Black Friday & Cyber Monday Telescopes Sales & Deals of 2018

Telescopes open the way to the stars for us. They’re not the most common gift that comes on a birthday or in a stocking but they are definitely worth it. Telescopes come in a variety of sizes and powers, so it’s important to do your research beforehand.

If you’ve ever wanted to glimpse the stars, planets, nebulas, and just about everything else space has to offer, you should consider our picks for the best telescopes of 2018. Telescopes are not just for the experienced professional. Nowadays, they are becoming a lot more user and family friendly, so you can have yours set up in only a couple of hours or so.

Click here to see all Cyber Monday deals on telescopes

 

Telescopes Current & Expired Deals

As you can see, Celestron dominates a large part of the telescope market with their wide range of telescopes. If none of these telescopes appeal to you, keep in mind there are still plenty of manufacturers that produce telescopes of varying power levels and difficulty ratings.

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker

Celestron 70mm Travel Scope

Celestron NexStar 130

Celestron NexStar 8

Gskyer Kid’s GT Telescope

Meade Instruments Infinity 70mm

 

Telescopes to Watch For

Gskyer German Technology Telescope

 

Do Telescopes Make Great Gifts?

While not exactly cheap, telescopes help us see the wonders of the universe. Not everyone can be an astronaut, but we all have chances to get unparalleled glimpses of space. A telescope makes a great gift for the budding explorer and anyone with an unquenchable curiosity.

Nowadays, some telescopes have astrophotography capabilities. Astrophotography is exactly how the name sounds. Not only will you see the uncountable number of objects in the sky, you’ll be able to save pictures of them so you can look back on them.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals and Sales for Rifle Scopes 2018

Rifle scopes are a must have for every long-range hunter. There a multitude of scopes on the market that come with different attachments and capabilities. Some are good for short range and others for long range. Check out our list of the best rifle scopes of 2018.

These tools are intricate pieces of hunting tech and require the utmost precision to maintain and use properly. We can understand why their price is so high, but this Black Friday/Cyber Monday, you can expect scopes to be on sale as hunting seasons continue and conclude around the country.

Rifle scopes make great gifts because, with proper maintenance and care, they can last you a long time. Compared to other tools and gear that a hunter uses, a rifle is one thing that you won’t have to replace every season or so. If you don’t see a rifle scope on here that you like, check out the general listing page for a complete look at the best selling available scopes.

Click here to see all scopes on sale right now!

 

Rifle Scopes: Current & Expired Deals

ATN X-Sight II 5-20x/85mm

CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 6-24×50

UTG 3-9X32 1″ BugBuster

Nikon ProStaff 4-12 x 40

 

Rifle Scopes to Watch For

Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9×40

Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn

VX-1 3-9X40Mm Duplex Matte

Bushnell Trophy Xtreme X30 6-24×50

 

Why Rifle Scopes Are a Good Decision

Hunting seasons open and close year round. A rifle scope makes a great gift, especially during Black Friday/Cyber Monday when they are at their cheapest. The maintenance doesn’t just begin and end with keeping it clean. Since your scope will be tuned to your preference, consistent checking on the accuracy and measurements will ensure that its always ready for your next excursion.

You should also consider the type of railing that comes with your rifle and make sure it is the type that will fit your new rifle scope.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Binoculars Sales & Deals 2018

Whether you’re a hunter, birdwatcher, opera enthusiast, or just like seeing long distances in general, be sure to pick up your favorite pair of binoculars this Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2018. No doubt you’re probably on the hunt for Nikon, Bushnell, or Diamondback series binos, as those are the most mainstream and popular.

Click here to see all Cyber Monday sales on binoculars

However, there are a number of smaller brands whose products are already on sale (click here to see bestsellers). They may not be the type of binos you’ll see in the field but there a variety of uses for binoculars beyond hunting. Some brands have specialized their binos for birdwatching, observation, and even opera and plays.

Lightweight and handheld binoculars are going to be your preferable birdwatching and observation optics while larger and heavier optics from Nikon, Bushnell, or Vortex are going to be your mainline hunting and sporting optics.

Click here to see our top picks for binoculars to find low cost and affordable binoculars for your next excursion.

 

Current & Expired Deals on Binoculars

Bushnell Legend L-Series 10x42mm Binoculars

Celestron 10x42mm Binoculars

Celestron 8x42mm Binocular

 

Binoculars to Watch For

Bushnell 10x42mm H2O

Nikon Monarch 5 8x42mm Binoculars

Vortex Diamondback 10x42mm Binoculars

 

Why Binoculars Make Great Gifts

Binoculars make great gifts for all things sightseeing. If you want to make sure you don’t miss those once in a lifetime shots, binoculars are going to come in real handy.

Most people assume that binoculars are only good for hunting since the market in that area is huge. The simple truth is that you can use binoculars for just about any long-range sighting activity you can think of. Don’t assume that just because you have hunting or birding binoculars that you have to remain faithful to those activities with those specific binoculars.

Some optics can be just as good in other activities as they are in the category they were made for. Keep in mind that the reason that specialized binoculars exist is to make objects and sights stand out through color and appropriate light distribution.

Binoculars Deals to Watch For on Amazon Prime Day 2018

With Prime Day approaching quickly, we’ve compiled a list of binoculars that are likely to be on sale based on prior history and binoculars that are already on sale. The following companies produce some of the most popular binos on the market.

 

Upland Optics

One brand that will not be on sale but still produces widely popular pairs of binos is Upland Optics. They produce high-quality 8x42mm and 10x42mm hunting binos that some customers have found use in other activities like birding. They also recently released their newest 10x42mm pair, the Venator, which sports some of the best quality lenses on the market.

You can find links to their current prices below:

 

Bushnell

Bushnell is a wide selection of binos that are already on sale and are likely to stay that way on prime day. Bushnell is known for producing binos for every outdoor and indoor situation possible. They are also rugged and designed to endure the toughest of elements.

Here are some binos that are already on sale:

 

Nikon

Like Bushnell, Nikon also has various selections of binos for just about every long-range activity you can think of. They also sport numerous designs in order to accommodate different sized lenses. You’ll see that for one particular pair of binoculars, you’ll have different sized lenses.

The following are popular models of Nikon binoculars and are most likely to be on sale:

 

Wingspan Optics

Wingspan Optics is primarily focused on producing smaller-sized binos for birding, but they do have a handful of 8x42mm and 10x42mm models. Wingspan’s products are far cheaper than most higher end brands, but still pack a punch when it comes to quality. When it comes to birding in particular, detail is everything.

Here are some of Wingspan’s most popular models and are most likely to be on sale.

 

Vortex

While Vortex produces some of the priciest pairs of binos on the market, they are so worth it. The quality of all their binos is almost unbeatable. Most Vortex optics have a similar design with twisting eyecups and a durable rubber exterior. Like Nikon, there are usually multiple sizes for specific models of binoculars.

Here are the most popular Vortex binos:

 

 

Why you should consider Binoculars on Prime Day

Hunting season is just around the corner and prices will only go up from here. There aren’t too many big shopping holidays between now and the fall save perhaps Labor Day. Prime Day is an excellent day to save money on a prime account and all the perks that come with it. If you’re not already a prime member, you can usually get a free trial that should last you through the end of this month.

We will keep updating this list as we discover more sales for binoculars and as Prime Day approaches. Check back soon!

 

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

When it comes to holiday shopping, getting it done early is the dream. The reality? There still seems to be at least a few things we don’t get until the last minute. If you’re struggling to come up with gift ideas for loved ones, we’ve compiled a few ideas to help inspire you to finish up that holiday shopping.

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Rangefinders Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

If you’re in the market for a new rangefinder, or are looking for a great gift, this Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a great time to pick one up.

Here are some range finders to look for this holiday season.

Top Pick: Upland Optics Perception 1000 Laser Rangefinder

While it was just released and unlikely to be discounted so soon, Upland Optics’ new rangefinder is worth a look. We’re big fans of their binoculars, so we expect great things from this new product. With 1000 yard accuracy and weather resistance, this would make a fantastic gift for the sportsman on your holiday shopping list (or even for yourself!). Be the first to own this excellent rangefinder.

Under $100: Simmons Volt 600 Laser Rangefinder

This under $100 rangefinder offers in-view LCD and 10 to 600 yard accuracy. If you want a budget pick that will still get the job done, the Simmons rangefinder is a good option. This is a popular rangefinder for bowhunters.

Nikon Aculon Laser Rangefinder Currently $20 off

The Nikon Aculon is a solid rangefinder at a good price. It’s compact and lightweight, and it is optimized for 6 to 550 yards. This is a great option for bowhunters and golfers as it has great optics and is easy to carry around.

Vortex Optics Ranger 1000 with Horizontal Component Distance Rangefinder 

A little pricey, this rangefinder has excellent optics and great grips. It’s designed for the elements, so it’s weatherproof and lightweight. It features the well-known Vortex design and offers accuracy for 10 to 1000 yards.

 

Give the Gift of a Rangefinder

Many hunters and golfers want a rangefinder, but it’s often at the bottom of their “must-buy” list. That’s why a rangefinder makes a great gift for your loved ones this holiday season. Keep an eye out for sales and deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday and into the month of December.

 

 

 

 

Best Gifts for Father-in-Laws 2018

Of all the relatives, one’s father-in-law may be the most difficult to shop for. Unless he lives pretty close, you don’t know too much about him. If you’re the husband, you’re doing everything in your power to make sure you don’t get on his bad side! However, we’ve compiled a list of cool and unique gifts that are sure to surprise and delight him this holiday season.

 

Dart Board

The dartboard is a classic man-cave game that tests patience and accuracy. This one is coated with Kenyan Sisal to withstand repeated impacts of darts over a long period of time.

 

 

 

Shelf/Display Case

If your father-in-law likes to admire his old trophies, pictures, or achievements, consider this large display case. It’s multi-tiered but relatively cheap for its size. It can also double as a bookshelf if he’s a bookworm. Basically, anything small enough to fit on the shelves can be appropriately displayed.

 

 

 

Cheese/Cutlery Board

We all know that dad whose pretty meticulous about showing off his cooking skills. If you want to add style to his list of attributes about food, then consider getting him this bamboo cutlery board. Apart from displaying snacks, it has compartments for spreaders.

 

 

 

Cold Weather Jacket

Each winter season, the price of jackets skyrockets. This cold-weather jacket by Under Armour will keep him warm and stylish whenever it gets chilly. Made of 100% polyester, it’s also a good cardio jacket to take on morning or evening runs.

 

 

 

Fishing Tackle Box

This all in one tackle box is a fisherman’s dream. With all sorts of compartments and large storage space, all your father-in-law’s baits and hooks can be neatly stored and categorized to his liking. It’s also pretty cheap for its size, so don’t miss the chance to grab one while it’s in stock!

 

 

Amazon Kindle

While paper books aren’t going out of style anytime soon, repeated trips to the bookstore or online stores can be cumbersome and tedious. The Amazon Kindle allows you to download available ebooks straight from the internet and from the comfort of your home.

 

 

 

 

Bottle Cutter

If your father-in-law is into beer as much as he is crafting, this bottle cutter is the perfect unique gift for his toolbox. It cuts bottles into smooth and neatly sized portions. Whether you want to create additional glasses or have them for show, the bottle cutter is sure to make an impression.

 

 

 

Drone

Men sure love their toys, so why not add one of the best drones on the market to his toy chest? The DJI Phantom 3 is a renowned drone that’s easy to fly and is equipped with various smart features to simplify the in-flight experience.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Spotting Scopes 2018

Spotting scopes are the unsung heroes of outdoor excursions. You don’t see nearly as many spotting scopes in the field as you do binoculars and rangefinders. The reason being is that spotting scopes can be heavy can cumbersome to transport on a backpack.

Nevertheless, a spotting scope provides pristine imagery and vision to the outdoorsman/woman on a level that binoculars will be unable to match. If you plan on hunting or birding for an entire day or more, a spotting scope will come in handy for long-range spotting. If you don’t see a spotting scope here that you like, check out our picks for the top spotting scopes of 2018.

This holiday season, look to save big on a spotting scope for the outdoorsman/woman in your life. Spotting scopes will shot that you or a relative are truly passionate about the outdoors and willing to upgrade to the best optics in order to have the best experience. For a complete list of best-selling spotting scopes, click here.

 

Best Overall Spotting Scope

Upland Optics Perception HD

  • The Upland Optics Perception HD is a specialized hunting spotting scope. With a 60mm lens and variable zooms from 20-60x power, the Perception HD provides exceptional image quality at long range even when light is low.

 

Best Hunting Spotting Scope

Swarovski 80 mm STS HD Straight Spotting Scope

  • It would be easy to discount the Swarovski scope because of its price tag. However, its 80mm lens and a separate 25-50x power eyepiece, you’re getting unreal image quality at maximum range. It’s also pretty rugged and waterproof up to 13 feet.

 

Best Target Shooting Spotting Scope

Minox MD 16-30×50 Straight Spotting Scope

  • The Minox MD is a straight facing scope with a comfortable range of 30-50x power levels. It’s coated in nitrogen internally to protect against fogging, corrosion, and other weather conditions.

 

Best Birding Spotting Scope

Kowa TSN 880 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope

  • The TSN 880 is a high-quality scope with an 88mm lens. This lens is among the best in compensating for high or low light situations to make sure you get the best image quality. For birding purposes, its eyepiece is adaptable to DSLR camera lens or smartphone lens.

 

Best Compact Spotting Scope

Minox MD 16-30×50 W Angled Spotting Scope

  • Minox’s next scope is the MD 15-30×50, an angled scope that’s actually pretty small and thus much easier for fitting and transportation. Despite its size, it has solid power levels between 16-30x.

 

Best Spotting Scope Under $200

Redfield Rampage 20-60x60mm Spotting Scope

  • The Rampage is an affordable scope with lens and power level that is perfect for any outdoor activity. A 60mm lens and 20-60x will put you beyond the range of most binos, all while still having a low price tag.

 

Best Spotting Scope Under $500

Vortex Diamondback 20-60×80 Straight Spotting Scope

  • Like most Vortex products, the Diamondback is of rugged construction and is completely sealed against outside debris. It features an impressive 80mm lens with appropriate power ranges of 20-60x.

 

Best Spotting Scope Under $1000

Vortex Viper HD 20-60×80 Angled Spotting Scope

  • The Viper is of similar design to the Diamondback but offers better vision and image quality at extreme range. Another small perk is that its lightweight despite its size and doesn’t require a large tripod in the field.

 

Best Premium Spotting Scope

Vortex Razor HD 16-48×65 Angled Spotting Scope

  • The optics on the Razor are some of the best in the spotting scope industry. On top of that, it features noticeable upgrades to its lenses that make it stand out over its predecessors. You won’t be disappointed with image quality when utilizing the Razor.

 

Do Spotting Scopes Make Great Gifts?

Rifle scopes, binos, and rangefinders are some of the most common optics you’ll see in the fields. A spotting scope will prove that you are intent on having a successful excursion into the outdoors, whether you are hunting, birding, or target shooting. Like most optics, they come in a variety of sizes and power levels.

Spotting scopes don’t come cheap, so that’s why it would be a good idea to snatch one up this holiday season.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Rangefinders 2018

Rangefinders are sort of the unspoken hero of outdoor activities and are as simple as their name suggests. However, we all want to ensure that we are getting the most accurate range possible. None of us want to acquire the range only to miss our shot by a mile when it comes time to golf or hunt.

These tools are especially useful if you’re on your own and don’t have another person with a spotting scope or extra set of binos to help you place your shots. They’ve made hunting and sporting much more accessible and attainable for the solo outdoorsman/woman. Click here to see our picks for the top rangefinders of 2018.

This holiday season, look to purchase a rangefinder for the outdoor enthusiast to drastically improve his or her chances of success. Rangefinders are almost universally handheld and easy to use, the major differences being how some of them acquire the range of their targets. If you don’t see a rangefinder here that you like, check out the general listing page for a complete list of best-selling rangefinders.

 

Best Rangefinder for Hunting

Nikon 8397 Aculon Laser Rangefinder

  • With a range of up to 550 yards, the Aculon utilizes a powerful laser to acquire range and can be yours for a pretty affordable price.

 

Best Rangefinder for Archery

Nikon 16228 ARROW ID 5000 Laser Rangefinder

  • The ARROW ID 5000’s maximum range is about 600 yards and even compensates for upward or downward shooting angles. This will be handy when hunting for game that are above or below you.

 

Best Rangefinder for Bow Hunting

Bushnell 202442 “The Truth” ARC 4x20mm Bowhunting Laser Rangefinder with Clear Shot

  • We can’t imagine you’ll be bow hunting from nearly 800 yards away, but that’s the Truth’s approximate maximum range. For bow hunters in particular, the Truth will help you determine if an animal is worth shooting so you can make sure every shot counts.

 

Best Rangefinder for Golf

Bushnell Tour V4 Jolt Golf Laser Rangefinder

  • The Jolt has one of the largest ranges of rangefinders on our list and for good reason. This rangefinder has the ability to zoom and is certified by the professional golf leagues, so you can rest assured the Jolt is a top quality tool.

 

Best Rangefinder under $200

Simmons LRF 600 Tilt Intelligence Laser Rangefinder

  • The Tilt is a simple rangefinder with only one button to simply the laser acquisition process. With a maximum range of around 600 yards, you’ll have no problem viewing and acquiring long distance targets.

 

Best Rangefinder under $500

Vortex Optics Ranger 1000 with Horizontal Component Distance Rangefinder RRF-101

  • The Ranger is a formidable rangefinder and truly built for the outdoors. It’s completely sealed so its okay to drop in water. The exterior is surrounding in rubber so if you drop it on any surface it’ll hold up better than most rangefinders.

 

Do Rangefinders Make Great Gifts?

Rangefinders aren’t the most common thing you’ll find in a stocking or under a tree but they’ll be a surprise on any holiday. Think of them as the last tool that will complete the set of gear a sportsman or hunter takes on his or her excursion.

Some backpacks and bino chest straps come with specialized straps to wrap around a rangefinder and keep it secure. So there’s little need for rangefinder accessories save for spare batteries.

Unique Gifts for Men 2018

Sometimes men can be pretty easy to shop for. Whether its a new video game or a complete shaving kit, all the manly things that come mind are usually what they want. However, you can be one of the few people this holiday season that doesn’t adhere to the status quo and instead picks out a unique but special gift for the important men in your life.

Here are some unique gift ideas for men:

 

Kabob Grilling Sticks

If you’re hinting at a man that you want to see more kabobs at dinner time, then consider specialized kabob grilling baskets that making the cooking process much easier. Nothing beats dad’s or grandpa’s burgers but variety always helps!

 

Master Magnetics 07581 Magnetic Bottle Opener and Cap Catcher,Brushed Stainless Steel,5" Wide, 10.5" Height(Box of 1)

Bottle Opener

Unscrewing bottles by hand can be painful and tedious. If bottles are a common item in your household then a wall mounted bottle opener will make a great gift. It works even better when you can mount this opener over a trash can and simply the whole process.

 

TowelSelections Super Soft Plush Kimono Bathrobe Fleece Spa Robe for Men Large/X-Large French Blue

Bath Robe

Ever wanted to feel snug and warm immediately following a shower? You can help bring back the bathrobe trend with a comfortable, plush robe. They’re cheap and easy to maintain so long as you keep in and around the bathroom.

 

Valet Tray

Men keep a lot of things on them from sunglasses to wallets. If your man is forgetful, consider a valet tray that will keep all valuables and essentials in one place. Think of it as an addition to that stylish suit that keeps them professional.

Stainless Steel Double Sided Silm Money Clip Credit Card Holder Wallet

 

Money Clip

Sometimes keeping credit cards and cash separate from wallets is a good security measure against thieves and pickpockets. A carbon fiber money clip will keep thin objects together and away from your wallet and avoid all the unnecessary fumbling that comes with a wallet.

 

Neck Pillow

Whether the flights are long or the man just needs some joint relief, a neck pillow is a perfect gift for a man who’s always traveling. You’ll commonly see these on flights or trips where there’s too much sitting.

 

Air Sofa

Portable furniture isn’t really a thing, that’s why there are things such as the inflatable sofa. Aside from being extremely comfortable, they’re portable! No more having to adjust pillows or fall off the sides of couches when this thing wraps around you.

 

Action Camera

For the adventurous outdoorsman, bringing an expensive DSLR camera to capture intimate moments isn’t always logical. That’s why an action camera like the new GoPro HERO 6 Black would be the perfect gift for his next excursion.