Telescopes on Amazon: The best deals and discounts available online

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If you’ve ever looked for telescopes on Amazon, you’ll know that the online retailer has a very wide range to choose from. That makes picking out the right one for you a little tricky, especially as not all of them are top quality. But fear not, we’ve scoped out the top models from reputable brands and put the biggest discounts in this handy guide.

There are some pretty good deals for telescopes on Amazon at the minute and you can save big money on top brands, Like the Orion StarMax 70mm tabletop (opens in new tab) (now $279.99 which is Amazon’s lowest price for a while). If you know what make of telescope you’re after however, you can always check out our brand-specific guides for Celestron telescope deals, Sky-Watcher telescope deals, Meade telescope deals, Orion telescope deals.

Everyone wants an out-of-this-world deal when looking for telescopes on Amazon, but we recommend sticking to the tried and trusted manufacturers mentioned above such as Celestron, Meade and Sky-Watcher. We know they’re tried and trusted because we’ve done a number of reviews on each of their models but there are a number of brands on Amazon which we cannot vouch for.

Generally speaking, if you don’t recognize the brand name then you should be wary of the product, no matter how tempting the deal is. If you are wanting the best models and some bargains then you can check out our guides to the best telescopes and budget telescopes under $500. Otherwise, if you want to check out the best telescopes on Amazon, read our round-up below.

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There are three main types of telescope: refractors, reflectors and catadioptrics. 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.

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.

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.

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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