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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" Computerized Telescope

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  • 203 mm Aperture.
  • f/10 Focal Ratio.
  • 12.5 lb.
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope.
  • NexStar Evolution Alt-Azimuth Mount.
  • Hands-free control!


Product Details


    The Celestron NexStar Evolution 8-inch Computerized Telescope provides a new level of convenience with its integrated WiFi. Explore the Universe with Celestron’s SkyPortal mobile app for iOS and Android. Rotate your telescope, remote-free, to all the best celestial objects with a tap of your smartphone or tablet!  

    The Celestron NexStar Evolution at a Glance

    • Store up to 7 eyepieces in 2 accessory trays, one which includes an adjustable red LED illuminator.
    • The Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system offers bright, sharp views with StarBright XLT optical coatings—a great choice for visual observers and budding astro-imagers alike.
    • Equipped with 4 auxiliary ports--2 on top of the fork and 2 on the bottom.
    • A classic NexStar+ hand control is included but is not necessary when using NexStar Evolution with the mobile app.
    • The telescope also includes a StarPointer finderscope, two 1.25-inch Plossl eyepieces, a 1.25-inch star diagonal and an AC adapter.

    Enjoy the Features of the Celestron NexStar Evolution 8-inch 

    The Most User-Friendly Telescope Ever

    Celestron engineers designed the NexStar Evolution based on years of customer feedback. It now includes its own built-in battery! With this long-lasting lithium-iron-phosphate battery, enjoy stargazing marathons for up to 10 hours on a single charge. In addition, use NexStar Evolution’s USB charge port to top off your other electronic devices that need to stay powered on during observation. Your telescope will go into power-saving mode when it senses low battery life to keep power running for as long as possible. 

    Setting up your NexStar Evolution is quick and simple. The all-metal tripod features a metal accessory tray with indentations for storing and carrying the tripod. During setup, leg etchings will help you adjust your telescope to the perfect height. Manual clutches in both altitude and azimuth offer greater flexibility to manually point the telescope when powered off. 

    Superior Tracking Fit for Astro-Imaging

    If you’re interested in astro-imaging, the 8-inch NexStar Evolution is an excellent and affordable way to get started. It’s the only fork-mounted telescope in its price range that offers brass 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 astro-imaging, you can add our HD Pro Wedge to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astro-images.  

  • specifications

    Aperture203.2 mm (8")
    Camera/Eyepiece Connection2” _24 tpi
    Dawes Limit0.57 arcseconds
    Drive TypeLow cog DC servo motors
    Focal Length2032 mm
    Focal Ratiof/10
    Free ShippingYes
    Head DesignAltitude Azimuth
    Highest Magnification406.4x
    Instrument Capacity25 lbs
    Latitude Range15 to 70 Degrees
    Light Gathering Power843x
    Limiting Magnitude15.3
    Mount Head Weight40lbs
    Optical DesignSCT
    PortsHand Controller
    PortsUSB 2.0
    Power Consumption12V DC 2.5A
    Secondary Obstruction64mm
    Slew Speed4 Degrees Per Second
    Telescope ConnectionDual Vixen & Losmandy
    Total Weight77 lbs
    Tracking RatesLunar
    Tracking RatesSidereal
    Tracking RatesSolar
    Tripod Weight20 lbs
    Tube Diameter226mm
    Tube Length432mm
    Tube Weight12.5 lbs
    Warranty2 Year Warranty
  • included items

    • 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA.
    • NexStar Evolution Alt-Azimuth Mount.
    • Tripod with Adjustable Steel Legs.
    • 2 Accessory Trays.
    • StarPointer Finderscope (Red Dot).
    • 13 mm 1.25-inch Plossl Eyepiece.
    • 40 mm 1.25-inch Plossl Eyepiece.
    • 1.25-inch Star Diagonal.
    • Internal 10-hour lithium-ion battery.
    • AC wall adapter.
    • 2 Year Warranty.

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Clarify Alignment and Assembly Instructions

Assembly is intuitive, but there is a slight learning curve. Some clarification need on instructions. Make sure to slide the scope all the way forward on the track until it seats on the grooved portion of the track and the label can be clearly seen, then tighten down the quick release knob. Preferably, test it out on a soft surface the first time in case you forget something and the scope slides. If it is correctly positioned and tightened on the track, the scope should not slide. Test it by wiggling it back and forth to make sure it doesn’t move. Also, for alignment using the wedge, use wedge align option under settings in the SkyPortal app. Remember to “teach” the telescope it’s home position first, before connecting and aligning, by moving the azimuth and latitude positions of the scope so that the index marks line up on the fork. Otherwise, you will keep getting error messages after the alignment process is complete, and the “go to” function will send the scope to incorrect positions. The scope gives some excellent viewing. For starters, you should be able to pick out Saturns rings, see Venus’s phases, and pick out Jupiter’s moons just using the 40 mm eyepiece.

Christopher K.
United States United States

Awesome scope

Great so far! Needed a little calibration and the cool down time is significant but this is like having an observatory in your own home!

Darren F.
United States United States

New to Astronomy / EAA

No fault of OPT, the scope took 4 months to be delivered due to Covid backlogs. Received it last week and have been with out with it every clear night. Using the scope for EAA while at home, and will use it for visual when remote. When the scope slews at the higher speeds it is a bit noisy, but haven't had any complaints from the neighbors yet. :) That might change when it gets warmer and windows are open at night.

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Audry V.
United States United States

Looks good!

Due to smoke from CA fires I haven’t had clear skies to align. I tried to align to Jupiter and couldn’t get it to work. I’m new so learning...

Greg H.

Perfect recommendation

I received the perfect product recommendation when I had been searching for a cellphone attachment for my telescope. Thank you so much!!!

United States

Great item

Pretty good looking forward to see if they sale extra lense