Black Friday is the time that the biggest bargains of the year are offered by many major retailers and there are always great deals on telescopes, cameras, and related astronomy and photography equipment.

If there is something that you have been looking to buy, then it’s worth using this window to get what you’re after in the holiday season.

 

1. When is Black Friday 2019?

Black Friday falls on the day after Thanksgiving. So in 2019 it will be Friday 29 November

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What happens in practice though is that the sales usually start ramping up in the week before and so Black Friday week will commence on or around Monday 25 November.

 

2. What were the best Black Friday telescope deals last year?

 

Black Friday telescope deals

Black Friday Telescopes

Last year, Celestron (one of the best telescope manufacturers in the world) led the way with some great Black Friday telescope deals.

Below is a good, entry-level computerized telescope. This telescope finds planets and objects in space for you to see automatically and so is great for a beginner astronomer or just for someone with less time to learn:

Celestron - 114LCM Computerized Newtonian Telescope - Telescopes for Beginners - 2 Eyepieces - Full-Height Tripod - Motorized Altazimuth Mount - Large 114mm Newtonian Reflector
124 Reviews
Celestron - 114LCM Computerized Newtonian Telescope - Telescopes for Beginners - 2 Eyepieces - Full-Height Tripod - Motorized Altazimuth Mount - Large 114mm Newtonian Reflector

  • Telescope type: Newtonian Reflector
  • Aperture: 114mm (4.5 inches)
  • Focal length: 1000mm (39 inches)
  • Mount: Computerized Alt-Az

Last update on 2019-11-11 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A more advanced computerized telescope from Celestron’s extremely popular NexStar range:

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Celestron - NexStar 5SE Telescope - Computerized Telescope for Beginners and Advanced Users - Fully-Automated GoTo Mount - SkyAlign Technology - 40,000+ Celestial Objects - 5-Inch Primary Mirror
467 Reviews

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A perfect telescope for kids:

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Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope
569 Reviews
Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope
  • High quality Dobsonian style stand with a 76 mm reflector optical tube make FirstScope an ideal entry level astronomical telescope
  • Portable and lighweight table-top design makes it easy to store, transport and setup your FirstScope Telescope
  • FirstScope is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object
  • Stylish and decorative design makes FirstScope a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy

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A popular and powerful refractor telescope. This model takes a bit of learning to use, but will pay off in terms of what you will be able to see:

For more guidance on how to find the right telescope for you, see our articles on:

 

black friday binoculars for astronomy

 

Black Friday Binoculars

Astronomy binoculars make a great alternative to telescopes. They are generally cheaper, more portable and lighter, and easier to use.

One of the best astronomy binoculars from Celestron are available on sale:

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Celestron 71008 SkyMaster 25x70 Binoculars (Black)
3,150 Reviews
Celestron 71008 SkyMaster 25x70 Binoculars (Black)

  • 25x magnification astronomy binoculars
  • Large 70mm objective lens
  • Maximum image brightness in low light and long-range conditions
  • Multi-coated optics for sharp, clear views
  • Suitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewing

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And the more powerful 20×80 Celestron SkyMaster model as well:

Celestron - SkyMaster 20x80 Binocular - Large Binoculars with Giant 80mm Objective Lens - 20x Magnificiation High Powered Binoculars - Includes Carrying Case
564 Reviews
Celestron - SkyMaster 20x80 Binocular - Large Binoculars with Giant 80mm Objective Lens - 20x Magnificiation High Powered Binoculars - Includes Carrying Case

  • Giant 80 millimeter objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low light and long-range conditions
  • 20x magnification astronomy binoculars
  • Multi-Coated optics for sharp, clear views
  • Suitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewing

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For background research, see our article on the best astronomy binoculars

 

3. What were the best Black Friday camera deals in 2018?

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Black Friday Camera deals

We’ve highlighted some of the camera best deals are here.

A great entry-level Canon for someone looking for their first DSLR camera:

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Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens (Black)
449 Reviews
Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens (Black)

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS C) image sensor
  • ISO 100 6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for shooting from bright light to low light
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices and social media sites
  • High-performance Optical Viewfinder helps facilitate quick and accurate focusing by firmly framing and capturing the subject at hand

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One of Sony’s great mirrorless cameras is currently significantly reduced:

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Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only
245 Reviews
Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only
  • World’s first 5-axis in-body image stabilization in a full-frame camera.
  • Use your favorite lenses without blur from camera shake.
  • Capture stunning images with full-frame, 24.3MP resolution.
  • Fast hybrid AF with phase-detection - 30% faster than a7.
  • Viewfinder Type:0.5-type electronic viewfinder (colour)

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A significantly reduced deal on the great Nikon D750 DSLR – a very popular camera in 2019:

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Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
631 Reviews
Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

  • Full frame 243 megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility
  • Shoot up to 65 fps at full resolution Frame size (pixels) : 1920 x 1080

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One of the best high-end cameras on the market in 2019:

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
190 Reviews
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
  • 30.4 MegaPixel full frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting
  • 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
  • 4K video recording at 30p or 24p and in camera still frame grab of 8.8 MegaPixel images

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To help you choose what might be best for you, check out our article the best camera for astrophotography.

 

black friday telescope sales

Black Friday Camera lens deals

A great budget wide-angle lens from Rokinon (available for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax cameras):

Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens for Nikon AE DSLR Cameras - Full Frame Compatible
91 Reviews
Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens for Nikon AE DSLR Cameras - Full Frame Compatible
  • Full frame sensor coverage with extreme ultra-wide 180 degrees angle of view on full frame cameras
  • Nano Crystal Coating System (NCS) + Ultra Multi Coating  (UMC) Maximizes Transmission and Reduces Internal Reflections
  • Constructed of 12 glass elements in 8 groups with aperture range of f2.8 - f22
  • Includes removable petal shaped lens hood, lens caps, lens pouch, instruction manual and 1 year Rokinon warranty
  • Minimum focusing distance of only 7.9 inches

Last update on 2019-11-11 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens for Nikon AE DSLR Cameras - Full Frame Compatible
91 Reviews
Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens for Nikon AE DSLR Cameras - Full Frame Compatible

  • Full frame sensor coverage with extreme ultra-wide 180 degrees angle of view on full-frame cameras
  • Aperture range of f2.8 - f22
  • Includes removable petal-shaped lens hood, lens caps, lens pouch, instruction manual and 1-year Rokinon warranty

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The highly regarded Sigma Art 18-35mm f/1.8 lens (for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and Sigma cameras):

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Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art DC HSM Lens for Canon
446 Reviews
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art DC HSM Lens for Canon
  • F1.8 maximum aperture
  • F16 minimum
  • Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing, 72mm filter size
  • Minimum focusing distance 28 cm/ 11.0 in. USB Dock compatible, MC-11 compatible.
  • Available in Canon EF (EF-S), Sony Alpha (dot), Nikon f (DX) mounts

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The brilliant Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens:

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
261 Reviews
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
  • Focal Length Range : 14 -24 mm
  • Minimum Focus Distance 0.9 ft.( 0.28 m), minimum f/stop 22
  • Lens construction 14/11 (2 ED glass elements, 3 aspherical lenses and 1 Nano Crystal Coat)
  • Angle of View : 114° - 84°

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To help you choose what might be best for you, see more information on the best lens for astrophotography.

 

4. Amazon Prime and Black Friday 2019

Around Black Friday Amazon Prime membership can have major perks – such as exclusive deals, early access to lightning deals, and extra discounts on prices that have already dropped.

Sign up for the 30-day free trial below to give it a go – especially worth trying over the Black Friday period.


5. How to find the best camera and telescope deals during Black Friday 2019?

The Black Friday promotion on Amazon tends to last a long time, however, the sales on individual items are often offered for a short period only – i.e. the price drops for as short as 24 hours and then goes back up again.

Amazon said last year that a new deal was offered every five minutes over the four weeks they ran the promotion and so it’s worth checking in regularly.

This page will be updated with the best Black Friday 2019 deals on cameras and astrophotography accessories, plus telescope and astronomy equipment when they are released, so please bookmark the page and check back in the coming days.

Black Friday will be followed by Cyber Monday on 2 December 2019. For more details see our Cyber Monday article.