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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 8" f/10 EdgeHD with StarSense - Telescope of the Year for 2016-2017
Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 8" f/10 wireless go-to SCT Telescope

Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 8" f/10 EdgeHD with StarSense - Telescope of the Year for 2016-2017

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Retail Price:CAD4,221.47

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Part Number:12096

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Product Highlights

  • 203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
  • Focal Length: 2032mm, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • StarBright XLT Optical Coating System
  • Flat-Field, Coma-Free EdgeHD Optics
  • StarSense Auto Alignment System
  • Wireless Control with iOS/Android App
  • Motorized and Computerized Fork Mount
  • Multiple Automatic Alignment Systems
  • Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Rechargeable LiFePO4 Battery

This iteration of the NexStar Evolution 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope from Celestron is a powerful, versatile, and user-friendly compact catadioptric-style scope that can be used for observing everything from the Moon and planets to deep sky objects like galaxies and nebulae. The EdgeHD optical system is designed to virtually eliminate spherical and chromatic aberrations so views through it are flat and distortion-free across the entire field of view with accurate color rendition. Using Celestron's proprietary StarBright XLT multi-coating system, light transmission is increased throughout the entire optical path with anti-reflection multi-coated lenses, highly reflective multi-coated mirrors, and 4-element rare-earth glass. While the focal ratio is a slow f/10, the scope's precision tracking system and distortion-free optical qualities allow it to be a competent astrophotography/astroimaging platform for the Moon, planets, prominent deep sky objects, and wide-field photos.

The Evolution comes with Celestron's StarSense Autoalign system that uses a digital camera to take photos of the sky that the scope is pointed. It then interfaces with an internal database to align itself. It requires virtually no input from the user except to turn it on and to confirm its position when it is finished. The scope connects to Celestron's free SkyPortal app for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets via an internal Wi-Fi module. Once aligned, the app opens up the scope's true capabilities. It has a database of over 120,000 objects and offers guided tours, automatic tracking rates for near and deep-sky objects, and multiple slew speeds.

Designed for portability, the Evolution features a long life lithium-ion phosphate (LiFePO4) battery providing up to 10 hours of continual use on a single charge. The scope comes with an AC power supply with plugs for the US, EU, UK, and AU outlets so it can go with you when you chase eclipses or other celestial events across the world. The battery powers the servo motors, auxiliary accessory ports, a USB charging port, and the built-in Wi-Fi. Manual clutches in both altitude and azimuth enable users to manually move and point the telescope when it's powered off.

Optical Performance
  • Aperture: 8"
  • Focal ratio: f/10
  • Focal length: 2032mm
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain optical design
  • StarBright XLT fully multi-coated optical system improves light transmission, boosts contrast, and delivers true color rendition
  • Proprietary EdgeHD optics corrects spherical and chromatic aberrations to produce distortion-free images across the entire field of view with true color representation
  • Resolution:
    • Rayleigh: 0.59 arcsec
    • Dawes Limit: 0.57 arcsec
StarBright XLT Coating System
  • Multi-layer mirror coatings made from layers of aluminum, SiO2 (quartz), TiO2 (titanium dioxide), and Si02 (silicon dioxide)
  • Reflectivity is flat across the light spectrum, for both astrophotography/astroimaging and visual observation
  • Multi-layer anti-reflective coatings made from layers of MgF2 (magnesium fluoride) and HfO2 (hafnium dioxide)
  • High-transmission water white glass corrector lens with 97.4% light transmission
Computer Control
  • Integrated Wi-Fi module
    • Mount generates a local Wi-Fi signal
    • Directly connect to tablet or smartphone
    • Control mount via free SkyPortal app for Android and iOS
      • Android 4.0 and higher
      • iOS 6 or later
  • SkyPortal app:
    • 120,000+ object database
    • Includes:
      • Star clusters
      • Nebulae
      • Galaxies
      • Asteroids and comets
      • Satellites, including the International Space Station
    • Custom SkyTour of all the best celestial objects to view based on the time, date, and location
    • Simulate the night sky up to 100 years in the past, or plan a future observing session
    • Night Vision Mode preserves night-adjusted vision
    • Multiple assisted-alignment choices:
      • SkyAlign
      • 3-Star
      • Solar System
    • Tracking rates:
      • Three rates: Sidreal, solar, and lunar
      • Automatic tracking for near and deep sky objects
    • Multiple slew speeds, 4°/sec maximum
    • View hundreds of astronomical photographs and NASA spacecraft images
    • Listen to more than four hours of audio narration to learn the history, mythology, and science of astronomy and the night sky
StarSense AutoAlign System
  • Integrated digital camera takes photos of night sky and cross-references an internal database to determine location
  • Alignment takes minutes, with minimal effort or experience
  • No need to point it North or to perfectly level the scope
  • StarSense hand controller included for those who prefer not to interface with smartphone or tablet
Mount and Tripod
  • Mount:
    • Motorized, computer-controlled single-arm fork mount
    • Slew speeds up to 4°/sec
    • variable speed sidereal, lunar, and solar tracking rates
    • Altitude and azimuth clutches to manually point the telescope when it's powered off
  • Tripod
    • Stainless steel legs
    • Adjustable-height with two leg sections and locking thumbscrews
    • Accessory tray locks legs in-place for added stability and vibration reduction
    • Tray keeps accessories and equipment safe and organized
    • Spikes at the end of the legs provide a sure footing
    • No tools required to set up mount and tripod
Optical Accessories
  • Eyepieces:
    • 1.25" diameter barrel accept most filters
    • Anti-reflection multi-coated glass
    • Fold down rubber eyecups for use with or without eyeglasses
    • 40mm eyepiece produces 51x magnification
    • 12.5mm eyepiece produces 162.5x magnification
  • Diagonal:
    • 90° angle puts eyepiece in comfortable viewing position, especially when OTA is aimed at or near the zenith
    • Basic mirrored star diagonal corrects view vertically, but not horizontally


Optical Tube Assembly
Optical DesignSchmidt Cassegrain
Aperture203 mm / 8"
Focal Length2032 mm
Focal Ratiof/10
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25"
Diagonal90° Star
Optical Tube DimensionsLength: 16" / 40.6 cm
TypeMotorized; Alt-Azimuth Single Fork
GoTo CapabilityYes
Material of TripodStainless Steel
Batteries1 x Built-In Rechargeable
Adapter12 VDC
Wi-FiYes (Built In)
Weight40.6 lb / 18.4 kg (Fully Assembled)
Packaging Info
Package Weight68.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)46 x 28 x 15"

In the Box
Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8" f/10 Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope with StarSense
  • StarSense Telescope Alignment Accessory
  • StarPointer Pro Finderscope
  • 12.5mm Eyepiece
  • 40mm Eyepiece
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • AC Adapter with US, EU, UK, and AU Plugs
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty

  • Based on Astronomy magazine’s telescope "report cards", scopes of this size and
    type generally perform as follows . . .
    Very Good

    WiFi Tips for NexStar Evolution

    Please note the following for the most reliable WiFi connection to the telescope:

    Areas with high WiFi traffic, such as large star parties or crowded public spaces, can potentially pose difficulties connecting to the telescope. Additionally, multiple smart devices and multiple WiFi telescopes in the same area can generate conflicting traffic. Follow these tips to maintain the most robust connection to your telescope.

    1. If you experience lag or connection problems in areas with high WiFi traffic - To minimize possible connection problems in high traffic areas, select a viewing site with minimal WiFi traffic. Numerous nearby devices with WiFi enabled can contribute to unwanted WiFi traffic. Disabling WiFi in nearby devices can improve connectivity to your telescope. Alternatively, high traffic areas may require the use of the included NexStar+ hand control instead of the SkyPortal app over WiFi.
    2. If you experience conflicts when using multiple devices to control a telescope - If you have multiple smart devices, and have connected to the same WiFi telescope previously with them, then be careful of both devices unintentionally communicating to the telescope at the same time. For example, if you have previously used your smartphone to control the telescope and later use a tablet to control the same telescope, the smartphone may interfere with the telescope connection. We recommend “forgetting” the telescope WiFi network with any smart devices not currently in use.
    3. If you experience conflicts when multiple WiFi telescopes are in the same area - If you are using multiple WiFi telescopes and have connected to them with your smart device previously, we recommend “forgetting” the other telescopes/devices not currently in use. This way, you won’t accidentally connect to the other telescopes/devices. This is especially useful at a star party where more than one WiFi telescope may be in range.

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