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Overview: The Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager
connects to your telescope and takes high resolution photos of celestial
objects, such as the Moon or planets. It threads onto the supplied machined
aluminum 1.25" adapter barrel, and replaces the 1.25" eyepiece on your
telescope. The imager connects to your computer via the supplied USB cable, from
where it receives power. The package includes iCap capture software and RegiStax
stacking software to help you process the images.
Resolution: The NexImage 5 features a 5.7mm x 4.28mm, 5 MP
CMOS sensor with a resolution range of 640x480 to 2592x1944, capable of taking
high resolution images with stunning detail and color. The sensor is equipped
with Micron DigitalClarity technology to dramatically reduce image noise levels.
Process: The NexImage 5's light-sensitive imaging sensor
captures streaming video of objects in the solar system. This 30 fps video is
comprised of hundreds of individual images or frames, which can be digitally
stacked to produce a finely detailed photograph. Stacking composite images helps
to reduce noise in single images, and brings out minute details. The software
analyzes each frame, removing those that are blurred by variations in the
atmosphere, leaving only the clearest frames to be stacked together.
Software: The NexImage 5 includes iCap capture and camera
control software and RegiStax stacking software, the same programs that are
included with Celestron's high-end Skyris cameras. iCap and RegiStax software
are compatible with the following Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista,
and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).