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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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Searching for telescopes at Walmart can be a little tricky as the retailer has such a wide range in stock. But fear not, we've sifted through what they have to offer and scoped out the very best deals on telescopes at Walmart available. We've even included some handy buying advice in this guide to help you with your search.

At the moment, it's hard to look past the number of Celestron telescope deals Walmart has to offer, but we do keep this page regularly updated so if new telescope deals pop up, we'll be sure to add them. One plus point of looking for telescopes at Walmart is that the retailer stocks some of the best telescopes out there so deals are always worth looking out for. 

We have brand-specific guides too if you know what deals you want to look out for. Be sure to check out our in-depth round-ups of all the Sky-Watcher telescope deals, Meade telescope deals and Orion telescope deals.

If you're after a little guidance as well as wanting to check out the telescopes at Walmart then you can read our buying advice at the bottom of this page. While there are some good deals - and there is something for everyone and every budget - you can also check out our guides for the best budget telescopes under $500 and the best telescopes for kids if you were looking for something a bit cheaper or for the budding astronomer in your life. Otherwise, read on below to check out what telescopes at Walmart are on offer. 

Telescopes at Walmart: Best deals

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80 AZ: Now: $229 (opens in new tab)

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 (opens in new tab)
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 (opens in new tab)

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: $95.76 now $70.48 (opens in new tab).

Save over $25 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. 

Celestron Nexstar 6SE computerized telescope and filter kit $1599 now $1299 (opens in new tab)

Save $300 and get a reduced price on a sophisticated computerized telescope bundle. A good-sized aperture and objective lens means you'll get crystal clear views of whatever it is you want to see in the night sky. You'll find it thanks to the software and database that comes with the telescope - featuring over 40,000 celestial objects and you get eyepieces, planetary filters and an aluminum case.

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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