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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8-inch 60th Anniversary Edition

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  • 60th ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION - Only 600 units will be produced, each with a unique serial number and certificate of authenticity signed by Celestron pioneer Alan Hale and CEO Corey Lee.
  • CARBON FIBER 8-inch EDGEHD OPTICAL TUBE - minimizes thermal expansion with ambient temperature changes.
  • Retro details and all-new look with vintage-style badging and logos and a set of 3 interchangeable commemorative “spinner” emblems.
  • Rechargeable lithium-iron-phosphate battery with enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing.
  • Built-in WiFi - no hand control required! Use your smartphone or tablet to control the telescope via WiFi.
  • StarSense AutoAlign automatically aligns your telescope in about 3 minutes.
  • Fastar compatible!


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     Celestron's NexStar Evolution 8 HD 60th Anniversary Edition telescope celebrates the best of their past and present. They are producing only 600 units to commemorate 60 years. Each telescope includes an individually numbered certificate of authenticity signed by CEO Corey Lee and Celestron pioneer Alan Hale. This limited-edition scope is sure to become a valuable addition to your astronomy collection and a treasured part of Celestron history.

    60th Anniversary Highlights

    The NexStar Evolution mount stays true to its name and keeps evolving; now updated with unique features for this limited edition. The Evolution mount is paired with 8-inch EdgeHD optics; inside a carbon fiber tube for the first time ever. You also receive the StarSense AutoAlign accessory, three eyepieces (including one 2-inch eyepiece), and lots of other upgrades that make this a versatile and portable telescope system.

    The twill weave carbon fiber optical tube evokes Celestron's iconic carbon fiber tubes of decades past. But it is not just for looks; carbon fiber is resistant to thermal expansion, which helps the optical system maintain focus as the ambient temperature changes.

    You’ll find a vintage nameplate on the mount's base with the telescope's individual serial number. You’ll also find retro style labeling and nameplates on the optical tube. The fork arm features a slot to accommodate a magnetic, interchangeable spinner-emblem. Included are a total of 3 emblems to swap out depending on the night or your mood. Designs include: Celestron's current logo, the 60th Anniversary logo, and the vintage hamburger logo.

    NexStar Evolution 8HD Highlights

    Celestron NexStar Evolution 8-inch 60th Anniversary Edition-techThe innovative NexStar Evolution is a compact, portable, and mechanically solid telescope made for hours of serious visual observing and certain types of astroimaging. The NexStar Evolution HD package stands out due to its unique features, including: StarSense AutoAlign, EdgeHD optics, integrated WiFi, and its internal LiFePO4 battery.

    StarSense AutoAlignin the SkyPortal App

    StarSense AutoAlign (#CE-94005) helps you optimize your time outdoors, giving you back time you would have spent aligning your telescope and allowing you more time to observe. It scans the night sky and analyzes the star patterns overhead, automatically calculating the telescope’s precise location, the date, and the current time. What's more, you can add up to 10 additional alignment stars for the most accurate alignment possible. This sought-after add-on accessory is included in the 60th anniversary telescope kit.

    Because StarSense AutoAlign is paired with the Evolution mount, you get even more functionality and ease of use. Connect to the mount via the SkyPortal mobile app and you can perform the automatic alignment directly from your smart device, then instantly command the telescope to slew to your first celestial object.

    8-inch EdgeHD Optical Tube

    EdgeHCelestron NexStar Evolution 8-inch 60th Anniversary Edition-EdgeHD OpticsD is an aplanatic, flat-field Schmidt optical system that produces aberration-free images across a wide visual and photographic field of view. The optical system reduces more than just off-axis star coma; it provides an astrograph-quality flat focal-plane all the way to the edge of the field-of-view.

    EdgeHD optics produce a focal-plane more than three times flatter than a standard Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and dramatically flatter than competing coma-free designs. This guarantees you visibly sharp stars across full frame sensors. The 8-inch EdgeHD flat-field and coma-free optical tube was made to accommodate modern imaging with cameras of all types, especially larger format CCD and DSLR cameras. The EdgeHD optical tube is Fastar-compatible for ultra-fast f/2 wide-field imaging with an optional, third-party lens assembly.

    Perfect for Visual Use or Beginning Astroimaging

    This telescope is an excellent instrument for those looking to explore astroimaging. It is the only fork-mounted telescope in its price-range that offers brass worm-gears along with improved motors, which provide great tracking accuracy. Capture images of the Moon and planets by attaching any planetary imaging camera. You can even experiment with imaging brighter deep-sky objects like the Orion Nebula with your DSLR camera.

    As you progress in the hobby of astroimaging, turn your alt-azimuth mount into equatorial setup by adding the Wedge for NexStar Evolution (CE-93665).This accessory will enable you to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astrophotos. The NexStar Evolution mount also features a built-in lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery with enough power for 10-hour astroimaging sessions.

    Accessories Included

    The NexStar Evolution 60th Anniversary Edition is unique among Celestron computerized telescopes because it includes more than one eyepiece. You receive 3 high quality eyepieces: a 2-inch E-lux 32 mm; a 1.25-inch Omni 15 mm; and a 1.25-inch Omni 9 mm. This eyepiece collection is robust enough to view most any celestial object right out of the box. Your telescope also includes: a 2-inch Star Diagonal with 1.25-inch adapter; the StarSense AutoAlign accessory; and a StarPointer Pro finderscope. The StarSense AutoAlign comes with a hand control, but thanks to the internal WiFi and SkyPortal app, your need to use the hand control is completely optional.

    Options you may want to add

    You can add an optional Barlow lens (CE-93326or CE-93640 with T-Adapter) can provide additional magnification for high-resolution planetary, lunar, and solar imaging. To increase your field of view without sacrificing performance, add the optional EdgeHD reducer lens (CE-94242), bringing your focal ratio down to f/7.

    Software that Comes FREE with your Purchase:

    Celestron PWI Telescope Control: Your Ultimate Astronomy Software

    Celestron NexStar Evolution 8-inch 60th Anniversary Edition-PWI-logoAll current Celestron computerized telescopes include Celestron PlaneWave Instruments (CPWI), the most advanced astronomy software provided with any consumer-grade telescope. Celestron's experts co-developed CPWI with the engineers at PlaneWave Instruments. The result is an all-in-one solution offering you many of the same features used on PlaneWave's observatory-class telescopes.

    • Graphical planetarium interface with PointXP advanced mount modelling allows you to add 100+ points to your alignment model for the most accurate pointing and tracking possible
    • Ideal for remote observatory setups: save and re-load your alignment and park your scope
    • Provides a complete ASCOM telescope interface to allow control of the telescope from third party software applications

    Starry Night Software

    Also included with your purchase is a free download of Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software. This advanced software by Simulation Curriculum offers detailed information about celestial objects and helps you plan your next observing or imaging session. The Special Edition software also includes telescope control via your PC.


  • specifications

    Aperture203.2 mm (8")
    Camera/Eyepiece Connection1.25" Nosepiece
    DatabaseTo 16th mag. Objects
    Dawes Limit0.57 arcseconds
    Focal Length2032 mm/80 inches
    Focal Ratiof/10
    Free ShippingYes
    Highest Magnification406.4x
    Light Gathering Power843x
    Optical DesignModified SCT
    PortsAux. x4 ports
    PortsPower Supply
    PortsUSB 2.0 for PC connection
    Secondary Obstruction64 mm/ 2.5 inches
    Total Kit Weight66 lbs
    Tracking Rates9 speeds/ max 4 deg/s
    Tracking RatesSidereal/ Solar and Lunar
    Tripod Weight12 lbs
    Tube Diameter238 mm/9.37 inches
    Tube Length432 mm/9.37 inches
    Tube Weight14 lb
  • included items

    Celestron NexStar Evolution 8-inch 60th Anniversary Edition-includes


    • NexStar Evolution HD OTA.
    • Single Fork Arm Mount and Tripod.
    • Accessory Tray.
    • Built-in Wifi.
    • Integrated Lithium-iron battery.
    • StarSense Hand Control.
    • (3) Eyepieces: 2-inch barrel= #1)32 mm; 1.25-inch barrels= #2)15 mm, and #3)9 mm.
    • StarPointer Pro™ finderscope.
    • 2-inch Star Diagonal.
    • (3) Spinner emblems.
    • Certificate of authenticity.
    • 4 plug AC adapter.



    • OPTICAL TUBE INFO: Optical Design: EdgeHD.
    • Aperture: 203.2 mm (8-inch).
    • Focal Length: 2032 mm (80-inches).
    • Focal Ratio: f/10.
    • Focal Length of Eyepiece: #1 32 mm (1.26-inch).
    • Magnification of Eyepiece: #1 64x.
    • Focal Length of Eyepiece: #2 15 mm (0.59-inch).
    • Magnification of Eyepiece: #2 135x.
    • Focal Length of Eyepiece: #3 9 mm (0.34-inch).
    • Magnification of Eyepiece: #3 226x.
    • Finderscope: StarPointer Pro™ finderscope.
    • Star Diagonal: 2-inch barrel Star Diagonal w/ 1.25-inch adapter.
    • Optical Tube: Carbon Fiber.
    • Highest Useful Magnification: 480x.
    • Lowest Useful Magnification: 29x.
    • Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14.
    • Resolution (Rayleigh): 0.69 arc seconds.
    • Resolution (Dawes): 0.57 arc seconds.
    • Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye): 843x.
    • Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 64 mm (2.5-inch).
    • Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 31%.
    • Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 9.77%.
    • Optical Coatings: StarBright XLT.
    • Optical Tube Length: 432 mm (17-inch).
    • Optical Tube Diameter: 238 mm (9.37-inch).
    • Optical Tube Weight: 14-pounds (6.35 kg).
    • Dovetail: CG-5 Dovetail bar.
    • MOUNT INFO: Mount Type: Computerized, Altitude-Azimuth, Single Fork-arm.
    • Instrument load capacity: 25-pound (11 kg).
    • Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod): 1193.8 to 1752.6 mm (47 to 69-inches).
    • Tripod Leg Diameter: 31.75 mm (1.25-inch).
    • Stainless Steel Mount Head Weight: 16-pounds (7 kg).
    • Accessory Tray: Yes.
    • Tripod Weight: 12-pounds (5.44 kg).
    • Slew Speeds: 9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second.
    • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar.
    • Tracking Modes: Alt-Az, EQ North, and EQ South.
    • GPS: N/A.
    • Dovetail Compatibility: CG-5 saddle plate.
    • Number of Auxiliary ports: 4 Aux ports (Hand Control can use any of the Aux ports).
    • Autoguide port: No.
    • USB Port: Yes, Hand Control input, and Mount output.
    • Power Requirements: Internal 9 6V, 4 5Ah lithium-iron phosphate battery (LiFePO4).
    • Motor Drive: DC servo motors.
    • Alignment Procedures: SkyAlign, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Auto 2-Star Align, Solar System Align, Quick-Align, Last Alignment, EQ North, and EQ South Alignment (EQ align requires an equatorial wedge).
    • Periodic Error Correction: No.
    • Computerized Hand Control: 2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit buttons, and USB 2.0 port for PC connection.
    • NexStar+ Database: Over 40,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects.
    • Software: Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software and the SkyPortal App.
    • Total Kit Weight: 42 lbs (19.05 kg), (OTA, mount, and tripod).


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    Celestron NexStar Evolution 8-inch 60th Anniversary Edition

    It has been cloudy since I received it. It is high in quality. I have been playing withit in the house. I am learning how the controls work. I was amazed. I have a Meade Model 4500. I have had it for 28 years. The Nexstar Evolution has more Bells and Whistles than I could imagine. I has been fun learing them I can hardly wait to go outside.