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Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes

B&H # CEPMN568 Mfr # 93609
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  • For Mounting Camera on Scope's Exterior

The Celestron #93609 Piggyback Bracket fits their 5-8" diameter NexStar SE telescopes, and is a popular and easy way to get started in astrophotography.

Stunning, remarkably detailed wide field photos can be taken by attaching your SLR camera atop the NexStar telescope, guiding the camera through motion of the telescope itself.  But you can, in fact, use any camera with a 1/4"-20 socket; it certainly helps to have a "bulb" setting for the shutter and manual control over the aperture, though.

For shorter exposures of 5-7 minutes, it is acceptable to use the NexStar SE in its normal altazimuth mode.  For longer exposures beyond 7 minutes, such as any wide field pictures with nebula or other deep space objects in the image, you'll need to add Celestron's #93655 Wedge to put the NexStar SE in an equatorial mode so that there is no star trails or drifting of the elements in the image.

It certainly helps to have a fast aperture lens for the camera, such as the f/1.2 50mm, 55mm and 85mm lenses available to fit various manufacturer's systems, as this helps drastically shorten the exposure times.

The slotted mounting holes in the base of this piggyback bracket allow it to be installed in predrilled threaded holes on the NexStar SE scopes, and the bracket's unique design allows you to fit your Star Pointer finderscope on top of the piggyback so that you can accurately navigate your telescope and conduct astrophotography simultaneously.

For NexStar SE 5-8" scopes
Allows Star Pointer finderscope to simultaneously be mounted
Fits any camera with a 1/4"-20 threaded socket
Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes
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    CelestronPiggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes
     
    4.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Strong construction (8)
    • Widely compatible adapter (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (7)
      • Astrophotography (6)
      • Terrestrial viewing (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (5), Avid adventurer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Truth in advertising.

      By Adam

      from Queensbury, NY

      Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

      Nothing means more than having a product do what is claimed. And this piggy back mount does just that. 100%.

      I was able to take my first shots of the Milky Way. They came out so well that my wife ordered me a 14mm lens.

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      4.0

      Very satisfied

      By Stargazer

      from Chatsworth, California

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

        Contents came in a timely manner. The price was as promised. The product arrived in good condition. I have had only positive experiences in dealing with B&H.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE,

        By Mike, RAS president

        from Mansfield, OH

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

          I ordered this to replace the one that got broken when my Celestron 8" SCT fell about 3 feet from a table onto concrete. The piggyback bracket and finder scope were destroyed, but the scope was not damaged. I was pleasantly surprised to find this comes with an adaptor to fit my Celestron 11" SCT, also. This mount works well with a Canon 50D and a Coronado PST solar scope.

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          4.0

          Essential add on

          By Baggywrinkle

          from Perth WA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Strong Construction
          • Widely Compatible Adapter

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astrophotography

            Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

            Just bought this through B&H and I am very very pleased with it.

            The product photo does not give the best impression, it is a solid mount and easy to fit. You will need to realign the spotter scope but that is a simple matter.

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            4.0

            Perfect Piggyback Camera Mount

            By Austin

            from Derwood, MD

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Padding
            • Strong Construction
            • Widely Compatible Adapter

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Astrophotography
              • Terrestrial Viewing

              Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

              I have this attached to my NexStar 5 SE and use it for long exposure astrophotography with my Canon Rebel T1i. It works great, however it makes it a little difficult to lign up the finder scope on the NexStar body.

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              5.0

              Does exactly what it should

              By Jason

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Astrophotography
                • Bright Conditions
                • Terrestrial Viewing

                Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

                I've used this for day and night time lapses and it's been great. It actually comes with all of the different mounting hardware included, which was nice. I have the 6SE, which meant I needed to recalibrate my red dot sight, but other than that installation was painless.

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                4.0

                A must-have

                By Charl

                from South Africa

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Strong Construction
                • Widely Compatible Adapter

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

                    A lot of people do not understand (or care) when you show them pictures of DSO's taken at prime, and this can bring constellations and their associated nebulae into the picture through wider angle astrophotography, which more individuals can relate to. It also fits the larger scope range (mine is fastened to my 11" SCT). If you have bigger hands you might struggle to get your fingers to the screw head to fasten your camera, but I fasten a heavy Canon 1Ds Mk3 with a 70-200mm lens very snugly using this bracket. You need extra counterweights though, and the weight distribution is not 100% centered on my 11" so the scope tends to fall over to the heavier side when large lenses and body combinations are added

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                    4.0

                    Easy to install and sturdy

                    By Downtoearth

                    from Gatineau, QC

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy
                      • Astrophotography
                      • Bird Watching

                      Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

                      I have installed this bracket on my Celestron Nexstar 8 SE telescope. Installation was a breeze with a screwdriver and the screws provided. Had to check and readjust the alignment of the telescope, finderscope and camera afterwards. It took me five minutes, during the day, with a distant telephone pole as a target. With this gadget I can make my camera benefit from the GoTo and Tracking capabilities of my telescope. It's been cloudy ever since I got the bracket, so I haven't had a chance to try it yet with real astronomical objects...

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                      5.0

                      solid build...

                      By Ricky47

                      from Cape Cod

                      About Me Professional Guide

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Widely Compatible Adapter

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Astrophotography

                        Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

                        astrophotography piggyback for camera...had to customize a little with file to get exact alignment on scope...no real problem though

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                        5.0

                        perfect as advertised

                        By pillo

                        from queensland australia

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Astronomy

                          Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

                          ideal for dslr photography

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                          5.0

                          Sturdy

                          By Astrotomicus

                          from New England

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Astronomy
                          • Astrophotography
                          • Terrestrial Viewing
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Celestron Piggyback Bracket for the NexStar 5 SE, 6 SE, & 8 SE Telescopes:

                          Nice bracket, fitting my C5 securely. Attaching a Canon 350 DSLR and 300mm lens was no problem for the SE8 mount. No balance issues. If you are going to use this on your C5 with an EQ mount, you might have to move the bracket so the camera fits on top of the C5. You can do this as there are enough screws on the base of the C5, as I found I had real balance/flexure issues when using my autoguider. The mount itslef held the camera quite well, however, even in that off-axis position.

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