The next step in astronomy

Innovation is always great to see and occasionally something comes along that taps into either a current trend or takes advantage of improved technology.

That's why we were delighted to explore Celestron's latest innovative telescope, the NexStar Evolution 8. It features a built in wifi network of its own plus inbuilt battery for power, something we've wondered about in the office. The wifi is particularly interesting as it is increasingly common to control your telescope via smart phones and tablets but normally you need to purchase either a wired solution or an optional add on module to provide it.

This is why it's so refreshing to see it being integrated into the mount, it's a logical development.

Today more and more people have smart phones and tablets and it is they, especially the younger generation, who are particularly adept at using the technology, who find it natural to control a scope in this way.

It makes you wonder if the days of the handset controller are doomed but it was good to see it is still included.

See how I got on with the NexStar Evolution in this month's issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Also included in the September reviews is another Triplet from Altair Astro, the Wave Series 130 EDT which Steve Richards put through its paces. Meanwhile, Pete Lawrence explored the virtues of the Explore Scientific CF PN-210/800 Newtonian reflector OTA when the weather played ball!


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