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Telescopes at Walmart: Deals on the best models from Celestron and others

Telescopes at Walmart: Image shows man standing next to telescope looking at moon
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If you're looking for telescopes at Walmart then you've come to the right place. The online retailer has a huge range of models in stock, and if you're not entirely sure what to look for, that can be a little overwhelming. This handy guide highlights all the best telescopes at Walmart with top deals and we've included some buying advice to help you out.

Currently, there is a range of Celestron telescope deals available at Walmart and if you keep checking this page - as we keep it updated through the year - you'll find plenty more top telescope deals. One of the pros of grabbing your telescopes at Walmart is the retailer stocks some of the best telescopes and there are always fresh deals on the models they sell.

If you do need some guidance on which of the telescopes at Walmart you should buy, you can scroll down to read our handy buying advice, which includes handy tips and what to look out for. If you're looking for something a little cheaper then you might want to check out our round-up of the best budget telescopes under $500. The best telescopes for kids also tend to be more cost-effective so you'll want to check that out if you have a budding astronomer in your life.  

We also have brand-specific guides for Sky-Watcher telescope deals, Meade telescope deals and Orion telescope deals. However, if you want to check out the best deals on telescopes at Walmart, read our round-up below. 

Telescopes at Walmart: Best deals

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80 AZ: Now: $229

This telescope can connect with a smartphone to pivot to celestial objects. A robust altazimuth mount allows for easy movement between objects, and you'll be able to see planets, large galaxies and the moon through this 80mm refractor.

Note: While this isn't technically a deal, this telescope was previously on sale for this exact price, so we've decided to keep this telescope here. 

Celestron AstroMaster LT 60AZ | MSRP: $249.95 | Now: $149.99
Save $100
on a good refractor option for beginners. This comprehensive kit includes two eyepieces (10 and 20mm), three filters and a compact carrying case to boot. 

Celestron Travel Scope 80 | RRP: $199.95 | Now: $119.99

Get $80 off this refractor telescope, which boasts a lightweight frame that makes it easy to carry. It comes with two eyepieces, offering magnifications of 20x and 40x, and you’ll also get a free custom backpack to store your scope and accessories. Perfect for viewing both planets and bright deep-sky objects, it’s a great model for beginners or those who like to stargaze while they camp. 

Celestron FirstScope Telescope 60mm was: $91.76 now $67.97.

Save over $23 on a high-quality entry-level telescope. It's lightweight and very portable making it easy to take wherever you go. It's easy to use and set up nature as well as it's price means it's an ideal telescope for beginners. 

Buying advice

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ tube

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When it comes to buying a telescope you need to consider two main factors: Your budget and what you're wanting to view. There are three main types of telescopes out there, and figuring out what you want to view will help you decide what type of telescope you will need. There are refractors, reflectors and catadioptric telescopes. 

For beginners, refractor telescopes are often a popular choice due to their easy to maintain and use style. They're often mounted to alt-azimuth mounts so they're straightforward to use and the mounts themselves are easy to manufacture so the price tends to be cost-effective too. They're best used for focussing on specific targets like moons and planets due to the fact that they're good for showing high-magnified and high-contrast images. 

Reflector telescopes tend to have larger apertures and are better for low-magnification targets like nebulas and galaxies. You get two types of reflector telescope: Dobsonians and Newtonians, although there’s some crossover between these. In brief, though, Dobsonians are easier to maintain and often found attached to the alt-azimuth mount. Newtonians are more commonly affixed to equatorial mounts, which allow you to follow the rotation of the night sky more accurately, but they require more upkeep. 

Finally, catadioptric telescopes fix issues found in both of the above types of scope – such as chromatic aberration and the coma effect – and they are typically equipped with a GoTo system. These systems are essentially mini computers that align your telescope to particular night sky objects. You get two types of catadioptrics, the Schmidt-Cassegrain and the Maksutov-Cassegrain. As a general rule, the Maksutov-Cassegrain is better for viewing planets, while the Schmidt-Cassegrain models are a little more versatile and feature bigger apertures, so they’re preferred by astrophotographers. 

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