Telescopes on Amazon: The best deals 2024

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Discover the best telescopes on Amazon and the biggest discounts as searching for models from the online retailer can save you big bucks. 

If you've ever searched for telescopes on Amazon, you'll know there is a seemingly endless supply of scopes available. You can find some of the best telescopes, several of the best telescope deals and numerous top budget telescopes under $500 on Amazon. After navigating our way through the retailer's options, we've tried to include something suitable for every astronomer, regardless of needs, budget and experience. 

As a rule of thumb, if a deal seems too good to be true, it often is. We also recommend sticking to reputable manufacturers and names you know, as you can't vouch for the quality of unknown products. If you're looking to buy for a newbie, looking at our best telescopes for beginners guide could be of help. It's worth noting that we keep this page updated throughout the year, so if you don't find what you're looking for below, you can always check back as when new deals become available, we'll add them below.

In case you don't find a suitable deal below, you should scroll through our specific guides for Celestron telescope deals, Sky-Watcher telescope deals, Meade telescope deals and Orion telescope deals. But, for the best telescopes on Amazon and their discounts, read on below.


Telescopes on Amazon: Today's best deals June 2024

Celestron Astro Fi 102 Telescope Was $529.95 Now $429.99.

Celestron Astro Fi 102 Telescope Was $529.95 Now $429.99.

Save $100 on a telescope that features in our best telescopes guide. In our Celestron Astro Fi 102 review, we found that it's reasonably priced and excellent for portability. 

Sky-Watcher SkyMax 150 Was $880 Now $739.20

Sky-Watcher SkyMax 150 Was $880 Now $739.20.

Save $140 on a telescope that also features in our best telescopes guide. In that very guide, we found it to be the best on the market for astrophotography. 

Celestron NextStar 8SE Computerized telescope Was $1599 Now $1499.

Celestron NextStar 8SE Computerized telescope Was $1599 Now $1499.

Save $100 on what we think is the best motorized telescope on the market. It also features in our best telescopes guide and it's currently the lowest price we've seen in months. 

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope DX - Portable Refractor TelescopeWas 119.95 now $99.99

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope DX - Portable Refractor Telescope  Was 119.95 now $99.99

Save 17% 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.

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope Was $109.95 Now $99.
Save 10%

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope Was $109.95 Now $99.
Save 10%
on 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. 

Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Newtonian: Was $319.95 Now $249.95.

Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Newtonian: Was $319.95 Now $249.95.

You can save $70 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 PowerSeeker 70EQ Was $169.95 Now $133.56
A great compact beginner's refractor telescope, this model comes with two eyepieces, an erect image diagonal, a Finderscope, plus a 3x Barlow lens. Save 21% today

Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ Was $169.95 Now $133.56
A great compact beginner's refractor telescope, this model comes with two eyepieces, an erect image diagonal, a Finderscope, plus a 3x Barlow lens. Save 21% today.

Celestron AstroMaster 50AZ Telescope Was 63.95 Now $47.99
You can save 25%

Celestron AstroMaster 50AZ Telescope Was 63.95 Now $47.99
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. 

Orion StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Was $249.99 Now $229.99

Orion StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope Was $249.99 Now $229.99 

Save $20 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. 

Celestron NexStar 4SE Computerized Telescope was $679 now $579. 

Celestron NexStar 4SE Computerized Telescope was $679 now $579

Save $100 on an excellent computerized telescope from Celestron. It features a 4 inch aperture as well as a sturdy tripod and an automatic mount which GoTo mount that can locate and track 40,000+ targets within its database. 

Buying advice

When purchasing one of the telescopes on Amazon, or any telescope for that matter, you need to consider your budget and what you want to achieve from your stargazing experience. It can be worthwhile to wait for annual sales events like Amazon Prime Day or Black Friday, but you can still bag a bargain through the year. There are three main types of telescope and each has 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. 

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Ruth Gaukrodger

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