Telescope deals 2024: Best offers from reputable retailers

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We've discovered the best telescope deals that reputable retailers are offering and highlighted them below.

It's a great time to look for telescope deals as several of the best telescopes are discounted and our guide means you don't have to navigate numerous retailers in search of a deal. If you don't want to break the bank to grab your next bit of stargazing gear, our guides for the best telescopes for beginners, budget telescopes under $500 and telescopes on Amazon highlight other budget-friendly options. We always recommend doing your research before buying anything so we've included some helpful buying advice below the discounts. 

This guide includes a range of telescope deals suitable for everyone, regardless of budget, needs and experience. But, if you don't find what you're looking for, we have manufacturer-specific guides for Celestron telescope deals, Sky-Watcher telescope deals, Meade telescope deals and Orion telescope deals that might help.

As a rule of thumb, if a deal seems too good to be true, usually it is. We also wouldn't recommend opting for a name you don't recognize, as you can't rely on the quality. The best binoculars and binoculars deals are worth considering too, as you can get stunning views for a lower price than some of the models in this guide. But, for the best telescope deals (that we've split into U.S. and UK-based deals) out there, scroll down below.

Best telescope deals 2024

Today's best US telescope deals

Unistellar eVscope eQuinox 114mm f/4 GoTo Reflector Telescope

Unistellar eVscope eQuinox Smart Digital Refractor Telescope: $2999 now $1399 on Amazon.
Save $1600, yes 16 hundred dollars! On a highly sophisticated telescope that's 100 times more powerful than a regular telescope, comes with a huge database of night sky objects so you can view targets at a touch of a button and comes with the Unistellar network of over 5000 citizen astronomers. This is a serious saving and a quality bit of equipment.

Note: This is now an older model but the technology is still decent. Stock is low, so you'll have to act fast to grab this deal. 

Celestron Astro FI 130 Was $728.95 Now $499 on Adorama.

Celestron Astro FI 130 Was $728.95 Now $499 on Adorama.

Save $230 on a telescope that offers the most value to enthusiasts. You can read more about it in our in-depth review

Note: The before price has spiked to make it look like a bigger deal than it really is, the price you pay is still reasonable but, it has been on sale for less before.

Celestron Astro Fi 102 Telescope: Was $529.95 Now $429.99 on Amazon. 

Celestron Astro Fi 102 Telescope: Was $529.95 Now $429.99 on Amazon

Save $100 on what we rate as one of the best out there. This is the lowest price we've seen in years on Amazon and it features a 102mm aperture, a 1325mm focal length, a Maksutov-Cassegrain optical design, smartphone-controlled and it comes with two eyepieces and a finder scope. 

Note: Stock is starting to run low, so you'll have to act soon if you want this deal.

Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Newtonian Telescope

Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Newtonian: Was $319.95 Now $249.95 on Amazon.
Save 22% on this 114mm push-to German Equatorial Newtonian telescope. The telescope ships with a fully adjustable steel tripod, finderscope, 20mm and 10mm eyepieces.

Note: You can save a further $30 by applying the coupon.

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ: was $403.30 now $254.71 at Walmart.Save nearly $150

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ: was $403.30 now $254.71 at Walmart.
Save nearly $150 on this is an excellent reflector model from Celestron, which we were impressed with when we reviewed the StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ. It offers clear, crisp views and is excellent for spotting galaxies, nebulas, planets and star clusters. 

Celestron Travel Scope 70

Celestron Travel Scope DX 70: was $119.95, now $99.99 at Amazon.

Save 17%
on the Celestron Travel Scope DX 70 at Amazon. Complete with two eyepieces (20mm and 10mm), 2x Barlow lens, star diagonal, backpack, finder scope, moon filter, tripod and smartphone adapter, this grab-and-go telescope offers a fully equipped option for beginners and kids.  

Gskyer 70mm Alt-az refractor: Was $129.95 Now $96.99.68 at Amazon.

Save 25% on

Gskyer 70mm Alt-az refractor: Was $129.95 Now $96.99.68 at Amazon.

Save 25% on
the Gskyer 70mm Alt-az refractor telescope at Amazon. This refractor comes complete with all the accessories a beginner astronomer would want: two eyepieces (25mm and 10mm) a 3x Barlow lens for up-close views of night sky objects, phone attachment and Bluetooth control, a finder scope and an aluminum tripod. Plus an accessory tray and carry bag when you want to stargaze on location.

Note: For a limited time, you can save a further 10% at checkout.

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT114 AZ: was $312.95 now $199.95 at Adoramadiscounted by 36%

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT114 AZ: was $312.95 now $199.95 at Adorama
Another Newtonian reflector, this telescope is currently discounted by 36%. Like the above, it works with the StarSense app and has a simple alt-azimuth mount, making it ideal for beginners.  

Note: The before price is way above what you should pay for this model, but the price you pay is reasonable.

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ: was $239.95, now $199.95 at Amazon

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ: was $239.95, now $199.95 at Amazon.

This is the same telescope as above from Celestron that works with the StarSense app. You can now save 17% on this telescope which is perfect for beginners and novices due to its user-friendly design with the help of your smartphone.

Note: You can save a further $10 by applying the coupon. 

Celestron AstroMaster 50AZ Telescope: $63.95 $47.99 at Amazon
You can save 25%

Celestron AstroMaster 50AZ Telescope: $63.95 $47.99 at Amazon
You can save 25% on this lightweight telescope, which is well-suited to beginner astronomers. It comes with plenty of accessories: four eyepieces, a finderscope and a 3x Barlow lens. It also boasts an easy-to-use alt-azimuth mount, which allows for a quick and fuss-free set up. 

Today's best UK deals

Celestron NexStar 8SEWas £1699.99now £1499.97 on Amazon

Celestron NexStar 8SE Was £1699.99 now £1499.97 on Amazon

Save £200 on what we think is the best motorized telescope out there. We reviewed the Celestron NexStar 8SE and rated it very highly. 

Celestron NexStar 4SE Was £699 Now £649 on Amazon.

Celestron NexStar 4SE Was £699 Now £649 on Amazon.

Save £50 on a great telescopes that features in our best telescopes guide and we found that it's the best for beginners, when we reviewed the Celestron NexStar 4SE.

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ was £399.99 now £349.95 on Amazon. 

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ was £399.99 now £349.95 on Amazon

Save £50 on this refractor telescope on Amazon. Here, you get fully-coated optics with a 70mm objective lens as well as a lightweight frame and numerous accessories to maximize your stargazing experience. 

Sky-Watcher Skyliner-200P (UK): £439 £399 at Wex Photo Video
You can save £40

Sky-Watcher Skyliner-200P (UK): £439 £399 at Wex Photo Video
You can save £40 on this grab-and-go style scope, which requires minimum set-up from users. It has an aperture of slightly over 200mm, so this represents fantastic value in terms of how much light you can gather with this little telescope.  

Buying advice: Finding the right one for you

Of course, you want the biggest discount you can possibly get and now is a great time to get a discount, but the saving isn't the only thing you need to consider. On top of the saving, you should also consider your stargazing experience and what you want to view. Do you want to look at far-off nebulas and galaxies or planets and the moon, which are a little closer to home?

If it is planets and the moon you want a closer look at then something with a longer focal point - around 2000mm (80 inches) is an excellent choice. But, if it's crystal clear views of nebulas, star clusters and galaxies then a shorter focal length of around the 500mm (20 inches) mark would work really well.

Just to make it that little bit more challenging, there's also three different main types of telescopes to look out for. You have the choice of refractor, reflector and catadioptric telescopes, but don't worry as we've included a run down of the pros and cons to each. It's important to consider these before picking out the right telescope deal for you.  

Refractor telescopes are great for beginners, as they're easy to assemble and operate. They're also usually relatively cheap to manufacture, which is reflected in their final price. They are best suited to viewing things like planets and moons, thanks to their typically long focal length, but unfortunately, they do have a tendency to suffer from chromatic aberration.

Reflector telescopes are well-loved by amateur astronomers and better suited to low-magnification targets, such as galaxies and nebulas. These telescopes can be divided into two different types: Newtonians and Dobsonians. Newtonian reflectors are quite versatile and well-suited to astrophotography, but they require quite a lot of upkeep. Dobsonians might be more tempting to amateurs, as they tend to be simpler to maintain. 

Finally, there are the slightly pricier catadioptric telescopes, which were created to tackle some of the problems found in the standard refractor and reflector design. Here, we've divided them into two categories: the Maksutov-Cassegrain and the Schmidt-Cassegrain. The former model is great for correcting issues such as the "coma" distortion effect and the aforementioned chromatic aberration. The latter is a very versatile model, also boasting reduced chromatic aberration, which typically comes equipped with a GoTo system. This software allows you to automatically point your scope at particular astronomical objects, which is great for beginners. 

Newtonian telescope deals

Meade StarNavigator NG 114

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Newtonian telescopes are popular with amateur astronomers because they allow users to focus on a really wide range of night sky objects. They're complicated bits of kits that require a fair bit of maintenance, so if you are going to buy one of these models then make sure you pick one that has mirrors with a protective coating, as it will last longer.

Below, you'll find deals on a couple of our favorite models, depending on availability in your local area: the Meade StarNavigator NG 114 and the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ. Both models are great for beginners and – crucially – usually reasonably priced.

Dobsonian telescope deals

Orion SkyScanner 100

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Dobsonian telescopes are another kind of reflector telescope. They're a lot easier to maintain and operate than their Newtonian counterparts, but they're still great for spotting a wide range of astronomical objects. 

In the deals box below, you'll find the latest prices for the Orion SkyScanner 100 Reflector, the Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200P and the Sky-Watcher Flextube 300 SynScan Dobsonian. The former two models are reasonably priced and ideal for beginners, while the latter model is a slightly pricier option, with a huge aperture that allows you to see deeper into space. 

Refractor telescope deals

Orion Observer II 70 telescope

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Refractor telescopes are intuitive to use and easy to set up, so they are popular with novice astronomers. They are also relatively cheap to manufacture, which means that you can get a refractor telescope with a decent size aperture for a very good price. The only drawback here is that the telescopes can suffer from chromatic aberration, where colors and images can seem a bit fuzzy. 

Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite refractors: the Orion Observer II 70 Refractor, the Meade Instruments Infinity 102 AZ, the Celestron Inspire 100AZ and the Celestron Omni XLT 120. The first three are brilliant for beginners who want to get clear views of planets, while the Celestron Omni XLT 120 is perfect for intermediate astronomers who value high-quality optics and want to spend a little more.

Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope deals

Sky-Watcher SkyMax 150 telescope

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Put simply, Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes correct problems you might find in a reflector telescope, such as the 'coma' effect, where images appear blurred. They have sealed optics, so you don't have to worry about maintenance, and they also tend to come with a go-to system, making it easy to navigate the stars. Some of the best beginner telescopes can be found in this category, although they can also be a little bit pricey.

Just below, you'll find deals on some of our favorite models when they're available. These are the Meade ETX90 Observer, the Sky-Watcher Skymax 150 PRO and the Celestron Astro Fi 102. The Celestron Astro Fi 102 is actually fairly well-priced — and a great option for beginners — while the other two are a little more expensive, but still easy to set up and intuitive to use. 

Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope deals

Celestron NexStar Evolution 9.25

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The Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes we've included below are high-end models, with high-quality optics to match. They all boast decent apertures and can be used to get excellent views of planets and moons. Be warned, they're not always great for astrophotography because of their curved focal plane, but for stargazing purposes they're excellent. 

When they're available, you'll find deals below for the Celestron NexStar Evolution 9.25 (which boasts one of the best optical systems we've ever tried), the Celestron NexStar 6SE, the Celestron NexStar 8SE, and the Celestron Advanced VX 9.25 EdgeHD, which is a rare example of a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope that can be used by astrophotographers.

Kids' telescope deals

Celestron FirstScope 76 Telescope

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When you're choosing the best telescope for your kids, you want something robust, compact and — ideally — less than $100. Here, we've rounded up refractor and reflector telescopes that fit the bill. These instruments will give youngsters clear views of the moon, along with some of our closest planets and stars. 

These telescopes offer the perfect introduction to astronomy, but for youngsters who prefer looking through two eyes, you might want to pick up some of the best binoculars for kids instead.

Below, you'll see deals on our top picks for youngsters: the Celestron FirstScope 76 Tabletop, the Meade Instruments StarPro 102, the Orion SpaceProbe II 76, the Celestron Astro Fi 90, the Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector and the Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ.

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Jase Parnell-Brookes
Managing Editor, e-commerce

Jase Parnell-Brookes is the Managing Editor for e-commerce for Space and Live Science. Previously the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at Space, Jase has been an editor and contributing expert across a wide range of publications since 2010. Based in the UK, they are also an award-winning photographer and educator winning the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters degree in 2011 and qualifying as a teacher in 2012, Jase has spent the last two decades studying and working in photography and publishing in multiple areas, and specializes in low light optics and camera systems.

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