Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope and EclipSmart Solar Filter Kit

BH #CENSE8SFK (B&H Kit)
Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope and EclipSmart Solar Filter Kit
Key Features
  • 203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA
  • Wireless Control with iOS/Android App
  • NexStar Computer Hand Controller
  • ISO Compliant Safe Solar Filter
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 multicoating system, light transmission is increased throughout the entire optical path with antireflection multicoated lenses, highly reflective multicoated 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.
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ISO 12312-2 Compliant
Warning: Viewing the Sun without proper protection can cause permanent eye damage, blindness, and equipment damage. Always use an approved ISO 12312-2 certified solar filter when observing the Sun through optics or cameras. Never use photographic neutral density filters for direct solar viewing, viewing the sun through an optic, or when using cameras with an optical viewfinder.
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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Performance
  • 3NexStar Controller
  • 4Sky Portal App
  • 5Mount and Tripod
  • 6Included Accessories

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 multicoating system, light transmission is increased throughout the entire optical path with antireflection multicoated lenses, highly reflective multicoated 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 Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi. Manual clutches in both altitude and azimuth enable you to manually move and point the telescope when it's powered off.

Optical Performance
  • 203mm (8") aperture
  • f/10 focal ratio
  • 2032mm focal length
  • Crown optical glass primary mirror
  • StarBright XLT optical coatings: Multilayer aluminum/SiO2 (quartz)/TiO2 (titanium dioxide) mirror coatings with flat reflectivity across the light spectrum for both astrophotography/astroimaging and visual observation
  • Multilayer 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
  • 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 updates 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 Wi-Fi 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 users
  • 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
  • Antireflection 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 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: 050234120913

Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Specs

Key Specs
Optical Design
Schmidt Cassegrain
Aperture
203 mm / 8"
Focal Length
2032 mm
Focal Ratio
f/10
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter
1.25"
Type
Motorized; Alt-Azimuth Single Fork
Optical Tube Assembly
Optical Design
Schmidt Cassegrain
Aperture
203 mm / 8"
Focal Length
2032 mm
Focal Ratio
f/10
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter
1.25"
Diagonal
Star
Mounting
Dovetail
Optical Tube Dimensions
Length: 17" / 431.8 mm
Mount
Type
Motorized; Alt-Azimuth Single Fork
Tripod
Type
Adjustable, 3-Section
Tripod Height Adjustment Range
47.0 to 69.0" / 1.2 to 1.8 m
General
Wireless
Yes
Mobile App Compatible
No
*As of May, 2023: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Packaging Info
Package Weight
63.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
43 x 28 x 15"

Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Reviews

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Does the telescope come already in the Hard Case ...

Does the telescope come already in the Hard Case in this kit or do the come separately packed?
Asked by: Mohamed
This question is a double of the prior question.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2021-01-11

What is the Celestron nexstar evolution WiFi ...

What is the Celestron nexstar evolution WiFi band? (2.4G? 5G? other?). Thanks.
Asked by: Ehud
The NexStar Evolution WiFi broadcasts on 2.4GHz.
Answered by: Telescope
Date published: 2021-01-15

Can I use this with canon 7D mark II to take ...

Can I use this with canon 7D mark II to take photos of the moon? Are there better choices?
Asked by: Michael
A Cassegrain type of scope is the ideal scope for astrophotography. In addition to the scope you will need the Celestron f/6.3 Reducer/Corrector BH #CERC • MFR #94175 and the Celestron T-Ring for Canon EF-Mount Cameras BH #CETRCAF • MFR #93419. To mount the Canon EOS 7D to the scope.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2023-01-02

question

Can this scope with EdgeHD optics and Evolution mount be purchased without StarSense?
Asked by: Anonymous
As Harry pointed out, Alex's link is NOT to the same scope. It does NOT have the EdgeHD aplanatic optics. If that's important to you (it was to me), it looks like your choice is Evo mount plus StarSense or getting it with the German EQ mount (#CEAVX8EHD).
Answered by: David
Date published: 2024-02-11

Can this telescope also be powered from a mains ...

Can this telescope also be powered from a mains lead or is it battery only?
Asked by: Simon
The scope comes with an AC adapter with 5-foot cable, Celestron part 18778.
Answered by: Steven
Date published: 2020-07-25

If my choice were this versus the Advanced VX 8" ...

If my choice were this versus the Advanced VX 8" f/10 EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo EQ package (CEAVX8EHD), which is better? Scopes have *very similar* but not quite identical specifications (such as different glass for some components). Is the half-fork mount better than the German EQ? I'd have to add an eq wedge for astrophotography, but any other important differences?
Asked by: David
Optically they are the same and it is how they mount that is different. But it does not change the use of them. The Evolution is more portable and easier to setup and travel. If that is important the Evolution model might be the better option for you.
Answered by: Rob K
Date published: 2023-08-27

What is the Celestron nexstar evolution 9.25 WiFi ...

What is the Celestron nexstar evolution 9.25 WiFi band? (2.4G? 5G? other?). Thanks.
Asked by: Ehud
The Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 203mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo Telescope uses 2.4Ghz wifi.
Answered by: Boyd H
Date published: 2022-03-11

I have just taken delivery of this telescope. The ...

I have just taken delivery of this telescope. The 'Celestron' logo on the side of the fork mount arm (above the WIFI symbol indicator) does not light up under any circumstances. (The WIFI connection symbol light and tray accessory light work fine. ) On the regular 'Evolution' models (IE not this limited edition model) this 'Celestron' logo serves as a battery indicator light and power light. It pulses when the battery is charging and it is illuminated when the mount power is switched on. The regular 'Evolution' user manual refers to this light as the 'Celestron Power Logo'. To be clear - I am not talking about the WIFI symbol light, which is working fine. So my question is - does this Limited Edition model actually have a working 'Celestron Power Logo' light? The design of the Celestron logo on the fork arm on this limited Edition model is different from the regular Evolution models and I am wondering if it is actually meant to light up on my model?? Otherwise, how am I meant to be able to see if the battery is charging, etc??? (See "Appendix C: L.E.D. Status" of the regular Evolution manual where it confirms about the Power Logo lighting up during charging, etc) So, right now, I don't know if my Celestron Power Logo light is broken or if this precise model does not have one?? Please only respond if you are SURE of the answer to this question. I don't mean to sound rude, I just want to know if I have a defective mount or not :) I dont have a smart phone to check battery status, so it's very important for me to have a working battery status light. Celestron agree with me, because they designed the regular Evolution model with this light ;) Thanks for any help you can give me in solving this mystery.
Asked by: Simon
Your mount is not defective. The plastic in the fork arm in front of the Power Logo is opaque on the Limited 60th Anniversary NexStar Evolution 8 #12098, so the battery light is not visible. Customers will need to download the SkyPortal App to see what the battery level on the mount is and verify that the battery is charging. We apologize for the confusion and will be making an official statement regarding this for our website shortly.
Answered by: Telescope
Date published: 2020-08-01
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