Celestron NexGuide Autoguider

Celestron NexGuide Autoguider

Celestron NexGuide Autoguider

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Celestron NexGuide Autoguider

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Product Highlights

  • Stand-Alone System, No Computer Required
  • Aptina MT9V034C12STM CMOS Sensor
  • Center/Focus with Any 1.25" Eyepiece
  • 9-Button Hand Control
  • Requires Mount with ST-4 Autoguider Port
  • Runs on Four D-Cell Batteries
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Celestron 93713 Overview

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The NexGuide Autoguider from Celestron is a stand-alone system that eliminates the necessity of tethering it to a laptop computer for finding or tracking your celestial targets with a motorized alt-az or equatorial mount. A Aptina MT9V034C12STM CMOS sensor allows the tracking of even faint stars, and the larger 5.6x4.7mm chip size provides more area for locating and keeping the guide star on the chip. Automatic calibration of each axis and automatic setting guide rate parameters make the NexGuide easy to use and very precise.

A standard 1.25" ring is included to fit the most common size drawtube and allows the use of any eyepiece for focusing and centering, and a 9-button hand control provides quick and easy access to the navigation menus. It runs on four user-supplied D-cell batteries to power it when you're off the grid, and all that is required is for the mount or GoTo hand controller to have a ST-4 autoguider port to plug the unit into.

In the Box
Celestron NexGuide Autoguider
  • 1.25" Extension Barrel
  • M42-to1.25 Adapter
  • Par Focal Ring
  • Hand Control
  • Guiding Cable
  • Battery Case
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Celestron 93713 Specs

    Image Sensor Aptina MT9V034C12STM CMOS
    Chip size: 0.22 x 0.18" / 5.6 x 4.7 mm
    Pixel Count 752 x 480
    Pixel Size 6.0 x 6.0 µm
    Exposure Times 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096 mS
    Power Requirement 4 x D-cell batteries
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.15 x 5.9 x 3.6"

    Celestron 93713 Reviews

    NexGuide Autoguider is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from NexGuide works as advertised. Easy enough to use,however don't expect a guide star to be in every field! Often you will have to move the guide scope away from the object quite a ways to find a bright enough guide star. Once found the process is very easy. Just center up the star on the cross,then use Lock and Guide menus. The auto functions do eveything for you. The display is a little small but you will quickly get used to the order of the menus and not need to read them. As stated the auto functions are a great plus.The star is easily seen on the screen cross. After guiding began there was no need for any intervention. Just let it grab the star and put your feet up!
    Date published: 2015-11-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not for everyone The reason I purchased this autoguider was to do wide-field piggyback photography. I use an 80 mm APO refractor for the nexguide and I piggyback with my DSLR and either 85 or 200 mm lenses. For this set-up, the nexguide is pretty good. If you find a good guide star, it will stay locked and you can do what you want with exposures. The reason I am going with 4 stars is that I wanted to also use a travel scope as the guide scope and take pictures through my 80mm APO. With this set up I was disappointed. The nexguide wasn't sensitive enough and would not stay locked on. So my recommendation would be the following. If you want to autoguide for wide-field shots, don't like the added laptop in the field, don't mind experimenting with noise and exposure until it is calibrated properly, and have at least a 400mm doublet or triplet to use as the guidescope, then the nexguide will serve you pretty well. If you want to use a smaller guidescope and a larger imaging scope, then you need a more sensitive autoguider. The bottom line is I like it for what it is good at doing and will keep it.
    Date published: 2014-06-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from NexGuide autoguider The advantage is you don't need a laptop. That's the only one. Screen is tiny. Used with Celestron's 80mm guidescope (600mm focal length). Won't see a guide star unless centered in field of view. Must constantly swap with a parfocal eyepiece to find a guide star. Included power supply requires 4 D batteries. May also be powered via not included USB which I used instead. Gave it to my sister and switch to Orion Starshoot.
    Date published: 2017-07-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Review I just got it. Did a dry run with it and everything went good. I would have taken it outside to try it, but I live in Michigan and I won't be clear here for another few months. If it's warm and a Sundy, we have a picnic.
    Date published: 2015-04-02
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    I have Star Adventurer from SkyWatcher. It has ST-4 auto guide port which support auto guiding for 1 axis.Will this NexGuide Autoguider work to autoguide 1 axis?Is ST-4 cable included in the package?
    Asked by: Muhammad N.
    Hi, the star adventure only allows auto guiding in the RA which is not really useful even if it did work. The nexguide will onlyonly calibrate in RA snd DEC, so it would fail the calibration routine when DEC didn't move. A laptop based autoguider can be set to guide only in 1 axis. I would suggest using the existing mount without autoguiding (good polar alignment and wider angle lens) or get the optional DEC axis motor if you're really keen on autoguiding.
    Answered by: Lee B.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    I have a skywatcher EQ6 mount, I switch between 2 different skywatcher scopes. a 180mm Mak-Newtonian with a 1000mm focal lenth and a Mak-Cassegrain with a 2700mm focal length. Will the celestron nexstar autoguider coupled with the 80mm celestron guidescope be compatible?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes the Celestron 80mm Guidescope coupled with the Celestron NexGuide Autoguider will work for what you want to do.
    Answered by: Alex S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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