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Celestron NexImage 5 MP 5 Solar System Imager with Micron Digital Clarity Technology, Black (93711)

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  • 5 Mega pixel color sensor with Micron DigitalClarity technology to dramatically reduce image noise levels Small pixels sizes provide sub arc-second planetary detail with most telescopes
  • View and capture live video on your computer Software automatically filters out video frames most affected by poor atmospheric seeing leaving only the sharpest, clearest frames to be stacked and aligned into one high quality image
  • Machined aluminum 1.25-Inch adapter barrel makes NexImage compatible with most any telescope Barrel accepts standard 1.25 eyepiece filters 1.25-Inch adapter barrel makes NexImage compatible with most any telescope
  • Camera control software allows you to manually change the gain, contrast, exposure time, frame rate and color saturation using your PC. Camera body has integrated C-threads for direct threaded connection to telescope
  • Integrated IR-cut optical window, Selectable region of interest sub-framing 2 x 2 and 4 x 4 binning capability, Progressive scan , Includes USB 2.0 cable
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Capture high resolution 5MP planetary, lunar and solar images. Combined with the included software package, NexImage 5 MP can bring out tremendous detail and produce images that will rival those taken with astronomical cameras costing hundreds more.

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Style:NexImage 5 Solar System Imager (5MP)
Product Dimensions 4 x 1 x 4 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B006ZN4VE2
Item model number 93711
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4 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #3 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Telescope & Microscope Accessories > Telescope Accessories > Filters
Date first available at Amazon.com January 19, 2012

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Style Name: NexImage 5 Solar System Imager (5MP)
Astrophotography is not as easy as some people would like it to be. There are two basic classes of astro cameras. One for dim objects and one for bright objects. For dim objects you might need an exposure of 5 to 10 minutes. For bright objects you might need an exposure of 1/30 of a second.

This camera is for bright objects like the Sun (with proper Sun filter), Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus. You won't be taking any pictures of galaxies, nebulae, or star clusters with this camera.

Planets are small with an angular size of maybe 20 arc seconds. Ideally you don't want to use any eyepiece. The image of Saturn (for example) as projected by most amateur telescopes will be very small so they build the camera with a detector with very tiny pixels all packed together. This way the image of Saturn will be spread across a few hundred pixels instead of just 5 pixels. Consequently the field of view will be very small and your telescope mount needs to be high quality. I have gotten a nice picture of Saturn using my NexStar 5SE but it is much easier with the CGEM mount. If you have a shaky tripod you're out of luck.

Focusing is extremely important. I use a Bahtinov mask. I point the telescope at a bright star and focus with the Bahtinov mask and then point the telescope at Saturn. Unless you have a really good mount with an accurate finder it will be very hard to find Saturn with the very small field of view you get with this camera. If you use an eyepiece to find Saturn and then switch to the camera you won't be able to get an accurate focus except by chance.

I have used the original NexImage and now the NexImage 5. The NexImage 5 allows me to get nice pictures of Saturn without having to use a Barlow lens. With the older NexImage I would need a 2X or 2.
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Acquired the NexImage 5 MP to do Solar System imaging with a Celestron 8 SCT on an AVX mount. You cannot ignore the equipment you mate the imager to when judging its performance. The laptop I use is a duel core 2.16 Mhz laptop equipped with USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.

The imager includes a screw in 1.25 inch nosepiece along with a screw in dust cap and a heavy duty USB cable. Also included is iCap acquisition software and Registax 6 freeware for processing videos into still images. You don't have to use the included software if you can find something you like better.

The target market for NexImage 5 are hobbyists which means you're expected to figure things out without much hand holding. iCap includes a help file to get you started acquiring. But it doesn't offer tips on how to set gain and exposure, how to get the best focus or how many frames or how long to run the video. I run iCap on Windows 7 64bit. iCap provides a variety of settings and if a feature is not available it is disabled. You can also add or remove tool bars that are disabled or you don't use.

Imaging can be done in color or monochrome and there are 9 image size formats for the non-binned mode. There are two binning modes 2x2 and 4x4. This review doesn't deal with those. This review does deal with acquisition. Registax 6 processing software is third party software that was not written by the manufacturer.

The number of frames acquired per second is limited by the image size. On my setup this is typically as slow as 6 fps for the largest format (2592x1944). I only use this format in live view to help get a target into the field. I drop down to one of the lower resolutions that depends on what I'm imaging.
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I’ll begin this review by stating that it would be unfair to compare thousand dollar CCD cameras, apples to apples, with this product.  Instead, I will review it for what it is and that is an affordable and easy to use introductory camera for planetary imaging, aka, astrophotography.  With that said,
this camera is anything but a lemon. 

I’ve recently felt the need to properly review this product after hearing people disparage the use of such “cheap” cameras to beginners at star parties.  Astrophotography is by far the most daunting hobby I’ve ever started. I stumbled to where I am now thanks to the help and experience of others.  There are plenty of online resources you can scour before making your first imaging camera purchase.  However, most people stop at the purchasing recommendations and don’t find out about the challenges involved with complicated cameras until after they’ve already purchased the camera and hit a road block.  This is where this camera shines.

This is by far the simplest and most enjoyable camera I’ve used for planetary imaging.  While you won’t get as clear and high definition of an image as you could with the Skyris monochrome series, this is more than enough sensor for any beginner.  At this price point, you are getting a great piece of camera that won’t hurt your wallet should you reach the conclusion that astrophotography is not for you. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to figure that out.  No matter what that one guy at the star party
said.

Either way, I hope this review helps anyone considering this as their first astrophotography camera. This is a difficult and humbling hobby to pick up but by far the most fulfilling. 

Clear Skies,

Victor I. 
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