If you ask your kids what he/she wanted for this summer, the answer will be most likely a video game. Don’t you hate video games like I do? Summer is the time to go out to have fun. Go to a outdoor swimming pool in your community, hike for a new trial, ride a bicycle to your neighborhood friends, that is what I did when I was their age. But nowadays it is very hard to ask the kids to move away from the computer screen. They are either playing games, or doing something that they don’t want you to know. Buying a telescope is good idea to encourage them to go out to observe a bird or a rabbit. May is the best time to shop for a telescope, especially during the Memorial Day weekend.
I am not an expert on telescopes, so I will not teach you which model to pick. Today I will the best deals on these most popular models, rated positive by hundreds of other buyers.
Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope
Only $59.95 B&H Photo-Video-Audio or Adorama. Tripod, mount, and backpack included. It is lightweight and portable, great for carrying while hiking, discovering the beauty of the nature. If you want to try it first, get a Celestron AstroMaster 76EQ from Cost Co. It is only $89.99 before tax.
Both of the following models can automatically find thousands of stars and galaxies at the touch of a button. Software included in the package. The young astronomer will have hours of fun every night.
Celestron NexStar 4 SE Telescop: $499 at all stores.
Celestron NexStar SLT Series 130 SLT Telescope: The best deal is at Amazon, $399. No tax + Free Shipping.
If you owned an entry level telescope before and wanted to upgraded to a computerized one, this is the one I would recommend. It has a lense as large as 6 inches, which means you will get a brighter view of the dark sky. No need to do the price search. It is fix priced at $799 in all stores. But there is general coupon at BuyDig.com: $15 off $500 with coupon code BGSaveinMay15. After the coupon, this is the lowest price. Don’t bother to try Hayneedle.com, their coupons are never valid on any telescopes. Actually they send 5% off coupon to me in the email quite often, but I have not found any item that can use the coupon so far.