Amazon's Prime Day sales event has blasted off and we are now into the final stage of the sales event as the deals will end at midnight on Wednesday, July 12th. We are already tracking the best Prime Day camera deals, as all the offers drop. But one thing we have learned from previous Amazon sales, is there are often great deals on telescopes - and other star-gazing devices - over Prime Day.
We have already collated some of the best offers from Celestron and others as the deals start their orbit, but make sure you keep checking back to identify the best telescope deals flying off virtual shelves…
US: Best Prime Day Telescope deals
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ |
was £349.95 | now $209.30
SAVE $140.65 on this Newtonian reflector telescope is one of our favorite options for beginners. Comes with a full-height tripod, 2 eyepieces, and a StarPointer red dot finderscope.
Celestron Travelscope 70 telescope bundle|
$109.95| now $74.39
Save $35.56 This is a great refractor telescope for beginners allowing you to explore the planets and the solar system. The kit comes with a pair of eyepieces for different magnifications, a carry case, a tripod and astronomy software.
Celestron Astromaster 90EQ Refractor Telescope |
$349.95 | $209.30
SAVE $140.65 This dual-purpose telescope is just as useful for viewing the night sky as earthbound nature and wildlife. With a 50x magnification, this telescope is very easy to use, it arrives assembled and ready to go.
Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ |
was $189.95 | now $111.18
Save $78.77 The Celestron 70mm refractor telescope comes with its own telescope with Altazimuth mount, two eyepieces (10mm & 20mm), a red dot finder scope, and software.
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ |
was $181.11 | now $118.82
Save $62 The Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ telescope features a manual German equatorial mount with a slow-motion altitude rod that's designed to ensure smooth and accurate pointing.
Celestron NexStar 8 SE Schmidt-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope |
$2,079.95 | $1,599
SAVE $480.95 at Amazon This fully automated telescope is one of the most popular on the market for good reason. With computer control, you can set it to explore over 4000 known different celestial objects or freely explore the night sky with its wide aperture you can comfortably view many bright objects.
Celestron NexStar 130SLT 130mm f/5 Reflector Telescope |
$639.95 | $447.33
SAVE $192.62 at Amazon With its large aperture this reflector telescope from Celestron is the perfect way to view the moon, planets, and other bright extraterrestrial objects. Use the NexStar computer for a guided exploration of cataloged objects.
UK: Best Prime Day Telescope deals
Mijiao 50mm Telescope|
was £49.99|now £27.99
SAVE £22 on this great 50mm telescope perfect for any young astronomer. it comes complete as a set ready for stargazing and galaxy searching.
Celestron StarSense DX 102AZ telescope |
was £379.95| £299.99
Save £80 A refractor telescope for beginners allowing you to explore the planets and the solar system. This one works with your smartphone, to tell you what stars and planets are currently observable, and helps guide you to them. The 102AZ offers a 4inch (102mm) refractor telescope with a manual altazimuth mount.
Celestron Nexstar 4SE Computerized Telescope|
was £519.95|now £424.15
SAVE £95 If you or a loved one enjoys looking up at the stars, this computerized telescope lets you gaze at the solar systems with an easy-to-use system allowing you to observe the moon, whirlpool galaxy, and more thanks to its built-in finding system. Features a 4in mirror and a GoTo motorized tripod mount.
Celestron NexStar 127SLT 127mm f/12 GoTo Telescope |
was £599 | now £500
SAVE £99 Get this mid-level Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope that can be used to easily view celestial bodies from the moon to distant stars. The NexStar computer controller can look up over 4000 cataloged objects.
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ |
was £299.99 | now £164.99
SAVE £135 on this Newtonian reflector telescope is one of our favorite options for beginners. Comes with a full-height tripod, 2 eyepieces, and a StarPointer red dot finderscope.
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ |
was £239.99 | now £196.99
SAVE £43 on this Newtonian reflector telescope is one of our favorite options for beginners. Comes with a full-height tripod, 2 eyepieces, and a StarPointer red dot finderscope.
Celestron Inspire 80AZ Refractor Telescope|
was £199.99 | now £169.99
SAVE £30 A great beginner telescope from one of the top brands. Comes with two eyepieces for different magnifications, a tripod, and a smartphone adapter.
Celestron AstroMaster 80AZ Refractor|
SAVE £140.99 at Amazon A great beginner telescope from one of the top brands. Comes with two eyepieces for different magnifications, and a red-dot finderscope for easy alignment with visible targets in the night sky.
Celestron Nexstar 6SE computerised telescope|
was £1,349.99|now £894.99
SAVE £455 and explore the stars with this amazing computerized telescope - dial-in your coordinates and view the Milkyway.
Celestron NexStar 127 SLT Computerized telescope kit|
SAVE £99.99 If you're looking to take your astronomy to the next level this handy computerized telescope will let you view galaxies or supernovas with a click of a coordinate.
National Geographic Astro Planetarium |
£97 | £69
SAVE £28 at Amazon If you can't get out to look at the night sky, then bring it to you. This portable night sky projector converts any room into a personal planetarium. Connect up your audio for an audio guide to the night sky or just play some relaxing music while you stargaze.
US: Top retailers
Prime Day is an Amazon only affair, unlike Black Friday, but other retailers are likely to reduce prices over the Prime Day even - and some may have discounts on products not stocked or not discounted at Amazon. Key retailers to check out for camera deals and photo-related discounts are:
Amazon: Cheap prices on camera gear
Adorama: Big discounts on cameras and tech
Apple: Save on your old iPhone or iPad
Walmart: DSLR, Mirrorless & action cameras
B&H Photo Video: Deals on camera brands
Best Buy: Save on TVs, laptops, appliances
Canon USA: Buy direct to save money
Dell: Discounts on laptops and PCs
GoPro: Early deals on Hero 11 Black
HP: Save on laptops, desktops, monitors
Lenovo: Huge savings on laptops
Microsoft Store: Get powerful PCs & laptops
Mixbook: Cheap photo books & calendars
Samsung: Hard drives, SD cards, and more
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Prime Day is Amazon's biggest sale of the year. The annual two-day deals event is for Prime members only and is usually held in July. It features some of the best-ever deals on the retailer's own products and services, such as Fire TVs, Kindles, Echo devices, Audible, and more.
Prime Day originally started in 2015 as a celebration of Amazon's 20th anniversary. Designed to encourage people to spend outside of the October-December holiday season, the online retailer says its only goal was to "offer a volume of deals greater than Black Friday".
Since then, it's ballooned into one of the biggest sales in the global retail calendar, with many other large retailers launching promotions of their own to take advantage of the huge online audience around Prime Day - and particularly so in the US.
There was also the opt-in charity donation service called Amazon Smile that funnelled some of your spending on Prime Day deals to charitable causes. Unfortunately, Amazon shut down this program in Febrayr so it won't be possible to set it up in 2023.
Free Amazon Prime trials
Amazon Prime membership | 30-day free trial
An Amazon Prime membership is vital if you want to take part in Amazon Prime Day – but you can take advantage of the 30-day free trial to get around paying any extra fees! Just make sure to cancel before the trial period ends.
Amazon Prime Student | 6-month free trial
An Amazon Prime Student membership is vital if you want to take full advantage of Amazon Prime Day – but you also get a 6-month free trial to get around paying any extra fees during this shopping event, and even to the run-up to Black Friday - and if you want to keep your subscription you save 50% on your membership too!