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Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager

5-megapixel astrophotography image recorder

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    Edit and share images on your PC with included USB cable

 

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by Eric Angevine
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Take astronomy photos the easy way

If you can see a planet in the sky, Celestron's NexImage 5 can photograph it. This device mounts in your telescope's 1.25" focuser and connects to your Windows® PC via USB. Just point your telescope at the Moon or a planet and record a quick video. Included software analyzes each frame of video, throws away the fuzzy ones, and perfectly aligns the remaining images for a bright, detailed color image. The 5-megapixel color image sensor produces clear, low-noise images of solor system objects. The imager features a threaded 1.25" adapter barrel that's compatible with most telescopes.

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Highlights:

  • view and capture live video or still images on your computer with the 5-megapixel color sensor
  • Windows PC software automatically filters out video frames affected by poor atmospheric conditions
  • machined aluminum 1.25" adapter barrel with C-threads for connection to most telescopes
  • Micron® DigitalClarity® technology reduces image noise levels
  • manually adjust gain, contrast, exposure time, frame rate and color saturation using your PC
  • selectable "region of interest" sub-framing
  • USB 2.0 cable included
  • warranty: 2 years parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

  • NexImage 5 Solar System Imager
  • 1.25" Nose piece (length=1.44")
  • 5' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B 2.0 USB on the other end)
  • iCap Capture and RegiStax software on CD-ROM
  • User's Manual

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Features

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).

 
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