NEXSTAR EVOLUTION 8 HD WITH STARSENSE - SKU# 12096

by Celestron
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$3,989.95
$2,449.00
  • 8” EdgeHD optical tube provides superb visual and astro-imaging performance, free of coma and field curvature.
  • Rechargeable lithium-iron phosphate battery with enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing.
  • Built-in WiFi—no hand control required! Use your smartphone or tablet to connect to the telescope via WiFi.
  • StarSense AutoAlign aligns your telescope automatically and works with the SkyPortal app for complete wireless control.
  • NexStar Evolution mount is packed with convenient features like manual release clutches and precision machined worm gears for both axes, a USB charge port, tray lighting for your accessories, and more.
  • Accessories included: 40mm & 13mm Plössl (1.25"), Visual back (1.25”), StarPointer Pro™ finderscope, StarSense AutoAlign, and a 1.25" star diagonal

The innovative NexStar Evolution is a telescope made for hours of serious visual observing and certain types of astroimaging. The NexStar Evolution HD package stands out due to its unique features, including:  StarSense AutoAlign, EdgeHD optics, integrated WiFi, and its internal LiFePO4 battery.

StarSense AutoAlign in the SkyPortal App

StarSense AutoAlign helps you optimize your time outdoors, giving you back time you would have spent aligning your telescope and allowing you more time to observe.

8” EdgeHD Optical Tube

EdgeHD is an aplanatic, flat-field Schmidt optical system that produces aberration-free images across a wide visual and photographic field of view.

The EdgeHD optical tube is Fastar-compatible for ultra-fast f/2 wide field imaging with an optional, third-party lens assembly.

Perfect for Visual Use or Beginning Astroimaging

This telescope is an excellent instrument for those looking to explore astroimaging. It’s the only fork-mounted telescope in its price range that offers brass worm gears along with improved motors, which provide great tracking accuracy. You can even experiment with imaging brighter deep-sky objects like the Orion Nebula with your DSLR camera.  


OPTICAL TUBE INFO:
Optical Design: EdgeHD
Aperture: 203.2mm (8")
Focal Length: 2032mm (80")
Focal Ratio: f/10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1: 40mm (1.57")
Magnification of Eyepiece 1: 51x
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2: 13mm (.51")
Magnification of Eyepiece 2: 156x
Finderscope: StarPointer Pro™ finderscope
Star Diagonal: 1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical Tube: Aluminum
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 (Compared to human eye): 843x
Secondary Mirror Obstruction: 64mm (2.5")
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter: 31%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area: 9.77%
Optical Coatings: StarBright XLT
Optical Tube Length: 432mm (17")
Optical Tube Diameter: 238mm (9.37")
Optical Tube Weight: 14 lbs (6.35 kg)
Dovetail: CG-5 Dovetail bar
MOUNT INFO:
Mount Type: Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Instrument load capacity: 25 lbs (11 kg)
Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod): 1193.8mm - 1752.6mm (47" – 69")
Tripod Leg Diameter: 38.1mm (1.5") Stainless Steel
Mount Head Weight: 16 lbs (7 kg)
Accessory Tray: Yes
Tripod Weight: 12 lbs (5.44 kg)
Slew Speeds: 9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes: Alt-Az, EQ North and EQ South
GPS: N/A
Dovetail Compatibility: CG-5 saddle plate
Number of Auxiliary ports: 4 Aux ports (Hand Control can use any of the Aux ports)
Autoguide port: No
USB Port: Yes, Hand Control input and Mount output
Power Requirements: Internal 9 6V, 4 5Ah lithium iron phosphate battery (LiFePO4)
Motor Drive: DC servo motors
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)
Periodic Error Correction: No
Computerized Hand Control: 2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection
NexStar+ Database: Over 40,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects
Software: Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software | SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight: 42 lbs (19.05 kg)
Included Items: NexStar Evolution OTA | Single Fork Arm Mount & Tripod | Accessory Tray| Built-in Wifi | Integrated Lithium-iron battery | Starsense Hand Control | 40mm & 13mm eyepiece | StarPointer Pro™ finderscope | Visual Back | Star Diagonal | 4 plug AC adapter
Solar Warning
  • Never look directly at the Sun with the naked eye or with an optic (unless you have the proper solar filter). Permanent and irreversible eye damage may result.
  • Never use your optic to project an image of the Sun onto any surface. Internal heat build-up can damage the optic and any accessories attached to it.
  • Never leave your optic unsupervised. Make sure an adult who is familiar with the correct operating procedures is with your optic at all times, especially when children are present.

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