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Celestron Limited Edition NexStar Evolution 8 HD Telescope with StarSense - 60th Anniversary Edition

SKU 12098

Availability: Immediate Dispatch

  • 60th anniversary special edition run of only 600 units
  • Each telescope comes with a unique serial number and certificate of authenticity signed by Celestron pioneer Alan Hale and CEO Corey Lee
  • EdgeHD optics provide superb visual and astroimaging performance free of coma and field curvature
  • Carbon fibre telescope tube to minimise thermal expansion with ambient temperature changes
  • Retro details and all-new look with vintage-style badging and logos and a set of 3 interchangeable 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 and precision machined worm gears for both axes
  • Includes 3 quality eyepieces - 32mm (2”), 15mm, and 9mm (both 1.25”), StarPointer Pro™ finderscope, StarSense AutoAlign, 2" star diagonal with 1.25" adaptor and more.

Celestron is 60 years young this year. To celebrate this, a 60th anniversary limited edition NexStar Evolution 8 HD telescope is being made available. Only 600 of this unique telescope will be available worldwide.

Each telescope includes an individually numbered certificate of authenticity signed by CEO Corey Lee and Celestron pioneer Alan Hale. This limited-edition instrument is sure to become a valuable addition to your astronomy collection and a treasured part of Celestron history. 


60th Anniversary Telescope Highlights

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, including: StarSense AutoAlign, EdgeHD optics, integrated WiFi, and its internal LiFePO4 battery.

The NexStar Evolution mount stays true to its name and it keeps evolving - it has been updated with unique features for this limited edition. The Evolution mount is paired with 8” EdgeHD optics inside a carbon fibre tube for the first time ever. Alongside the StarSense AutoAlign accessory, three eyepieces (including one 2” eyepiece) are now included, and lots of other upgrades that make this a versatile and portable telescope system.

The twill weave carbon fibre optical tube evokes Celestron’s iconic carbon fibre tubes of decades past. But it’s not just for looks as carbon fibre is resistant to thermal expansion which helps the telescope's optical system maintain focus as the ambient temperature changes. 

Celestron Carbon Fibre Tube

You will find a vintage nameplate on the mount’s base with the telescope’s individual serial number and retro style labelling and nameplates on the optical tube.

Celestron Name Plate

The fork arm features a slot to accommodate a magnetic, interchangeable ‘spinner’ emblem. You’ll receive a total of 3 emblems to swap out depending on the night or your mood. Designs include: the 60th anniversary logo, Celestron’s current logo, and the vintage ‘hamburger’ logo.

Celestron Side Logos


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 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

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. This guarantees you visibly sharp stars across the largest imaging sensors available today. The 8” EdgeHD flat-field and coma-free optical tube was made to accommodate modern imaging with cameras of all types, especially larger format CCD and DSLR cameras. The EdgeHD optical tube is Fastar-compatible for ultra-fast f/2 wide field imaging with an optional, third party lens assembly.

SCT vs EdgeHD

You can learn more about EdgeHD technology here.


StarSense AutoAlign in the SkyPortal App

StarSense AutoAlign helps you optimise 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 analyses the star patterns overhead, automatically calculating the telescope’s precise location, the date, and the current time. What’s more, you can add up to 10 additional alignment stars for the most accurate alignment possible. This sought-after add-on accessory is included in the 60th anniversary telescope kit.
As StarSense AutoAlign is paired with the Evolution mount, you get even more functionality and ease of use.

SkyPortal app

Connect to the mount via the FREE iOS/Android SkyPortal mobile app and you can perform the automatic alignment directly from your smart device, then instantly command the telescope to slew to your first celestial object. 


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. 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, 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.


Accessories Included

The NexStar Evolution 60th Anniversary Edition comes with a range of accessories as standard.

Accessories included with Special Edition telescope

You receive 3 high quality eyepieces - a low power 2” E-lux 32mm, a mid-range magnification 1.25” Omni 15mm, and a high power 1.25” Omni 9mm. This eyepiece collection will give a wide range of magnifications to view celestial objects. What’s more, your telescope includes a 2” Star Diagonal with 1.25” adaptor, the StarSense AutoAlign accessory, and a StarPointer Pro red-dot 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. An optional Barlow lens can provide additional magnification for high-resolution planetary, lunar, and solar imaging. To increase your field of view without sacrificing performance, add the optional EdgeHD reducer lens, bringing your focal ratio down to f/7.


Software that Comes FREE with your Purchase

Celestron PWI Telescope Control: Your Ultimate Astronomy Software: All current Celestron computerised telescopes include Celestron PWI (CPWI), the most advanced astronomy software provided with any consumer-grade telescope. Celestron’s experts co-developed CPWI with the engineers at PlaneWave Instruments. The result is an all-in-one solution offering you many of the same features used on PlaneWave’s observatory-class telescopes.

  • Graphical planetarium interface with PointXP advanced mount modelling allows you to add 100+ points to your alignment model for the most accurate pointing and tracking possible
  • Ideal for remote observatory setups: save and re-load your alignment and park your scope
  • Provides a complete ASCOM telescope interface to allow control of the telescope from third party software applications

For more information on CPWI and to see the user interface, click here.

Starry Night Software: Also included with your purchase is a free download of Celestron’s Starry Night Special Edition Software. This advanced software by Simulation Curriculum offers detailed information about celestial objects and helps you plan your next observing or imaging session. The Special Edition software also includes telescope control via your PC. For more information, click here.


Optical Design EdgeHD
Aperture 203.2mm (8")
Focal Length 2032mm (80")
Focal Ratio f/10
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 32mm
Magnification of Eyepiece 1 63x
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2 15mm
Magnification of Eyepiece 2 135x
Focal Length of Eyepiece 3 9mm
Magnification of Eyepiece 3 226x
Finderscope StarPointer Pro Red Dot Finderscope
Star Diagonal 2"" Star Diagonal with 1.25" adaptor
Optical Tube Carbon Fibre
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 Type Computerised 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 31.75mm (1.25") 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
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 | CPWI  | SkyPortal App (downloads)
Total Kit Weight 42 lbs (19kg)
Included Items NexStar Evolution OTA | Single Fork Arm Mount & Tripod | Accessory Tray| Built-in Wifi | Integrated Lithium-iron battery | Starsense Hand Control | 32mm, 15mm & 9mm eyepiece | 2" diagonal with 1.25" adaptor Red dot finderscope | 4 plug AC adapter