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We had a great time checking out the October 14 solar eclipse, but the next one that will be visible here pwhats US won't be until April 2024. Lots of interesting things will happen in the sky between then and now, and you'll need a good telescope to check them out. Right now, Amazon has significant discounts on the already great value Celestron x PopSci telescopes. There are three different options currently available depending on your stargazing needs. Then when the next eclipse rolls around, you can buy an exclusive solar eclipse filter and see better than all those jealous people with (still pretty cool) pinhole cameras.
Popular Science StarSense Explorer DX 5″ Telescope with Smartphone App $498 (was $599)
This is the largest and most powerful scope in the Celestron x PopSci line, and it's just over $100 off right now. The five-inch aperture and high-quality coatings provide a clear, low-distortion image of the night sky. Most importantly, it's compatible with the Celestron app, which can help you find beautiful things happening in the sky above you and then locate them with your scope so you don't have to hunt blindly through the skies. This is especially important with a scope this powerful.
Popular telescope sciences StarSense Explorer DX 100AZ for smartphone app $269 (was $349)
This 100mm refractor provides a very stable field of view for astrophotography. It's light and easy to move around, and it's also compatible with the Celestron app to guide you through the night sky. Furthermore, the built-in hood helps fight stray light from hitting the front sight element and causing image-destroying glare.
Popular Science AstroMaster 80mm – Portable refracting telescope $151 (was $239)
This model is specifically for beginners and the price makes it very attractive with this discount. The small tub provides a relatively relaxed view of celestial objects, so beginners won't get frustrated trying to find specific areas. Plus, the short tube design keeps it small and light, so this is a great backup scope for quick trips into dark sky country without a lot of gear.
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