Limited Edition NexStar Evolution 8" EdgeHD with StarSense 60th Anniversary Edition

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  • 60th ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION - Only 600 units will be produced, each with a unique serial number and 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 while 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 - 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, and more
  • Accessories included: three quality eyepieces - 32mm (2"), 9mm and 15mm (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

Celestron's NexStar Evolution 8 HD 60th Anniversary Edition telescope celebrates the best of Celestron’s past and present. Celestron is producing only 600 units to commemorate 60 years. 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 addition to your astronomy collection and a treasured part of Celestron history.

60th Anniversary Highlights

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.

You’ll find a vintage nameplate on the mount’s base with the telescope’s individual serial number. You’ll also find retro style labeling and nameplates on the optical tube. 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: Celestron’s current logo, the 60th anniversary logo, and the vintage ‘hamburger’ logo.

StarSense AutoAlign in the SkyPortal App

StarSense AutoAlign scans the night sky and analyzes 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.




203.2mm (8")

Focal Length

2032mm (80")

Focal Ratio


Focal Length of Eyepiece 1

32mm (1.26"), 64x Magnification

Focal Length of Eyepiece 2

15mm (.59"), 135x Magnification

Focal Length of Eyepiece 3

9mm (.34"), 226x Magnification

Star Diagonal

2" Star Diagonal w/ 1.25" adapter

Useful Magnification

480x Highest, 29x Lowest

Limiting Stellar Magnitude


Resolution (Rayleigh)

0.69 arc seconds

Resolution (Dawes)

0.57 arc seconds

Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)


Secondary Mirror Obstruction

64mm (2.5"), 31% by Diameter, 9.77% by Area

Optical Coatings

StarBright XLT

Optical Tube Size

432mm (17") Long, 238mm (9.37") Diameter, 14 lbs


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

31.75mm (1.25") Stainless Steel

Mount Head Weight

16 lbs (7 kg)

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


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


Computerized Hand Control

Yes, with over 40,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects


Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software | SkyPortal App

Total Kit Weight

42 lbs (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 | 32mm - 2"; 9mm and 15mm - 1.25" eyepieces | StarPointer Pro™ finderscope | 2" Star Diagonal | 3 Spinner emblems | Certificate of authenticity | 4 plug AC adapter

SKU: 12098
Barcode: 050234120982

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