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Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera
Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera

Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera

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Your Price: CAD1,562.62
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Part Number:95555
 
 
 

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. It uses a Kodak 10.7 megapixel color sensor and regulated thermoelectric cooling to give you instant results in just a single exposure. Coupled with the internal mechanical shutter and Celestron AstroFX control software, you can also automatically combine multiple images and dark frames to create images comparable to those taken with professional grade cameras costing thousands more.
 
A review in Astronomy magazine said, "Without a doubt, the Celestron NightScape CCD is one of the simplest cameras we have used. The control software is straightforward and easy to operate, and both it and the camera performed without a hitch. If you are looking for a one-shot color CCD camera that offers high-quality features and simplicity without having to sell the farm, this camera will not disappoint you."
 
Quick Overview:
  • 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

AstroFX Video Tutorials

 

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 you can also automatically combine multiple images and dark frames to create images comparable to those taken with  professional grade cameras costing thousands more.

With Nightscape you get:

Versatility
With compact 4.75 micron x 4.75 micron pixels and 2x2 and 4x4  binning, the Nightscape 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 EdgeHD, SCT or other optical system.

Fidelity
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 with a color filter wheel.

Cooling
Regulated  Thermoelectric Cooling (TEC) and variable fan control provides a vibration free laminar air flow to dramatically reduce thermal noise inherent in all imaging sensors.

Form Factor
Compact four inch diameter design provides minimal obstruction needed for Fastar 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.

Full Control
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.

System requirements:

  • Processor – Pentium or equivalent, or higher
  • Windows XP™, Windows Vista™, or Windows 7™ (or higher), 32-bit or 64-bit
  • 1GB RAM
  • Disk Space – 20MB for program installation
  • Video Display minimum 1024x768, 16-bit color or higher

AstroFX softwareIncluded with your Nightscape 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 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
 
Specification
 
A/D Conversion16 bit
Back Focus Distance55 mm w/ 2" barrel; 26 mm w/o barrel
Binning2x2, 4x4
Cooling Range20C° below ambient
Dark Signal (at 0° C)2e-/pixel/second
Download Time11 sec or less for full-frame image
Dynamic Range64 dB
Exposure Range.001 sec to 24hrs (2x2, 4x4 Bin); .01sec to 24hrs (1x1 binning)
Full Well Capacity25,000 e-
Imaging SensorKodak KAI-10100 Color Sensor
Mounting2" barrel and t-thread
Operating Environment40C° to -40C° (104F to -40F)
Optical WindowHigh transmission Schott B270 glass
Quantum Efficiency32%@630 nm; 42%@550 nm; 40%@470 nm
Read Noise (RMS)16 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 Resolution10.7MP (3760x2840)
Sensor Size17.9 mm x 13.5 mm (22.5 mm diagonal)
Pixel Size4.75 micron square
USB CableHigh-Speed 2.0, 10' cable length

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