Explore the Universe and control your NexStar Evolution telescope with the free Celestron SkyPortal app for iOS and Android!
Computerised GoTo mount with high-performance worm gears and motors for improved tracking accuracy, along with reduced gear backlash
Rechargeable lithium-iron phosphate battery with enough power for 10 hours of continuous observing
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
Celestron’s signature telescopes reach a new level with NexStar Evolution 5, their most compact and portable Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with integrated WiFi in their range. The Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system offers bright, sharp views with StarBright XLT optical coatings—a great choice for visual observers and budding astroimagers alike. With its built-in WiFi 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 mobile app for iOS and Android.
Use the planetarium interface to view the night sky in real time or display a list of celestial objects currently visible based on your time and location. Our proprietary SkyAlign alignment procedure is built right into the Celestron mobile app, so you’re ready to observe within minutes.
Celestron engineers designed 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 battery. With this ultra-long life lithium-iron phosphate battery, you’ll be able to enjoy stargazing marathons 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. An intelligent power management system senses when battery levels are low and goes into power-saving mode to keep your telescope running for as long as possible.
Setting up your NexStar Evolution is quick and painless with large, ergonomic handles. The all-metal tripod features a metal accessory tray with indentations for storing and carrying the tripod. During setup, leg etchings 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.
If you’re interested in astroimaging, the 5-inch NexStar Evolution is an excellent, affordable way to get started. It’s the only fork-mounted telescope in its price range that offers brass 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 astroimaging, you can add our HD Pro Wedge to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astrophotos. NexStar Evolution compatible with the wedge when used with the CPC tripod (sold separately).
The NexStar Evolution range is equipped with 4 auxiliary ports--2 on top of the fork and 2 on the bottom. A classic NexStar+ hand control is included, but is not necessary when using NexStar Evolution with the mobile app. The telescope also includes a StarPointer finderscope, two 1.25” Plossl eyepieces, a 1.25” star diagonal, and an AC adaptor.
OPTICAL TUBE INFO:
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1
Magnification of Eyepiece 1
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2
Magnification of Eyepiece 2
StarPointer Red Dot Finderscope
90° Prism - 1.25"
Highest Useful Magnification
Lowest Useful Magnification
Limiting Stellar Magnitude
1.11 arc seconds
0.93 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area
Optical Tube Length
Optical Tube Diameter
Optical Tube Weight
10 lbs (4.54 kg)
CG-5 Dovetail bar
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)
12 lbs (5.44 kg)
9 slew speeds - max speed 4°/second
Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Alt-Az, EQ North and EQ South
CG-5 saddle plate
Number of Auxiliary ports
4 Aux ports (Hand Control can use any of the Aux ports)
Yes, Hand Control input and Mount output
Internal 9 6V, 4 5Ah lithium iron phosphate battery (LiFePO4), charge battery with 12VDC, 5 0Amps
DC servo motors
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
Computerised Hand Control
2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection
Over 120,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects
Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software | SkyPortal App
Total Kit Weight
38 lbs (17.23 kg)
NexStar Evolution OTA | Single Fork Arm Mount & Tripod | Accessory Tray| Built-in Wifi | Integrated Lithium-iron battery | NexStar+ Hand Control | 40mm & 13mm eyepiece | Red dot finderscope | Visual Back | Star Diagonal | 4 plug AC adapter