About the Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera...
The Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera combines the simplicity of a one-shot color imaging camera with the sophisticated features and software of more expensive astronomical imaging systems. Using a Kodak 10.7MP Color Sensor and regulated TEC cooling system, Nightscape can give you instant results in just a single exposure. Coupled with the internal mechanical shutter and control software this Celestron CCD Camera can also automatically combine multiple images and dark frames to create images comparable to those taken with professional grade cameras costing thousands more.
With the Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera you get:
With compact 4.75 micron x 4.75 micron pixels and 2x2 and 4x4 binning, the Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera is perfectly matched for optimal resolution at multiple F-numbers. With an F/10 system and 2x2 binning, Nightscape gives you a large image scale while still providing sub-arc second image sampling; ideal for bringing out fine detail in planets and compact deep-sky objects. Or take advantage of the high resolution 4.75 micron x 4.75 micron pixels at f/2 to capture your favorite wide field objects while maintaining resolution better than your "seeing" conditions. Nightscape gives you the versatility to match all the configuration of your Celestron Telescope - EdgeHD, SCT or other optical system.
The Kodak KAI-10100 Color Sensor incorporated into the Celestron Nightscape CCD Astronomy Camera offers both light sensitivity and a balanced spectral response for capturing true color fidelity in a fraction of the time as with a color filter wheel.
Regulated Thermoelectric Cooling (TEC) and variable fan control built in to the Celestron Nightscape CCD Astronomy Camera provides a vibration free laminar air flow to dramatically reduce thermal noise inherent in all imaging sensors.
Compact four inch diameter design of the Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera provides minimal obstruction needed for Celestron Fastar Telescope f/2 imaging. The round symmetrical aluminum cast body resembles the obstruction of the secondary mirror of a Cassegrain telescope ensuring round star with minimal light diffraction. Additionally the spacing to sensor is the same distance as most DSLR cameras allowing compatibility with most standard DSLR t-adapters.
Celestron AstroFX software takes you step-by-step from taking images to processing the final result. AstroFX gives you full control of your Celestron Nightscape CCD 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 - astrophotography that'''s been stacked, stretched, sharpened, saturated and ready to share with your friends in a snap.
*Processor - Pentium or equivalent, or higher
*Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (or higher), 32-bit or 64-bit
*Disk Space - 20MB for program installation
*Video Display minimum 1024x768, 16-bit color or higher
Included with your Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera is Celestron'''s innovative AstroFX software. AstroFx takes you step-by-step from snapping an image to processing the final result.
AstroFX gives you full control of your Celestron Nightscape CCD Astronomy 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.
Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera Features...
- One shot color imaging using 10.7MP CCD sensor - No filter wheels or color combining needed
- 4.75 micron x 4.75 micron pixels - Small pixels and 2x2 and 4x4 binning allows for optimal resolution at multiple F-numbers
- Thermoelectric cooling (TEC) - Regulated TEC and adjustable fan to dramatically reduce thermal noise
- Internal Mechanical Shutter - makes acquiring dark frames easy
- AstroFX software - takes you step-by-step from taking images to processing the final result
- Full-frame image buffer prevents image artifacts when downloading from camera to computer
Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera Specifications...
A/D Conversion: 16 bit
Back Focus Distance: 55 mm w/ 2" barrel; 26 mm w/o barrel
Binning: 2x2, 4x4
Cooling Range: 20C below ambient
Dark Signal (at 0 C) 2e-/pixel/second
Download Time: 11 sec or less for full-frame image
Dynamic Range: 64 dB
Exposure Range: .001 sec to 24hrs (2x2, 4x4 Bin); .01sec to 24hrs (1x1 binning)
Full Well Capacity: 25,000 e-
Imaging Sensor: Kodak KAI-10100 Color Sensor
Mounting: 2" barrel and t-thread
Operating Environment: 40C to -40C (104F to -40F)
Optical Window: High transmission Schott B270 glass
Quantum Efficiency: 32%@630 nm; 42%@550 nm; 40%@470 nm
Read Noise (RMS): 16 e-
Shutter: Internal Mechanical
Software Compatibility: AstroFX, MaximDL, ASCOM Driver
Sub-Framing: Full, Half, Quarter, selectable
Optical Coatings: IR cutoff and anti-reflection multi-coatings
Weight (lbs): 2 lbs (0.91 kg)
Power Requirements: 12V DC 2.5Amp, tip positive
Cooling: Regulated Thermoelectric w/ Fan
Camera Resolution: 10.7MP (3760x2840)
Sensor Size: 17.9 mm x 13.5 mm (22.5 mm diagonal)
Pixel Size: 4.75 micron square
USB Cable: High-Speed 2.0, 10 ft cable lengthCelestron Product Number: 95555