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Telescopes on Amazon: Best Cyber Monday deals & discounts

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With Cyber Monday around the corner and plenty of telescopes on Amazon, you could be lucky and snap up the perfect deal. The huge number of Cyber Monday telescope deals on Amazon can be overwhelming so we've combed through them to find the discounts that represent good value for money.  

Because of ongoing shortages in the optics industry this year, most of the Cyber Monday telescope deals this year are focused on low-spec units. You may even find that some of the very best telescopes aren’t even in stock, because the brands simply can’t get the parts they need to make these models. Despite all of this, you can find plenty of telescope deals for beginners and kids in our excellent beginner telescopes and our best telescopes for kids pages. 

Below, we've rounded up our favorite Cyber Monday telescope deals from Amazon. We've only included deals from manufacturers that we know and trust as we haven't been able to test the quality of optics from some of the smaller and lesser known brands. 

Before you take the plunge and buy one of the below, it might be worth looking through our round-up of the best Cyber Monday binoculars deals. While telescope deals are few and far between, there are excellent discounts available on binos from brands like Nikon, Bushnell and Vortex. They can't match telescopes for magnification power, but they do offer portability and a lower price point.  

Telescopes on Amazon: Today's best deals

Unistellar eVscope eQuinox:

Unistellar eVscope eQuinox: $2999 $2699 at Amazon

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 $200 off today!

Buying advice

There are three main types of telescope: refractors, reflectors and catadioptric. Below, we’ve gone into the benefits and drawbacks of each design. If you want a full breakdown, have a look through the guidance in our article on the best telescopes.

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 to 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 telescope 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.

Now $139.79

Celestron PowerSeeker 80AZS Telescope | Was $149.94 | Now $139.79
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. 

Now $44.95

Celestron AstroMaster 50AZ Telescope | RRP $54.95 | Now $44.95
You can save $10 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. 

Now $199.99

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80AZ | Was $319.95 | Now $199.99
The price on this model has just dropped by 37%. It was previously $319.95 - although this price is a little higher than the RRP, reflecting how prices have been hiked in recent months as stock has dwindled. It’s a great refractor telescope for beginners that works in tandem with the StarSense app.

$99.95 now $84.99

Celestron - 70mm Travel Scope - Portable Refractor Telescope $99.95 now $84.99.

Save 15% on this Celestron 70mm Travel Scope Portable Refractor Telescope, ideal for beginners. This telescope comes with fully coated glass optics, a lightweight frame and a custom backpack to carry it all. 

$259.95

Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ: $259.95 $239.95 at Amazon

This Cyber Monday you can get 8% off at Amazon on the Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ, which allows you to enjoy clear, high-definition views through its 114mm aperture. Equipped with filters, eyepieces, StarPointer finderscope, cleaning cloths and more, this reflector is suitable for enthusiast astronomers.      

$109.95 now $99.95

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope DX - Portable Refractor Telescope  $109.95 now $99.95.

Save $10 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. 

$199.95

Celestron Cometron 114AZ: $199.95 $184.95 at Amazon

With a stunning white finish, the Cometron 114AZ has been specifically designed for observing comets, but — given its 114mm aperture — is an excellent companion for observers who enjoy observing the Moon, Milky Way and Saturn's rings. Supplied with two eyepieces, mount and tripod.

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Ruth Gaukrodger

Ruth has worked across both print and online media for five years, contributing to national newspaper titles and popular tech sites. She has held a number of journalist roles alongside more senior editorial positions, and is currently acting as a commissioning editor for Space.com.