Save $50 on one of our favorite telescopes

Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ
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This excellent Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ telescope is under $300 thanks to Amazon's deal.

If you're looking for a great telescope, Celestron makes many of the entries in our best telescopes guide for 2023. They have something for seemingly every budget, with a huge number of high-quality models, and while you can easily spend thousands on a new telescope, the best telescope deals can save you some money.

The Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ is a fantastic telescope in its own right, but Amazon's latest deal snips $50 off of the MSRP to bring it down to just $299 - an excellent deal on a great telescope that was priced competitively to begin with.

Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ
Was: $349.95

Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ
$299 at Amazon
This highly-rated Celestron telescope is ideal for beginners and up thanks to adjustable height and impressive build quality.

Key features: Lightweight, ideal for beginners, great price

Price history: Before today's deal, we'd seen lower prices - but those were a while back - something to keep in mind for Black Friday. Still, Amazon has also sold it for almost $400 in the past, making this a good price.

Price comparison: Amazon: $299 | Walmart: $425.35 

Reviews consensus: Ranked among our picks for the best telescope, the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ offers clear views of the night sky and a sizeable 130mm wide aperture. It's also lightweight, which makes it ideal for transportation, but you'll want something a little more powerful for more distant objects. Expect it to get you started, maybe even hooked, on stargazing, before you sink further funds into the hobby.

Digital Camera World: ★★★½ 

Featured in guides: Best telescopes

Buy it if: You want a great telescope that won't break the bank, with a wide 130mm aperture. You want a motorized equatorial mount.

Don't buy it if: You're experienced in stargazing, and want something with more power, or are looking to enjoy more advanced astrophotography features.

Lloyd Coombes

Lloyd Coombes freelance tech and fitness writer for Live Science. He's an expert in all things Apple as well as in computer and gaming tech, with previous works published on TopTenReviews,, Dexerto and TechRadar. You'll find him regularly testing the latest MacBook or iPhone, but he spends most of his time writing about video games as Editor in Chief at He also covers board games and virtual reality, just to round out the nerdy pursuits.