Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 203mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8" f/10 GoTo Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope and Case Kit

Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8" f/10 GoTo Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope and Case Kit

B&H # CENSE8K (B&H Kit)
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Product Highlights

  • 8" (203mm) Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
  • 2032mm Focal Length, f/10 Focal Ratio
  • StarBright XLT Multi-Coated Optics
  • Motorized GoTo Single-Arm Fork Mount
  • NexStar Computer Hand Controller
  • Wireless Control with iOS/Android App
  • 40,000+ Object Database with Tours
  • Multiple Alignment Assistance Procedures
  • Adjustable Stainless Steel Tripod
  • Hard Carrying Case for Mount and OTA
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Aperture: 8", f/10

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  • 1Description

B&H put together this Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8" Telescope and Case Kit to give users a complete observational platform and a safe way to protect their optical tube assembly (OTA) and mount during transport and storage. This full GoTo system features a large-aperture OTA on a solid motorized single-arm fork mount outfitted with the iconic NexStar computer GoTo hand controller and a WiFi module for wireless control from a smartphone or tablet; and all supported by a sturdy 2" stainless steel tripod. An array of accessories are included to get users set up and observing right out of the box. B&H includes a custom-made JMI hard carrying case that can hold the OTA and mount plus accessories.

  • Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 203mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope

    The NexStar Evolution 8 203mm 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 multicoated lenses, highly reflective multicoated mirrors, and 4-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 to over 120,000 objects with detailed information on more than 200 of those objects. Second is the iconic 4-line 18-character NexStar computer controller. This is a wired piece of hardware with a database of over 40000 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 the user if viewing, and allows for manual direction and slew control.

    Designed for portability, the Evolution features a long life lithium-ion 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 users to manually move and point the telescope when it's powered off.

    Optical Performance
    • 203.2mm (8") aperture
    • f/10 focal ratio
    • 2032mm focal length
    • Crown optical glass primary mirror
    • StarBright XLT optical coatings: Multi-layer aluminum/SiO2 (quartz)/TiO2 (titanium dioxide)/Si02 (silicon 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: 0.69 arcsec (Rayleigh); 0.57 arcsec (Dawes)
    • Secondary mirror obstruction: 2.5"; 9.77% 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
    • Two-line, 16-character LCD display
    • 19 fiber optic backlit red LED buttons
    • Database of over 40000 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 provides 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 USA, 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 multicoated glass
    • Fold down rubber eyecups for use with or without eyeglasses
    • 40mm eyepiece produces 51x magnification
    • 13mm eyepiece produces 156x magnification
      Diagonal:
    • 1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
    • 90° angle places head in comfortable position when OTA is pointed at or near the zenith
    • Star mirror diagonal corrects view horizontally, but not vertically
      Finder:
    • 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: 050234120913
  • JMI Telescopes Hard Carrying Case for 8" Celestron NexStar Evolution

    The Hard Carrying Case for 8" Celestron NexStar Evolution from JMI features four latches (two lockable), three steel-reinforced handles, a 2x26" steel hinge and die-cut foam lining with compartments for telescope, eyepieces, finderscope and accessories. The finderscope must be removed from the telescope and placed in a foam compartment. A soft bag is included to protect the hand unit. The case can be carried, or pulled using the attached Kryptane wheels.

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  • 1Description
  • Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 203mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope
    Optical Design Schmidt-Cassegrain
    Aperture 203.2 mm
    Focal Length 2032mm
    Focal Ratio f/10
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Diagonal 90° star diagonal
    1.25" snout and eyepiece holder
    Finderscope StarPointer red dot
    1 x 3 V CR2032 lithium battery included
    Tripod Adjustable-height stainless steel
    Mount Type Single-arm motorized alt-azimuth
    Power Source Internal 9.6 V, 4.5 Ah lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery
    Runtime 10 h, max
    Optical Tube Length 17.0" / 43.2 cm
    Weight 40.6 lb / 18.4 kg
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    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 43.0 x 28.0 x 15.0"
  • JMI Telescopes Hard Carrying Case for 8" Celestron NexStar Evolution
    Outside Dimensions 31.6 x 21.4 x 13.5" (80.3 x 54.3 x 34.3 cm)
    Weight 18 lb (8.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.0 x 22.5 x 14.2"
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