Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera, One Shot Color 10.7MP

Celestron
SKU: CNNS MFR: 95555
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About Celestron Nightscape CCD Camera

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 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 micronx 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 variablefan control provides a vibration free laminar air flowto dramatically reduce thermal noise inherent in all imaging sensors.

Form Factor Compact four" 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
Included 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.

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
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 (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 Connection
High-Speed 2.0, 10' cable length
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Shopper  I'm curious about one of the system requirements. The spec says that the memory requirement is 1 GB or ram. Is this an absolute requirement or a recommended requirement. Will 500 Meg work?
MICHAEL J  This camera uses up alot of rescourses and it is highly recommended that you comply with the system requirements. You can use it however with your set up, but it will be slow and sluggish.
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