Celestron NexStar Evolution 6 150mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Celestron NexStar Evolution 6 150mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Celestron NexStar Evolution 6 150mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 150mm Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
  • 1500mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • StarBright XLT Optical Coating System
  • Wireless Control with iOS/Android App
  • NexStar Computer Hand Controller
  • Motorized and Computerized Fork Mount
  • Multiple Automatic Alignment Systems
  • 40mm, 13mm Eyepieces, 90° Diagonal
  • Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Rechargeable Battery, up to 10 Hour Runtime
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Celestron NexStar Evolution overview

  • 1Description

The NexStar Evolution 6 150mm Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope from Celestron is a powerful, portable, versatile, and user-friendly telescope that can be used for observing everything from the Moon and planets to deep-sky objects like galaxies and nebulae. 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 four-element rare-earth glass. While the focal ratio is a slow f/10, the scope's precision tracking system allows it to be a competent astrophotography/astroimaging platform for the Moon and planets.

The Evolution comes with two ways to use and control it. The first is to simply download Celestron's free Navigator app for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. The scope's WiFi provides the connection to the app and expands the capabilities and functionality, including an expanded database of over 120,000 objects with detailed information on more than 200 of those objects. Second is the iconic 2-line 16-character NexStar computer controller. This is a wired piece of hardware with a database of over 40,000 celestial objects plus several astronomical catalogs including the Messier and Caldwell. Whether using the controller or mobile device, the system can assist in properly aligning the scope, provide tours of the objects and events visible whenever and wherever you're viewing, and allow for manual direction and slew control.

Designed for portability, the Evolution features a long-life lithium-iron phosphate 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. The battery powers the servo motors, auxiliary accessory ports, a USB charging port, and the built-in WiFi. Manual clutches in both altitude and azimuth enable you to manually move and point the telescope when it's powered off.

Optical Performance
  • 6" (150mm) aperture
  • f/10 focal ratio
  • 1500mm focal length
  • Crown optical glass primary mirror
  • StarBright XLT optical coatings: Multi-layer aluminum/SiO2 (quartz)/TiO2 (titanium dioxide) mirror coatings with flat reflectivity across the light spectrum for both astrophotography/astroimaging and visual observation
  • Multi-layer MgF2 (magnesium fluoride) and HfO2 (hafnium dioxide) anti-reflective lens coatings
  • High-transmission water white glass corrector lens with 97.4% light transmission
  • Internal focusing mechanism
  • Resolution: 0.93 arcsec (Rayleigh); 0.77 arcsec (Dawes)
  • Secondary mirror obstruction: 2.2"; 37% by diameter; 14% by area
  • Fastar capability: Secondary mirror can be removed and a DSLR or imaging rig mounted in its place for fast wide-field astrophotography
NexStar Controller
  • 2-line, 16-character LCD display
  • 19 fiber optic backlit red LED buttons
  • Database of over 40,000 celestial objects plus 100 user defined
  • Automatically slew to planets, stars, constellations, and a variety of catalogs
  • Camera control: For piggyback wide field or conventional astrophotography through the OTA, the controller can automatically trigger the shutter release to capture the image
  • Anti-backlash compensation programs-out play between gears for more precise tracking
  • Tour Mode: Shows a selection of the most popular objects for the time and date you are observing
  • Constellation Tour: Allows the user to take a tour of all the best objects within a particular constellation
  • Alignment procedures: SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star, 1-Star, 2-Star, and Solar System
  • SkyAlign alignment: Takes minutes, with minimal effort or experience—point the telescope at three bright objects in the sky, and the telescope does the rest
  • Nine slew speeds: 4°/sec, 2°/sec, 1°/sec, 0.5°/sec, 2x, 4x, 8x,16x, and 32x
  • Sidereal, Solar, and Lunar tracking rates for observing the fast-moving Moon, to slower-moving deep space subjects
  • RS-232 communication port allows for computer control
  • Flash updateable via the Celestron website
  • Database Details:
  • Solar system objects including the Sun, Moon, and planets
  • Named objects
  • Stars: Asterims, variable stars, double stars, named stars
  • Caldwell catalog
  • Messier catalog
  • NGC catalog
  • SAO catalog
  • Constellations
Sky Portal App
  • Connect your smart device to the telescope via direct WiFi connection; no router required
  • Align and control the telescope from your device
  • App uses the device's camera and compass to determine location and what is available to see
  • Enjoy the same features as NexStar controller, but without wires
  • Expanded database to over 120,000 objects
  • Detailed information on over 200 popular objects including audio commentary, statistics, history, mythology, video, and pictures
  • Database includes: Sun, Moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, asteroids and comets, satellites, and the International Space Station
  • Simulate the night sky up to 100 years in the past or future to plan an upcoming observing session
  • Compass Mode: Hold device up to the night sky and identify objects such as stars, planets, and galaxies; zoom in to view fainter objects not visible to the naked eye
  • Night Vision Mode: Preserves night-adjusted vision
  • Listen to more than four hours of audio narration to learn the history, mythology, and science of astronomy and the night sky
  • Works as a stand-alone planetarium app
  • Free for Android or iOS mobile devices
  • Apple iOS 7.0 and later, or Android 4.0 and later
Mount and Tripod
  • Mount:
  • Motorized single-arm alt-azimuth fork mount
  • Altitude and azimuth clutches to manually point the telescope when it is powered off
  • Brass worm gears with steel ball bearings provide smooth movement with reduced vibration
  • 146mm diameter/180-tooth stainless steel worm wheels
  • Ports: One port for NexStar+ controller; one 5 VDC USB charging port for smartphones and small electronics; three auxiliary ports for optional accessories such as StarSense AutoAlign system
  • Runs on one internal rechargeable 9.6V, 4.5Ah lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery
  • Includes power supply with US, EU, UK, and AU plugs
  • Tripod:
  • Stainless steel two-section legs
  • Adjustable height accommodates a variety of
  • Spikes at the end of the legs provide a sure footing on soft or uneven ground
  • Tray keeps accessories and equipment safe and organized
  • No tools required to set up mount and tripod
Included 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 38x magnification
  • 13mm eyepiece produces 115x magnification
  • Diagonal:
  • 1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
  • 90° angle places head in comfortable position when optical tube assembly is pointed at or near the zenith
  • Star mirror diagonal corrects view horizontally, but not vertically
  • Finderscope:
  • Projects a single red dot in line of sight
  • Unmagnified view ensures a wide field of view to make finding objects faster and star-hopping navigation easier
UPC: 050234120906
In the Box
Celestron NexStar Evolution 6 150mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope
  • NexStar+ Hand Control (EQ)
  • StarPointer Finderscope
  • 13mm Eyepiece
  • 40mm Eyepiece
  • 90° Star Diagonal
  • Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • AC Adapter with US, EU, UK, and AU Plugs
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Celestron NexStar Evolution specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Schmidt Cassegrain
    Aperture 150 mm / 5.9"
    Focal Length 1500 mm
    Focal Ratio f/10
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal Yes, 90 Star
    Finderscope Yes
    Optical Tube Dimensions Length: 16" / 40.6 cm
    Mount
    Type Motorized; Alt-Azimuth Single Fork
    GoTo Capability Yes, Computerized GoTo
    Tripod
    Type Adjustable
    Material of Tripod Stainless Steel
    General
    Batteries 1 x Rechargeable
    Weight 35.4 lb / 16.1 kg (Fully Assembled)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 55.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 35.0 x 28.0 x 15.0"

    Celestron NexStar Evolution reviews

    NexStar Evolution 6 150mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Balance between Power and Portability As the owner of 8" Vixen R200SS and Meade 10" Lightbridge, I can confirm that NexStar Evo 6" offers clear and crisp view of DSO comparable to that in a 8" reflector. The resolution of planet-viewing is even better than that in my 10" Lightbridge. I think 6" SCT has often been underrated. The whole set of EVO 6 can be easily carried on the shoulder. The 6" OTA can be transported with the mount attached. I use three eyepieces: Delos 17.3, Delos 10, Pentax 14XW. SkyPortal is very easy to use, and the WiFi control is fantastic. For more advanced observers, I recommend SkySafari 6 Plus. Very satisfied with the fast service of B&H!
    Date published: 2018-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great intermediate size scope with excellent features The Nexstar Evo6 is an excellent telescope for people looking for a reasonably portable goto scope with a long list of features. A big factor for choosing this over the Nexstar SE line is that it has an integral power supply where the SE line requires either a external battery or a very long extension cord to operate. The SE line of scopes simply will not function without the unit being powered. The Evolution line takes the internal battery a step further and gives you Alt and Az clutches so you can disengage the motor drives and use the scope manually if your battery runs out. When you add in the WiFi tethering to your smartphone the whole goto feature jumps to the next level. After aligning the telescope you can find any object with the SkyPortal app, tap your screen and off the scope goes. It really doesn't get any easier than that. The Evo6 was my choice over the 8 for the added portability. Both the 6 and 8 use the same tripod and mount but the optical tube is a good deal more compact. For casual viewing the 6 will do almost everything the 8 will do. The whole until breaks down into 3 components; the tripod, the mount, and the optical tube. I kept the packaging the mount and tube came in and now use that the protect and transport them as 1 piece like they were shipped. 2 bags (tripod and mount/tube) and I'm off. The tripod weights approx. 13lbs and is 32x9 collapsed down. The fitted foam block housing the scope and mount is about 22lbs and measures 22x15x13 combined.Not exactly grab-and-go but still very portable given how easy it is to assemble once you're at your site. The included eyepieces and diagonal are entry level accessories and you should consider upgrading them. The Celestron X-Cel and Luminos eyepieces are great replacements for the stock parts. An enhanced diagonal, dew shield, and the Celestron Focal Reducer should also be on your short list of upgrades. The cost savings between the 6 and the 8 would allow you to buy all of the above mentioned pieces straight away if your running right at the limit of your budget. Optical performance is simply amazing. Sharp and clean views even with the kit eyepieces. Add on upgraded eyepieces and the views just get better from there. This scope preforms better out of the box than the far less portable 8 dobsonian it replaced did. The goto SkyAlign was pretty simple even for a first time user. With experience I'm sure I could have the scope setup and fully aligned in under 15 minutes.
    Date published: 2016-03-18
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