The Nightscape CCD Camera from Celestron is a one shot, easy to use 10.7MP color CCD camera with a professional grade feature set designed for astro-imaging. This CCD camera utilizes a Regulated Thermoelectric Cooling - TEC system to deliver immediate results with a single exposure. An internal mechanical shutter and the accompanying control software allow automatically combined multiple images on a par with much higher priced cameras.
Combining pixels reduces noise. So use the Nightscape CCD with an f/10 system and 2x2 binning, to produce a large scale image while still providing sub-arc second, small scale, image sampling. This configuration is ideal for bringing out fine detail in planets and compact deep-sky objects. Alternatively, use the Nightscape CCD with an f/2 system and the high resolution 4.75x4.75 micron pixels. This configuration will capture wide field objects while maintaining resolution better than the "seeing" conditions. Nightscape is provisioned for optimal resolution at multiple F stops with 4.75x4.75 micron pixels and 2x2 and 4x4 binning.
The Nightscape charge-coupled device leverages the Kodak KAI-10100 Color Sensor. The KAI-10100 is a 10 million pixel, 22.5mm diagonal high performance color interline transfer CCD image sensor. It offers both high light sensitivity on one hand and a balanced spectral response on the other. Together they permit true color capture in a fraction of the time that it takes with a color filter wheel. Regulated Thermoelectric Cooling - TEC and variable fan control provides a vibration free air flow to dramatically reduce common inherent thermal noise.
A compact 4" 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 shapes 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 presents an educational experience from the first step of taking the picture to the final processing result. Temperature regulation, exposure, computer assisted focusing is controlled through the software for straight forward image acquisition. AstroFX enhances the image and calibrates the frames to create a final astronomical image that's been stacked, stretched, sharpened, saturated and ready to share with your friends in a snap.
The system requires a Pentium processor or equivalent, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or higher, 1GB RAM, 20MB of disk space for the program installation and a minimum video display of 1024x768 with 16-bit color or higher. The software is compatible with 32-bit or 64-bit systems.