Stellar Black Friday telescope deals: sales that are out of this world

Check out these top telescope deals currently orbiting around Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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In a happy alignment of the stars, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday (opens in new tab) sales fest falls in the part of the year when the evenings get darker earlier and conditions are ideal to start star gazing and planet spotting. 

Whether you’re looking for a new beginner’s telescope (opens in new tab) for a novice night-sky explorer, or thinking of upgrading your current scope to one of the best telescopes (opens in new tab) on the market, don’t fumble in the dark, focus on these excellent Black Friday deals.

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130 Reflector Telescope: was (opens in new tab)

Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130 Reflector Telescope: was £479 now £379 at Clifton Camera (opens in new tab)

The Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ Newtonian reflector telescope scored a 4-star review (opens in new tab) from our space-gazing expert. This excellent product is one of the best beginner’s telescopes (opens in new tab) on the market. It syncs with a smartphone, uses a planetarium app to find heavenly bodies and can be set up in 15 minutes flat. Currently, you can save £100 on the RRP.

Unistellar eVscope eQuinox: was (opens in new tab)

Unistellar eVscope eQuinox: was £2,599 now £1,749 at Unistellar (opens in new tab)

Highly ranked in our best telescopes guide, and given a 4-star review (opens in new tab) by our sky scanning expert, the premium-quality Unistellar eVscope eQuinox is a serious step up for stargazers. It substitutes an eyepiece for a screen, shows you much more detail, brightness and colour than any other small telescope you can buy to use in your backyard, and takes excellent photographs. It’s a serious investment too, but at the moment you can save a whopping £850 with Unistellar’s Black Hole Friday deal. 

Sky-Watcher Explorer-130M was (opens in new tab)

Sky-Watcher Explorer-130M was £299 now £269 at Wex Photo Video (opens in new tab)

Our experts rated the SkyWatcher Explorer 130M Motorised Newtonian Reflector Telescope as the best telescope (opens in new tab) for most people available on the market at the moment. A mid-range motorised scope, it offers a 900mm focal length, f/6.92 aperture and two eyepieces (10mm and 25mm), which enable you to check out neighbouring planets or gaze into deep space. At the moment you can save a tidy £30 by buying from Wex Photo Video.

Celestron Inspire 70mm AZ Refractor was (opens in new tab)

Celestron Inspire 70mm AZ Refractor was £219.99 now £189.99 at Very (opens in new tab)

Like the Celestron Astromaster 70az (opens in new tab), the Inspire 70 is a perfect telescope for beginners (opens in new tab) and youngsters who want to focus on objects in their own solar system before venturing further out into space. You can set the stable Celestron Inspire 70mm AZ Refractor up in 10 minutes and the lens cap comes with a built-in smartphone adapter, ideal for aspiring astrophotographers. This is a pretty affordable telescope anyway, but this week you can save an extra £30. 

Pat Kinsella
Editor T3 Outdoors

Pat Kinsella has been chasing adventures and writing about the outdoors for two decades. In pursuit of stories he’s canoed Canada’s Yukon River, climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, skied and mountain biked across the Norwegian Alps, run ultras across the roof of Mauritius and through the hills of the Himalayas, and set short-lived speed records for trail-running Australia’s highest peaks and New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. A former editor of several Australian magazines he’s a longtime contributor to publications including Sidetracked, Outdoor, National Geographic Traveller, Trail Running, The Great Outdoors, Outdoor Fitness and Adventure Travel, and a regular writer for Lonely Planet (for whom he compiled, edited and co-wrote the Atlas of Adventure, a guide to outdoor pursuits around the globe). He’s authored guides to exploring the coastline and countryside of Devon and Dorset, and recently wrote a book about pub walks (opens in new tab). Follow Pat's adventures on Strava (opens in new tab).