NexStar Evolution 8 Telescope by Celestron
All-Star Telescope's Take
The Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 (12091) builds on the SE series by adding a built in lithium-iron battery pack, and an integrated Wi-Fi adapter. This means you can leave the hand controller behind and navigate to more than 40,000 celestial objects with a tap of your phone. The Evolution series come with computerized mounts, two good quality eyepieces, and great quality optics. These scopes will stand up well to quality eyepieces and high magnification. They’re ideal for viewing the moon and will show great detail on the planets (Cassini division in the rings of Saturn, bands on Jupiter). The 8” of aperture will also introduce you to deep sky objects like open clusters, globular clusters, and some galaxies.
We like to joke that the best telescope you can buy is the one that you'll actually use. The NexStar is an easy-to-use computerized telescope. There is an incredible ecosystem of accessories built around the NexStar series of telescopes that can make it even easier to use. The Evolution 8 strikes a balance between ease of use, portability, and aperture for exploring the solar system and deep sky objects. It’s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering impressive views at an economical price.
Celestron makes 13 different versions of the NexStar. For more information on the collection or to see why we think that the NexStar is often the best telescope you can buy, read our article here.
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.
- Explore the Universe and control your NexStar Evolution telescope with the free Celestron SkyPortal app for iOS and Android!
- Compact, portable 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube with StarBright XLT optical coatings and Fastar compatibility
- Computerized GoTo mount with high-performance brass worm gears and motors for improved tracking accuracy, along with reduced gear backlash
- Rechargeable lithium-iron phosphate battery with enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing
- Improved industrial design with manual clutches and integrated carry handles, plus the added convenience of two accessory trays and a USB charge port for your smart device
What's in the box
- Optical tube
- Single Fork Arm Mount and Tripod
- Accessory Tray
- Built-in Wifi
- Integrated Lithium-iron battery
- NexStar+ Hand Control
- 40mm and 13mm eyepiece
- Red dot finderscope
- Visual Back
- Star Diagonal
- 4 plug AC adapter
|OPTICAL TUBE INFO:|
|Focal Length:||2032mm (80")|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 1:||40mm (1.57")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 1:||51x|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 2:||13mm (.51")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 2:||156x|
|Finderscope:||Red Dot Finderscope|
|Star Diagonal:||1.25" Star Diagonal|
|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:||64mm (2.5")|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter:||31%|
|Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area:||10%|
|Optical Coatings:||StarBright XLT|
|Optical Tube Length:||432mm (17")|
|Optical Tube Diameter:||238mm (9.37")|
|Optical Tube Weight:||12.5 lbs (5.67 kg)|
|Dovetail:||CG-5 Dovetail bar|
|Mount Type:||Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm|
|Instrument load capacity:||25 lbs (11 kg)|
|Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod):||1193.8mm - 1752.6mm (47" - 69")|
|Tripod Leg Diameter:||38.1mm (1.5") Stainless Steel|
|Mount Head Weight:||16 lbs (7 kg)|
|Tripod Weight:||12 lbs (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|
|Dovetail Compatibility:||CG-5 saddle plate|
|Number of Auxiliary Ports:||4 AUX Ports (Hand Control can use any of the AUX Ports)|
|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 / 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, 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 Starry Night Special Edition Software and SkyPortal App|
|Total Kit Weight:||40.5 lbs (18.37 kg)|