Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 EdgeHD with StarSense

Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 EdgeHD with StarSense

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About this product

Model:  cel_nexstarevo_8hd
Part Number:  12096-CGL

Enjoy Celestron's EdgeHD 8” optics and StarSense AutoAlign on their renowned Evolution mount, all controlled from the StarSense hand control or your tablet or phone via the SkyPortal app! 

The NexStar Evolution keeps evolving. Celestron has paired their best optics with their best technology to make a remarkably versatile and portable telescope system. 

Equipped with StarSense AutoAlign, go-to alignment is done automatically once you tap “Connect and Align”! 

Celestron's EdgeHD flat-field coma-free astro-imaging systems were made to accommodate modern imaging cameras of all types, especially larger format CCD and DSLR cameras.  


  • 8” f/10 EdgeHD: Portable yet enough light-gathering power to see detailed views of the solar system and deep sky objects. EdgeHD optics provide superb visual and astro-imaging performance, free of coma and field curvature.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery with enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing
  • Built-in WiFi: No Hand controller required! Just use your smartphone or tablet, which connects to the telescope via WiFi.
  • StarSense Auto Align: Automatically aligns your telescope and works with the SkyPortal app for complete wireless control.
  • Fastar/HyperStar compatible: Image deep sky objects in seconds at f/2, often eliminating the need to autoguide or track on a wedge.
  • The Renowned NexStar Evolution Mount: Packed with features that improve your experience, including manual release clutches and precision machined worm gears for both axes, tray lighting, a USB charge port for your smartphone, tray lighting for your accessories, and more.
  • Fully motorised computer go-to: After automatically aligning with StarSense, 


Celestron added their StarSense AutoAlign technology to the SkyPortal app, making SkyPortal the most advanced telescope control app. StarSense automatically aligns itself from your smart device and has advanced mount modelling, enabling you to enter up to 10 alignment points for the most precision pointing accuracy possible. Even advanced telescope users will love using StarSense AutoAlign through the app. This affordable accessory replaces the expensive software normally used for advanced mount modelling. 

With built-in mount modelling, you'll achieve superior pointing accuracy from horizon to horizon. When your alignment needs to be perfect, add up to 10 additional calibration stars to reach a new level of accuracy, which is great for locating objects in the camera’s field of view for astro-imaging.


The 8-inch NexStar Evolution HD is the only fork-mounted telescope in its price range offering brass worm gears and improved motors. Tracking is great, and so is the flat-field, coma-free EdgeHD optical system. 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 astro-imaging, you can add Celestron's Wedge for NexStar Evolution (93665) to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astrophotos.

For the visual astronomer, Celestron's EdgeHD optics with StarBright XLT coatings also provides bright, sharp views.

NexStar Evolution has four auxiliary ports, two on top of the fork and two on the bottom. A StarSense hand control is still included but is not necessary when using NexStar Evolution with the app. The telescope also includes a StarPointer Pro finderscope, two 1.25” Plossl eyepieces, a 1.25” star diagonal and an international AC adapter.


Access the sky and control your telescope from an interactive planetarium on your smart device – providing the best star gazing experience for you, your friends, and your family. Know when Jupiter’s Great Red Spot will be visible, including shadow transits, planetary occultations, and conjunctions, or pick the best deep sky objects to view, such as galaxies and nebulae. Learn about these objects with informative backstories and beautiful image galleries, then see them through the telescope!

Controls everything, including StarSense. Tap Connect and Align and let StarSense automatically align the telescope for you.

Upgradable to SkySafari Plus 4 and SkySafari Pro 4

Telescope Field of View Simulator

What's in the box

  • 8" EdgeHD Telescope OTA
  • Evolution Telescope Mount
  • StarSense
  • StarPointer Pro Finderscope
  • 2 x 1.25" Plossl Eyepieces
  • 1.25" Star Diagonal
  • International AC Adapter
  • NexStar+ hand controller


Optical Design Schmidt Cassegrain
Aperture 203.2mm (8")
Focal Lengtd 2032 mm (80")
Focal Ratio 7.4
Focal Lengtd of Eyepiece 1 40mm
Focal Lengtd of Eyepiece 2 12.5mm
Magnification of Eyepiece 1 38x
Magnification of Eyepiece 2 150x
Finderscope StarPointer Pro
Star Diagonal 1.25"
Mount Type Single Fork Arm Altazimutd
Tripod Stainless Steel
Power Requirements Internal battery included
HIghest Useful Magnification 480x
Lowest Useful Magnification 29x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude 14
Resolution (Rayleigh) 0.59 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes) 0.57 arc seconds
Light Gatdering Power (Compared to human eye) 843x
Optical Coatings StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Lengtd 16in
Total Telescope Kit Weight 40.6lbs
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
International Plugs witd AC Adapter US, UK, EU, AU
App Database Over 120,000 including 220 of tde best deep sky and solar system objects
USB Charge Port Yes

Customer reviews

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excellent but..
21 January 2024  | 

excellent piece of equipment, I've had a lot of fun observing the moon with my Binoviewer( Maxbright II ) with this telescope. It's sturdy enough to not bounce about without shakes when observing. But If you wear glasses like me, then putting your glasses way up onto the eyepiece may cause a little disturbance but nothing too bad.
I've had the chance to test it out on one very clear and cold winter night -4C ( 24.8F).
I left the telescope out for about an hour for it to accumulate to the temperature, when I got going and turned on the telescope , I was only able to observe for 1 hour max.
I was getting Low battery warning and the hand controller display was super sluggish. when I took it back inside and left it to warm up agin, I found that the battery was stating high charge, so I've concluded that this telescope does not like the cold. so take that into consideration. I've yet to test it out in the summer, but apart from that secnario, I'd say its a really good telescope.

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celestron evo 8hd
13 September 2022  | 

Excellent service.speedy delivery.very happy

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Almost perfect for portable use
15 April 2016  | 

I was fortunate to find a standalone Evolution mount and bought the Edge 8HD ota separately. This combo was not available at the time. The main selling point for the mount is the internal battery in my opinion. Wifi is also nice to have although Celestron has to improve their Android App, it has an annoying lag when pushing the buttons om my Sony Xperia Z2 but it works ok. Another important feature for portable use is the click stop when mounting the base to the tripod, makes it a lot easier to mount base to tripod in the dark.

OTA: The edge 8 optics is great although you will have some vignetting with a full frame dslr like Canon D6. The cure is either flatframes or just use the center of the field for planetary photography etc. The cooling vents is another overlooked feature in many telescope designs. A portable SCT should always include vents. If you live in an apartment and unable to store it outside it will take several hours to cool it from 20 degrees celcius to about -5 celsius, very common in northern Sweden where I live. I added third-party fans to my edge hd8 vents and now it only takes about 15 minutes. I highly recommend this product, especially for portable use.


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