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Telescopes at Best Buy: What's in stock and what's on sale this season

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Scoping out the best telescopes on Best Buy can be a little daunting at times, given the number of models available from the retailer. We've picked out the best models that we think are worth the money and put them in this handy guide below. 

If you do your research, you can find some of the best telescopes on the market right now on Best Buy, but it's all about getting the best price. If you don't quite find what you're looking for here, you should check out our telescopes deals guide for all the biggest discounts on the best models. But, if you are wanting help finding the best telescopes on Best Buy then all you have to do is keep reading. 

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Our advice is to stick to reliable trusted brands, as we can't vouch for lesser-known names. You can check out brand-specific guides for Celestron telescope deals, Sky-Watcher telescope deals, Meade telescope deals, Orion telescope deals. We've tried out a lot of telescopes from these brands and can vouch for quality and reliability.

If you're new to telescopes or looking to keep spending to a minimum, you might want to check out budget telescopes for under $500 which feature some of the best telescopes for beginners. Below, you'll find the best telescopes on Best Buy as well as some buying advice, so you know what to look out for. This handy guide is all the research you'll need for the biggest discounts from the retailer. So, for the best telescopes on Best Buy, read on.  

Today's best telescope deals at Best Buy

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Celestron StarSense Explorer 130 | Was: $479.95 | Now: $429.95 (opens in new tab)
This Newtonian reflector telescope has $50 knocked off its previous price. It’s currently listed for $449 on Amazon, but Best Buy is offering it for just $429.95. With a generous 130mm aperture and straightforward alt-azimuth mount, it makes navigating the night sky a breeze. It even works with the handy StarSense app, so you can use your phone to identify stars. 

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Barska Starwatcher 700mm Altazimuth Telescope | Was $129.99 | Now $103.99 (opens in new tab)
Save $26 on something for newcomers and kids who are looking to kick off their stargazing careers. This high-power reflector telescope is an ideal entry level model. 

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National Geographic - 50mm Refractor Telescope and Microscope Set $99.99 now $71.99 (opens in new tab).

Save $28 on an awesome set for any budding scientist out there. The 50mm refractor telescope is ideal for any child who wants a closer look at the moon and any other planets on show. This set comes with a microscope too, so if they want to look at something a little smaller they can too. Eyepieces, a tripod and a 1-year warranty are included in the set.

Buying advice

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

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. 

Refractors

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

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.

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