Product Comparison: Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 vs Celestron NexStar 8 SE

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General Specifications
NexStar Evolution 8
NexStar 8 SE
About the Product
Celestron’s signature telescopes reach a new level with NexStar Evolution 8, 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.
Celestron’s signature orange-tube telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-use system, the NexStar 8SE. It’s the perfect choice for your first serious telescope, offering impressive views at an economical price.
Key Specs
Optical Design
203.2 mm
203.2 mm
Focal Length
2032 mm
2032 mm
Focal Ratio
Highest Useful Magnification
480 x
480 x
Lowest Useful Magnification
29 x
29 x
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope w/ WIFI,Black 12091
  • I would have given this a 5 star rating except for an issue I had the second time I used the scope.
  • Now that I've had the scope for several months I think it is time to write a review giving the "pros" and "cons". This scope is an upgrade from my 90mm Orion table top a REALLY big upgrade.
  • Quite impressed with this telescope. I upgraded from a 8" and there is a significant difference.
  • If you like looking for stars, don't buy this scope. If you like looking at stars, buy this scope.
  • Great scope. Enjoy it very much. The starsence works pretty well using the hand controller.
Celestron NexStar 8 SE Computerised Telescope
  • This scope is perfect for a beginner.
  • Great quality and a good telescope for beginners.
  • There is a nice moon picture.
  • Phenomenal magnification, but average optical quality. Excellent value for money.
  • Extremely well made and robust.
Size & Weight
44.9 in.
23.66 in.
28.7 in.
42.01 in.
15.3 in.
12.99 in.
24.5 lbs.
23.8 lbs.
Optical Coatings
StarBright XLT
StarBright XLT
Red Dot
Optical Tube Length
432mm (17")
432mm (17")
Star Diagonal
1.25" Star Diagonal
1.25" Star Diagonal
Accessory Tray Included
Over 120,000 including 220 of the best deep sky and solar system objects, Integrated Lithium-iron battery, Built-in Wifi, 40mm & 13mm eyepiece
Fully automated GoTo mount, SkyAlign technology, Built-In Wedge, NexStar+ Hand Control, 25mm eyepiece
Celestron's Starry Night Special Edition Software | SkyPortal App
Celestron Starry Night Special Edition Software / SkyPortal App
What customers say about "Features"
Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope w/ WIFI,Black 12091
  • Telescope was very easy to setup no real need for instructions.
  • Nice and easy to set up and super simple to align. I had a C-11 10 years ago with dual fork arms and was therefore worried that the single fork arm design wasn't going to be stable enough, but it hasn't been a problem at all.
  • So easy to set up, so easy to use
  • Starbright XL coats are magnificent, views are crystal clear and sharp. Breaks down and sets up very easily. GOTO when set up is spot on.
  • I updated the firmware in the mindful that it updates the motor software, the Star sense and the hand controller firmware.
Celestron NexStar 8 SE Computerised Telescope
  • Easy to manage, the accessory tray is very useful.
  • Easy to set up and use, highly recommended.
  • The item itself is fairly easy to set up, comes with detailed instructions.
  • Great telescope for beginners. Good price and great quality.
  • Fantastic telescope. Really well made.
Mount Information
Mount Type
Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Computerized Altitude-Azimuth Single Fork Arm
Tripod Material
CG-5 Dovetail bar
CG-5 Dovetail bar
Maximum Height Adjustment
69 in.
56 in.
31.75mm (1.25") Stainless Steel
38.1mm (1.5") Stainless Steel
What customers say about "Mount Information"
Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope w/ WIFI,Black 12091
  • For its size the scope and mount are light and portable. This is not to say it is light...just lighter than anything else for the same size.
  • The telescope arrive in several pieces (tripod, mount, OTA), putting it together is very easy and takes just a few minutes.
  • The mount is solid and rather heavy and is secured to the tripod with spring loaded knob. An improvement versus the 8".
  • The new features are in the mount and tripod. The tripod is a bit more robust with detents in the legs for easier leveling.
  • So far it seems like a great scope and mount but, I couldn't get the wifi access point configuration to work.
Celestron NexStar 8 SE Computerised Telescope
  • Build quality is good. Tripod is very sturdy.
  • Mount is solid and very easy to use.
  • Excellent product and easy to assemble.
  • The telescope is excellent. It was fairly straightforward to assemble.
  • Reasonably easy to build.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
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