Still the excellent
Sony based CCD camera it was when I bought my first from you years ago.
Well it has worked hard and a few more hot pixels have developed so am
using it as a guide camera now thus buying the new one. Have to say, the clean background sky view and enough sensitivity to show anyone live
deep-sky views they usually complain about "trying to see" in the eyepiece of my
6 and 10 inch dobs is like owning a 16 or 20 inch telescope!
Still doing the high school outreach and the kids
love looking at the large screen than in through a telescope so great
you brought back the original camera although I never tried the ex2
model. Your book on Video astronomy is
still my bible, thanks guys.
Initially I bought the GSTAR-EX to get a better look at faint fuzzies. Then, for some reason Hydrogen Alpha Solar
viewing came onto the scene and here the GSTAR-EX came into its own.
With so many functions, I can view live both surface and limb features
at the same time by adjusting the settings quickly depending on the view
required for either surface or limb captures or the two together. What
other camera has the ability to run two live view monitors and computer
This camera may just be the best value for money versatile astro-camera
on the market today. It is also a great security surveillance and
nocturnal wildlife monitor.
Buying a GSTAR-EX has been quite a paradigm shifting experience. I
primarily intended the camera as a scientific tool to capture video of
asteroidal occultations and near earth objects and of course, it has
done that beautifully. What I hadn’t quite realised was how much it
would change my whole approach to my other astronomical interests.
Within moments, I was giving night sky tours to friends and family all
over the globe via Skype, grabbing great images using my Dob and being
able to see ‘stuff’ that I had never dreamt of seeing. My cameras (for I
now have many) have been in constant use for a number of years now and
are still working perfectly whilst my eyepiece case remains firmly shut.
This is one bit of kit that I would unreservedly recommend to every
astronomer - it changes everything!
Astronomical Association of Queensland
I reckon that getting this
camera was one of the best things that I have done. By effectively
doubling the 'scope's aperture and sidestepping my eyesight problems it
has rekindled a sadly flagging lifelong interest in the night skies. And
the ability to image is a bonus. And what a bonus. Never in my wildest
dreams did I imagine that I would have an image accepted for the Amateur
Astronomy Picture of the Day run by Astronomy.fm.
David Lloyd-Jones (NSW)
and Mike, the Polar E-Z is nothing short of great! Is saving me a whole
heap of set up time and with the GStar sensitivity can even see the
stars and do polar alignment in twilight.
Mark Stanley (VIC)
camera! Thank you so much for all the technical advice. It took me a
little time to understand the settings but now I do it's sooo easy to
use and I am now seeing things I never thought possible with my 114
The GStar camera never
ceases to amaze me. I have seen objects with the telescope that I simply cannot see in an
eyepiece. Thank you
I can't believe I am sitting in my
house viewing the sky outside... I just love the GStar3 software and in
particular the micro-step zooming function it allows over the larger
manual steps using the camera buttons.
The GSTAR is unbelievable -
astonishing. I'm imaging stars to 12 - 13 mag
using a Celestron 130 SLT !!
After processing in registax etc I'm getting nearly textbook shots from my
light polluted skys using a basically entry level telescope.
Its obviously changed amateur astronomy forever and now no more worrying
about stray lights, dark adaption etc etc.
Neil Proud (WA)
In a world of increasing complexity,
the GSTAR-EX stands out as a simple but effective astro imaging camera that is capable of
achieving stunning results. It is a versatile for planetary, lunar and deep sky imaging. I
have imaged galaxies around 12th magnitude and found it to be an amazing camera for a good
price and backed by excellent service.
As a first time ever imager, the
GSTAR-EX truly amazed me. I set up my scope, literally took the GSTAR EX out of its sealed
unopened box, placed it in the scope, connected the power and video cables, turned on the
monitor and what do you see, Centaurus A sitting beautifully in the middle of the screen.
It was that simple. I have to say that I have not had a more enjoyable and exciting moment
in star gazing. I highly recommend this camera and the great support given by myAstroShop
Michael Clark (NSW)
Amazingly easy to use and a great
tool for astronomy overall. The live on screen view is even better than I'd initially
imagined. Having the great local support made the choice even easier!
John Marion (ACT)
I am simply amazed at how well this
camera detects faint objects. To easily see galaxies and other faint deep sky objects live
on the monitor that I used to struggle to glimpse at the eyepiece before is truly amazing
and especially in moonlit skies! "...even from Sydney light
pollution and with the scope roughly polar aligned, the short duration, highly sensitive
exposures of the GSTAR-EX camera allows me to take images I'd never imagined possible.
Steve Quirk (NSW)
The GSTAR-EX is one hell of a camera!!!
I'm pleased to report that it is fully
compatible with our existing fisheye lens, and in fact the lens is now a
full-hemisphere fisheye thanks to the increased CCD size (formerly it
was slightly cropped at the top and bottom of the screen). It is also
compatible with the DC-iris of our lens.
The low-light-level (x128 integration) is astonishing. No matter now
dark I make my room, it looks like broad daylight when viewed through
2011) it's noteworthy that this particular camera-lens combo has been
operating non-stop 24/7, all weathers, for many years now without the
slightest hitch. This is pretty amazing performance when one considers
the diurnal temperature variations, and especially the summertime daily
highs. Good gear.
Dr.Andre Phillips (Siding
Just amazing, I hardly bother these
days looking in the eyepiece anymore. I know that's seems like an unromantic view but who
am I to argue when technology makes observing so much fun! The GSTAR-EX camera rocks.
Stephen Price (VIC)
GSTAR-EX camera article in
Astronomi Magazine (Norway) by Trond Erik Hillestad
I can honestly state it is one of my
best astronomical purchases and there is no chance that I will part with it.
Paul Milligan (U.K)
A few other camera user links
Martin Ferlito (NSW) website -