If you're looking for telescopes at Best Buy then you're in the right place as we've discovered the best models the online retailer has to offer and put them in the useful guide below.
Fortunately, there's plenty of stock so when you're looking for telescopes at Best Buy, you might even find some of the best telescopes on the market and you can pick up some great telescopes deals too. Best Buy often offer budget-friendly deals for telescopes and we keep this page updated all year-round so when new offers become available, you'll find them here.
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If you know what make of telescope you want, or which you normally trust, then it might be worth checking out our specific guides for Celestron, Sky-Watcher, Meade and Orion telescope deals.
While you will find some cost-effective telescopes and offers below, we do also have guides for budget telescopes for under $500, best telescopes for beginners and best telescopes for kids, if you're looking for a stargazing experience on a budget or to inspire a budding astronomer. However, we've found the best telescopes at Best Buy and the deals they offer, so if you're in the market for a bargain, this guide is for you.
It's worth noting that although deals for telescopes at Best Buy can be a little harder to find than on other sites like Amazon or Walmart, they are out there and you'll find the best picks below. We've also included some buying advice, in case you need a helping hand with what to look out for.
Today's best telescope deals at Best Buy
Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ |
Was $239.95 | Now: $210.99
Another Newtonian reflector, this telescope is currently discounted by nearly $30. It works with the StarSense app and has a simple alt-azimuth mount, making it ideal for beginners. It has a 114mm aperture and comes with two eyepieces and a tripod.
Celestron NexStar 4SE
was $679 now $543.99.
Save $135 on this computerized telescope that's easy-to-use and offers clear views of night sky targets. It has a 4-inch aperture so plenty of light passes through and it features a fully automated GOTO mount with a database of over 40,000 celestial objects that the telescope can locate and track for you.
Note: This telescope is in clearance so this is a pretty sizable and worth-while discount.
Celestron Cometron 114AZ 450mm Reflector Telescope
Was $239.95 Now $191.99.
Save over $47 on a quality reflector telescope that comes in at under $200. The 114mm aperture means plenty of light passes through the lens for clear views and the 450mm focal length means the comets and the stars are prime targets. Two eyepieces, a tripod and a panning handle are included with the telescope.
Note: Just like the above, this is in clearance so the discount is a big one.
Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ
was $169.95 now $144.99.
Save $25 on a refractor telescope that features a German equatorial mount, a 70mm aperture, a tripod, two eyepieces, a finder scope and astronomy software.
Note: Again, this is on offer through clearance.
National Geographic 114mm Reflector Telescope
was $149.99 now $109.99.
Save $40 on a reflector telescope from National Geographic that features a 114mm aperture and a 500mm focal length. You also get two eyepieces, panhandle control, smartphone adaptor, a full sized tripod, a red dot view finder and downloadable astronomy software for your money.
There are three basic types of telescopes: refractors, reflectors and catadioptrics. Refractors are great for highly magnified views of planets and moons, while reflectors offer better views of deep-sky objects, star clusters and galaxies. Catadioptric telescopes correct some of the visual problems found in these older styles – such as chromatic aberration – but they tend to be a little more expensive.
Reflectors are usually either Newtonian or Dobsonian in design. Newtonian telescopes are good for a wide range of viewing targets and are often useful for astrophotography – however, they require a lot of maintenance and can be complicated to set up, whereas Dobsonians are more straightforward.
This type of telescope is ideal for beginners, offering a straight-forward assembly and a lower price point. They do, however, tend to suffer from chromatic aberration, where bright objects appear to have a kind of halo. This doesn't ruin the viewing experience, so don't let this put you off too much.
Catadioptric telescopes fall into two broad categories: Maksutov-Cassegrain and Schmidt-Cassegrain. Schmidt-Cassegrains traditionally have bigger apertures, while Maksutov-Cassegrains usually have small apertures. As such, the Schmidt-Cassegrain is usually better for astrophotography and for broader views, while the Maksutov-Cassegrain is great for sharp views of planets and moons. Both types often come with a computerized GoTo system, which can work out which way the telescope is pointing and automatically adjust it to align with chosen targets.
Choosing a telescope
With all these variations, it can be tricky to figure out which telescope is best for you. We recommend taking two main things into consideration: personal budget and what you’d prefer to view in the night sky.
Lower budget models will usually be reflector or refractor telescopes, while catadioptrics are more expensive. If you’d prefer high magnification views of planets and moons, go for either a refractor or a Maksutov-Cassegrain design. For views of deep-sky objects, star clusters and galaxies, opt for a reflector or a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. And if you need more detailed guidance, have a look through our piece on the best telescopes, which goes into more detail on all of the above.