We spy a hot Prime Day telescope deal: this beginners' telescope for under £60 is the perfect gift

Cheap Amazon Prime deal knocks a massive 44% off

EMARTH Telescope
(Image credit: EMARTH / Future)

Stargazing has enjoyed a boom in popularity during these pandemic times. Perhaps because you can do it from your bedtime, perhaps because people are drawn to the chance to explore far-flung galaxies at a time when actual travel is so limited. Perhaps people are just spying on their neighbours. Whatever the motivation, the result is that telescopes have been in major demand over the past year or so – and the result of that is that recent shopping events have not yielded many good telescope deals, if any.

It's day 2 of the 2021 Amazon Prime event today, and in many ways not much has changed – today's best Prime Day deals are by no means teeming with bargain telescopes. HOWEVER. We have spied one deal, and it's a really good one, especially for stargazing newbies (for alternatives, head to our best beginners telescope or best telescope buyer's guides).

EMARTH telescope|  was £99, now £56.09 at Amazon (save £43) (opens in new tab)

EMARTH telescope| was £99, now £56.09 at Amazon (save £43) (opens in new tab)
This 70mm astronomical refractor telescope from EMARTH is aimed at kids or adult beginners, and there's a massive 44% off for Prime members. It's designed to be quick and easy to set up, and comes with two 1.25" eyepieces and an adjustable tripod.

A reminder that these offers are only open to Amazon Prime subscribers. Sign up for your free trial to claim:

This EMARTH telescope has 360mm(f/5.1) focal length and 70mm aperture, as well as fully coated optical glass for clear, bright images. It can be used for nature spotting or birdwatching during the daytime, as well an enabling you to observe the moon at night. Two 1.25" eyepieces (K25mm & K10mm) are included. It's easy to set up, with no tools required, and the attached tripod is adjustable, and folds into the provided bag for travel and storage. 

The reviews on Amazon are very positive, with 81% giving it 4 or 5*. At just under £60 with this deal, we think it'd make an excellent gift for a young person who's into science or nature.

Want more advice in choosing the right telescope for your needs? We have some guides that might help:

Amazon Prime Day alternative sales – UK

  • Argos.co.uk  (opens in new tab)– cheap Lego, toys, phones and more
  • AO.com (opens in new tab)  (opens in new tab)– huge sale on electrical appliances
  • Currys.co.uk (opens in new tab)  (opens in new tab)– Epic deals! Up to 40% off 100s of items
  • Dell.co.uk (opens in new tab)  (opens in new tab)– big savings on laptops and desktop PCs
  • eBay.co.uk (opens in new tab)  (opens in new tab)– up to 70% off in the eBay Outlet
  • Very.co.uk (opens in new tab)  – deals on electricals, fashion and home
  • Lovehoney.co.uk (opens in new tab) – discounted sex toys and lingerie
  • Goldsmiths.co.uk (opens in new tab) – savings on watches and jewellery
  • John Lewis (opens in new tab) – great savings plus the John Lewis guarantee
  • Le Creuset (opens in new tab) – premium cookware gets tasty discounts
  • Nike (opens in new tab)  – new sneakers at sneaky low prices
  • ASOS (opens in new tab) – big savings on clothes
  • Schuh (opens in new tab) – save big on shoes, boots and trainers
  • The White Company (opens in new tab) – quality bedding at reduced prices
  • Simba (opens in new tab) – save big on mattresses and sleep bundles

Amazon Prime Day alternative sales – US

  • Best Buy (opens in new tab) – massive savings across every department
  • Dell.com (opens in new tab) – save big on notebooks, desktops, monitors and more
  • eBay.com (opens in new tab) – big discounts in the eBay Brand Outlet
  • Home Depot (opens in new tab) – save on Fall furniture, smart home devices and more
  • HP (opens in new tab) – save up to 30% on select products
  • Lowes (opens in new tab) – save up to $500 on select appliances
  • Lenovo (opens in new tab) – Semi-Annual Sale brings deep discounts to gaming laptops, student laptops and more
  • Microsoft (opens in new tab) – Surface and Xbox deals plus Microsoft Store Exclusives
  • Newegg (opens in new tab) – get your computer parts for less this October
  • Nordstrom (opens in new tab) – new markdowns, up to 40% off!
  • Target (opens in new tab) – Target Deal Days Sales Event takes on Amazon Prime Day
  • Walmart (opens in new tab) – Big Save Event from October 11 through October 15

Ruth is currently on secondment as Sleep Editor for Tom's Guide and TechRadar. The role is an extension of her work on T3, where she ran the site's Wellness channel, which includes sleep, relaxation, yoga and general wellbeing. She was also Outdoors editor, reviewing and writing about everything from camping gear and hiking boots to mountain bikes, drones and paddle boards. She has tested more mattresses than her small flat can handle, and has had to implement a one-in-one-out pillow policy, for fear of getting smothered in the night.