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Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD Camera 95560

Price: $1699.95

Celestron’s ground-breaking Nightscape CCD Camera has a new addition to the lineup: Introducing the Nightscape 8300, the one shot color CCD camera featuring the highly acclaimed Kodak KAF-8300 sensor. The Nightscape 8300 provides 8.3 megapixels of resolution on this ultra-sensitive Kodak CCD. Camera control and image processing are made easy, fast and effective, thanks to the included AstroFX software.

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Main information about Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD Camera 95560

 

Celestron’s ground-breaking Nightscape CCD Camera has a new addition to the lineup: Introducing the Nightscape 8300, the one shot color CCD camera featuring the highly acclaimed Kodak KAF-8300 sensor. The Nightscape 8300 provides 8.3 megapixels of resolution on this ultra-sensitive Kodak CCD. Camera control and image processing are made easy, fast and effective, thanks to the included AstroFX software. Additionally, the Nightscape 8300 is the most affordable feature-rich KAF-8300 CCD camera on the market!

With Nightscape you get:

 

Sensitivity
Nightscape’s ultra-sensitive KAF-8300 CCD easily detects subtle deep sky details. Capture the faint wisps of a colorful emission nebula, or image fine detail of a spiral galaxy millions of light years away. You’ll be amazed how much faint detail you can detect in your time lapse astroimages.

 

A Cool Performer
The regulated thermoelectric cooling system with adjustable speed fan not only reduce the inherent CCD noise, but the temperature is also precisely regulated to your setting of choice, allowing you to take accurate calibration images. The camera electronics have been carefully engineered to minimize the read noise (only 8e- RMS) and provide the cleanest image data possible.

 

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 a 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’s intuitive 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 – 500MB
  • 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.

 

Features:

  • Uses the famous KAF-8300 CCD that imagers have grown to love, due to the high resolution, low noise, great sensitivity and affordable cost.
  • A large 22.5mm diagonal CCD chip offers 8.3 megapixels of resolution. That means capturing a larger swatch of the sky with greater detail than similarly priced CCD cameras.
  • Nightscape 8300 is the most affordable feature-rich KAF-8300 camera readily available, retaining all of the advanced features found in more expensive cameras to obtain stunning astrophotos.
  • Regulated thermoelectric cooling and adjustable fan dramatically reduces thermal noise, producing superior images.
  • AstroFX software - takes you step-by-step from taking images to processing the final result.
  • The TEC and 16-bit A/D conversion provide lower noise and greater bit-depth than DSLR cameras, making the Nightscape 8300 an ideal upgrade for DSLR imagers who want to advance to CCD imaging and capture greater detail in every shot.
  • Internal mechanical shutter makes dark frame acquisition easy – no need to cap the telescope.
  • Internal 32MB SDRAM full frame memory buffer, ensures accurate and reliable image downloads
  • Specially designed IR-cut optical window with anti-reflection multi-coatings provides 94% (or greater) transmission of Hydrogen Alpha wavelength and maximum overall light transmission.
  • Celestron’s design combines form and function: Elegant industrial design, innovative heat-sink and air-flow system for efficient cooling, and cylindrical body is Fastar-friendly.
  • Removable 2” nosepiece is threaded for 2” filters.
  • ASCOM drivers are included for use with many other popular imaging software programs.

 

Specifications:

A/D Conversion

16 bit

Back Focus Distance

55 mm w/ 2" barrel; 26 mm w/o barrel

Binning

2x2 (monochrome)

Cooling Range

20C° below ambient

Dark Signal (at 0° C)

0.15e-/pixel/second

Download Time

12 sec for full-frame image

Dynamic Range

64.4 dB

Exposure Range

.001 sec to 24hrs (2x2 bin); .01sec to 24hrs (1x1 bin)

Full Well Capacity

25,500 e-

Imaging Sensor

Kodak KAF-8300 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

33%@630 nm; 40%@550 nm; 33%@470 nm

Read Noise (RMS)

8 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

8.3MP (3326x2504)

Sensor Size

17.96 mm x 13.52 mm (22.5 mm diagonal)

Pixel Size

5.4 micron square

USB Cable

High-Speed 2.0, 10' cable length

 

Celestron Accessories Two Year Limited Warranty

A. Celestron warrants its accessories to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Celestron will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Celestron to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Celestron together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Celestron.

B. The proper Return Authorization Number must be obtained from Celestron in advance of return. Call Celestron at (310) 328-9560 to receive the number to be displayed on the outside of your shipping container.

All returns must be accompanied by a written statement setting forth the name, address and daytime telephone number of the owner, together with a brief description of any claimed defects. Parts or product for which replacement is made shall become the property of Celestron.

The customer shall be responsible for all costs of transportation and insurance, both to and from the factory of Celestron, and shall be required to prepay such costs.

Celestron shall use reasonable effort to repair or replace any accessory covered by this warranty within thirty days of receipt. In the event repair or replacement shall require more than thirty days, Celestron shall notify the customer accordingly. Celestron reserves the right to replace any product which has been discontinued from its product line with a new product of comparable value and function.

This warranty shall be void and of no force of effect in the event a covered product has been modified in design or function, or subjected to abuse, misuse, mishandling or unauthorized repair. Further, product malfunction or deterioration due to normal wear is not covered by this warranty.

Celestron disclaims any warranties, express or implied whether of merchantability or fitness for a particular use, except as expressly set forth herein.

The sole obligation of Celestron under this limited warranty shall be to repair or replace the covered product, in accordance with the terms set forth herein. Celestron expressly disclaims any lost profits, general, special, indirect or consequential damages which may result from breach of any warranty, or arising out of the use or inability to use any Celestron product. Any warranties which are implied and which cannot be disclaimed shall be limited in duration to a term of two years from the date of original retail purchase.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Celestron reserves the right to modify or discontinue, without prior notice to you, any model or style of accessory. If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your accessory contact:

Celestron
Customer Service Department
2835 Columbia Street, Torrance, CA 90503 U.S.A.
(310) 328-9560, Fax (310) 212-5835
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. PST

NOTE: This warranty is valid to U.S.A. and Canadian customers who have purchased this product from an authorized Celestron dealer in the U.S.A. or Canada. Warranty outside the U.S.A. and Canada is valid only to customers who purchased from a Celestron Distributor or Authorized Celestron Dealer in the specific country. Please contact them for any warranty service.

Product's SKU: 95560

Product's UPC: 050234955607

Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD Camera 95560

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