Our favourite beginner telescope just got a major price cut – here's where to buy one

This cheap telescope deal makes the Celestron AstroMaster 102AZ even better value

Celestron AstroMaster 102AZ deal
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If you're interested in getting into astronomy, the Celestron AstroMaster 102AZ is an ideal choice of first telescope – and right now the already very reasonable price has dropped even further, with excellent deals in both the US and the UK. Head to Amazon for $84 off (opens in new tab) or £42 off sticker price (opens in new tab).

We gave this telescope a strong four stars in our Celestron AstroMaster 102AZ review, and rate it as the best telescope for beginners, so we'd happily recommend it – for a budget-friendly telescope it punches above its price tag when it comes to features. A large, bright 102mm objective lens and generous 660mm focal length deliver quality viewing – you can use it for land-based observation as well as stargazing, which means you're getting even better bang for your buck.

A full-height steel tripod with accessory tray is included, and setup doesn't require any tools, making this a good pick for anyone who wants to just get started. There are some slight drawbacks – it's pretty heavy, and the build quality is fine but not outstanding (if you have a bigger budget, head to our general best telescope guide for some higher quality and more advanced options), but for the price this is an excellent beginner scope. Check out today's best prices below.

UK deal: Celestron AstroMaster 102AZ telescope: was £229.99, now £187.50 at Amazon (save £42) (opens in new tab)
Head to Amazon to pick up the Celestron 22065 AstroMaster 102AZ Refractor telescope with 18% off RRP. This telescope has racked up an average of 4.5* out of five over around 3,400 reviews, and we rate it as a top choice for beginners too.

US deal: Celestron AstroMaster 102AZ telescope: was $349.95, now $265 at Amazon (save $84) (opens in new tab)
Shoppers in the US can pick up this beginner-friendly Refractor telescope with 24% off MSRP at Amazon right now. It comes with two eyepieces, an adjustable tripod, and fully coated optics for a bright, clear view.

Not visiting from the US or the UK? Check out the best prices in your region in the widget below.

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