NexStar Evolution 8 Telescope

Looking up at the heavens through a telescope is fun and all, but it’s even better if you know what you’re looking at. Celestron’s NexStar Evolution 8 Telescope uses an 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube with StarBright XLT optical coatings, Fastar compatibility, and a computerized, motorized GoTo mount that accurately points the lens towards whatever you want it to. More importantly, though, compatibility with the free SkyPortal app ensures straightforward setup and intuitive navigation across the night sky using nothing but your iOS/Android smartphone or tablet. Plus, its 10 hour rechargeable li-ion battery means this workhorse telescope is just getting started by the time you’re ready to call it quits.

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