The next step in Celestron's telescope revolution has arrived: the Celestron NexStar Evolution HD 8" WiFi Telescope. The original NexStar Evolution reinvented amateur astronomy when it exploded onto the scene in 2014. Now, Evolution HD promises to do the same for astrophotography. This robust imaging platform, complete with EdgeHD optics, is ready for literally any type of astroimaging from the Moon and planets to the faintest of galaxies and wide field mosaics.
Everything you need to capture the Universe
Evolution HD brings together Celestron's most imaging technologies in one surprisingly affordable telescope. The telescope maker's proprietary EdgeHD optical system is ideal for astrophotographers with its sharp-to-the-edge performance on today's largest astronomy cameras and DSLR sensors. You'll get pinpoint stars free of coma and field curvature every time.
Next, Celestron has added the StarSense AutoAlign accessory. Although StarSense is perfect for astronomy newbies, it also offers tremendous benefits for serious imagers. With this accessory, you can add up to 10 additional calibration stars to your alignment for Celestron's most accurate tracking ever. You'll see the difference in your images for exposures longer than a minute or two.
Seamless integration with your mobile device
Of course, it's the built-in WiFi network that makes Evolution unlike any other stargazing experience. When you turn the telescope on, it begins to broadcast its signal in a 30-foot radius. Connect to the telescope via your smartphone or tablet, and your device becomes a wireless hand control. You can slew the telescope using directional buttons on your screen, or use StarSense AutoAlign to let the computer orient itself to the night sky in about three minutes.
Interaction with the telescope occurs through Celestron’s free SkyPortal mobile app for iOS and Android. This robust planetarium app features a 120,000-object database and a list of Tonight’s Best objects based on your observing time and location. While you view objects in the eyepiece, you can listen to hundreds of audio descriptions of the most popular objects.
Power is one of the biggest headaches for amateur astronomers and astroimagers on-the-go. From carrying a stash of AA batteries to buying an expensive external power supply, the solutions have never been elegant—until now. Celestron equipped NexStar Evolution with a rechargeable internal battery with enough juice to power 10 hours of stargazing. When you get home, just plug the fork arm into an AC outlet with the included adapter. In less than three hours, you’re fully charged and ready for the next night out. The high-quality lithium-ion phosphate battery Celestron selected performs exceptionally well through thousands of charge cycles.
The best part? There’s an integrated USB port that allows you to tap into Evolution’s battery to top off smartphones, USB-powered hand warmers, and any other gadgets you have with you.
Smart design and superior performance
Celestron spent years perfecting NexStar Evolution’s industrial design. The result is a telescope that’s easy and intuitive to use, with plenty of creature comforts. Large, ergonomic handles make setting up your Evolution quick and easy, while manual clutches enable you to point and position your telescope when it’s powered off. There are even etchings on the tripod legs to help you achieve proper balance and a uniform height.
Evolution includes not one, but two accessory trays. There’s room for seven eyepieces and a place to store your smartphone. The upper accessory tray features an adjustable red LED illuminator so you can find what you need in the dark without sacrificing night vision.
Of course, the optics are the most important part of any telescope and the NexStar Evolution HD impresses with its 8” EdgeHD optical tube.In addition to crisp edge-to-edge performance, all optical surfaces are coated with StarBright XLT coatings to increase light transmission and reduce internal reflections. The telescope offers enough aperture to view even faint, deep sky objects like distant galaxies and nebulae. Take your NexStar Evolution to a dark sky site and the optical performance speaks for itself.
Finally, the gears and motors inside NexStar Evolution are simply the best ever offered on a telescope in this price range. Improved motors and brass worm gears reduce backlash for excellent tracking performance, while the beefy single fork arm mount provides a super-stable platform.
Overall, the Celestron NexStar Evolution HD is simple enough for beginners, but can accomodate a lifetime of observing and astrophotography. Whether it's your first telescope or your tenth, it could be the last one you ever need to buy.
Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Fast Facts
- Uses free Celestron SkyPortal mobile app with planetarium interface
- Mount features high-performance brass worm gears
- Improved motors for better tracking accuracy and reduced gear backlash
- Battery provides 10 hours of continuous observing
- Manual clutches and integrated carry handles
- Equipped with 4 AUX ports, 2 accessory trays and a USB charge port
- Includes a NexStar+ hand control, though it isn’t necessary when used in WiFi mode
8" EdgeHD optical tube, StarSense AutoAlign accessory, 1.25" star diagonal, 40mm Plossl eyepiece, 13mm Plossl eyepiece, StarPointer red dot finderscope, single fork arm mount with built-in battery, full-height tripod, accessory tray, AC adapter, NexStar+ hand control
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