Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" Computerized Telescope

  • 203 mm Aperture.
  • f/10 Focal Ratio.
  • 12.5 lb.
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope.
  • NexStar Evolution Alt-Azimuth Mount.
  • Hands-free control!
  • Current expected delivery scheduled for mid-late June 2020.


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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" Computerized Telescope


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.  

Included Technology

All-Star Polar Alignment

Get ready for a night of astroimaging with your mount faster than previously thought possible with All-Star Polar Alignment. This innovative software solves the time-consuming problem of trying to pinpoint the North Celestial Pole.


The new Lithium Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery chemistry has significant advantages over other battery chemistries, great for those Astronomers on the go.


SkyAlign alignment technology makes setting up a computerized telescope simple, fast, and accurate. Just point the telescope at any three bright objects — stars, bright planets, or even the Moon — and your telescope can orient itself with the night sky.

Compatible Technology

Celestron SkyPortal

Celestron’s SkyPortal planetarium app is an astronomy suite that redefines how you experience the night sky. Explore the Solar System, thousands of stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, asteroids, comets, and satellites. You can even control and automatically align a compatible Celestron telescope from a smartphone or tablet using StarSense and WiFi technology.

Starsense Technology

Celestron’s patented StarSense Technology makes it easier than ever to locate objects in the night sky, even if you’ve never used a telescope before. Turn it on and push ‘Align.’ In about three minutes, you’re ready to observe!


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 ModesEQ North
Tracking ModesEQ South
Tracking RatesLunar
Tracking RatesSidereal
Tracking RatesSolar
Tripod Weight20 lbs
Tube Diameter226mm
Tube Length432mm
Tube Weight12.5 lbs
Warranty2 Year Warranty


  • 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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rick v.
Should have gone with a reflector

Nice telescope, worked great the first 6 months, then stopped working. Celestron support was very good, repaired free of charge, no shipping charges. If I could do it over I would go with a dobsonian reflector. Something that is quick and simple. The go to is nice but it can be time consuming to get set up and going.

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

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.