There may be occasions that you want to take a quick image of the Moon, planets or Sun (with appropriate safety equipment of course) through your telescope or binoculars, but don’t want to bring out and set up your PC or laptop. Smartphones can be very handy in such situations – the image quality of smartphone cameras has vastly improved over the last few years. However a big difficulty of using a smartphone is accurately positioning the lens of the smartphone camera to that of an eyepiece, whilst holding the camera still…and then trying to press the “shutter” button. Phew!
This is where Celestron’s NexYZ 3-axis smartphone adaptor comes in to the rescue! ….and one has just landed on my desk!
The box that the adaptor comes in, at first glance prior to opening, measures 20x15x13cm, and so will make you think that this is a very bulky adaptor.
Upon opening it, you will find a multi-language A4 quick guide and then beneath the top foam packing sits the NexYZ adaptor itself.
On taking the adaptor out of its box, you will see that its not that bulky at all (see below) and it only weighs just under 300g.
Initially, it may look quite complicated to use, but actually it is not complicated at all. I am not one of those types of people that reads instruction manuals, but in less than a minute of having a play with the adaptor, it was easy to figure out how to use the NexYZ. The adaptor is made of a mix of metal and strong durable polymer plastic – it certainly does not feel cheap and the whole unit is very well built. A rubber mat lines the area where your smartphone would sit both to stop the device from slipping but also to protect the smartphone’s body. A small plastic bag that accompanies the NexYZ contains 2 corrugated-style plastic split rings that are for use when the adaptor is used with small diameter eyepieces.
In the next set of blogs on the NexYZ we’ll look at the adaptor in more detail…and show some results that can be obtained using it with various optical equipment.