Telescopes on Amazon: The best deals 2024

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Searching for telescopes on Amazon is a great way to find a discount and as there's an extensive range of models to choose from, we've rounded up the very best deals.

Fear not though, we've navigated the vast array of telescopes on Amazon and found that the online retailer is home to a number of the best telescopes and some of the best telescope deals out there. In the guide below, you'll find deals to suit everyone, regardless of viewing needs, budget and experience. You will also find some of the best budget telescopes under $500 are stocked on Amazon, so you don't necessarily have to break the bank in order to get a good view of the stars. 

If you do know exactly what type of telescope you're looking for or you just don't quite find what you're looking for here, it could be worth taking a look at our specific guides for Celestron telescope deals, Sky-Watcher telescope deals, Meade telescope deals and Orion telescope deals.

Below all the deals you'll see in this guide, you'll find some buying advice, just so you know what to be on the look-out for. If you're looking to inspire a budding astronomer, you should check out our guide for the best telescopes for beginners too. We do keep this page updated year-round, so when new deals become available, you'll find them here. So, for the best telescopes telescopes on Amazon and the deals that come with them, read on below. 


Telescopes on Amazon: Today's best deals February 2024

Unistellar eVscope eQuinox: was $2999 now $1399

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Unistellar eVscope eQuinox: was $2999 now $1399

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he Unistellar eVScope eQuinox that 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.

Note: Stock is running low so you should act soon. This is a slightly dated telescope, but that allows for a lower price point than it previously has been. 

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 127 Was $880 Now $692.37.

Sky-Watcher SkyMax 127 Was $880 Now $692.37.

Save over $180 on a telescope that we think is the best Go-To telescope for smaller budgets. While this telescope isn't the cheapest in this guide, this is Amazon's lowest price for well over a year.

Note: Stock is running low, so you'll have to act soon to make the most of this deal. 

Celestron NexStar 130SLT was $639.95 now $509.96.

Celestron NexStar 130SLT was $639.95 now $509.96.

Save $130 on this Go-To telescope that comes with a very large aperture and plenty of accessories. It is an older model, but that helps it come in at a lower price point. If you want a more detailed look at this telescope, check out our Celestron NexStar 130SLT review

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope DX - Portable Refractor TelescopeWas 119.95 now $89.99

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope DX - Portable Refractor Telescope  Was 119.95 now $89.99

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.

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

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

You can save $70 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.

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

Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ Was $169.95 Now: $133.56
Save 21%

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

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 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope was $309.99 now $279.99.

Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope was $309.99 now $279.99.

Save $30 on a telescope that offers a 5.1 inch aperture for bright views of the moon and planets, as well as a wide field of view for star clusters. It also comes with accessories including eyepieces (25mm and 10mm), camera adaptors, moon maps and more. 

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. 

Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Was $219.95 Now $144.99. 

Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Was $219.95 Now $144.99

Save 34% on this easy-to-use entry level telescope. It features a large 127mm objective lens diameter that offers great light gathering ability to see the moon, craters and other planets. It also features accessories including two eyepieces (20mm and 4mm), a 3x Barlow lens and free download of astronomy software. 

Note: Save a further $20 by applying the coupon. 

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 worth your time 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 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. 

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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 was formerly acting as a commissioning editor for Space.com until 2022.