INCLUDED IN THE BOX
- Telescope OTA
- Telescope Mount
- StarPointer Finderscope
- 2 x 1.25" Plossl Eyepieces
- 1.25" Star Diagonal
- AC Adapter
- Optional hand controller
Celestron's highly regarded 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain optics with StarBright XLT coatings on a computerised GoTo mount with integrated wifi connectivity and a lithium-ion battery capable of 10 hours continuous use. What is there not to like!
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 the 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 lithium-ion 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.
Setting up your NexStar Evolution is quick and painless with large, ergonomic handles. The steel tripod features leg etchings to 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.
"With all this hi-tech wizardry built in, assembly and basic set-up was straightforward. We switched the mount on, connected our tablet to the SkyQLink Wi-Fi using the free Celestron SkyPortal app (available for iOS and Android) and performed the star alignment routine. We aligned on each target with ease; most lay within the central 50 per cent of the view in the 40mm eyepiece. Accuracy was improved by aligning with the 13mm eyepiece; after doing this, most objects were in the centre of the 40mm eyepiece, and in the 13mm they were all within the inner 50 per cent.
The optics are Fastar compatible, so the secondary mirror can be replaced with a Fastar/HyperStar unit onto which a CCD camera can be mounted. This speeds up the scope’s focal ratio by a factor of five to f/2 – especially useful for deep-sky imaging.
Our tests on Vega in Lyra revealed the optics to be very good, the bright star being pin sharp 85 per cent out from the centre of the view, with only some very slight coma present. We picked out double star Albireo in Cygnus and enjoyed the golden and pale blue hues of its components in both 40mm and 13mm eyepieces. Moving across the sky to Iota Cassiopeiae, we could split the triple star nicely with the 13mm eyepiece.
Within the Solar System, Saturn looked splendid, with a band visible on the planet’s disc, the Cassini division clear to see and several moons in attendance. The nearly first quarter Moon showed off a wealth of craters and filled half of the 40mm eyepiece, showing that this accessory has a 1º field of view. Next we toured some favourite summer deep-sky objects, with globular cluster M13, the Swan Nebula, galaxies M81 and M82, and open cluster M39 nicely filling the view with the 40mm eyepiece. Slewing to all these targets not with a hand controller but with the planetarium interface of the SkyPortal app was simple and intuitive." BBCky at Night Magazine Review 5/5
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