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Black Friday Space Deals live blog: Telescopes, star projectors, Lego and more


Lego’s UCS Millennium Falcon is $100 off

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The Millennium Falcon is an icon for science fiction fans around the world and when it comes to models, there is no higher crown jewel than the Lego Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon set, which is on sale for $749.99 (opens in new tab), a full $100 off, at Zavvi this week. You’ll have to use the code SWFALCON at checkout to get the deal.

Released in 2017, the massive UCS Millennium Falcon set is part of Lego’s Ultimate Collectors Series. It is a massive building set with 7,541 pieces and measures 22 inches wide, 33 inches long and 8 inches tall (about 56 centimeters wide, 84 cm long and 20 cm tall). It also weighs a whopping 37 pounds (17 kilograms) but in our review of the UCS Millennium Falcon, my colleague Jordan Miller found it to be sturdy enough to move around once built with out fear of it crumbling apart.

This set does not go on sale often, and while last year Amazon did host a special lightning sale during Black Friday, the set sold out quickly and it is not currently expected to be back on sale at Amazon in 2022. We’re not sure how many sets Zavvi has available, so if this set has been on your Padawan’s gift list, you may want to act fast.

You can also see all of our best Lego Star Wars sets and our best Lego Star Wars deals to prepare for Black Friday. Our best Lego space deals has more familiar rocket  and other set deals from a galaxy closer to home.

Save $70 on the Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ telescope

Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Newtonian Reflector Telescope

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We first saw the Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ telescope at $70 off on Amazon (opens in new tab) back in October during Amazon Prime Day but the deal is now back for Black Friday.

There’s already a $30 discount on the AstroMaster 114 EQ but save a further $40 off with the coupon (tick the box) and you’ll see this $70 saving at checkout. We’ve rated it as one of our best telescope deals currently available. However, if you want to see what else is available take a look at our guide to the best telescopes in 2022. 

This is a good telescope for beginners and those who don’t have much experience with skywatching. It’s easy to use and comes packed with accessories including two eyepieces (20mm and 10mm), a full-height tripod and a StarPointer red dot finderscope. It also ships with software to support your stargazing experience. If you want to discover other skywatching gear and have a keen eye for deals, be sure to check out our guides to the best Celestron telescope and binocular deals,  best telescopes for beginners and budget telescopes under $500.

Nikon D850 camera now almost $900 off

Nikon D850 stock image on white background

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This huge $900 discount on the Nikon D850 (opens in new tab) is the biggest saving we’ve seen on what we’ve rated as one of the best cameras for photos and videos and the best camera for astrophotography. Dropping it from $2,996.95 down to just $2,104.95, Walmart are currently offering the best deal on this DSLR camera.

Although a few years old now, it still competes with modern mirrorless cameras. We gave it 4.5/5 stars in our Nikon D850 review. It shoots stills photos at a whopping 45.4MP resolution and can capture 4KUHD 30p video which lends itself well to any photographer and videographer except those that require the latest 8K video res.

A superb generalist camera the Nikon D850 is amazingly good at everything. Astrophotography, sports, wildlife, portraiture, landscapes — you name it, the D850 can handle it.

Built like a tank and designed for professionals to throw around all day, it’s fully weather sealed so taking it out in the rain or snow won’t make it bat an eye.

B&H is also offering a $500 discount on the Nikon D850 (opens in new tab) and Amazon is currently matching that with their $500 Nikon D850 deal (opens in new tab) but we recommend you grab it from Walmart while stocks last to almost double your savings.

Hexeum night vision binoculars 53% off

Hexeum Night Vision binoculars

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Hexeum may not be a household name when it comes to high-quality optics, but this deal caught the eye of our optics team because it’s simply too good to resist for people in love with the outdoors. 

These Hexeum night vision binoculars are on sale for $139.98 at Amazon (opens in new tab), down from $298, and come with a 3x magnification and 4x digital zoom. While we haven’t been able to test them hands-on, their specifications are impressive enough to make them worth the risk when they’re at this price. 

Amazon does seem to like these night vision binoculars as we saw a similar deal during Amazon Prime Day this year. Check out our full analysis of this Hexeum night vision binoculars deal here for more.

If you’d rather shop around for other options, check out our guide to the best night vision binoculars. We also have a best binoculars guide for more traditional optics and you can save more with our best binocular deals. We’ve also rounded up some of the best compact binoculars and for children, we have the best binoculars for kids.

Unistellar up to telescopes $1,000 off

Review photo of the Unistellar evscope 2

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Unistellar’s eQuinox and eVscope 2 telescopes are powerful, fully computerized skywatching tools designed to allow stargazers to observe deep-space objects like star clusters, galaxies and more while reducing the impact of light pollution on your night sky. Unlike traditional telescopes, which can only have an eyepiece to look through, these telescopes are app-controlled and allow you to observer through your smartphone or other device much like astronomers do. 

While the baseline price can be a bit of a shock, a savings of up to $1,000 is a huge markdown for the eQuinox telescope (opens in new tab), which offers up to 400x digital magnification to image faint star clusters or nebulas. The $900 off the eVscope 2 (opens in new tab) offers a discount on a powerful tool for astrophotography: it has a 7.7MP enhanced image resolution and a Nikon eyepiece for traditionalists that prefer to view on the telescope, rather than the also-compatible smartphone view. 

Unistellar’s double telescope sale is part of the company’s Black Hole Friday Deal event for Black Friday and runs through Nov. 28. If you are looking for something a little less demanding on your wallet, check out our guide for the best budget telescopes under $500.

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