Amateur and Professional Astronomers both Welcome the new Nightscape 8300!

Nightscape 8300 includes the preferred sensor of both amateur and professional astronomers
The new Nightscape 8300 includes the preferred CCD colour sensor of both amateur and professional astronomers

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Greater sensitivity & added value

  • The acclaimed Kodak KAF-8300 colour CCD sensor desired by both amateur and professional astronomers
  • With 22.5mm across diagonally, and 8.3 million pixels in a 3326 x 2504 array
  • Gives amateur and professional astronomers the area, resolution and sensitivity required to create stunning Astro-images of deep sky objects or Comet ISON as it gets closer to the sun

Easy to use to create stunning images

The new Nightscape 8300 includes Celestron’s easy to use AstroFX software, which makes the job of processing Astro-images effortless. Giving both amateur and professional astronomers full control over all aspects of camera temperature regulation to exposure control. The new Nightscape 8300 also includes computer assisted focusing for quick and easy image acquisition of M31 or faint wisps of a colourful emission nebula thousands of light years away.

The Nightscape 8300 can process astroimages like this one of the Rosetta Nebula
The Nightscape 8300 can process Astro-images like this one of the Rosetta Nebula
This image of M20 was processed by a Nightscape 8300
This image of M20 was processed by a Nightscape 8300

At an attractive price for both amateur and professional astronomers

Drop by Celestron.com or a local Celestron dealer today to have a look at your new Nightscape 8300 or any of their outstanding telescopes and astronomy accessories.

View this video review of the new Nightscape 8300 at YouTube.

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Backyard Astronomers Best Friend the Opticstar DS-616C XL CCD Camera

Opticstar - DS-616C XL CCD Camera "Not all single shot colour CCD cameras were created equal"
Opticstar – DS-616C XL CCD Camera “Not all single shot colour CCD cameras were created equal”

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A single shot colour CCD camera with 50 percent higher sensitivity than similar cameras with the same chip

New astronomy products

“Not all single shot colour CCD cameras were created equal”

November 17, 2013 – Opticstar’s new DS-616C XL CCD camera is every backyard astronomers best friend. The designers used the best hardware they could find, resulting in a camera quieter than a mouse in operation, with superior performance. The new DS-616C XL CCD camera also has a larger heat sink and Peltier thermocouple to draw the heat created during operation away from a Sony 1.8″ format CCD sensor, which has around 13 times the sensor area of the typical 1/2″ sensor found in many similar CCD cameras on the market. The best part is your new DS-616C XL CCD camera is ready to use out of the box, just add a telescope and your ready to join the human journey to the beginning of space and time. Backyard astronomers drop by Opticstarnorthamerica.com or a local telescope shop today to have a look at your new best friend.

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Orion Parsec 8300C Astronomical Imaging Camera

8.3 million pixels of resolution produces Astro-images that will make your DSLR camera want to hide

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Give the Orion Parsec 8300C, a try, and see if you still look at your DSLR camera

Astronomy Products – The Orion Parsec 8300C is the latest CCD time-machine-to-the-stars capable of taking one-shot, full-frame, 8.3-megapixel color views during your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time” in perfect resolution. The Orion Parsec 8300C Astronomical Imaging Camera is designed and engineered around Kodak’s 8.3-megapixel KAF-8300 sensor and is one of the most advanced CCD time-machines-to-the-stars you can purchase to “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time.

Amazing color images of the universe

The Orion Parsec 8300C Astronomical Imaging Camera’s color Kodak CCD chip is built around the 5.4 micron x 5.4-micron pixel size for superior resolution and uses Kodak’s microlens technology for maximum sensitivity. Regulated dual-stage thermoelectric cooling and the adjustable fan included with the Orion Parsec 8300C Astronomical Imaging Camera reduces the thermal noise you’ll experience while the internal full-frame memory buffer allows you to reliably and efficiently download your images for later use.

Top quality at a reasonable price

You get all of this Astro imaging power at a relatively low price, considering the quality of the views this outstanding CCD camera produces, and the Parsec 8300C Astronomical Imaging Camera is compatible with Windows XP and later operating systems. You just plug the Parsec 8300C Astronomical Imaging Camera into the USB 2.0 port on your computer with the included cable and power your time-machine-to-the-stars using the 12-volt DC power cable included that plugs into a car accessory jack, or other compatible power sources.

Read this PDF on the Orion Parsec 8300 Series Astronomical Imaging Camera.

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Unforgettable Astroimages Create Memorable Moments with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

The astronomers best friend
The newest star gazers dream is ready for your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time”

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With the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Astronomy Products – Easy to use, an array of useful and reliable features, and an eye-catching 21 pixels of resolution makes the Canon EOS 5D Mark II a star gazers dream. Hidden within the Canon EOS 5D Mark II lies a 21.1-megapixel, full-frame complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor that captures celestial bodies in unforgettable high-resolution images that will make your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time” the trip of your lifetime. This metal-oxide sensor allows stargazers to capture a wider field of view than previous sensors due to its 35.9mm by 24mm size.
 

Innovation in design, amazing in image

 
Designed to withstand the rigors of night time environments and possible collisions with the ground, or even a cement floor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II saves large Astro-images in seconds to a Compact Flash memory card. You can view your image on the 3.0-inch, 920,000 dot LCD view screen on the rear of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II in all lighting conditions. Designers and engineers even included the option to add a handy and time-saving Canon TC-80N3 remote control to your Canon EOS 5D Mark II, which allows you to set multiple images with certain exposure times and the time period between your exposures.
 
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Grab a Bahtinov Focus-Mask for Your Time-Machine-to-the-Stars

A focusing mask will save you time
A Bahtinov focusing mask will save you time for other things

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An essential focusing tool for your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time”

Small but useful if you need to focus a telescope
Achieving perfect focus can be time-consuming and difficult without a focusing mask to help you

Focusing your telescope

Astronomy Products – One of the toughest things to achieve when trying to take timeless pictures during your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time” will be getting a sharp focus on your time-machine-to-the-stars. Professional astronomers and amateur astronomers in-the-know will use a focusing mask over the front of their time-machine-to-the-stars, rather than relying on trial and error to take pictures of unforgettable views during their trip to the stars.
One of the best and easiest to use and setup face masks on the market is the Bahtinov face-mask sold by Focus-Mask. Simply aim your time-machine-to-the-stars toward the star of your hearts desire, take a short 3 to 5-second exposure of your target, and then take a look at the three diffraction spikes on the Bahtinov face-mask. Adjust the focus on your time-machine-to-the-stars, take another 3 to 5-second exposure of your target, and once again examine the diffraction spikes. Continue this process until the middle diffraction spike lies directly between the other two spikes and you should be ready to take a shot of your hearts desire your kids will never forget.
 

Make sure you take your Bahtinov Focus mask with you

 
Before you head out on the next leg of your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time” grab a Bahtinov face-mask or another face-mask, and your view and astrophotography will improve significantly, and you’ll have more time for timeless views, rather than spending time trying to focus your time-machine-to-the-stars.
 
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Remember the Unforgettable Moments of Your Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time

Astronomy using the Canon EOS 350D is fun and entertaining
The Canon EOS 350D introduced many astrophotographers to the wonders of digital imaging

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Astroimaging records moments in space and time

Astronomy Products – Astroimaging is a great way to record the unforgettable moments of your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time’, photographing the night sky has never been easier for the amateur, and you can capture the memorable moments of your trip to show the grandchildren. The array of imaging equipment available today for the amateur astronomer looking for a suitable Astro imaging camera to use as a time-machine-to-the-stars for never been more varied. We’ll take you through the basics of cameras and their uses in Astro imaging, starting with the modern camera, to help you decide just how you want to go about Astro imaging and what kind of equipment you want to use to do the job.
The modern camera used for Astro imaging uses electronic imaging sensors to help produce the images you’ll take on your trip. Currently, there are two different types of electronic imaging sensors, CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor), both essentially do the job the same way. Inside every modern camera tiny photocells, called pixels, and the circuitry to control the exposure time and read out the image are housed. The number of pixels needed for each view will vary from relatively small numbers for smaller images of planets or distinct celestial bodies to millions of pixels (megapixel) for deep sky views of star fields.

Not all astronomy imaging sensors are created equal

Not all imaging sensors are designed and engineered equally, some imaging sensors produce color images while others only create monochrome views of the universe. Modern color imaging sensors use a “Bayer” matrix, in which alternate pixels filter red, green and blue to produce the image while a computer interpolates the data to smooth the image. Monochrome imaging sensors generally produce sharper images than color imaging sensors, but producing color images is more difficult, as you need to take red, green and blue exposures through separate filters and then use a computer to combine them to produce the color image.

Selecting the correct camera according to the Astro imaging uses you have planned for your camera during your “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time” is possibly the most important decision you can make in your desire to make sure the treasured memories of your trip to infinity and back are recorded for all time. You definitely want to make sure you’re honest with yourself about what kind of Astro imaging you want a camera for. Do you want to be able to take pictures of celestial objects in the daytime sky? Can you use your Astro imaging camera without having to connect it to a computer? The answers to these questions, and others will help you determine the perfect Astro imaging camera for “Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time”.

For unforgettable images and moments during your journey

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