(From Holland: This review comes from my friend, and Astronomer Mike Fowler of Orange County Telescope. As one of Celestron’s top resellers in the US, Mike was able to get an early hands-on with the new NexStar Evolution 8″ telescope. Below are his thoughts on it. Enjoy!)
Evolution… a natural transformation over the course of time produced by an organism’s efforts to respond to its environment. The aptly named Celestron NexStar Evolution embodies what a telescope should be in 2014; a self-powered instrument with built-in WiFi that can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet, and have the ability to tour the Universe at the tap of a finger. But does the Evolution work as advertised; and what about the SkyPortal app, does it combine with the telescope to provide a seamless, exploratory experience?