon Prime Day and not Black Friday?
Sometimes it's tempting to wait for a 'better' discount in one of the other annual sales, but if you always wait for a better deal you'll be doing that for a long time. Although, there are instances where it is actually better not to wait for Prime Day.
A large portion of Prime Day deals are Amazon-centric products and services (such as Amazon Alexa). This means there will be more focus on those items than there would be during the other sales events throughout the year, and fewer 'other' products being discounted. Many other retailers have joined the Prime Day bandwagon though, so don't just limit yourself to Amazon. Companies are constantly trying to outdo each other, so shop around and see what other deals are out there.
Another reason to skip Prime Day is if you simply don't want to wait to buy your telescope. There's no guarantee that the model you want will be on offer, and as Amazon prices fluctuate throughout the year, you might get lucky and get it on sale anyway. You can even adjust your settings so you get notified when products on your Watch List drop in price.
Looking back at deals from previous years, the biggest discounts were on the telescopes themselves — up to a whopping 30%. If you're looking to buy a new scope then you may be in luck, but if you are looking more for the accessories to go with your scope then you may be better off buying these at different times of the year.
What telescope deals were there?
We have the best telescope deals available right here at Space.com so be sure to check back regularly with us to spot the very best telescope deals and discounts available not only on Amazon but also at competitor stores that want to capitalize on Amazon's sales event. To give you an idea of what kind of deals and discounts we had this year, let's take a look at some below.
Celestron 114LCM Computerized Telescope:
$439.95 now $389 at Amazon
Save nearly $50 off this computerized Newtonian telescope from Celestron. It features a motorized Go-To mount, and stargazers can use the hand control to navigate to and track approximately 4000 celestial objects. It also comes with a StarPointer red dot finderscope, aluminum tripod and two eyepieces (25mm and 9mm).
Celestron Advanced VX 700 Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope:
$3,379 now $2,599 at Walmart.
Save nearly $800 on this Celestron Advanced VX 700 Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope, an excellent choice for those looking for a powerful mid-range telescope to view the cosmos. The catadioptric design allows the user to capture sharp, high-contrast images with minimal chromatic aberration.
Remember though, only make your purchase if the piece of kit on offer is right for you. It's very easy to shop the sales just for the sake of it to avoid the dreaded Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO), but if you don't invest wisely you'll end up needing to replace whatever you bought sooner, which definitely isn't going to save you any money in the long run. Consider things like aperture, focal length, and overall practicality in the telescopes on offer and weigh up whether it's really a good deal, and if it's that much better than your current kit. In these difficult times where the cost of living is rapidly rising, it's more important to be a smart shopper now than ever.
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