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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 $4,675.00 NZ $3,999.00 Save NZ $676.00 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.

  • Explore the Universe and control your NexStar Evolution telescope with the free Celestron SkyPortal app for iOS and Android!
  • Compact, portable 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube with StarBright XLT optical coatings and Fastar compatibility
  • Computerized GoTo mount with high-performance brass worm gears and motors for improved tracking accuracy, along with reduced gear backlash
  • Rechargeable lithium-iron battery with enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing
  • Improved industrial design with manual clutches and integrated carry handles, plus the added convenience of two accessory trays and a USB charge port for your smart device

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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.

Items included

  • NexStar Evolution OTA,  Single Fork Arm Mount & Tripod,  Accessory Tray,  Built-in Wifi,  Integrated Lithium-iron battery,  NexStar+ Hand Control, | 40mm & 13mm eyepiece,  Red dot finderscope,  Visual Back,  Star Diagonal,  4 plug AC adapter

Recommended Usage – Astronomy 

*2 Year factory warranty covered by Celestron*

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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 203.2mm (8")
Focal Length 2032mm (80")
Focal Ratio f/10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 40mm (1.57")
Magnification of Eyepiece 1 51x
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2 13mm (.51")
Magnification of Eyepiece 2 156x
Finderscope Red Dot Finderscope
Star Diagonal 1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical Tube Aluminum
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 64mm (2.5")
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter 31%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area 9.77%
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length 432mm (17")
Optical Tube Diameter 238mm (9.37")
Optical Tube Weight 12.5 lbs (5.9 kg)
Dovetail Vixen/CG-5 Dovetail bar
MOUNT INFO:  
Mount Type Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Instrument load capacity 25 lbs (11 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod) 1193.8mm - 1752.6mm (47" – 69")
Tripod Leg Diameter 31.75mm (1.25") Stainless Steel
Mount Head Weight 16 lbs (18.14 kg)
Accessory Tray Yes
Tripod Weight 22 lbs (10 kg)
Slew Speeds 9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes Alt-Az, EQ North and EQ South
GPS N/A
Dovetail Compatibility Vixen/CG-5 saddle plate
Number of Auxiliary ports 4 Aux ports (Hand Control can use any of the Aux ports)
Autoguide port No
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, 1-Star Align, 2-Star Align, Auto 2-Star Align, Solar System Align, Quick-Align, Last Alignment, EQ North / EQ South Alignment (EQ align requires an equatorial wedge)
Periodic Error Correction No
Computerized Hand Control 2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection
NexStar+ Database Over 120,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects
Software Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software, SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight 51 lbs (23.13 kg)
Included Items NexStar Evolution OTA | Single Fork Arm Mount & Tripod | Accessory Tray| Built-in Wifi | Integrated Lithium-iron battery | NexStar+ Hand Control | 40mm & 13mm eyepiece | Red dot finderscope | Visual Back | Star Diagonal | 4 plug AC adapter
 
 

 

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