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Celestron Evolution 8" EdgeHD Telescope with StarSense - 60th Anniversary Edition - 12098

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Celestron Evolution 8" EdgeHD Telescope with StarSense - 60th Anniversary Edition

Limited Edition! Only 600 Available!

The Celestron NexStar Evolution 8” 60th Anniversary Edition Telescope is a limited-edition telescope celebrating 60 years with Celestron! It comes with the trusted and high quality performance of the Celestron 8" NexStar Evolution telescope, plus several new features and a brand new look! This 60th Anniversary Celestron telescope comes with a carbon fiber optical tube assembly and vintage-style badging and logos. Included in the anniversary package are three interchangeable “spinner” emblems. To commemorate this piece of Celestron history, there is a certificate of authenticity individually numbered and signed by Celestron pioneer Alan Hale and CEO Corey Lee included with your purchase.

As an added bonus, this 8" Evolution also includes StarSense AutoAlign, EdgeHD Optics, Internal WiFi and CPWI telescope control software.

Celestron NexStar Evolution 8HD Telescope Highlights

  • The newly designed carbon fiber OTA of the NexStar Evolution 8HD telescope invokes the iconic OTA design of Celestron carbon fiber OTAs while serving a functional purpose to help with telescope performance. The twill carbon fiber weave is resistant to thermal expansion and helps the optical system maintain focus during ambient temperature changes.
  • On the base of the mount, you will find a vintage nameplate with the telescope's serial number. The name plate uses a retro-style labeling.
  • Included in the Anniversary Edition package, you will find three interchangeable spinning emblems that can be placed in a slot on the fork arm of the mount. The designs consist of Celestron's current 2020 logo, the 60th Anniversary logo, and the vintage "hamburger" logo.
  • Control your NexStar Evolution telescope and StarSense technology wirelessly from your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet! Use the free Celestron SkyPortal mobile app with planetarium interface and SkyAlign technology
  • This model of the NexStar Evolution includes a portable 8” EdgeHD optical tube with StarBright XLT optical coatings and Fastar compatibility.
  • The computerized Evolution GoTo mount includes high-performance worm gears and motors for improved tracking accuracy, along with reduced gear backlash.
  • Included rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing
  • The Celestron NexStar Evolution has an 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.

More About the Celestron NexStar Evolution 8” Telescope

Celestron's signature telescopes reach a new level with the NexStar Evolution! It is an EdgeHD telescope with integrated WiFi so you can 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 SkyPortal mobile app for iOS and Android.

The included StarSense AutoAlign helps users optimize their time during observation sessions by helping align the Evolution 8HD telescope. Star Sense scans the night sky, analyzing the star patterns overhead and automatically calculating the telescope's precise location, date, and time. You can also add up to ten additional alignment stars.

NexStar Evolution - the Most User Friendly Telescope Ever!

Celestron engineers designed the 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 so that you will be able to enjoy stargazing marathons of 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.

Enjoy Superior Tracking While Astro-Imaging!

If you’re interested in astro-imaging, the Celestron 8” NexStar Evolution is an excellent, affordable way to get started. It’s the only fork-mounted telescope in its price range that offers 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 astronomical imaging, you can add the Celestron Pro HD Wedge to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astrophotos

Of course, the 8HD optical system offers bright, sharp views with StarBright XLT optical coatings—a great choice for visual observers and budding astroimagers alike.

The 8” NexStar Evolution includes a StarPointer Pro finderscope, a 32 mm 2” eyepiece, two 1.25” eyepieces (15 mm and 9 mm), a 2” star diagonal with 1.25” adapter, and an AC adapter.

About the EdgeHD Optics

Celestron's EdgeHD Optical Tube is an aplanatic, flat-field Schmidt optical system designed to produce aberration-free images across a wide visual and photographic field of view. The optical system on the Celestron EdgeHD 8 was designed to give an astrograph quality flat focal plane all the way to the edge of the field of view as well as reducing the off-axis star coma. The difference in EdgeHD optics is that they produce a focal plane more than three times flatter than that from a standard Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and dramatically flatter than other competitive coma-free designs. The EdgeHD design of this Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA guarantees you visibly sharp stars across some of the largest CCD chips available today.

Celestron 8” NexStar Evolution Specifications

  • Optical Design: EdgeHD
  • Aperture: 203.2 mm
  • Focal Length: 2032 mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/10
  • Finderscope: Starpointer Pro (Includes 3V CR2032 lithium button battery)
  • Star Diagonal: 2” with 1.25” adapter
  • Mount Type: Single Fork Arm Alt-azimuth
  • Tripod: Stainless Steel
  • Tripod Leg Diameter: 31.75mm (1.25") 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: 843x
  • Optical Coatings: StarBright XLT
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 2.5" (64 mm)
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 31%
  • Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 9.77%
  • Optical Tube Length: 17"
  • Max Slew Speed: 4 degrees per second
  • Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
  • 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)
  • Communication Ports: 1 hand control and 3 aux ports
  • App Database: Over 40,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects
  • USB Charge Port: Yes