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butsam
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Re: NexImage 5 -- yes or no? new [Re: Tel]
      #5708268 - 03/02/13 07:36 AM

I don't think the firmware updates are required just to get it to work (although I never tried without), but you should update the firmware as well -- at a minimum, it gives you more options for shutter speed; I don't know what else was changed. Here's a link with download and instructions:

http://www.celestron.com/c3/support3/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewar...


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Chaz659
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Reged: 12/08/12

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Re: NexImage 5 -- yes or no? new [Re: butsam]
      #5708751 - 03/02/13 12:41 PM

It would not download.

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ben2112
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Re: NexImage 5 -- yes or no? new [Re: Chaz659]
      #5708813 - 03/02/13 01:14 PM

I was able to download it. It might be your virus scanner blocking it.

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Chaz659
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Re: NexImage 5 -- yes or no? new [Re: butsam]
      #5708822 - 03/02/13 01:19 PM

OK. Well I took the scope outside (127 SLT) let her sit for a bit and hooked up the NI5. I used sharpcap as suggested by Tel. The firmware update just would not work, error code. However, it was 1300 here on Long Island so I aimed at a neighbors roof. I saw someone else post a pic of someone else's roof. A little tweaking and there it was, a shingle. Now I did not let it sit for long so the image was wavy as expected due to temperature change between house and outside BUT the cam did finally work. Next step is to become more proficient with the "Align" features, the tracking of the scope and the bells and whistles of sharpcap and we might be good to go. Clear night tomorrow night hopefully. Thank you to everybody and I will follow up, perhaps on a new thread.

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Tel
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Re: NexImage 5 -- yes or no? new [Re: Chaz659]
      #5709405 - 03/02/13 07:22 PM

Hi Chaz,

Just a note to say that I did a little checking tonight and can say, (as you probably already know), that Sharpcap will indeed support 60 frames/minute, which is the rate, I believe, the NI5 is ideally designed to deliver.

As to the quality, however, (i.e. whether any compression takes place as a result of using Sharpcap as opposed to the Celestron software), is of course something you'll have to establish.

As it stands though, it looks as if Sharpcap will at least give you working software from which to work.

Wishing you all success and please keep us posted on your progress,

Best regards,
Tel


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Robin Leath
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Re: NexImage 5 -- yes or no? new [Re: butsam]
      #6655667 - 07/27/14 06:29 PM

Just got a Neximage 5 for $129 new ebay....Im new at this and have recently purchased a Nexstar 8SE OTA and an EQ5 advanced GT mount to put it on....have taken a few shots with my Nikon d300s on a t2 but wanted something to give some better sharper picsand all the reviews ive read and watched pointed to the NI 5 for my budget...

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WarmWeatherGuy
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Re: NexImage 5 -- yes or no? new [Re: Robin Leath]
      #6655806 - 07/27/14 07:43 PM

Quote:

Just got a Neximage 5 for $129 new ebay....Im new at this and have recently purchased a Nexstar 8SE OTA and an EQ5 advanced GT mount to put it on....have taken a few shots with my Nikon d300s on a t2 but wanted something to give some better sharper picsand all the reviews ive read and watched pointed to the NI 5 for my budget...




Congratulations on getting that camera at that price. I've taken some really nice pictures with it and seen even better pictures taken by other people with it. The C8 is a good scope for planetary imaging. Unfortunately right now Mars and Jupiter are gone for a while and Saturn is starting to fade away. I would try to get Saturn while you can. Jupiter will be available in the morning starting around September/October.

Visit the Solar System Imaging & Processing forum for tips on how to get good pictures and to upload your pictures there for us to see.


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fivestring
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Reged: 01/21/14

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Re: NexImage 5 -- yes or no? new [Re: WarmWeatherGuy]
      #6656678 - 07/28/14 08:05 AM

C'mon, Chaz....
Post some pics!


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