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

2018-11-22T20:17:37+00:00November 16th, 2018|

Black Friday is now live – 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 and binoculars from Celestron which are highlighted below.

Telescopes

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:

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Celestron 114LCM Computerized Telescope (Black)
105 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 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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

Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope
432 Reviews
Celestron NexStar 5 SE Telescope
  • Celestron's iconic "orange tube" design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike
  • 5-inch aperture provides excellent light-gathering ability at an affordable price. You'll get impressive views of the Moon and planets, along with deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula, while retaining a compact form factor
  • Fully automated GoTo mount with database of 40,000+ celestial objects automatically locates and tracks objects for you
  • 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
  • Unique single fork arm design and sturdy steel tripod all break down into separate components for easy transport and quick assembly.Power Requirements:8-AA batteries (not included)

Last update on 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A perfect telescope for kids:

Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope
539 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 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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:

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Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
1,801 Reviews
Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Telescope
  • 3x Barlow Lens. Focal Ratio: f/7.87
  • 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 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

One for the distinguished gentleman! This would make a great gift and is partly ornamental in that the wood and gold makes it look more attractive around the house, but it is also still a legitimate telescope in its own right.

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Celestron 22303 Ambassador 50 Brass Telescope (Brass)
18 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 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

For background research, see our articles on:

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)
2,984 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 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

And the more powerful 25×80 Celestron SkyMaster model as well:

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Celestron SkyMaster 20x80 Binoculars
510 Reviews
Celestron SkyMaster 20x80 Binoculars
  • 20x magnification porro prism binocular
  • Giant 80 mm objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low-light and long-range conditions
  • Ultra sharp focus across the field of view
  • Multi-Coated optics for sharp, clear views
  • Suitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewing

Last update on 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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

 

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.

Cameras

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)
388 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 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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

Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only
196 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 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

A significantly reduced deal on the great Nikon D750 DSLR – a very popular camera in 2018:

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Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
574 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 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

One of the best high-end cameras on the market in 2018:

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
165 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 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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

Camera lenses

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

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Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens for Nikon AE DSLR Cameras - Full Frame Compatible
85 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 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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

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Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art DC HSM Lens for Canon
394 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

Last update on 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The brilliant Nikon14-24mm f/2.8 lens:

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
248 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°

Last update on 2019-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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

 

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.


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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