In late November retailers both online and on the high street offer big discounts on a range of items, hoping to entice early festive shoppers or those looking to grab a bargain for themselves.

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This day has become known as Black Friday.

Many of the UK shops that embrace Black Friday are electronic and camera retailers, and so there are usually good discounts and deals on telescopes, binoculars and other astronomy equipment to be found, provided you know where to look.

Find out the best Black Friday telescope deals and Black Friday camera deals.

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When is Black Friday 2022?

Black Friday falls on the last Friday of November, which is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US.

Black Friday 2022 is on 25 November, but sales will most likely begin much earlier than that.

If you're on the lookout for a Black Friday deal, there are usually a good number of bargains to be found at throughout November.

Black Friday binoculars

If you are a binocular observer, Black Friday 2022 could be a good chance to bag a deal and upgrade your current setup

Or, if you're a naked eye observer or are getting into astronomy and stargazing for the first time, you might want to make that first leap into magnified observing via a good pair of binoculars, before you commit to a full-blown telescope and mount.

We've noticed lots of great deals popping up on binoculars from brands like Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Zeiss and Bresser.

We'll be updating this page throughout Black Friday 2022, so keep checking back to see whether any good deals on binoculars have been announced.

For more advice, read our guide to stargazing with binoculars or discover our pick of the best binoculars for astronomy and the best budget binoculars.

Black Friday binocular deals 2022

Here are the best binocular deals available so far on Black Friday 2022.

Celestron Outland X

Celestron Outland X

These binoculars weigh just under 800g and boast good colour correction, which during testing allowed us to take some beautiful glimpses of stars like Herschel’s Garnet Star (Mu (μ) Cephei), the brilliant white of Alderamin (Alpha (α) Cephei) and the yellow of Zeta (ζ) Cephei.

The Celestron Outland X is sold as ‘multi-coated’ and we found the anti-reflective coatings on the lenses were effective. Plus, as is the case with most 50mm roof prism binoculars, the minimum interpupillary distance is limited by design. Here it's relatively large at 61mm.

The Celestron Outland X is currently on offer across a range of online retailers.

Nikon Prostaff 3S 10x42

Nikon Prostaff 3S 10x42 binoculars

The Nikon Prostaff 3S binoculars are lightweight, waterproof and designed to resist fogging up. They feature coated prisms and multilayer coated lenses, rubber eyecups and rubber padding for shock absorbance. 10x magnification will give you good views of the Moon and will really open up the beauty of targets like the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula (the latter target, provided your skies are dark enough). As far as beginner and low-budget binoculars go, this is a good option and is currently reduced in price across a few retailers.

Zeiss Terra ED 10x42

Zeiss Terra ED 10x40

Canon 14x32 Image Stablized binoculars

Canon 14x32 IS binoculars

Image stabilisation is a great feature in any pair of binoculars, as it corrects the natural shakes caused by holding the instrument up to your eyes for a prolonged period of time.

This model from Canon comes in a soft-padded Cordura case and has a 30mm-wide neck strap.

We observed double star Iota (ι) Cancri and activated the image stabiliser, whereupon the stars immediately split into the two components and remained separated until they were close to the edge of the field of view

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When we activated the image stabiliser on the Pleiades or Kemble’s Cascade, not only did the image become still, but more stars became visible as we gained about a quarter of a magnitude in depth.

We really enjoyed the Canon IS 14x32 for deep-sky observed, but this is a great pair of binoculars for all-round use.

Read our full Canon 14x32 IS binoculars review.

Bresser Spezial Astro SF 15x70 binoculars

Bresser Spezial Astro SF 15x70 binoculars

The Spezial Astro SF 15x70s come with a nylon case and padded neck strap, as well as tethered objective lens caps, rain guard eyepiece covers, cleaning cloth and instruction leaflet, making this a pretty good setup for experienced binocular observers who like to keep their bins in good shape.

Indeed, where the Spezial Astro SF 15x70s really come into their own are when observing deep-sky objects. The Andromeda Galaxy, M31, was wonderfully crips and bright, while companion galaxies M32 and M110 were obvious.

Even much fainter galaxies M33, M51 and M101 were all easily identified, even when the binoculars were handheld.

This is a great pair of binoculars for astronomers or perhaps seasoned beginners who are looking for their next pair.

Read our full Bresser Spezial Astro SF 15x70 binoculars review.

Celestron SkyMaster 20x80

celestron skymaster 20x80

The Celestron SkyMaster 20x80 offers 20x magnification, multi-coated optics and a central focus knob. Interpupillary distance is 56-72mm and the 80mm and 100mm versions of this model com with a photo tripod adapter.

Pentax UP 8 16x21

Pentax UP 8 16x21

The Pentax UP 8 16x21 come with rubber coating to protect against bumps and bashes, fully multicoated aspherical lens and porro prism. This would make for a good first set of binoculars.

Zeiss Conquest HD 10x42

zeiss conquest hd 10x42

Among the more high-end models of binocular on offer this Black Friday, the Zeiss Conquest HD 10x42 is available at a decent reduction via of a few online retailers. This is a great all-round model - as it should be for the price! - that will suit nature and birdwatching as well as astronomy.

Celestron EclipSmart 10x42 solar binoculars

celestron solar binoculars

These binoculars have a specific purpose in mind, and that's observing the Sun! In order to safely observe the Sun you must used certified solar-safe equipment: accept no substitutes! These Celestron EclipSmart 10x42 solar binoculars are designed for solar observations, and would also work well for solar eclipses.

Pentax 9x21 UD Binoculars

Pentax 9x21 UD Binoculars model

Compact, lightweight, roof prism binoculars that feature multi-coated optics and come with a case, a strap and an eyepiece lens cap.

Where to search for more Black Friday binocular deals

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Iain Todd, BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Iain ToddScience journalist

Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Content Editor. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.

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