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Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone?
      #5188548 - 04/24/12 05:35 PM

Where has the NexImage camera gotten off to??

I've checked Celestron, Astronomics, OPT, Agena, and Amazon. Doing a search on those sites turns up - NOTHING!

It would serve me right if it has been discontinued. I should have bought one before Christmas last year. The price on Amazon went up from $99 to $119 right around Christmas. I didn't check back because I figured it would come back down later. But I was reading another thread here and I was going to recommend the camera to Dan Foley and provide a link. But no linky-dink to be found!

Anybody got a clue? If not I'll volunteer to call our sponsor, Astronomics, and ask what happened.


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Skip]
      #5188564 - 04/24/12 05:53 PM

I have a feeling it's been replaced by the NexImage 5 for $199. I checked B&H, where I purchaced mine, but like you said it's not listed.

James


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Skip]
      #5188565 - 04/24/12 05:54 PM

YIKES!!

I think I've discovered my own answer! It looks like the old ~$100 imager has been discontinued. There is a newer one just coming on the market. It is the Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager. I guess they skipped over 2, 3, and 4? Anyway this one has more than dloubled in price! I'm still gonna call Astronomics (my main astro gear supplier) and see if I can get the skinny on the reason for the discontinuance. I'll let y'all know what I learn.


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5188566 - 04/24/12 05:55 PM

Oops! Sorry James looks like I stepped all over you there. That is my conclusion as well. Stay tuned for news!

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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Skip]
      #5188577 - 04/24/12 06:00 PM

Hi Skip! Please do let us know when you find out.

sylvie


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: sylvie]
      #5188628 - 04/24/12 06:29 PM

OK. I just talked to the guy at Astronomics. The old version HAS been discontinued. The new version is called the Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager (not released yet - at least Astronomics and OPT do not have it yet) and it is expected to be in stock at any time. He says it is a better camera (see link below) than the old one but can't comment on the doubling of the price. In other words (this is my assumption) he probably doesn't know if it is twice as good as the original.

Here is the OPT write-up on the new version: linkeroo rahtchere. I also read somewhere that the new software includes aligning and stacking, although Registax and Avistack handle that quite well, so you each will have to determine if that is an advantage. As you can see, the new price is US$199. Amazon used to carry the old version at ~$92, back before Christmas. Shoulda bit back then!

If you want the old version, I guess you'll have to go to the used market. I saw one on CN classified the other day for $75 (used once). Astromart may have some deals as well. I've never used flea-bay and most likely never will, but that is a possibility too.

Cheers gang,


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Skip]
      #5188658 - 04/24/12 06:42 PM

More info from the solar system imaging forum here on CN: Linky1

And more yet from Astromnomics: Linky2

Depending on how well this imager lives up to its hype, this may be a good improvement. Time will tell.

Cheers,


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Skip]
      #5189240 - 04/25/12 03:16 AM

Many thanks for the information on this new piece of kit, Skip. Let me though, if I may, make a prediction.

It will be soon be available over here too, but at ca. 200 (US. $310) !

Don't complain, it's cheap to you at half the price !

(There's some logic in there somewhere) !

Best regards,
Tel


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5189482 - 04/25/12 09:43 AM

Has the new Celestron Neximager released yet? Don't see it anywhere though.

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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5189573 - 04/25/12 10:39 AM

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Has the new Celestron Neximager released yet? Don't see it anywhere though.




Hi Haseeb,

Not yet. But you can pre-order it at Astronomics or OPT (and probably others). Astronomics told me they expect it in any time now.

Good luck, you may be one of the first on this forum if you get one. I, for one, would be most interested in your critical review.

Regards,


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Tel]
      #5189593 - 04/25/12 10:49 AM

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It will be soon be available over here too, but at ca. 200 (US. $310) !




Hi Tel,

I seem to recall from other threads that having it shipped over from, say, Astronomics or OPT, won't solve the problem as your customs folks will charge duty on it and all said and done, the price would be nearly the same (or more considering shipping) as you buying it there.

Sorry buddy. If I were planning a trip to the UK, I'd be happy to bring you one (as a er, um, gift? ). But our next trip to the UK and Europe won't be for a couple of years, most likely.

Cheers,


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Skip]
      #5189854 - 04/25/12 01:22 PM

Can't we send them to our overseas friends in a box of cookies?!!

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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: ghataa]
      #5190000 - 04/25/12 02:37 PM

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Can't we send them to our overseas friends in a box of cookies?!!


Or in a salami for your boy in the army?

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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5190099 - 04/25/12 03:31 PM

The Celestron site says it will ship in April. Adorama says it will ship in February. Telescopes.com (hayneedle) says it will ship May 21st and arrive May 24th. I figure I will get mine after the evening thunderstorms begin in August. This is consistent with Murphy's Law which seems to be very accurate.

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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: WarmWeatherGuy]
      #5190186 - 04/25/12 04:16 PM

Quote:

The Celestron site says it will ship in April. Adorama says it will ship in February. Telescopes.com (hayneedle) says it will ship May 21st and arrive May 24th. I figure I will get mine after the evening thunderstorms begin in August. This is consistent with Murphy's Law which seems to be very accurate.



Do you think they are aware that it is already APRIL and very nearly May

Art


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #5190276 - 04/25/12 05:06 PM

Quote:

Quote:

The Celestron site says it will ship in April. Adorama says it will ship in February. Telescopes.com (hayneedle) says it will ship May 21st and arrive May 24th. I figure I will get mine after the evening thunderstorms begin in August. This is consistent with Murphy's Law which seems to be very accurate.



Do you think they are aware that it is already APRIL and very nearly May

Art




They didn't mention which year

James


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5190483 - 04/25/12 07:08 PM

Actually they did. February 2012. They just haven't made any updates since the beginning.
http://www.adorama.com/CNNI5.html
We're all disappointed we have to wait 2 years to try it out on Mars.


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Skip]
      #5194293 - 04/28/12 01:20 AM

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OK. I just talked to the guy at Astronomics. The old version HAS been discontinued. The new version is called the Celestron NexImage 5 Solar System Imager (not released yet - at least Astronomics and OPT do not have it yet) and it is expected to be in stock at any time. He says it is a better camera (see link below) than the old one but can't comment on the doubling of the price. In other words (this is my assumption) he probably doesn't know if it is twice as good as the original.

Here is the OPT write-up on the new version: linkeroo rahtchere. I also read somewhere that the new software includes aligning and stacking, although Registax and Avistack handle that quite well, so you each will have to determine if that is an advantage. As you can see, the new price is US$199. Amazon used to carry the old version at ~$92, back before Christmas. Shoulda bit back then!

If you want the old version, I guess you'll have to go to the used market. I saw one on CN classified the other day for $75 (used once). Astromart may have some deals as well. I've never used flea-bay and most likely never will, but that is a possibility too.

Cheers gang,




I snagged one on A-mart for $70 last week--so be persistent and have patience, it will show up sooner or later!

Or just put up an ad here (CNC) and there and let *them* come to *you*.


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? new [Re: Starman81]
      #5194668 - 04/28/12 10:42 AM

Hi NexStar Compatriots,

Well I just stumbled into something good (for once). A great CNer saw my posts and asked if I would like to have his NexImage to use - free of charge! Well, OK, I agreed to pay the shipping charges from the East coast - not a biggie. Due to his generosity, I'll soon have it. I agreed to pass it on to someone else when I outgrow or replace it.

Now all I need is a laptop!

I have downloaded Sharpcap and will get Amcap with the camera. So, those of you who have used the NexImage, let me know what you think about the video capture software. From what I've seen, Sharpcap seems to be more robust than Amcap, but I have absolutely zero experience here. Opinions please!

Thanx!


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Re: Where Oh Where Has the Cel. NexImage Camera Gone? [Re: Skip]
      #5195150 - 04/28/12 03:20 PM

Hey Skip,

I use wxAstrocapture with my Neximage. I've tried the other two you mentioned, but I just find wxAC easier to use and better at dialing in the right settings.

To each his own as they say.

Here's the download if you're interested-

http://arnholm.org/astro/software/wxAstroCapture/


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