Telescopes on Amazon: The best deals and discounts available online

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Looking for telescopes on Amazon can be a little daunting, especially as the retail giant has a seemingly endless number of telescopes to choose from. However, we've done the searching for you and scoped out the best holiday deals for telescopes on Amazon and included something to suit every level of astronomer and every budget.

We've found the best telescope deals available at Amazon and put them in this handy guide. Because the holiday season is normally the best time of year to be looking for deals, we're hoping to see reductions on some of the best telescopes on the market. some advice to remember though, if a deal seems to good to be true, it normally is and if you don't recognize the name, stay clear of it.

If you know what make of telescope you like then searching for telescopes on Amazon can be a little easier. However, you can also check out our brand-specific guides for Celestron telescope deals, Sky-Watcher telescope deals, Meade telescope deals, Orion telescope deals.

Looking for telescopes on Amazon is a good way to try and get big names for low prices. In fact, you can find some of the best budget telescopes under $500 and best telescopes for beginners on the site. Below the deals for telescopes on Amazon, you'll find some buying advice, so you know what to look out for. So, if you want to check out the biggest deals for telescopes on Amazon this holiday season, all you have to do is check out our round-up below. 



Telescopes on Amazon: Today's best deals

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope Was$ 109.95 (opens in new tab)

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope Was$ 109.95 Now $92.48 (opens in new tab)
An ideal bit of kit for stargazers, this is a 'grab and go' model that requires minimum setup. The lightweight telescope comes with a handy backpack, so you can port the telescope around easily too. 

Note: You can save a further $15 by applying the coupon at checkout. 

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Celestron 70mm Travel Scope DX - Portable Refractor Telescope  Was 119.95 $89.95 (opens in new tab)

Save 25% on this lightweight, portable Celestron telescope which is perfect for beginners. It comes with a large 70mm objective lens as well as a bonus bag, tripod, moon filter, Bluetooth shutter release and a smartphone adaptor.

Note: You can save an extra $10 when you apply the coupon at checkout.

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Celestron 114LCM Computerized Newtonian Telescope now $347.93 (opens in new tab)

This is a telescope that's at its lowest price we've seen for a while. This computerized telescope bundle comes with everything you need for stargazing like an adjustable tripod, a finderscope, two eyepieces and it can automatically find 4000 celestial objects. It's also available at B&H Photo (opens in new tab) for a similar price.

Note: This isn't on sale but this price is lower than when it previously was, stock is also low so you'll have to act fast if you want to make the most of this price. 

Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Newtonian:  Was $319.95 (opens in new tab)

Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Newtonian: Was $319.95 $251.55 on Amazon (opens in new tab)

You can save over $68 when you apply the coupon at checkout on this 114mm push-to German Equatorial Newtonian telescope for a good 22% off its original price. The telescope ships with a fully adjustable steel tripod, finderscope, 20mm and 10mm eyepieces.

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80AZ Was 299.95 (opens in new tab)

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80AZ Was 299.95 Now $214.95 (opens in new tab)
The price on this model has just dropped by $85 as it was previously $299.95. It’s a great refractor telescope for beginners that works in tandem with the StarSense app.

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 Orion StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Was $279.99 Now $249.99 (opens in new tab) 

Save $30 on a telescope that's at its lowest price for quite some time on Amazon. This tabletop telescope is easy to use and provides powerful views of the night sky. Weighing just 6.5 lbs it's easy to transport and features a 90mm aperture and comes with two eyepieces. 

Buying advice

When purchasing one of the telescopes on Amazon, or any telescope for that matter, you need to consider what you want to achieve from your stargazing experience. There are three main types of telescope and each have different advantages, so we've explained each one below - so you know what to look out for in your next scope. Alternatively, you can check out our best telescopes guide for more information. 

Refractors
These telescopes are usually best for providing high-magnification views of targets like planets and the moon. They're also very easy to set up and maintain. Combine this with the fact that they usually retail for a lower price point and you can see why this is a popular option with beginners. They do tend to suffer from a visual problem called ‘chromatic aberration’, where bright objects in the sky appear to be surrounded by a halo. However, this shouldn’t dampen the experience for any viewers.

Reflectors
With wider apertures, these types of telescopes are able to take in more light and therefore better suited for spotting fainter objects. They tend to be useful for views of low-magnification targets like galaxies and nebulas. Unfortunately, these types of telescopes can suffer from something called the ‘coma’ effect, where objects appear elongated instead of spherical/ circular. Again, though, this is a minor issue - and probably something you can get used to at this low price point.

Catadioptric
There are two main catadioptric designs: the Maksutov-Cassegrain and Schmidt-Cassegrain. Both types often come with a computerized GoTo system, which can work out your position and location - and align with night sky targets that you program into the device. They also usually fix the problems mentioned above (coma and chromatic aberration.) As such, they're also usually more expensive. Typically, you'll find that the Schmidt-Cassegrain designs have bigger apertures, and the Maksutov-Cassegrain sport smaller apertures, so the former is better for fainter deep sky targets and the latter will offer high magnification views. 

Deals you missed

When a deal has expired, we'll move it below. That way, you can compare current prices to those in the past. You'll also get a sense of what to look for when you're seeking out telescopes on Amazon.

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Unistellar eVscope eQuinox: (opens in new tab)$2999 $2699
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The Unistellar eVScope eQuinox offers enhanced vision, citizen science projects, 35 hours of storage, a motorized mount and is 100 times more powerful than your standard telescope, the eQuinox is able to pick out faint deep-sky targets, from galaxies to nebulas in exquisite contrast and clarity within moments — whether you're observing from a dark-sky location or from the inner city. Get $300 off today!

Now $139.79 (opens in new tab)

Celestron PowerSeeker 80AZS Telescope | Was $149.94 | Now $139.79 (opens in new tab)
There’s $10 off this short refractor telescope, which comes with eyepieces and a Barlow lens. In recent months, this telescope has been seen on sale for as much as $349 - which is a reflection of how a lack of stock is ramping up prices. 

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