The best Sky-Watcher telescope deals this holiday season have been discovered and highlighted in our guide below.
Sky-Watcher is a well known and trusted name when it comes to telescopes and it comes as no surprise that they make some of the best telescopes out there. We're hoping to see more Sky-Watcher telescopes deals during the holidays and of course, we're keeping an eye out for any discounts from reputable retailers. Where deals aren't available though, we've included some of our favorites along with their lowest available price.
We've included something suitable for all levels and budgets below as well as some buying advice, just in case you need a helping hand. It's not just telescopes that can give you views of the night sky but best binoculars can offer stunning night sky views too. We also hope to see plenty of binocular deals over the course of the holiday season too.
Naturally, Sky-Watcher isn't the only manufacturer of quality telescopes out there and we also have specific guides for Celestron telescope deals, Orion telescope deals and Meade telescope deals worth checking out. However, for the best Sky-Watcher telescope deals, read on below.
Sky-Watcher telescope deals
Sky-Watcher SkyMax 127 Telescope Was $880 Now $722.49 on Amazon.
Save over $130 on an excellent telescope that features in our best telescopes guide. We actually rate it so highly that we think it's the best Go-To telescope for smaller budgets. While it still comes in at a high price point, this is the lowest price we've seen for a while and it's a good deal.
Sky-Watcher SkyMax 150 Telescope
Was $880 Now $739.20 on Amazon.
Save over $140 on another top telescope that we think is the best for astrophotography. It also features in our best telescopes guide.
Note: This is temporarily out of stock, but you can still add it to your cart at the lowest price point Amazon has offered in years. Amazon say you can still order the item and you won't be charged until it ships.
Sky-Watcher Heritage-130P FlexTube (UK)|
RRP: £205 | Now: £195
Save £10 on the Sky-Watcher Heritage: a telescope that's perfect for the whole family. With a foldable design that can be packed away with ease and unfolded to get observing straight away, observers young and old can enjoy dazzling views of bright deep-sky targets, the Moon and planets.
Sky-Watcher Skyliner-200P (UK) |
RRP £419 | Now: £399
Save £20 on a telescope that offers a simple yet effective setup, the Sky-Watcher Skyliner-200P is a fantastic option for the beginner and seasoned astronomer looking for a "grab and go" instrument. Observe "faint fuzzies" and planets with up to 406x magnification.
Sky-Watcher Evostar-90 (EQ2) Achromatic Refractor Telescope (UK)
Was £245 Now £219.
Save £26 on a refractor telescope that features a 90mm aperture, a 900mm focal length and a multi-coated objective lens, so views of the moon and planets are crystal clear. Two eyepieces, a Barlow lens, a finderscope and a tripod with accessory tray are included too.
Sky-Watcher SkyMax AZ-GTi 102mm Maksutov Telescope
was $680 now $550.80 on Amazon.
Save $130 on this app controlled Maksutov telescope. This telescope is computerized and weighs just 13.2 lbs (all in), so it's ideal for transporting and on-the-go use. It features a 102mm aperture and has a long focal length too, so planetary and lunar observing is ideal here. Users can control the telescope through their smartphone or tablet due to the Wi-Fi and App enabled style of this model.
Sky-Watcher StarTravel 120 Portable f/5 Refractor Telescope
was $550 now $457.59 on Amazon.
Save over $90 on a telescope that features fully multi-coated lenses to provide stunning views of the moon, planets and deep sky objects. It also comes pre-assembled and with two eyepieces, a sturdy tripod, correct-image prism and a red dot finder.
Choosing the right telescope
There are two major factors to consider when choosing the right telescope: your experience with astronomy and your budget. Luckily, there's enough Sky-Watcher telescopes out there that there's something for everyone and every budget.
If you're looking for one of the best beginner telescopes then you'll want to look out for something easy to set up and easy to use. You can get good quality telescopes for under or around $100, the Sky-Watcher Mercury 607 refractor or the Sky-Watcher Astrolux 76 reflector have retailed in that price range before. More experienced astronomers who might want to make more of an investment can always opt for models like Sky-Watcher Skyliner-250PX or Sky-Watcher Skyliner-200P, which offer higher-end specs.
If it's one of the best telescopes for kids you're looking for then we can recommend the Sky-Watcher Heritage 76 and Sky-Watcher Infinity 76P because of their low maintenance and easy-to-store away qualities. They're also robust in build so you'll get years of use out of little investment and they can withstand minor knocks too. Two great options for introducing someone to sky watching or just in case astronomy is a passing phase.
Black Friday is here on November 24 and you'll likely get the biggest discounts of the year during the sales event. However, we do keep this page updated year-round, so it's always worth checking back to see if there's a telescope that suits you at the right price.
The Sky-Watcher telescope models we have introduced so far are perfect for views of the solar system, with notable targets being the craters and seas of the moon and small but bright sights of Jupiter and Saturn. They will also provide good observations of bright deep-sky objects such as the Orion Nebula in the constellation of Orion (the Hunter) and the stunning Pleiades star cluster in Taurus (the Bull).
Those keen on a substantial step up in quality and closer views of targets will need to consider increasing their budget for a larger objective lens or aperture — that is the "light-gathering” ability of a telescope. For magnified views of the planets, galaxies and nebulas, the Sky-Watcher Skyhawk-114, Sky-Watcher Explorer-200P and Sky-Watcher Skyliner-400P FlexTube Parabolic Dobsonian are certainly worth a look.
With an increase in budget, comes an improvement in the type of technology that has become prevalent in telescope manufacturing: computerized, or GoTo, mounts. At the touch of a button, these revolutionary instruments are able to slew to your chosen target without needing to use sky maps to find your way around the night sky. They’re not aimed at any particular level of astronomer and are often used by beginners and seasoned skywatchers alike, particularly since they also offer a quick and easy align process and take the hassle out of manual calibration.
In terms of computerized telescopes, the Sky-Watcher Explorer-130PS AZ-Gti WiFi, Sky-Watcher Skyliner-200P FlexTube SynScan GoTo, Sky-Watcher Evostar-120 (EQ3 PRO) SynScan GoTo, Sky-Watcher Heritage-90P Virtuoso and Sky-Watcher Startravel-102 (AZ) SynScan GoTo are all excellent choices. Deciding on which one is best for you will largely depend on your budget, whether you’re a keen solar system observer, want to bring those faint deep-sky galaxies and nebulas into sharper focus or are hunting for a bit of an all-arounder.
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