Black Friday 2018 [where to find the best camera & telescope deals this year]

2018-11-19T08:28:26+00:00November 16th, 2018|

As of today – 16 November 2018 – Black Friday is now live for many retailers, including Amazon – see all the Amazon Black Friday deals here.

Black Friday is the time that the biggest bargains of the year are offered from many major retailers. If there is something that you have been looking to buy, then it’s worth looking out for a bargain to save yourself some money.

 

What are the best Black Friday telescope deals in 2018?

All the Amazon Black Friday telescope, astronomy binoculars and accessories deals can be found here.

There are currently some good deals on telescopes from Celestron which are highlighted below.

A good, entry-level computerized telescope:

Sale
Celestron 114LCM Computerized Telescope (Black)
97 Reviews
Celestron 114LCM Computerized Telescope (Black)
  • Computerized telescope automatically locates thousands of celestial objects using the NexStar+ hand control.
  • Follow the simple SkyAlign alignment procedure and you're ready to observe in minutes!
  • Large 114 mm Newtonian reflector offers the most light-gathering ability in the LCM telescope family.
  • Not sure what to observe? Press the Sky Tour button and your telescope generates a list of the best objects currently visible
  • Comes with everything you need to get started with astronomy, including 2 eyepieces and a full-height tripod.

Last update on 2018-11-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A great beginners telescope:

Sale
Celestron PowerSeeker 50 AZ Refractor Telescope
221 Reviews
Celestron PowerSeeker 50 AZ Refractor Telescope
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Slow motion controls for smooth tracking
  • Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
  • Fully coated glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity
  • 3x Barlow lens triples the magnifying power of each eyepiece

Last update on 2018-11-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A perfect telescope for kids:

Sale
Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope
532 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

Last update on 2018-11-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A popular and powerful refractor telescope:

Sale
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
1,745 Reviews
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
  • 3x Barlow Lens
  • German Equatorial Mount. Optical tube length is 20 inches
  • 127mm Aperture
  • 1000mm Focal Length. Fully coated glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity
  • Comes with aluminum tripod and accessory tray.Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm) 20 mm (0.79 in).Focal Length of Eyepiece 2 (mm) 4 mm (0.16 in)

Last update on 2018-11-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

One for the distinguished gentleman!

Sale
Celestron 22303 Ambassador 50 Brass Telescope (Brass)
17 Reviews
Celestron 22303 Ambassador 50 Brass Telescope (Brass)
  • Brass and mahogany finish exemplify style with this showpiece in your office or living room
  • Cradle altazimuth mount makes pointing easy while the stylish and sturdy mahogany tripod offers rigid support for the telescope
  • 50 mm objective lens with all glass precision optics allow you to resolve details of distant targets

Last update on 2018-11-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

One of the best astronomy binoculars available:

Sale
Celestron 71008 SkyMaster 25x70 Binoculars (Black)
2,948 Reviews
Celestron 71008 SkyMaster 25x70 Binoculars (Black)
  • 25x magnification porro prism binocular
  • Large 70 mm objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low-light and long-range conditions
  • Ultra sharp focus across the field of view.Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) / @1000 m): 141 feet (47 m) Exit Pupil: 0.11 inches. Eye Relief: 0.51 inches
  • Multi-Coated optics for sharp, clear views
  • Suitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewing

Last update on 2018-11-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

For background research, see our articles on:

 

What are the best Black Friday camera deals so far in 2018?

All the Amazon Black Friday camera and lens deals can be found here.

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

A great entry-level Canon DSLR:

Sale
Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens (Black)
364 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 and high-performance DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for excellent speed and quality.
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for shooting from bright light to low light. Compatible with Eye-Fi Cards. Multimedia cards (MMC) cannot be used
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • 9 point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point) and AI Servo AF provide impressive autofocus performance with accurate results. AF Assist Beam - Effective range : Approx. 13.1 ft. / 4.0m. Periphery: Approx. 11.5 ft. / 3.5m
  • High-performance Optical Viewfinder helps facilitate quick and accurate focusing by firmly framing and capturing the subject at hand.

Last update on 2018-11-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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

Sale
Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only
180 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)

Last update on 2018-11-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A 50% off deal on this Panasonic mirrorless camera:

Sale
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm and 45-150mm Lens Bundle, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85WK (Black USA)
138 Reviews
PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm and 45-150mm Lens Bundle, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85WK (Black USA)
  • [Compact Lenses] Travel light with two super compact lenses included. 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 and 45-150mm F4.0-5.6
  • [Dual I.S.] Get clear handheld shots even in low-light. In-body 5-axis Dual I.S. works in both photo and motion picture recording including 4K video
  • [Live View Finder] 2764K-dot high-resolution viewfinder for easier framing, even in bright sunlight
  • [4K Technology] Not only 4K video, but exclusive 4K Photo and Post Focus technology that eliminates worry about missing the moment or the perfect focus
  • [Easy Controls] A thumbwheel control, integrated viewfinder, and tilting touchscreen enable LCD will maximize your control of the photographic experience

Last update on 2018-11-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A significantly reduced deal on the great Nikon D750 DSLR:

Sale
Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
554 Reviews
Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
  • Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit
  • Shoot up to 6.5 fps at full resolution. Frame size (pixels) : 1920 x 1080
  • Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording-even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions.

Last update on 2018-11-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A great mid-range Canon DSLR:

Sale
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body – Wi-Fi Enabled
84 Reviews
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body – Wi-Fi Enabled
  • 26.2 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
  • Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection & Full HD 60p
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-40000. GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth low energy
  • Vary-angle Touch Screen, 3.0-inch LCD

Last update on 2018-11-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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

Sale
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
164 Reviews
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
  • 30.4 MP 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 8.8MP images

Last update on 2018-11-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A great Canon zoom lens:

Sale
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
271 Reviews
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
  • 24-70mm focal length, 38.4-112mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum, Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • 82mm filters, Closest Focusing Distance: 0.38m/1.25 ft.
  • Image Stabilization : No. Focus Adjustment- Inner-focusing with USM. Diagonal Angle of View- 84° - 34°. Weight-1.7 pound
  • Purchase this product between May 1, 2016 and July 30, 2016 and get 13 months of free damage protection from Canon. The product must be registered within 30 days of the purchase date to be eligible.

Last update on 2018-11-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

To help you choose what might be best for you, check out our articles on:

 

When is Black Friday 2018?

The official Black Friday is not until next week – Friday 23rd November, the day after Thanksgiving. But the holiday sales season is effectively on us already.

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.

 

Amazon Prime and Black Friday 2018

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.


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How to find the best camera and telescope deals during Black Friday 2018?

This page will be updated with the best Black Friday 2018 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 26th November 2018. For more details see our Cyber Monday article.

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