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Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD Camera
Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD Camera

Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD Camera

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Your Price: CAD1,890.78
Part Number:95560
The Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD camera uses the famous Kodak KAF-8300 8.3 megapixel colorCCD chip for imaging – a favorite of astrophotographers due to its high resolution, low noise, great sensitivity, and affordable cost.This single-shot color CCD camera lets you take full-color CCD images with only a single exposure. There is no need for the three or more separate exposures through different color filters needed for tri-color imaging with a conventional monochrome camera.  The Nightscape 8300 uses regulated thermoelectric cooling to give you excellent low-noise results with every exposure. Its internal mechanical shutter and Celestron AstroFX control software lets you automatically combine multiple images and dark frames to create images comparable to those taken with professional grade cameras costing thousands more.

Quick Overview:
  • Uses the famous KAF-8300 CCD that imagers have grown to love, due to the high resolution, low noise, great sensitivity and affordable cost.
  • A large 22.5mm diagonal CCD chip offers 8.3 megapixels of resolution. That means capturing a larger swatch of the sky with greater detail than similarly priced CCD cameras.
  • Nightscape 8300 is the most affordable feature-rich KAF-8300 camera readily available, retaining all of the advanced features found in more expensive cameras to obtain stunning astrophotos.
  • Regulated thermoelectric cooling and adjustable fan dramatically reduces thermal noise, producing superior images.
  • AstroFX software - takes you step-by-step from taking images to processing the final result.
  • The TEC and 16-bit A/D conversion provide lower noise and greater bit-depth than DSLR cameras, making the Nightscape 8300 an ideal upgrade for DSLR imagers who want to advance to CCD imaging and capture greater detail in every shot.
  • Internal mechanical shutter makes dark frame acquisition easy – no need to cap the telescope.
  • Internal 32MB SDRAM full frame memory buffer, ensures accurate and reliable image downloads
  • Specially designed IR-cut optical window with anti-reflection multi-coatings provides 94% (or greater) transmission of Hydrogen Alpha wavelength and maximum overall light transmission.
  • Celestron’s design combines form and function: Elegant industrial design, innovative heat-sink and air-flow system for efficient cooling, and cylindrical body is Fastar-friendly.
  • Removable 2” nosepiece fits most camera adapters and T-adapters that use 42mm T-threads 
  • ASCOM drivers are included for use with many other popular imaging software programs.
A/D Conversion16 bit
Back Focus Distance55 mm w/ 2" barrel; 26 mm w/o barrel
Binning2x2 (monochrome)
Cooling Range20C° below ambient
Dark Signal (at 0° C)0.15e-/pixel/second
Download Time12 sec for full-frame image
Dynamic Range64.4 dB
Exposure Range.001 sec to 24hrs (2x2 bin); .01sec to 24hrs (1x1 bin)
Full Well Capacity25,500 e-
Imaging SensorKodak KAF-8300 Color Sensor
Mounting2" barrel and t-thread
Operating Environment40C° to -40C° (104F to -40F)
Optical WindowHigh transmission Schott B270 glass
Quantum Efficiency33%@630 nm; 40%@550 nm; 33%@470 nm
Read Noise (RMS)8 e-
ShutterInternal Mechanical
Software CompatibilityAstroFX, MaximDL, ASCOM Driver
Sub-FramingFull, Half, Quarter, selectable
Optical CoatingsIR cutoff and anti-reflection multi-coatings
Weight (lbs)2 lbs (0.91 kg)
Power Requirements12V DC 2.5Amp, tip positive
CoolingRegulated Thermoelectric w/ Fan
Camera Resolution8.3MP (3326x2504)
Sensor Size17.96 mm x 13.52 mm (22.5 mm diagonal)
Pixel Size5.4 micron square
USB CableHigh-Speed 2.0, 10' cable length

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