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Introducing Celestron's newest edition for your astrophotography needs, the NexGuide autoguider!This easy to use, stand alone autoguider eliminates the need for a laptop computer in the field and is perfect for imaging with your DSLR camera.
The sleek design of the NexGuide camera attaches easily to your telescope and has a built-in LCD display that is ideal for tracking long exposure photography.
NexGuide is equipped witha sensitive CCD chip and a large imaging sensor, 5.6 x 4.7 micron pixels , for highly accurate guiding and locating. This smart autoguider automatically sets guiding aggressiveness after calibration of each axis to save you time in the field. It has an easy to use interface and illuminated button hand control so you can quickly navigate through the menu options.
NexGuide creates an effortless and enjoyable astrophotography experience!
• IMAGE SENSOR Type:
SONY CCD Sensor •
Chip size: 5.6mm x 4.7 mm
• Pixel Size: 9.6 x 7.5
• POWER SUPPLY:4 D-cell batteries (not included), optional DC power supply
Reviewed by 1 customers
I chose this auto guider because I thought, given the specs, that it would pick up dimmer stars, not because I wanted to do astrophography without a computer. The auto guider, having a readout screen, hand controller, and heavy battery pack, is much heavier than an auto guider that works with a computer (no battery pack required) and is almost as much extra weight as you'd get with a small laptop, but without any of the capabilities of a laptop (interactive star maps, capture software for your main camera, editing software, various auto guider software options etc etc) The menu system + hand controller is not as intuitive and quick as the same control operations on a computer, with a GUI interface and a mouse. If you want to dump the battery pack and use a power adapter, you may accidentally destroy the unit. The auto guider does't come with an adapter, and you'd better know alot about electronics. It doesn't work with any of the power output options on the "celestron power tank" which I use as a power supply for my scope. My particular unit didn't seem to work. The screen worked and the menu system did come on, but following the instructions and doing about 2 hours of experimenting I was never able to get it to ever see a star much less lock onto one, no matter how bright the star was I pointed it at , or how much time I spent fiddling with the focuser. I did smell the faint smell of burning plastic when I first plugged it in, maybe that had something to do with it. On the other hand, Adorama was really excellent about taking the product back as a return item. It's the first time I've ever returned anything to them and I was surprised that there were no hassles about it at all. I bought the orion auto guider from them as as a replacement.