- 203 mm (8-inch) Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
- NexStar Evolution Alt-Azimuth Mount
- Focal Ratio: f/10
- 10 Hours of Viewing per Internal Battery Charge
- Manual Clutches for Powered-off Pointing
- NexStar+ Hand Controller
Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" 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. Our proprietary SkyAlign alignment procedure is built right into the Celestron mobile app, so you’re ready to observe within minutes.
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 battery. With this ultra-long life lithium-iron phosphate 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. An intelligent power management system senses when battery levels are low and goes into power-saving mode to keep your telescope running for as long as possible.
Setting up your NexStar Evolution is quick and painless with large, ergonomic handles. The all-metal tripod features a metal accessory tray with indentations for storing and carrying the tripod. During setup, leg etchings 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 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 astroimaging, you can add our HD Pro Wedge to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astrophotos. NexStar Evolution compatible with the wedge when used with the CPC tripod (sold separately).
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 is 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” Plossl eyepieces, a 1.25” star diagonal, and an AC adapter.
This 203 mm (8-inch) aperture Celestron Computerized Telescope is a part of the NexStar Evolution series which is known to be one of the most user-friendly telescopes ever! Celestron engineers designed the NexStar Evolution based on years of customer feedback. It offers many thoughtful design features that combine to provide you the best possible experience for beginners and more advanced telescope users alike. One of the best things about this telescope series is that there is no use for external power supply as it is built in. It comes with a lithium-ion battery so that you will be able to enjoy up to 10 hours of stargazing on a single charge. This series also comes with a USB charge port to top off the other devices in your life that need to stay powered on during an observing session.
In the past, most large telescope systems have been difficult to set up and to move. The NexStar Evolution series is far from that with large, ergonomic handles that help you move it easily from place to place. Its set up is also easy enough for any beginner astronomer to understand. 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. You will also be able to 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.
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.
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.
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!
|Aperture||203.2 mm (8")|
|Camera/Eyepiece Connection||2” _24 tpi|
|Dawes Limit||0.57 arcseconds|
|Drive Type||Low cog DC servo motors|
|Focal Length||2032 mm|
|Instrument Capacity||25 lbs|
|Latitude Range||15 to 70 Degrees|
|Light Gathering Power||843x|
|Mount Head Weight||40lbs|
|Power Consumption||12V DC 2.5A|
|Slew Speed||4 Degrees Per Second|
|Telescope Connection||Dual Vixen & Losmandy|
|Total Weight||77 lbs|
|Tracking Modes||EQ North|
|Tracking Modes||EQ South|
|Tripod Weight||20 lbs|
|Tube Weight||12.5 lbs|
|Warranty||2 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
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.