If you're a budding stargazer looking for great binoculars deals, then you're in the right place. While many would gravitate toward telescopes for space-obsessed friends and family, binoculars are just as wonderful for skywatching.
Modern binoculars are sharp enough to let you see all kinds of stars and galaxies. They have a wider field of view than telescopes, so you can take in more of the night sky. And binoculars are easily portable, making them great to bring on vacation and stargazing trips.
What's more, even the best binoculars don't cost the earth. While many of the best telescopes can be quite expensive and aren't as portable, binoculars are a far cheaper option. You don't quite get the same magnification, but a good pair of binoculars are a versatile option for exploring space.
When you’re picking up a pair of the best binoculars for stargazing, there are a few features to watch out for. We’d recommend going with a Bak-4 glass Porro prism design, as well as opting for multi-coated optics. This combination should give you the best chance at seeing clear, contrasting views of the night sky. We’d also suggest opting for a pair that offers 8x or 10x magnification, and boasts apertures of around 42 - 50 millimeters. Those large apertures are key to gathering lots of light, so you’ll be able to see distant, fainter objects - and nearby stars will appear more brilliant, too.
However, those larger apertures will also make these optics rather heavy, so if you’re trying to find a pair of the best binoculars for kids you might want to try something slightly lighter. Or invest in a tripod to help keep your binoculars steady.
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Today's best binoculars deals
We've pulled together the best deals we can find right now and outlined them here. We always compare prices to the RRP or the average retail cost, so you can rest assured that the below are genuine deals.
Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars
You'll save $10 and get a free red-light flashlight worth $14, which can help you get around while preserving night vision on stargazing nights.
Note: This deal was scheduled to end at on Dec. 29. It is still active now, but act fast as we're not sure how long it will last. B&H reports a limited supply for this deal.
Nikon Aculon A211 10-22x50 Zoom: .
You can save $33 on this excellent pair of zoom binoculars at Amazon. Large 50mm lenses allow in plenty of light, so you'll be able to pick out fainter stars, while the zoom means you can get even closer to night sky targets.
Nikon 18x70 Astroluxe-XL:
Ideal for more experienced stargazers, these hefty Astroluxe-XL binoculars have had $450 knocked off their price on Adorama. You'll be able to spot stars, moons and planets with excellent clarity through these.
Celestron 20x80 SkyMaster Pro |
RRP: $414:95 |
There’s a cool $165 off this pair of specialist binoculars at Adorama, which are specifically designed for stargazing. The 80mm apertures allow in plenty of light, which should mean that you’ll get views of distant stars and planets. They’re a little heavy so a tripod is recommended.
Celestron Cometron 7x50:
These compact binoculars from Celestron have 32% off their standard price. With generous 50mm apertures, they should let in plenty of light - and the low magnification means you'll get wide angle views, so you can take in more of the night sky.
Nikon Action 12x50 EX binoculars:
These excellent stargazing binoculars come with generously sized objective lenses and BaK4 high index prisms, these optics work well in low-light conditions, so they're great for star spotting.
Note: While these binoculars are not on sale, it is the same price as when it was previously reduced. Stock is low though, so you'll have to act quickly if you're interested.
Bushnell H20 10x42 |
RRP: $130.95 |
Offering a saving of over $55, these compact, waterproof binoculars are ideal for adventurers who like to have something to hand when they go camping. They boast Bak-4 prisms and multi-coated optics.
Note: This deal went out of stock over Black Friday, but it has returned. While the previous offer was only $10 off the buying price remains the same.
Vortex Optics Razor UHD Binoculars 8x42:
Users report startlingly clear views through these binos, with edge-to-edge sharpness. They’re waterproof and fog-proof and, crucially, come with a lifetime warranty.
Note: These binoculars were previously on sale for this price but, despite the offer no longer being active, the price you pay remains the same. Stock is low however, so you'll have to act quickly.
6x, 7x and lower magnifications
Magnifications this low are generally aimed at kids. That's not to dismiss them, though, as these binoculars still give little ones the chance to get excited about everything from bird watching to stargazing, without tiring out their arms with the weight of heavy lenses. And as long as the diameter of the objective lens is fairly decent (we recommend 30mm as a minimum) then the binoculars should still let in plenty of light, so kids can get a clear view of the night sky.
There are a few pairs we've included in this section: the Celestron Cometron 7x50, which are actually our top pick for kids, alongside the super-rugged National Geographic 6x21 Children's binos and the Vixen SG 2.1x42. This latter pair are designed for wide-field observation and offer an incredible stereoscopic depth. Below, you'll find the best offers on all of these, depending on availability in your area.