Celestron NexYZ 3-Axis Universal Smartphone Adapter review

The Celestron NexYZ 3-Axis Universal Smartphone Adapter is ideal for digiscoping through a telescope, spotting scope or binoculars

Celestron NexYZ 3-Axis Universal Smartphone Adapter
(Image: © Jamie Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This sturdy smartphone adapter achieves a precise alignment with the eyepiece of a telescope, spotting scope, binoculars or monocular and is the perfect and enables some excellent images, but it can be tricky to use. Even so, it's a great way to get into astrophotography with a telescope and a smartphone!


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    3-axis positioning

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    Precision digiscoping

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    Sturdy eyepiece clamp

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    Easy to use smartphone clamp


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    Bulky size

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    Some droop

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    Quad-camera alignment issues

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The Celestron NexYZ 3-Axis Universal Smartphone Adapter fills a real gap, rather literally, between all kinds of optical devices and your smartphone. If you’ve never taken a photo with your smartphone through a telescope you’re missing out. So-called digiscoping or afocal photography – literally, placing your smartphone’s camera in front of the eyepiece of a telescope, a spotting scope, a pair of binoculars or monoculars – is surprisingly effective whether you’re pointed at wildlife or the Moon. However, it always comes with one huge problem; stability, or lack of. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.