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Celestron NexImage Solar System Imager w/Software

Item# CELE020
 
3.5

(34 Ratings)

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NexImage Imager, Software

Description

Astro Imaging Made Easy


Whether you currently own a telescope or are contemplating a purchase, Celestron's new NexImage solar system imaging kit is a must-have accessory!

NexImage is a complete CCD solar system imager capable of producing high-quality planetary images with greater light sensitivity and color fidelity than comparable CMOS imagers. Combined with the NexImage software package, NexImage can bring out tremendous detail and reveal a final image rivaling those taken with astronomical CCD cameras costing thousands of dollars more.


High Performance Features:

  • View and capture live video on your computer screen.
  • Automatically filter out video frames most affected by poor "seeing" conditions, leaving only the sharpest, clearest frames for stacking and aligning into a single, high-quality image.
  • Easy-to-follow, quick-start instructions and tutorial with sample video file.
  • Camera-control software for adjusting gain, contrast, exposure time, frame rate and color saturation via a PC.
  • NexImage uses a .25-inch, color CCD chip that gives the same approximate magnification as a 5mm 50-degree-field eyepiece. Its 1.25-inch adapter barrel ensures compatibility with most any telescope, and it's threaded to accept standard eyepiece filters. The adapter also can be removed and replaced with an optional focal-reducer lens.

Camera Control Software:
  • Full camera control allows adjustment of gain, contrast, exposure time, frame rate and color saturation.
  • Preview mode shows live feed of your image, making focusing easy.
  • Video recording to capture streaming video of the solar-system objects.

Image Processing Software:
  • Frame Lists that automatically viewing of individual frames from video stream.
  • Quality-cutoff filter that screens out low-quality images.
  • Wavelet filter that separates an image into a series of unsharp mask layers that can be individually controlled to bring out hidden detail.
  • Image-processing controls for contrast, brightness, gamma curve, RGB histogram and many more.

Includes:
  • Camera with 1.25-inch adapter and 7-foot USB cable.
  • CD-ROM including image capture software to capture streaming video of image.
  • Image processing software to align and stack individual frame into one high quality image.
  • Quick Setup and Tutorial complete with sample images

Specifications:

  • Chip: .25-inch format, HAD, color CCD chip
  • Resolution: VGA 640x480
  • Size: 3.6mm x 2.7 (4.5mm diagonal)
  • Pixel Size: 5.6 micron square
  • Sensitivity: <1 lux
  • USB Cable: 7 feet

System Requirements:

  • PC running Windows 98SE or better
  • 333Mhz Pentium II or better
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 40 MB of hard drive space
  • Screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher.

CHOKING HAZARD - small parts may pose a risk to children under 6 yrs.


Supplier Sku:
93712

Dimensions & Specifications

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Celestron

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Celestron NexImage Solar System Imager w/Software
 
3.7

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (12)
  • Strong construction (12)
  • Accurate (7)
  • Quality lenses (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (23)
    • Bright conditions (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (21), Avid adventurer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Product and Software for the Price

    I have read some bad reviews on this product but I have to disagree. The Windows 7 installation instructions on Celestron's website were easy to follow and they worked. This product does have somewhat...Read complete review

    I have read some bad reviews on this product but I have to disagree. The Windows 7 installation instructions on Celestron's website were easy to follow and they worked. This product does have somewhat of a learning curve and it isn't as simple as pointing your telescope and clicking record. My first pics of Jupiter had too much light and they looked like the moon without detail. After trying many different settings I was able to get a good video stream of Jupiter. I just had to turn the gain, brightness and contrast down a bit. If you play with the settings you should be able to get a good video stream. This product is only good for solar system objects and not deep space objects.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor Product

    I was hoping that this product would deliver good solar system images, however when trying to use it, I found it to be useless. I did not have any trouble getting it installed...Read complete review

    I was hoping that this product would deliver good solar system images, however when trying to use it, I found it to be useless. I did not have any trouble getting it installed or running but found that it was nearly impossible to use due to the fact that getting the object in focus was nearly impossible. After adjusting the focus on the telescope it took in some cases 30-50 seconds for the change to be displayed on the computer screen. So I would try to do a fine focus then wait a period of time, adjust again, wait, adjust etc. It was difficult to focus the moon, let alone Saturn or any other object. I must of tried for a couple of hours with little success. Using the product was so frustrating that I sent it back. I think Celestron was trying to make a quick buck with this product. It does not perform as advertised, or at least it did not for me. I took better a-focal pics with my digital camera. One other note, I bought the focal reducer as well and when trying to use it I could not focus down far enough to get a sharp image using the Celestron 130 SLT.

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    4.0

    easy to use

    By Galagar

    from Joplin, MO

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestron NexImage Solar System Imager w/Software:

        This is one of the easiest telescope camera around. The camera goes in place of the eyepiece and the images instantly appear on the laptop computer screen. J

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Don't judge a book by its cover

        By starfinder

        from Hanover Park ILL

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

        • Great Optics
        • Planet use only
        • Strong Construction
        • Takes time to use

        Cons

        • no cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Bright Conditions
        • Planets only

        Comments about Celestron NexImage Solar System Imager w/Software:

        No bad for the price just used it for the first time in june of saturn and the moon the retistax progam is where the magic happens can't complain

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Save? Cheaper at [...]

        By Daniel

        from Buffalo, NY

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Good introductory product

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Introductory Planetary

          Comments about Celestron NexImage Solar System Imager w/Software:

          I don't know why its over a hundred dollars [...] because its way cheaper on [...] and other sites.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          cant beat the cast

          By butch

          from phelan ca

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron NexImage Solar System Imager w/Software:

            star watching

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            • No

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice imager, works with Windows 7

            By dsaoinoienasdfdw

            from Burlington, NC

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Celestron NexImage Solar System Imager w/Software:

                  This is pretty much a Philips webcam with a Celestron housing and 1.25" focuser adapter. Celestron has instruction on their website on how do download a driver for Windows 7 from the Philips website. The instructions leave out a couple steps at the end (in the imager's software you must select Philips SPC 900 NC PC Camera from the Devices dropdown and make sure Preview is checked in the Options dropdown). Follow the instructions on Celestron's website and it will work with Windows 7. I was imaging Jupiter within about an hour of opening the box.

                  I've only had one night out with the imager and the seeing was terrible but I still ended up with a decent image after a few tries. I still need to figure out/optimize the settings and get more familiar with the stacking software but it initally appears that you can get quality images and the imager WILL BE compatible with Windows 7.

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                  Q1: What is the resolution of this CCD (How much pixels horiz. on how much pixels vertical)

                  A: The resolution of this imager is 640x480.

                  Q2: Hi, what is the longest explosure time?

                  A: they really don't consider the exposure time with this it right around a 16th of a second, what it does is continulayy take images and stack them one on top of the other to give the best image overall the longer you track the object the more images it takes so the picture becomes more and more clear.

                  Q3: Is it possible to use this type of camera with a dob that has no tracking? (other than taking single frames?)

                  A: You definitely can but you will have to manually move the scope to allow the imager to take enough pictures to stack and give you a good image

                  Q4: Is there software that will allow me to capture the video from this on a Mac? I know YOUR CD only contains Windows versions, and I already have Keiths Image Stacker and Lynkeos for processing. I just need to capture the video.

                  A: Starry Night Software puts out AstroPhoto Suite that will allow you to use a CCD imager with a Mac. Here's the URL; just paste it into your browser's address window: http://telescopes.com/products/Starry_Night_Software_Starry_Night_AstroPhoto_Suite_42300.html.

                  Q5: Are you able to capture any bright or faint deep sky objects with this camera?

                  A: Because of its relatively low resolution, we do not recommend the NexImage Solar System Imager for deep-space imaging.

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