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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" 203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain
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Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" 203mm Schmidt-Cassegrain

Exceptional optics and power, versatile and user friendly with integrated WIFI and 10 hours re-chargeable battery life.
NZ $4,375.00 NZ $3,325.00 Save NZ $1,050.00 incl GST
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Telescope Description

Celestron’s signature telescopes reach a new level with NexStar Evolution 8, the first Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with integrated WiFi. Leave your hand control behind and slew to all the best celestial objects with a tap of your smartphone or tablet. Connect your device to NexStar Evolution’s built-in wireless network, and explore the universe with the Celestron mobile app for iOS and Android. 

Use the planetarium interface to view the night sky in real time or display a list of celestial objects currently visible based on your time and location. Our proprietary SkyAlign alignment procedure is built right into the Celestron mobile app, so you’re ready to observe within minutes.

THE MOST USER-FRIENDLY TELESCOPE EVER
Celestron engineers designed NexStar Evolution based on years of customer feedback. It offers many thoughtful design features that combine to provide you the best possible experience out under the stars.

Forget about batteries or an external power supply. For the first time ever on a consumer telescope, NexStar Evolution includes its own built-in battery. With this ultra-long life lithium-iron phosphate battery, you’ll be able 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 the other devices in your life that need to stay powered on during an observing session. An intelligent power management system senses when battery levels are low and goes 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. Store up to 7 eyepieces in 2 accessory trays, one with an adjustable red LED illuminator.

SUPERIOR TRACKING FIT FOR ASTROIMAGING
If you’re interested in astroimaging, the 8-inch NexStar Evolution is an excellent, affordable way to get started. It’s the only fork-mounted telescope in its price range that offers brass worm gears, along with improved motors. NexStar Evolution’s tracking accuracy is so impressive, you can capture images of deep-sky objects like the Orion Nebula by simply attaching your DSLR camera.  As you progress in the hobby of astroimaging, you can add our HD Pro Wedge to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astrophotos. NexStar Evolution compatible with the wedge when used with the CPC tripod (sold separately).

Of course, the Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system offers bright, sharp views with StarBright XLT optical coatings—a great choice for visual observers and budding astroimagers alike.

NexStar Evolution is equipped with 4 auxiliary ports--2 on top of the fork and 2 on the bottom. A classic NexStar+ hand control is included, but is not necessary when using NexStar Evolution with the mobile app. The telescope also includes a StarPointer finderscope, two 1.25” Plossl eyepieces, a 1.25” star diagonal, and an AC adapter.
 

Optical Performance
  • Aperture: 8" / 203mm
  • Focal ratio: f/10
  • Focal length: 2032mm
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain optical design
  • StarBright XLT fully multicoated optical system
StarBright XLT Coating System
  • Multi-layer mirror coatings made from layers of aluminum, SiO2 (quartz), TiO2 (titanium dioxide), and Si02 (silicon dioxide)
  • Reflectivity is flat across the light spectrum, for both astrophotography/astroimaging and visual observation
  • Multi-layer anti-reflective coatings made from layers of MgF2 (magnesium fluoride) and HfO2 (hafnium dioxide)
  • High-transmission water white glass corrector lens with 97.4% light transmission
WiFi Connectivity
  • Free Celestron Navigator app for Android or iOS mobile devices
  • 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
  • Tap the objects on the screen, and the telescope moves to the object
  • Experience additional audio and video content about what you're looking at, and sky tours based on the time of year and your location
SkyAlign Technology
  • Alignment takes minutes, with minimal effort or experience
  • Enter day, time, and location
  • Point the telescope at three bright objects in the sky, and the telescope does the rest
  • No need to point it North or to perfectly level the scope
NexStar Controller
  • Four-line 18-character LCD display
  • Red back-lighting protects night-adjusted vision during observation sessions
  • Database of over 40,000 celestial objects
  • Automatically slew to planets, and objects in a variety of catalogs, including the Messier, NGC, Caldwell, and SAO brightest stars
  • Tour Mode: Shows a selection of the most popular objects for the time and date you are observing
  • Pre-programmed alignment systems including SkyAlign, Auto 2-Star, 1-Star, 2-Star, and Solar System for fast and easy set up
  • Pre-set sidereal, solar, and lunar slew speeds for observing the fast-moving Moon, to slower-moving deep space subjects
  • Manually set slew speed at 1, 2, or 3 degrees per second, or choose speeds as low as 2x or as high as 64x
  • Flash upgradeable firmware allows users to upgrade its software via the Internet from the Celestron website
Kelner 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
  • 90° star diagonal included for more comfortable viewing
Mount and Tripod
  • Motorized, computer-controlled single-arm fork mount
  • Slew speeds up to 4°/sec
  • variable speed sidereal, lunar, and solar tracking rates
  • Altitude and azimuth clutches to manually point the telescope when it's powered off
  • Stainless steel two-section adjustable-height tripod with accessory tray
  • Spikes at the end of the legs provide a sure footing
  • Tray keeps accessories and equipment safe and organized
  • No tools required to set up mount and tripod

Recommended Usage – Astronomy 

*2 Year factory warranty covered by Celestron*

Download Telescope Manual
 


Awards and Reviews
 

HotProdLogo2015-788 Annual award from Sky & Telescope Magazine
  • Skyandtelescope.com  January 2015
  • "Celestron's new NexStar Evolution series is loaded with extremely well-thought-out features for the beginning or experienced amateur."

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"THIS ROBOTIC WIFI TELESCOPE IS THE COOLEST APP-CESSORY IN THE GALAXY"
  • www.wired.com
  • Author: Tim Moynihan,  Gear 04.17.2014
BBC review s-n-fl112 5star small-604
Celestron's NexStar Evolution 8 was featured in Sky at Night Magazine's September 2014 issue no 112:
"Innovation is always great to see and occasionally something comes along that taps into either a current trend or takes advantage of improved technology. 5-STAR OVERALL RATING
 

Specifications 

 
Optical Tube Info:  
Optical Design Schmidt Cassegrain
Aperture 203.2 mm
Focal Length 2032 mm
Focal Ratio 10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 40 mm
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2 13 mm
Magnification of Eyepiece 1 51x
Magnification of Eyepiece 2 156x
Finderscope StarPointer
Star Diagonal 1.25"
Mount Info:  
Mount Type Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Tripod Stainless Steel
Power Requirements Internal battery included
HIghest Useful Magnification 480x
Lowest Useful Magnification 29x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.69 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes) 0.57 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye) 843x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction 2.5 in (64 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 9.77%
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length 17 in
Total Telescope Kit Weight 40.6 lbs
Max Slew Speed 4 degrees per second
Tracking Rates Sidereal, solar and lunar
Alignment Procedures SkyAlign, 3-Star Align, Solar System Align
Communication Ports 1 hand control and 3 aux ports for optional accessories
App Database Over 120,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects
USB Charge Port Yes
 
 

 

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