Telescope SCT pioneers Celestron dabbled several years ago, with CCD Camera's with a partnership
with SBIG of Santa Clara, California.
That partnership was successful while it lasted. Then for several years, Celestron dropped out of the picture
for a while, and now they are back with a vengeance..........
The have just announced a NEW CCD Camera. The Nightscape!
This new CCD camera will work with all brands of telescopes. It also ships with it's own software
for image processing: "Astro FX". This is the powerhouse behind your image taking.
You see, taking the images through the camera is relatively easy; all the hard work is really
done with the processing of the image. You don't have to buy any separate software to do this
Celestron includes it with this Camera!
What is exciting about this new product launch is that for the money, this CCD camera represents
great value for the dollar. It is certainly not a low cost product, but considering the features it has
it is a great buy! You could pay twice as much as still not get the "beef". (For all vegetarians, please
translate to "Carrots")
The camera works with most popular software programs such as Maxim Dl. So if you already own
these and like them, no problem! You can still use them.....
Wishing you Clear Skies,
PS All the pertinent details are listed below, specs. price etc..
New! The Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera ($1499)
Looking for the perfect large-sensor CCD camera without breaking the bank? Look no further than the new Nightscape CCD Camera from Celestron! Featuring the Kodak KAI-10100 sensor, the Nightscape offers 10.7 megapixels with easy one shot color imaging. Regulated thermoelectric cooling and an adjustable fan dramatically reduce thermal noise, while a built-in mechanical shutter delivers effortless dark frame acquisition. New AstroFX software makes imaging easy with step-by-step guidance, from acquiring an image to processing the final result
Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera
The Celestron Nightscape is a 10.7MP, full featured CCD camera.
Built on a Kodak KAI-10100 Color sensor for stunning one shot color images.
Features TEC cooling, binning options, and a mechanical shutter.
USB 2.0 interface for quick readouts, a 10 ft. cable is included.
Compatible with most popular image processing software programs and standard DSLR t-adapters!
Shipments are due to arrive in September 2011..
Celestron brings us the Nightscape, a full featured color CCD
camera that will cost you less than your telescope likely did! Using
Kodak''s KAI-10100 color sensors, the Nightscape offers performance that
rivals CCD brands twice the price.
Celestron Nightscape Features...
The Nightscape offers superior versatility by allowing for a variety of binning options, and a compact 4.75 square pixel size making it highly compatible with a variety of focal lengths.
The Kodak KAI-10100 Color Sensor offers both light sensitivity and a balanced spectral response for capturing true color fidelity in a fraction of the time as compared to imaging with a color filter wheel.
Regulated Thermoelectric Cooling (TEC) and variable fan control provides a vibration free air flow, dramatically reducing thermal noise inherent in all CCD sensors.
A compact 4 inch diameter design make it a perfect pairing to the Faster system. The aluminum body is symmetrical and well balanced.
The Nightscape''s imaging sensor is about the same distance to the telescope as most DSLR''s meaning you can use most standard t- adapters and rings to connect to your telescope.
Celestron AstroFX software takes you step-by-step from taking images to processing the final result. AstroFX gives you full control of your camera from temperature regulation, exposure control as well as computer assisted focusing for easy image acquisition. AstroFX knows just what to do with your images and calibration frames to create a final master image that''s been stacked, stretched, sharpened, saturated and ready to share with your friends in a snap.
The Celestron Nightscape is also compatible with popular image processing software like MaximDL and ASCOM driver.
A full frame image buffer allows you to keep on imaging, even while you''re downloading.
Specifications for Nightscape CCD Camera
CCD Kodak KAi-10100
Array Size (pixels) 3760 x 2840
Pixel Size 4.75 micron square
Imaging Diagonal 22.5 mm diagonal
Linear Full Well (typical) 25,000 e-
PC Interface USB 2.0
Digital Resolution 10.7MP
Pixel Binning 2x2 and 4x4
Exposure Time .001 sec to 24hrs
Cooling (typical) TEC fan
Dark Current (typical) 2e-/pixel/second
Camera Head Size 4" Diameter
Mounting 2" nosepiece or t-thread
Back Focal Distance 55 mm w/ 2" barrel; 26 mm w/o barrel
Op.Sys.Support Windows XP/ Vista/ 7
Power 12V DC