Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope


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    Akin to its name, the NexStar Evolution is constantly evolving! Enjoy an incredibly versatile and portable telescope system with this telescope - controlled easily from your favourite tablet or phone!


    The most user-friendly telescope ever:

    The NexStar Evo 8" SCT was designed by Celestron's engineers based on years of customer feedback. It offers many thoughtful design features to provide you the best possible experience out under the stars.

    You can forget about batteries or an external power supply with this telescope's own built-in battery. Its ultra-long life lithium-ion phosphate battery allows you 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 your other devices that need to stay powered on during an observing session. An intelligent power management system senses when battery levels are low and kicks 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. You can store up to 7 eyepieces with the given accessory trays, one which comes with an adjustable red LED illuminator.


    Superior fit for Astromaging/Astrophotography and Visual Astronomy:

    If you’re interested in astroimaging, the NexStar Evo 8" SCT is an excellent tool to start and grow with. It’s the only fork-mounted telescope in its price range that offers brass worm gears with improved motors. With NexStar Evolution's impressive tracking accuracy and Celestron's acclaimed StarBright XLT coatings, you will be able to capture bright, sharp images of deep-sky objects like the Orion Nebula using your DSLR camera. If (definitely) you progress farther into your astrophotography hobby, you can opt to add on a wedge to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astroimages.


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    Optical Tube Info: 

    Optical Design



    203.2mm (8")

    Focal Length

    2032mm (80")

    Focal Ratio


    Focal Length of Eyepiece 1

    40mm (1.57")

    Magnification of Eyepiece 1


    Focal Length of Eyepiece 2

    13mm (0.51")

    Magnification of Eyepiece 2



    Red Dot Finderscope 

    Star Diagonal


    Optical Tube


    Highest Useful Magnification


    Lowest Useful Magnification


    Limiting Stellar Magnitude


    Resolution (Rayleigh)

    0.69 arc seconds

    Resolution (Dawes)

    0.57 arc seconds

    Secondary Mirror Obstruction

    64mm (2.5")

    Optical Coatings

    StarBright XLT

    Optical Tube Length

    432mm (17")

    Optical Tube Diameter

    238mm (9.37")

    Optical Tube Weight



    CG-5 Dovetail Bar


    Mount Info:

    Mount Type

    Computerised Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm

    Instrument Load Capacity


    Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod)

    1193.8mm - 1752.6mm

    Tripod Leg Diameter


    Mount Head Weight


    Accessory Tray


    Tripod Weight


    Slew Speeds

    9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second

    Tracking Rates

    Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar

    Tracking Modes

    Alt-Az, EQ North & EQ South



    Dovetail Compatibility

    CG-5 saddle plate

    Auxiliary ports

    4 Aux ports (Hand Control can use any Aux port)

    Autoguide port


    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
    • Auto 2-Star Align
    • 2-Star Align
    • 1-Star Align
    • Solar System Align
    • Last Alignment
    • Quick Align
    • EQ North/EQ South Alignment (EQ align requires Celestron's wedge)

    Periodic Error Correction


    Computerized Hand Control

    • Double line, 18 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection

    NexStar+ Database

    Over 120,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects


    • Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software
    • SkyPortal App

    Included Items

    • NexStar Evolution OTA
    • Single Fork Arm Mount & Tripod
    • Accessory Tray
    • Built-in WiFi
    • Integrated Lithium-iron battery
    • StarSense Hand Control
    • 40mm & 13mm Eyepieces
    • StarPointer Pro (Red Dot) Finderscope
    • Visual Back
    • Star Diagonal
    • 4 plug AC Adapter




    About Celestron
    Celestron was founded by Tom Johnson whose first telescope design was a simple 6-inch reflector, built for his young son. He gradually progressed to making larger scopes in more sophisticated designs. Today, the Celestron company is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing optical equipment including telescopes (computerised and non-computerised), binoculars, spotting scopes and its accompanying accessories. Celestron's legacy spans 50 years, and has grown to enjoy recognition from amateurs to serious astronomers globally. The company seeks to remain innovative by growing its product offerings, while supporting science education around the world.

    More Information
    Optical Design Schmidt Cassegrain (XLT)
    Aperture 203.2mm
    Focal Length 2032mm
    Focal Ratio 10.0
    Highest Magnification 480x
    Faintest Stellar Magnitude 14
    Mount Type Alt-Azimuth mount
    Eyepiece 1 40mm
    Eyepiece 2 12.5mm
    Finderscope Make StarPointer Red Dot
    Tube Length 432mm x 238mm
    Electronic Hand Control Yes
    Motor Drive Yes
    Warranty Information 2 Years
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    Evolution Single Fork Arm Mount and Tripod 1
    Accessory Tray 1
    Nexstar+ Hand Controller 1
    40mm and 13mm Eyepieces 1
    StarPointer Red Dot Finder 1
    Visual back 1
    Star Diagonal 1
    4 plug AC Adapter 1


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