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Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager

Item # HN-CELE556

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Celestron
Telescope Accessories Series
Celestron Photographic / Visual Accessories

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  • 5 Mega Pixel Color Sensor
  • View and capture live video on your computer
  • 1.25" Barrel format
  • Barrel accepts 1.25" eyepiece filters
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Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A great beginner camera, but has limits

    I bought this camera in November 2013, and was immediately impressed by how versatile it is. Planetary, lunar and solar imaging are all within its reach. iCap is incredibly easy to use,...Read complete review

    I bought this camera in November 2013, and was immediately impressed by how versatile it is. Planetary, lunar and solar imaging are all within its reach. iCap is incredibly easy to use, but please *BE AWARE* that this camera is currently incompatible with AMD processors. Unfortunately, I had an AMD laptop when I purchased this camera. While you CAN get it to work, it stops working as soon as you unplug it, which requires an uninstall and an re-install to get it to work again. On an Intel, no hiccups at all.

    The chip in the camera is 5.7mm x 4.3mm, with a diagonal of 7mm which makes it the equivalent of a 7mm eyepiece. This means no full disk shots of the Moon or the Sun, so please take this into consideration. This also means on nights of poor seeing, the magnification generated by the 7mm diagonal can be too much.

    For the price, this is a great entry into astrophotography. The UI is minimalist (but can be expanded), so learning is simply. Set your resolution (640x480 95% of the time), adjust the exposure and gain bars, and click Record; it's that easy. From here, you can throw your AVI into Registax to stack each frame from your video (while throwing out the bad ones due to seeing fluctuations). And just like that, you have your first astrophoto to share with family and friends.

    Overall, a great camera for any beginner or intermediate imager. You could use it for years and never want anything more. It does have its limitations (1. Intel-only compatibility, 2. Fixed 7mm diagonal makes for too much magnification on some nights, 3. Camera is only moderately sensitive, struggling to pick up planets like Uranus without a very high exposure.) but when used properly, offers hours of endless fun. It's because of this camera that I have found a lifelong hobby; that alone is worth the price point.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    NexImage 5 Solar System Imager review

    The aperture is equivalent to about a 7mm EP, so many revolutions of the fcous knob will be required. Need to focus on the moon first and then go to planet like Jupiter....Read complete review

    The aperture is equivalent to about a 7mm EP, so many revolutions of the fcous knob will be required. Need to focus on the moon first and then go to planet like Jupiter. Tracking alignment must be good, otherwise a target like Jupiter will not stay on the screen. You need to get all the toolbars placed on the menu in order to take a video clip.

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    4.0

    Steep learning curve

    By Timothy

    from FOUNTAIN HILLS,AZ

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager:

    Works we'll but there is a steep learning curve to achieving quality results. Highly recommend searching YouTube and astronomy blogs for advice and tips.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Camera for the Planets

    By ICJupiter

    from DFW Texas

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult To Focus
    • Difficult to Use

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager:

    I use a Light Pollution filter on the end of mine with the CPC 1100 Deluxe and am getting some really good pictures of Jupiter and the red spot despite the light pollution here, yes it is a bit tricky to learn to get the object in the laptop field of view, but my telrad helps alot with this process. For a beginner camera this should do the trick in letting you know whether or not you have the desire to continue in astrophotography or not without having to buy the more expensive camera setups the advanced folks are using.I use a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 to record my images into and it has worked well.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    awesome

    By Charles

    from OMAHA,NE

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy

      Comments about Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager:

      awesome

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A great beginner camera, but has limits

      By Mitch Robbins

      from Florida

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Amd Incompatibility
      • Intel Cpu's Only
      • Intel-cpu Only

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography

      Comments about Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager:

      I bought this camera in November 2013, and was immediately impressed by how versatile it is. Planetary, lunar and solar imaging are all within its reach. iCap is incredibly easy to use, but please *BE AWARE* that this camera is currently incompatible with AMD processors. Unfortunately, I had an AMD laptop when I purchased this camera. While you CAN get it to work, it stops working as soon as you unplug it, which requires an uninstall and an re-install to get it to work again. On an Intel, no hiccups at all.

      The chip in the camera is 5.7mm x 4.3mm, with a diagonal of 7mm which makes it the equivalent of a 7mm eyepiece. This means no full disk shots of the Moon or the Sun, so please take this into consideration. This also means on nights of poor seeing, the magnification generated by the 7mm diagonal can be too much.

      For the price, this is a great entry into astrophotography. The UI is minimalist (but can be expanded), so learning is simply. Set your resolution (640x480 95% of the time), adjust the exposure and gain bars, and click Record; it's that easy. From here, you can throw your AVI into Registax to stack each frame from your video (while throwing out the bad ones due to seeing fluctuations). And just like that, you have your first astrophoto to share with family and friends.

      Overall, a great camera for any beginner or intermediate imager. You could use it for years and never want anything more. It does have its limitations (1. Intel-only compatibility, 2. Fixed 7mm diagonal makes for too much magnification on some nights, 3. Camera is only moderately sensitive, struggling to pick up planets like Uranus without a very high exposure.) but when used properly, offers hours of endless fun. It's because of this camera that I have found a lifelong hobby; that alone is worth the price point.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Software doesn't work with AMD processor

      By R McCall

      from Bloomington, IN

      Comments about Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager:

      A warning to anyone whose computer uses an AMD processor. The software for this camera will not work with your computer. Celestron is aware of this issue, and, as with other software issues from their "engineers," can only apologize and say that they have no idea how to fix it.

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