Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" EdgeHD with StarSense

  • 203 mm (8-inch) Aperture for Detailed Views.
  • Focal Ratio: f/10 for Higher Magnification.
  • Two 1.25-inch Plossl Eyepieces.
  • Great Beginner Astro-imaging Telescope.
  • Computerized Telescope.
  • StarSense Auto-Alignment!
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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" EdgeHD with StarSense

The NexStar Evolution 8-inch EdgeHD with StarSense gives you the best of two worlds with the coming together of EdgeHD optics and StarSense AutoAlign. This innovative telescope gives you the freedom to control your telescope wirelessly. 

Simply, download Celestron’s SkyPortal app to your smartphone or tablet. The SkyPortal app makes your telescope automatic and ready-to-go! Just tap “connect and align” to get started. Add up to 10 additional calibration stars to achieve a new level of accuracy.

Astro-imaging and Visual Astronomy With The Celestron NexStar Evolution

Get an excellent head start in photographing breath-taking images that are captured through your telescope. Both budget-friendly and optimum performance make the NexStar Evolution 8-inch HD with StarSense an ideal beginner’s telescope. The StarBright XLT optical coatings give you sharp, bright views. Capture coma-free, flat-field images of deep-sky objects like the Orion Nebula.

Celestron NexStar Evolution 8-inch Features

  • EdgeHD Optics: Provides superb visual and astro-imaging performance, free of coma and field curvature.
  • Rechargeable Lithium-iron Battery with enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing
  • Built-in WiFi: No Hand controller required! Just use your smartphone or tablet which connects to the telescope via WiFi.
  • StarSense Auto Align: Automatically aligns your telescope and works with the SkyPortal app for complete wireless control.
  • Fastar/HyperStar Compatible: Image deep-sky objects in seconds at f/2, often eliminating the need to autoguide or track on a wedge.
  • NexStar Evolution Mount: Packed with convenient features, including manual release clutches and precision machined worm gears for both axes, tray lighting, USB charge port, tray lighting for your accessories, and more.
  • Fully Motorized Computer GoTo: After automatically aligning with StarSense, select and go to objects with a tap on your smartphone.

OPT Product Number: CE-12096

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.

EdgeHD Optics

Celestron’s aplanatic EdgeHD optics revolutionized astroimaging. This award-winning optical system reduces visual defects like field curvature and coma, creating an ultra-flat field for pinpoint stars all the way to the edge of today’s largest imaging sensors.


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.

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!

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.


Aperture203 mm (8")
Back Focus133.35mm
Camera/Eyepiece Connection2”x24 tpi
Corrected Image Circle42mm
Dawes Limit0.57 arcseconds
Dew Shield Size226mm
Drive TypeLow cog DC servo motors
Focal Length2032 mm
Focal Ratiof/10
Free ShippingYes
Head DesignAltitude—Azimuth
Hightest Magnification480x
Instrument Capacity25 lbs
Latitude Range15 to 70 Degrees
Light Gathering Power841x
Limiting Magnitude15.3
Mount Head Weight40lbs
Optical DesignModified SCT
PortsHand Controller
PortsUSB 2.0
Power Consumption12V DC 2.5A
Secondary Obstruction68.6mm
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 Weight14 lbs
Warranty2 Year Warranty


  • NexStar Evolution 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA, with EdgeHD Optics.
  • NexStar Evolution Mount, One-Armed Fork Alt-Azimuth Design. 
  • Tripod with Adjustable Steel Legs.
  • Accessory Tray.
  • StarSense Hand Controller.
  • StarSense Auto-Alignment, StarPointer Pro finderscope.
  • Two 1.25-inch Plossl Eyepieces.
  • One 1.25-inch Star Diagonal.
  • One International AC Wall Adapter.
  • Uses the SkyPortal App.
  • 2 Year Warranty.

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Antonio G.
United States United States

Still waiting for First Light

****** weather has made it imposible to use the instruments. Stay tuned

Deborah B.
United States

Stellar Assistance/Advice

I am so impressed with the help I received in purchasing the appropriate telescope and accessories. This has been an excellent purchase and I can keep this for years and see a world of stars. The staff spoke with me about my desires for purchasing a telescope, the amount of money I was planning to spend, and what I wanted to see. This was a wonderful beginning for a great journey through space.

Phillip S.
United States

Having trouble

Having trouble getting it to work can not get focused on far out objects did not send with cleaning tools for glass

Efrem A.

Worth every dollar,edge hd 8

This is my first sct designed telescope,I'm a refractor buff.All I can say is outstanding job Celestron,what a telescope!!The clarity,sharpness and contrast that separate refractors from other designs is represented with authority in this scope plus the added brightness from the larger aperture.The nexstar system is accurate and the mont is solid and fluid in movement.I have no doubt this scope will render the best images I've seen so far(with my own eyes)simply outstanding!!!

United States

New Celestron 8" Edge HD

It was suggested by Pamela *** of Astronomy Cast to talk the OPT. I found the people there were very helpful in making my decision what to get. I've use the scope once with very good results. First light was easy to accomplish. My only difficulty came about from not doing the instructions exactly. Big thanks to OPT.

Charles G.
United States

Very happy

I had a telescope when I was young. It was a 80mm Tasco refractor. All I can say is I finally have a real telescope. This is really my first telescope in my mind. It does exactly what it says it will. Starsense is awesome. I am learning the night sky at a very fast pace. It took 10 minutes and I was looking at center of the eyepiece everything I told it to go to. And it just starts tracking it. Easy. And I thank o.p.t. for everything. There is no way I would have been able to get this without them financing me. Next up is astrophotography. And i will get everything i need right here.