Amazon Prime Day is now live – running over 15 and 16 July 2019!

It provides a great opportunity to get a bargain new camera or other photography or astronomy equipment.

How it works is that you have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of many of the sales. The sales are then offered on a flash basis and last for a few hours.

See below for some highlight deals on cameras, telescopes, and astronomy binoculars.

 

What are the best Amazon Prime Day telescope deals this year?

Celestron’s Nexstar range are some of the best computerized telescopes available:

Celestron 31045 AstroMaster 130 EQ Reflector Telescope
  • Quick and easy no tool setup
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer finderscope. Magnification of Eyepiece 1 : 33x , Focal Length of Eyepiece 2 10mm (.4") standard, Magnification of Eyepiece 2 : 65x
  • Erect image optics Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
  • Quick release dovetail attachment no tool setup,Focal Length of Eyepiece:0.79 Inches
  • German Equatorial mount with Setting circles to accurately locate and track sky objects

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope
440 Reviews
Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope
  • The world's most beloved telescope! The classic, 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain revolutionized amateur astronomy in the 1970s. Now, the iconic "orange tube" design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike
  • Large, 8-inch aperture with excellent light-gathering ability provides spectacular views of the Moon and planets, along with deep sky objects like the Whirlpool Galaxy and Hercules Globular Cluster
  • Fully automated, GoTo mount with database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you. Alignment Procedures : SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star Align, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Solar System Align
  • SkyAlign technology gets your telescope aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you're unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your telescope on any three bright objects; Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.69 arc seconds
  • Unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all break down into separate components for easy transport and quick assembly.Apparent Field of View:0.63°.Dovetail:Vixen / CG-5 Dovetail bar

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This advanced telescope from Meade combines great power with ease of use and portability:

Meade Instruments 0810-90-03 LX90-ACF 8-Inch (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free Telescope
  • 8" / f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optics - 2000mm focal length
  • Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC)
  • 26mm Series 4000 Super Plössl
  • Standard Field Tripod
  • AudioStar handbox with speaker and Astronomer Inside

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This collapsible dobsonian from Sky-Watcher provides massive 10-inch aperture:

Sky-Watcher 10" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope
  • 10" (254 mm) Dobsonian-style Newtonian, 1200 mm focal length (f/5), 2" Crayford-style focuser with 1.25" adaptor
  • 4-element Plossl 25 mm and 10 mm 1.25" eyepieces, 8x50 RA viewfinder
  • Solid rocker-mount with Teflon bearings and tension clutch, Collapsible Tube Design For Easy Storage and Transportation

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Current telescope deals include this low budget model from Meade. It’s fairly bulky but offers good bang for buck:

Meade Instruments 216006 Polaris 130 EQ Reflector Telescope (Blue)
  • Aperture: 130mm(5. 1"). Focal Length: 650mm. Focal Ratio: f/5. 0. Rack-and-Pinion Focuser, Setting Circles, Latitude Control w/ Scale
  • Large, stable German equatorial mount with slow motion controls makes tracking celestial objects smooth and simple
  • Low (26mm), medium (9mm), and high (6. 3mm) magnification eyepieces give you variety for any viewing situation & 2x Barlow lens doubles the magnifying power of each eyepiece
  • Red dot viewfinder helps you point your scope at objects you want to observe & accessory tray stores accessories while observing
  • Includes astronomical software and instructional DVD

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

See our guide here on the best telescopes for more information on these models.

Astronomy binoculars currently on offer on Amazon Prime Day are:

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Celestron 71454 Echelon 20x70 Binoculars (Black)
  • Enjoy low light observing with these large aperture 70 millimeter binoculars.  Their 3.5 millimeter exit pupil allows you to see amazing detail, even in the shadows.  Also great for astronomy
  • Fully waterproof for protection against the elements and nitrogen-purged to prevent internal fogging
  • Hand assembled in the USA from high quality Japanese optics, using Celestron's proprietary XLT coating technology for superior optical performance
  • Includes a durable, waterproof hard case for protection
  • Tripod adaptable for long observing sessions or when you want to share the view with others

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Orion 09332 Scenix Wide 7.1 Degree Field 1000 Yard linear view Binoculars, 7x50-Inches, Black
  • Great all-around binoculars for astronomy as well as scenic daytime viewing
  • High-quality BAK-4 porro prisms and multi-coated binocular objective lenses ensure bright, crisp images
  • Wide 7.1 degree field of view and 14 foot close focus
  • Sturdy metal (not plastic) housing with large center focusing mechanism
  • Includes carrying case, lens cap and deluxe wide neck strap

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Celestron SkyMaster 25X100 ASTRO Binoculars with deluxe carrying case
528 Reviews
Celestron SkyMaster 25X100 ASTRO Binoculars with deluxe carrying case
  • 25x magnification porro prism binocular
  • Giant 100 mm objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low-light and long-range conditions
  • Ultra sharp focus across the field of view
  • Individual Eyepiece Focus to ensure optimal focus position
  • Multi-Coated optics for sharp, clear views

Last update on 2019-08-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

To help you think about what might be best for you, check out our article on the best astronomy binoculars.

 

What are the best Amazon Prime Day camera deals this year?

Current camera deals include a good entry-level DSLR from Canon:

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Canon EOS REBEL T7i EF-S 18-55 IS STM Kit
140 Reviews
Canon EOS REBEL T7i EF-S 18-55 IS STM Kit
  • 242 Megapixel CMOS (APS C) sensor
  • Built in Wi Fi, NFC and Bluetooth Lens used: EF S 18 55 millimeter f/4 56 IS STM (at focal length of 55 millimeter)
  • High Speed continuous shooting at up to 60 fps Weight Approx 1877 ounce / 532 grams (including battery pack and SD memory card) Approx 1711 ounce / 485 gram (body only)
  • Metering Range: EV 1 20 (room temperature, ISO 100, evaluative metering)

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

One of the best DSLRs on the market from Canon:

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Kit
175 Reviews
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Kit
  • 30.4 MP full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting;Aspect ratio 3:2
  • Up to 7.0 frames per second continuous shooting speed
  • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-points for expanded vertical coverage
  • ISO range 100-32000 with 50-102400 expansion. Providing approximately 12 stops of dynamic range, even in low light
  • 4K video recording at 30p or 24p and in-camera still frame grab of 8.8MP images. Weight: Approx. 31.39 oz. / 890g (Including battery, CF card and SD memory card). Approx. 28.22 oz. / 800g (Body only; without battery, card, body cap and eyecup).Compatible Lenses:Canon EF Lenses (excluding EF-S and EF-M lenses)

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

There’s currently a deal on the high-performance Nikon D850:

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Nikon D850 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body
153 Reviews
Nikon D850 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body
  • Nikon-designed back-side illuminated (BSI) full-frame image sensor with no optical low-pass filter
  • 45.7 megapixels of extraordinary resolution, outstanding dynamic range and virtually no risk of moiré
  • Up to 9 fps1 continuous shooting at full resolution with full AF performance
  • 8K6 and 4K time-lapse movies with new levels of sharpness and detail. File system : DCF 2.0, Exif 2.31, PictBridge
  • Tilting touchscreen, Focus Shift shooting mode, outstanding battery performance and much more.Total Pixels: 46.89 million

Last update on 2019-08-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

One of the most popular full-frame mirrorless cameras from Sony:

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Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera: 42.4MP Full Frame High Resolution Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with Front End LSI Image Processor, 4K HDR Video and 3' LCD Screen - ILCE7RM3/B Body
90 Reviews
Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera: 42.4MP Full Frame High Resolution Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with Front End LSI Image Processor, 4K HDR Video and 3" LCD Screen - ILCE7RM3/B Body
  • INCREDIBLE DETAIL: Shoot high speed subjects at up to 10fps with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking
  • OPTIMAL LIGHT: A back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with gapless on-chip lens collects more light. Operating Temperature: 32 to 104 degrees Farenheit / 0 to 40 degrees Celeius
  • FASTER IMAGE PROCESSING: An updated BIONZ X processing engine boosts processing speeds up to 1.8x
  • STUNNING HD VIDEO: Sony Alpha 7R 3 mirror less cameras record clear 4K video for editing and viewing
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Power cord, charger, cable protector, shoulder strap, body/shoe caps, eyepiece cup.Metering Type:1200 zone evaluative metering

Last update on 2019-08-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

This Samyang wide-angle lens that is perfect for Milky Way photography can also be found on sale:

Samyang SY14M-C 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fixed Angle Lens for Canon
  • Ultra-wide angle of view on both full frame and APS-C cameras
  • Minimum focusing distance of only 0.9 ft. Focal Length -14 mm
  • Excellent construction and superior build quality for razor sharp images
  • Features built-in petal type hood
  • Super multi-layer coating to reduce flares and ghost images.Closest Focus Distance:10.8 inch

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

And this 10mm from Rokinon (available for all major camera brands):

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Rokinon 10mm F2.8 ED AS NCS CS Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras with AE Chip for Auto Metering (10MAF-N)
  • Nano Crystal Coating System (NCS) for increased light transmission and reduced internal reflections
  • Fast F2.8 maximum aperture + close-focusing to 9.5 inches = maximum versatility in all shooting conditions
  • Optimized for excellent optical quality and true ultra-wide 110 degree edge to edge coverage with APS-C sensor digital cameras
  • Utilizes 3 high precision (2 Aspherical + 1 ED) lens elements for superior image quality
  • Inner focusing system (IF) - length doesn't change and front element does not rotate - keeps integrated petal-type lens hood properly oriented

Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

To help you think about what might be best for you, check out our article on the best camera for astrophotography and also the best lens for astrophotography.

 

When is Amazon Prime Day 2019?

This year Amazon Prime Day 2019 runs over 15 and 16 July 2019.

It officially begins at midnight Pacific Time (PT) on Monday, July 15 and run for 48 hours.

Amazon says there will be more than one million deals available in the promotion this year.

 

Do I have to be an Amazon Prime member?

Yes, the deals are available to Amazon Prime members only.

In the days leading up to the sale, there will also be additional exclusive offers and deals for Prime members.

You can sign up for the 30-day free trial to give it a go.