Telescope deals and discounts: The best prices on Meade, Sky-Watcher, Orion and more


Astronomers everywhere know that for stargazing to be truly rewarding, it requires the best equipment you can afford. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend astronomical prices to afford a high-quality telescope.

This guide to the latest telescope deals and discounts puts some of the most versatile, powerful and easy to use telescopes within reach of budget-conscious stargazers. Many of the telescopes we’ve included appear in our round-up of the best telescopes available in 2021, so if you’re undecided which scope is best for you, we recommend taking a look at that article first.

As a brief summary, though, Newtonians and Dobsonians are both types of reflector telescopes, and are useful for spotting galaxies, nebulae, and other distant objects. Refractors are telescopes that are generally better at spotting planets and moons, but they have a tendency to suffer from chromatic aberration – or ‘color fringing’. Schmidt-Cassegrain and Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes, on the other hand, rectify some of these issues but can be more expensive as a result.

When you have a better idea which telescope is the right choice for your astronomy needs, this page includes the best prices on the most popular telescopes, and we’ll be updating as we go so you can be sure you’ll always find the very best discounts.

Unfortunately, global supply issues are currently affecting the availability of many models, an issue that we expect to be exacerbated as we approach Black Friday, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We would recommend, then, that you take advantage of any deals that appeal to you as quickly as possible, even if they offer only a relatively small discount. And if you can’t find anything below that fits in your price bracket, have a look through our guide to the top rated telescopes under $500

The telescope deals below won’t all be discounted, but you can be confident that they are displayed alongside the lowest prices we can find. 

Newtonian telescope deals

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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 – very reasonably priced.

Today’s best Newtonian telescope deals

Dobsonian telescope deals

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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. 

Today’s best Dobsonian telescope deals

Refractor telescope deals

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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.

Today’s best refractor telescope deals

Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope deals

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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 GoTo 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. 

Today’s best Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope deals

Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope deals

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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 star gazing 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.

Today’s best Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope deals

Kids telescope deals

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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. They offer the perfect introduction to telescopic 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, when they’re available, 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.

Today’s best deals on kids telescopes

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