Celestron Nexstar Evolution Telescope Unboxing and Assembly:
Celestron Nexstar Evolution WiFi set up with tablets or other smart devices:
Celestron's signature telescopes reach a new level with NexStar Evolution 6, the first Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with integrated WiFi. 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.
The most user-friendly telescope ever
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-ion 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.
Superior tracking fit for astroimaging
If you're interested in astroimaging, the 6-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 Pro HD Wedge to achieve longer exposures for more detailed astrophotos.
Of course, the Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system offers bright, sharp views with StarBright XLT optical coatings—a great choice for visual observers and budding astroimagers alike.
NexStar Evolution 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 adapter.
Focal Length of Eyepiece 1
Focal Length of Eyepiece 2
Magnification of Eyepiece 1
Magnification of Eyepiece 2
Single Fork Arm Altazimuth
Internal battery included
HIghest Useful Magnification
Lowest Useful Magnification
Limiting Stellar Magnitude
0.69 arc seconds
0.57 arc seconds
Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction
2.5 in (64 mm)
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area
Optical Tube Length
Total Telescope Kit Weight
Max Slew Speed
4 degrees per second
Sidereal, solar and lunar
SkyAlign, 3-Star Align, Solar System Align
1 hand control and 3 aux ports for optional accessories
Over 120,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects
USB Charge Port
"Celestron's new NexStar Evolution series is loaded with extremely well-thought-out features for the beginning or experienced amateur."
Celestron's NexStar Evolution 8 was featured in Sky at Night Magazine's September 2014 issue no 112: "Innovation is always great to see and occasionally something comes along that taps into either a current trend or takes advantage of improved technology."
- Material: Plastic + metal nut - Specially designed for iPhone 4 - Allows your iPhone 4 use a standard tripod with it - Also can be used as a stand holder - Provides best view angle for watching movie, playing game, etc. - A great accessory for your iPhone 4
Remarks: The new iEQ30 Pro replaced the iEQ30 with the following improvements: New step motors (vs DC servo motors) and advanced 8407+ controller (vs 8407) for more reliable and quieter operation; improved worm and gear design to make average PE smaller and smoother; new control boards with latest firmware for better control; position memorizing when power failure, etc.
Center-balanced Equatorial Mount, a mount whisper quiet and light weight! The mount uses up to 60% less GOTO power consumption than other mounts in category.
With high precision optical encoder system and advanced control technology, the CEM25EC will track a star at a periodic error less than 0.3 arc second, the only mount under $2000!
The "Z" design mount puts the weight of the payload at the center of gravity allowing for greater natural stability. Given its payload capacity, this means the "Z" designed mount is unusually light. A nice benefit when setting up at a remote site. Other features include an adjustable counterweight bar to prevent obstruction with the tripod. And polar aligning is quick and accessible all the time since the polar scope is not blocked by the declination shaft.
The CEM25 is equipped with the latest advanced GOTONOVA® GOTO technology, making it one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts available. Its database includes over 150,000+ objects. The Go2Nova® Hand Controller is intuitive to use and its large 4-line LCD screen simplifies the process of setting telescopes and locating objects.
The mount comes standard with 2" heavy duty stainless steel tripod and a hard carrying case.
Celestron and I had a tumultuous relationship for nearly 15 years and yet I am still buying their products. They make great telescopes and wherever you go you can be looking at some of the most interesting skies within 10 minutes of switching your car ignition off. It is a high tech device which is great for a techie guy like me who is into drones and will not buy anything that does not use an app as support. Luckily I had the ThaiExcite guys behind me. Without them I would not be writing this review. Celestron was founded in 1964 and until the internet days a amateur astronomer would go to the shop and buy a telescope and have a discussion with the shopkeeper about the things that he did not understand about the device then go home and enjoy the skies and the relaxation that comes with it. Fast forward to online shopping, after sales service and product support. Normally a customer would turn to the device website to get help and that help should be specific to the problem. In my case a firmware flash issue with the HC. Any info provided by the Celestron's website was either incorrect or incomplete. Their product support don't cut it and this has been a gripe of mine for years. This leaves after sales support which was provided by ThaiExcite who like me have been around telescope for a long time. Without them supporting me (we worked well as a team) I would still be waiting on hold while on a support call with Celestron looking haggard and starving. If you are thinking Celestron, you are making a good choice only if you get it from ThaiExcite otherwise I can guarantee frustration. There are good bulletin boards out there that will help you some but at the end of 3 days looking for a solution to my problem ThaiExcite came up with it. It truly has been pleasurable working with the guys at ThaiExcite finding a solution for the firmware update.
ข้อดี: TI give ThaiExcite 5+ Stars (5 ดาว) and I give the Celestron 8’’ NexStar Evolution 5+ Stars (5 ดาว) as well. Has with my previous Celestron 5'' NexStar GoTo (2004), it is a joy to look at familiar skies and discovering so many more. From the time you decide to look at the sky it will take you less than 10 minutes setting up. This is important because I live in a remote place and don't have star parties thus I am truly on my own in the field and can't reach out for help. If you have setup your scope the right way the first time you will never need to reach out unless you run out of bevies. ThaiExcite is very communicative and they stand behind the product they are selling you. From the time I placed the order to the time I received the telescope it was less than 36 hours and it could have been faster if the freight forwarder did not ask to break the package in 2 boxes.
ข้อเสีย: Celestron website and support which I explained above. No need to rate them.