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.
THE MOST USER-FRIENDLY TELESCOPE EVER
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.
SUPERIOR TRACKING FIT FOR ASTROIMAGING
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.
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- 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.
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- Included Items
- StarPointer Finderscope
- 13mm 1.25” Plossl Eyepiece
- 40mm 1.25" Plossl Eyepiece
- 1.25” Star Diagonal
- AC adapter
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsIs the 8 inch Celestron Evolution-Series optical tube HyperStar compatible ? Will the mount handle the added weight of the Hyperstar lense and a camera ?Question by: MarkW on Apr 26, 2014 8:33:10 AMAccording to the manufacturer, the optical tubes of the Evolution Series will all be Hyperstar compatible. The mount will be able to handle the extra weight of a CCD camera with the Hyperstar lens, but physically larger cameras such as a DSLR or a monochrome CCD with filter wheel might cause more obstruction on an 8" scope than you may want, so one-shot color CCD cameras or smaller body mirrorless cameras tend to be preferred. Keep in mind since this is an Alt-Az mount, you will be limited to about 45 second to 1 minute exposures before field rotation begins to become visible unless you add an equatorial wedge. With the optional wedge, longer exposures will be possible.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Jun 8, 2014 7:53:05 AMIn 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.Question by: LakeHavasu on Apr 14, 2014 10:54:45 AMThe Evolution-Series does include a Celestron Nexstar+ Hand-Controller. It is the same one currently included with the 8SE, but is unique from the HC included with earlier-production Nexstar SE-Series telescopes.
Additionally, the StarSense Auto-Align accessory (and the StarSense Hand-Controller) are compatible with the Evolution-Series... making for a very high-tech grab-and-go system!Answer by: Eric_B (Admin) on Apr 15, 2014 8:18:50 AMQuestion by: al37 on May 13, 2014 4:23:26 AMGiven that this telescope would need an optional wedge in order to use an autoguider successfully and Celestron produces 4 equatorial mounts from the Advanced VX to the CGE Pro along with the heavy duty CPC Deluxe dual fork mount, Celestron chose not to put an autoguider port on the Nexstar Evolution telescopes. There are 4 AUX ports, so they may in the future offer an Aux to autoguider port adapter. Unguided exposures of around 45 sec to 1 min are possible before field rotation becomes noticeable, but even with the improved gearing in the Evolution, guiding will not extend this time unless the telescope is polar aligned.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Jun 8, 2014 7:46:19 AMCan you plug in a dew heater to the telescope's internal battery, so you don't need a field battery to run it?Question by: ManderZ on Aug 29, 2014 9:25:32 AMQuestion by: sanghoi on May 30, 2014 4:10:36 AMWhen 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?Question by: Stargazer54 on Jun 22, 2014 6:22:19 PMThe Celestron CPC Heavy Duty Wedge (CE-93664) is the one Celestron sells and recommends. The Evolution will also work with the older, discontinued 8" Celestron wedge because the hole pattern on the base has not changed, but the scope would not be as stable as with the HD wedge.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Jun 23, 2014 3:36:12 AMQuestion by: Stargazer54 on Jun 22, 2014 6:23:14 PMIf you are using the iOS/Android Celestron app from your smart device, then an external GPS is a moot point as the telescope will download the time and location from the GPS in that device.
If instead you are using the supplied Nexstar+ hand controller, the SkySync GPS that Celestron makes will work on the scope.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Jun 25, 2014 6:26:55 AMWhat is the DC power supply that comes with the bundled packages 1& 2? Package 4 indicates a Powertank. THanks.Question by: David on Jun 10, 2016 2:57:00 AMHello,
The Celestron Evolution 8" bundles 1 and 2 do not include a DC power source. I would recommend https://www.optcorp.com/celestron-12v-7ah-power-tank.html
This is the same product listed in the 4th bundle.
TonyAnswer by: Tony Tardich (Admin) on Jun 17, 2016 6:35:00 PMI 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 iPadQuestion by: Jessbud on Oct 28, 2014 11:47:05 AMWheel chair I might say it might be a little difficult to view through your eye piece. If you had a taller chair you can...maybe add a few pillows? to sit on...but I use cell phone all the time and I can view very comfortably with a normal size chair. Very relaxing to sit back, and just watch from your cellphone. You can also easily zoom in and out too with a touch of the screen. Things are more cleaner and sharper I say through the ep but the shear size alone it's blown up to makes up for that.Answer by: evo 8 on Nov 2, 2014 6:40:31 AMThe 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.Hi. Can you order/buy the 8" Evolution with the heaver duty tripod that comes with the 9.25" Evolution? Thanks Craig.Question by: HeadNZ on Aug 2, 2014 6:13:42 PMWhat 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.Question by: Freddy on Aug 11, 2014 10:06:35 AMHello Freddy,
I weighed each of the components & I have a breakdown of the two telescopes below.
Celestron Evolution 8;
Optical Tube Assembly with accessories, 14 lbs.
Mount Arm, 17 lbs.
Tripod, 11 lbs.
Celestron Evolution 9.25;
Optical Tube Assembly; 21 lbs.
Mount Arm, 17 lbs.
Tripod, 28 lbs.Answer by: Roderick (Admin) on Aug 13, 2014 1:00:03 PMQuestion by: david on Nov 8, 2015 12:52:00 AMThe Evolution 8 comes with a 40mm Plossl with a 43 degree AFOV and a 13mm Plossl with a 50 degree AFOV. True field of view for each at a 2000mm focal length is 0.86 degrees (40mm) and 0.33 degrees (13mm). The eye relief of a plossl is generally ~2/3 the focal length, so approximately 27mm ER for the 40mm and ~9mm ER for the 13mm.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Nov 8, 2015 3:32:00 PMThe 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.Question by: Kelly on Mar 31, 2015 12:51:00 PMWhat 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.Question by: AstroProf on Aug 10, 2014 9:01:11 AMI put them on a scale to get an accurate measurement for both. I used the 6SE and 8SE OTA's, which are identical except for color, because I did not have the 6" . Both scopes were weighed with nothing but the dovetail and 1.25" visual back adapter ( a few ounces at most).
The 6" OTA is 8.5 lbs and the 8" OTA is just a smidge under 13 lbs. With this measured 4.5 lb difference, a 5.2 lb officially measured difference just sounds like error stack-up on measuring the fork and tripod weights and is entirely reasonable.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Aug 12, 2014 12:23:39 PMEven though it has built in batteries, can it also be operated from an external power source like a powertank?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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