Celestron’s Nightscape CCD camera combines the simplicity of a one-shot colour imaging camera with the sophisticated features and software of more expensive astronomical imaging systems. Using a Kodak 10.7MP Colour 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:
With compact 4.75 micron x 4.75 micron pixels and 2×2 and 4×4 binning, the Nightscape is perfectly matched for optimal resolution at multiple F-numbers. With an F/10 system and 2×2 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.
The Kodak KAI-10100 Colour Sensor offers both light sensitivity and a balanced spectral response for capturing true colour fidelity in a fraction of the time as with a colour filter wheel.
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.
Compact 100mm 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.
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.
- 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 1024×768, 16-bit colour or higher
Included with your Nightscape CCD Camera is Celestron’s innovative AstroFX software. AstroFx takes you step-by-step from snapping an image to processing the final result.
You have 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.
Nightscape CCD Camera Specifications
Camera Resolution 10.7MP (3760×2840)
Sensor Size 17.9 mm x 13.5 mm (22.5 mm diagonal)
Pixel Size 4.75 micron square
USB Connection High-Speed 2.0, 10′ cable lengthA/D Conversion 16 bit
Back Focus Distance 55 mm w/ 2″ barrel; 26 mm w/o barrel
Binning 2×2, 4×4
Max Cooling 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 (2×2, 4×4 Bin); .01sec to 24hrs (1×1 binning)
Full Well Capacity 25,000 e-
Imaging Sensor Kodak KAI-10100 Colour Sensor
Mounting 2″ barrel and t-thread
Optical Window High transmission AR coated 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
Power Requirements 12V DC 2.5Amp
Cooling Regulated Thermoelectric w/ Fan