Celestron - Nexstar Evolution 8" EdgeHD Telescope with Starsense - 12096

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The Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8" EdgeHD Telescope with StarSense joins crisp, flat field optics with the ultimate smart mount.

Innovative EdgeHD optics provide tack-sharp views from edge to edge and are Fastar compatible for greatly reduced exposure times.

The Nexstar Evolution mount by Celestron is a smart alt-azimuth mount with full Goto computerization, Wifi for wireless mount control, and includes Starsense auto-align.

Complete with StarPointer Pro red dot finder, 2 eyepieces, and a 1.25" diagonal.

2 year Celestron warranty.

Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" EdgeHD Telescope with Starsense

Celestron has joined the best of their reflector telescopes with the best of their computerized AZ mounts. The Celestron 12096 is an 8" EdgeHD optical tube assembly telescope paired with the Nexstar Evolution alt-azimuth mount with StarSense AutoAlign technology. A natural progression, this telescope is controlled entirely from your tablet or phone with the SkyPortal app. Delight in brilliant EdgeHD optics, with a completely flat field you'll get edge-to-edge sharpness and coma-free views perfect for astroimaging. These HD optics are an observer's dream too and Celestron's Starbright XLT further enhances the contrast and brightness. An ample 8" aperture allows you the details of the planets, moon, the Sun (with proper solar filter), and deep sky objects like star clusters with stunning detail.


The Nexstar Evolution mount is the only fully computerized, WiFi-enabled mount that uses all brass worm gears and superior motors, for excellent tracking and pointing accuracy and minimal error making it a great choice for those looking to enter into astrophotography. Pair this telescope with the optional wedge to take those long exposures needed for gorgeous astronomy images. Part of what makes this Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" EdgeHD Telescope so revolutionary is the StarSense AutoAlign technology now found in the SkyPortal free telescope control app. Your telescope will align itself, quickly and accurately from a few clicks on your phone or tablet! This easy-to-use app also includes advanced mount modeling allowing you to enter up to 10 points of alignment. That mount modeling will give you the absolute best-pointing accuracy possible from horizon to horizon.


The mount base includes 2 auxiliary ports at the top of the fork arm and 2 at the bottom, for plenty of space to plug in your accessories. A traditional StarSense controller is included but will not be needed if using the SkyPortal app to control your telescope. A StarPointer Pro red dot finder, 40mm and 12.5mm eyepieces, and a 1.25" star diagonal is included with the scope along with an international AC adapter. The Celestron NexStar Evolution 8" EdgeHD Telescope with Starsense is ready to use, right out of the box!

Getting the Free SkyPortal App

Get the app for ultimate, easy-to-use telescope control. A full interactive planetarium in the palm of your hand for the best star gazing experience, especially in group settings. Smart guiding lets you know when Jupiter's Red Spot is visible from your location or when a transit will occur and contains a complete library of 120,000 objects. Now includes StarSense AutoAlign, two taps, and your aligning! This app can be upgraded to SkySafari. Find SkyPortal on your device's app store and get it, free. Two-year Celestron warranty.

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UPC 050234120968
Brand Celestron
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Aperture 203.2mm (8")
Case Included No
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 Included StarPointer Pro™ finderscope
Diagonal Included 1.25" Star Diagonal
Optical Tube Material 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 the Human Eye) 843x
Size of Secondary 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)
Included Dovetail CG-5 Dovetail bar
Mount Load Capacity 25 lbs (11 kg)
Accessory Tray Included? Yes
Tripod Height Adjustment Range 1193.8mm - 1752.6mm (47" – 69")
Adjustable Legs? No
Tripod Leg Diameter 31.75mm (1.25") Stainless Steel
Tripod Weight 12 lbs (5.44 kg)
Mount Head Weight 16 lbs (7 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
Mount Motor Drive DC Servo Motors
Number of Auxiliary Ports 4 Aux ports (Hand Control can use any of the Aux ports)
Includes Autoguide Port Yes
USB Port Yes, Hand Control input and Mount output
Power Requirements Internal 9 6V, 4 5Ah lithium iron phosphate battery (LiFePO4)
Computerized Hand Controller 2 line x 18 character backlit Liquid Crystal Display, 19 LED backlit buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection
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)
Database Over 40,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects
Included Software Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software | SkyPortal App
Periodic Error Correction No
Total System Weight 42 lbs (19.05 kg)
Warranty 2 Years
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