Celestron NexStar Evolution 8

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About this product

Model:  cel_nexstarevo_8
Part Number:  12091-CGL

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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What's in the box

  • Telescope OTA
  • Telescope Mount
  • StarPointer Finderscope
  • 2 x 1.25" Plossl Eyepieces
  • 1.25" Star Diagonal
  • AC Adapter
  • NexStar+ hand controller


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 Type Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Tripod Stainless Steel
Power Requirements Internal battery included
HIghest Useful Magnification480x
Lowest Useful Magnification29x
Limiting Stellar Magnitude14
Resolution (Rayleigh)0.69 arc seconds
Resolution (Dawes)0.57 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)843x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction2.5 in (64 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area9.77%
Optical CoatingsStarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length17 in
Total Telescope Kit Weight40.6 lbs
Max Slew Speed4 degrees per second
Tracking RatesSidereal, solar and lunar
Alignment ProceduresSkyAlign, 3-Star Align, Solar System Align
Communication Ports1 hand control and 3 aux ports for optional accessories
App DatabaseOver 120,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects
USB Charge PortYes

Downloads / Manuals

The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:


Celestron NexStar Evolution Manual (PDF)

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So easy to set up. Great views
07 November 2022  | 

Iíve been struggling with 50+ kilos of mount and scope and counter weights for years. Setup and tear down is always a chore. Not any more. Pick it up. Plonk it in the garden. Go back inside. Click connect and align. Woohoo. The views are great


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Q1. Does the new Evolution series feature Celestron's polar align feature? ?

The polar align feature is built in to the included NexStar+ hand controller. The app will have this feature in a later update (estimated Summer 2014). The polar alignment feature is only used when the telescope is mounted on the optional wedge.

Q2. What is the life expectancy of the built in battery?

Celestron have used long life lithium iron phosphate batteries with numerous advantages over traditional lithium cobalt oxide designs, and even more against standard lead acid designs. The built in battery is rated to sustain two thousand charge cycles and has a life expectancy of 10 years! This greatly exceeds the battery longevity of most consumer products. So, while the battery is user-replaceable, batteries should not normally need to be replaced if reasonable care is given to keep them charged. Note that unlike lead acid batteries, the lithium iron phosphate batteries don't have charge memory and can be drained 100% without damage. Just be sure to keep the battery charged every 3 to 6 months, and expect the battery to last many years.

Q3. Can the battery be replaced?

Yes - Celestron have confirmed that the battery can be replaced by the user but please see the question above for more information about the life expectancy of the battery.