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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (with StarSense)

SKU: CLS-12096

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  • 8” EdgeHD Optics: Provides superb visual and astro-imaging performance, free of coma and field curvature.

  • Rechargeable lithium-iron battery: Long-lasting 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: Select and go to objects with one tap on your smartphone after aligning with StarSense

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Regular Price: $5,825.00

Special Price $4,499.00

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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!

StarSense AutoAlign in SkyPortal App:

Celestron's StarSense AutoAlign technology is reconfigured into its SkyPortal app, making SkyPortal one of the most advanced telescope control app offered on today's market. The app not only automatically aligns itself from your smart device, but also has advanced mount modelling which allows you to enter up to 10 alignment points for the most precision pointing accuracy possible!

All astronomers (from amateurs to advanced astroimagers) will love using such a user-friendly app. With built-in mount modeling, you will achieve superior pointing accuracy from horizon to horizon. The capacity for 10 additional calibration stars will attain a unprecedented level of accuracy, fantastic for locating objects in the camera’s field of view during astroimaging.

Superior fit for Astromaging/Astrophotography and Visual Astronomy:

If you’re interested in astroimaging, the NexStar Evo 8" EdgeHD 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 smooth tracking ability and Celestron's acclaimed EdgeHD optical system with 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.

Free SkyPortal App: 

Explore and access the sky freely from an interactive planetarium on your smart device! The app will provide fantastic star gazing experience and allow you to learn about these objects with informative backstories and beautiful image galleries, before you see them for yourself!

Know in a matter of minutes when Jupiter’s Great Red Spot will be visible, when there might be shadow transits, planetary occultations, and conjunctions. Alternatively, have the app help pick the best deep sky objects to view such as galaxies and nebulae.

Able to be upgraded to SkySafari Plus or SkySafari Pro

Compatible with:


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

Need help? 

Setting Up A Celestron Nexstar Evolution [Blog Post]

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.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Optical Design No
Mount Type Alt-azimuth mount
Aperture 203.2mm (8")
Focal Ratio f/10
Eyepiece 1 40mm
Eyepiece 2 12.5mm
Eyepiece 3 No
Finderscope Make Red Dot Finderscope
Electronic Hand Control Yes
Motor Drive Yes
Go-To Functionality No
Focal Length 2032mm (80")
Tripod No
Tube Length 432mm (17")
Highest Magnification 480x
Warranty Information 2 Years Warranty
Additional Specifications of Product No
Shipping Dimensions No
Shipping Weight No