Celestron 8" NexStar Evolution Computerized Telescope

Celestron 8" NexStar Evolution Computerized Telescope
Item # CE-12091
  • Control your Celestron 8" NexStar Evolution Computerized Telescope wirelessly from your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet with the free Celestron mobile app with planetarium interface and SkyAlign technology
  • Compact, portable 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube with StarBright XLT optical coatings and Fastar compatibility
  • Computerized GoTo mount with high-performance worm gears and motors for improved tracking accuracy, along with reduced gear backlash
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing
  • Improved industrial design with manual clutches and integrated carry handles, plus the added convenience of two accessory trays and a USB charge port for your smart device


Celestron 8" NexStar Evolution Computerized Telescope


Celestron’s signature telescopes reach a new level with NexStar Evolution 8, the first Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with integrated WiFi. Leave your hand control behind and slew to all the best celestial objects with a tap of your smartphone or tablet. Connect your device to NexStar Evolution’s built-in wireless network, and explore the universe with the Celestron mobile app for iOS and Android. 

Use the planetarium interface to view the night sky in real time or display a list of celestial objects currently visible based on your time and location. The proprietary SkyAlign alignment procedure is built right into the Celestron mobile app, so you’re ready to observe within minutes.

When using the optional Nexstar+ Hand Controller, the alignment procedures available are the same as with the Nexstar SE and CPC/CPC-DLX series telescopes. These include the one-star, two-star, and Sky-Align methods. The Nexstar Evolution Series is compatible with the Celestron SkySync GPS system, so there is no need to manually enter latitude, longitude, and time, when using this accessory.


Celestron engineers designed NexStar Evolution based on years of customer feedback. It offers many thoughtful design features that combine to provide you the best possible experience out under the stars.

Forget about batteries or an external power supply. For the first time ever on a consumer telescope, NexStar Evolution includes its own built-in lithium-ion battery. You’ll be able to enjoy stargazing marathons up to 10 hours on a single charge. You can even use NexStar Evolution’s USB charge port to top off the other devices in your life that need to stay powered on during an observing session.

Setting up your NexStar Evolution is quick and painless with large, ergonomic handles. The steel tripod features leg etchings to help you achieve a level, uniform height for your telescope. Manual clutches in both altitude and azimuth offer greater flexibility to manually point the telescope when powered off. Store up to 7 eyepieces in 2 accessory trays, one with an adjustable red LED illuminator.


If you’re interested in astroimaging, the 8-inch NexStar Evolution is an excellent, affordable way to get started. It’s the only fork-mounted telescope in its price range that offers worm gears, along with improved motors. NexStar Evolution’s tracking accuracy is so impressive, you can capture images of deep-sky objects like the Orion Nebula by simply attaching your DSLR camera. As you progress in the hobby of astroimaging, you can add our Pro HD Wedge to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astrophotos.

Of course, the Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system offers bright, sharp views with StarBright XLT optical coatings—a great choice for visual observers and budding astroimagers alike.

NexStar Evolution includes a StarPointer finderscope, two 1.25” Plossl eyepieces, a 1.25” star diagonal, AC adapter, and optional hand control.

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU CE-12091
UPC Code 050234120913
Manufacturer Celestron
Telescope Series Celestron NexStar Evolution
Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount Type Alt-Azimuth - GoTo
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Telescope Aperture 8"
Telescope Focal Ratio f/10
Telescope Focal Length 2032mm
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Highest Useful Magnification 480X
Optical Coatings Celestron XLT
Tube Color or Finish Celestron Grey
Length of Optical Tube 17"
Focuser Style Internal Moving Primary
Manual or Electronic Focusing? Manual
Focusing Speeds One-Speed
Dew Shield Included? No, Sold Separately
Diagonal Included? Yes - 1.25" Star Diagonal
Finder Included Red Dot Finder
Eyepiece(s) Included 13mm, 40mm
Hand Controller Included? Yes
Power Adapter Included AC Wall Adapter
CD ROMs Included None
Alignment Procedure 3-Star Alignment, SkyAlign, Solar System Align
Tracking Modes Lunar, Sidereal, Solar
Objects in Database 120,000
OTA Mount Type Single Arm
Tripod Type Included Adjustable with Steel Legs
Total Telescope Weight 40.6lb.

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

Exceeded my high expectations
Short version... It's a dream scope. I had high expectations and it has met or exceeded my expectations across the board.

I've looked through a c8 before and this one is just as good. No surprise here, which is good. The awesomeness of this set up is all in the mount. The internal battery greatly facilitates set up. Simple things like the built in level, eyepiece holders and red light are a huge plus. Three star alignment was a breeze. I really don't see the need for auto align now that I've done the three star alignment. Scope is nice and steady on the tripod and tracking was spot on all night.

Finally and quite significantly, iPad app control is truely amazing. So easy to use and intuitive. Going from one object to another was seamless. The added audio was a nice touch that kept both my 5 year old daughter and otherwise uninterested wife captivated for much long than usual.

Is this the ideal quick set up 8" SCT? At this point, I think so. I can't imagine what I'd change to make it better. A real winner of a set up for me. My search for an ideal SCT set up is over. As you can probably tell, I am one happy camper with this purchase.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by sstandif / (Posted on 7/13/2014)
Included Items

Included Items

  • StarPointer Finderscope
  • 13mm 1.25” Plossl Eyepiece
  • 40mm 1.25" Plossl Eyepiece
  • 1.25” Star Diagonal
  • AC adapter
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Is the 8 inch Celestron Evolution-Series optical tube HyperStar compatible ?  Will the mount handle the added weight of the Hyperstar lense and a camera ?
I have not seen in your ad when this will be available for shipment.
When using the SkyPortal ap to get the initial alignment, do you have to manually input your lat. and long., or is that automatically downloaded from your phone or tablet?
Can the Evolution mount be ordered separately to upgrade a 8se?
Hi. Can you order/buy the 8" Evolution with the heaver duty tripod that comes with the 9.25" Evolution?  Thanks Craig.
What wedge will work with the Evolution series of Telescopes?
In your spec sheet you show that "Hand Controller Included? NO." Is this true. I'm referring to the original hand controller that came with my Nexstar 8SE.
Will the mount have an autoguider port?
Can you plug in a dew heater to the telescope's internal battery, so you don't need a field battery to run it?
what kind of , where can i get android mobile app ?
What is the DC power supply that comes with the bundled packages 1& 2? Package 4 indicates a Powertank. THanks.
Will the Evolution work with a GPS module?
What is the fov and eye relief for the two eyepieces sold with the celestron evolution 8"
The mount of 8" NexStar Evolution telescope is same as the 9.25" NexStar Evolution telescope ?
The tripod of two model seems different. I would like to khow the differnces of the mount of the two model.
What is the difference in weight between the Evolution 6-in and 8-in OTAs? Total telescope weight is given as 35.4 lbs (6-in) vs 40.6 lbs (8-in) or 5.2 lbs. Listed weights for Celestron 6-in & 8-in SCT OTAs w/CG-5 plate differ only by 2.5 lbs: 10 vs 12.5.
The mount on the 8" Nexstar Evolution appears beefier than the regular 8" Nexstar SE ,at least the fork arm and base...does anyone have direct experience on the dampening time for visual images at high power? I've read reviews saying the vibrations with the *regular Nexstar 8se are frustrating and pushing the weight limits on that particular mount.
How is the scope's internal battery recharged?  With a supplied AC power cord?
Even though it has built in batteries, can it also be operated from an external power source like a powertank?
I am in a wheelchair and I would like to know can I see through the eyepiece or is there a why I can see useing my iPad
What is the individual weight of the 3 separate parts making up the telescope, so the OTA, the mount and the tripod? As Celestron does not specify this, would you be able to weigh it? I would like to know for both the 8" and the 9.25" version.
The 120,000 object database for the Evolution series, is that in the hand control or associated with the iOS/Android app?
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