Celestron 60th Anniversary NexStar Evolution 8 Telescope
- 60th ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION - Only 600 units will be produced, each with a unique serial number
- Certificate of authenticity signed by Celestron pioneer Alan Hale and CEO Corey Lee
- Carbon Fiber 8” EDGEHD Optical Tube - Carbon fiber minimizes thermal expansion with ambient temperature changes
- EdgeHD optics provide superb visual and astroimaging performance free of coma and field curvature
- Retro details and all-new look with vintage-style badging and logos and a set of 3 interchangeable commemorative “spinner” emblems
- 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 control the telescope via WiFi
- StarSense AutoAlign automatically aligns your telescope in about 3 minutes
- Fastar compatible so you can image deep sky objects at f/2, often eliminating the need to autoguide or track on a wedge
- NexStar Evolution mount packed with convenient features including a USB charge port, adjustable lighting, precision machined worm gears for both axes
- Accessories included: 3 quality eyepieces - 32 mm (2"), 9 mm and 15 mm (1.25"), StarPointer Pro™ finderscope, StarSense AutoAlign, 2" Star Diagonal w/1.25" adapter, spinner emblems, and a certificate of authenticity individually numbered and signed by Celestron pioneer Alan Hale and CEO Corey Lee
This is an amazing Limited Edition, 60th Anniversary model of the NexStar Evolution 8" EdgeHD Telescope. Only 600 individual telescopes will be produced for this Limited Edition. Order yours NOW! These will be highly prized commemorative Celestron items and they will go fast!
Celestron's NexStar Evolution 8 HD 60th Anniversary Edition telescope celebrates the best of Celestron’s past and present. Each telescope includes an individually numbered certificate of authenticity signed by CEO Corey Lee and Celestron pioneer Alan Hale. This limited-edition scope is sure to become a valuable asset and a treasured part of Celestron history. This Celestron 60th Anniversary NexStar Evolution 8 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. Capture images of the Moon and planets by attaching any planetary imaging camera. You can even experiment with imaging brighter deep-sky objects like the Orion Nebula with your DSLR camera.
As you progress in the hobby of astroimaging, you may want to turn your alt-azimuth mount into equatorial setup by adding the Wedge for NexStar Evolution. This accessory will enable you to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astrophotos. The NexStar Evolution mount also features a built-in lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery with enough power for 10-hour astroimaging sessions.
The innovative NexStar Evolution is a compact, portable, and mechanically solid 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. The NexStar Evolution mount stays true to its name and keeps evolving; it’s been updated with unique features for this limited edition. The Evolution mount is paired with 8” EdgeHD optics—inside a carbon fiber tube for the first time ever. You also receive the StarSense AutoAlign accessory, three eyepieces (including one 2” eyepiece), and lots of other upgrades that make this a versatile and portable telescope system.
The twill weave carbon fiber optical tube evokes Celestron’s iconic carbon fiber tubes of decades past. But it’s not just for looks—carbon fiber is resistant to thermal expansion, which helps the optical system maintain focus as the ambient temperature changes. This Celestron 60th Anniversary NexStar Evolution 8 Telescope may have some of the looks of their telescopes from years gone by, but make no mistake, this is a modern, high performance optical system and mount from the company you have always trusted, Celestron!
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. It scans the night sky and analyzes the star patterns overhead, automatically calculating the telescope’s precise location, the date, and the current time. With this system you can add up to 10 additional alignment stars for the most accurate alignment possible. Because StarSense AutoAlign is paired with the Evolution mount, you get even more functionality and ease of use. Connect to the mount via the SkyPortal mobile app and you can perform the automatic alignment directly from your smart device.
EdgeHD is an aplanatic, flat-field Schmidt optical system that produces aberration-free images across a wide visual and photographic field of view. The optical system reduces more than just off-axis star coma; it provides an astrograph-quality flat focal plane all the way to the edge of the field of view. EdgeHD optics produce a focal plane more than three times flatter than a standard Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and dramatically flatter than competing coma-free designs. The 8” EdgeHD flat-field and coma-free optical tube was made to give you modern imaging with cameras of all types.
You receive 3 high quality eyepieces—a 2” E-lux 32 mm, a 1.25” Omni 15 mm, and a 1.25” Omni 9 mm. This eyepiece collection (a unique feature from Celestron) is robust enough to view most any celestial object right out of the box. What’s more, your telescope includes a 2” Star Diagonal with 1.25” adapter, the StarSense AutoAlign accessory, and a StarPointer Pro finderscope. The StarSense AutoAlign comes with a hand control, but thanks to the internal WiFi and SkyPortal app, use of the hand control is completely optional. Also included with your purchase is a free download of Celestron’s Starry Night Special Edition Software.
|Aperture||203.2 mm (8")|
|Focal Length||2032 mm (80")|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 1||32 mm (1.26")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 1||64x|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 2||15 mm (.59")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 2||135x|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 3||9 mm (.34")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 3||226x|
|Finderscope||StarPointer Pro™ finderscope|
|Star Diagonal||2" Star Diagonal w/ 1.25" adapter|
|Optical Tube||Carbon Fiber|
|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||432 mm (17")|
|Optical Tube Diameter||238 mm (9.37")|
|Optical Tube Weight||14 lb (6.35 kg)|
|Dovetail||CG-5 Dovetail bar|
|Mount Type||Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm|
|Instrument load capacity||25 lb (11 kg)|
|Height adjustment range (includes mount and tripod)||1193.8mm - 1752.6mm (47" – 69")|
|Tripod Leg Diameter||31.75 mm (1.25") Stainless Steel|
|Mount Head Weight||16 lb (7 kg)|
|Tripod Weight||12 lb (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|
|Dovetail Compatibility||CG-5 saddle plate|
|Number of Auxiliary ports||4 Aux ports (Hand Control can use any of the Aux ports)|
|USB Port||Yes, Hand Control input and Mount output|
|Power Requirements||Internal 9 6V, 4 5 Ah 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 lb (19.05 kg)|
|Included Items||NexStar Evolution HD OTA | Single Fork Arm Mount & Tripod | Accessory Tray| Built-in Wifi | Integrated Lithium-iron battery | StarSense Hand Control | 32 mm - 2"; 9 mm and 15 mm - 1.25" eyepieces | StarPointer Pro™ finderscope | 2" Star Diagonal | 3 Spinner emblems | Certificate of authenticity | 4 plug AC adapter|