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Orion - Parsec 8300C Astronomical Imaging Camera


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Orion - Parsec 8300C Astronomical Imaging Camera


  • Full-frame 8.3 megapixel (8.5 effective) color Kodak CCD chip

  • Cutting edge technology for today's serious CCD imager's demands

  • High performance at an affordable low price

  • Superior resolution with 8.3 megapixel (8.5 effective), square 5.4 micron x 5.4 micron Kodak chip

  • Regulated dual-stage thermoelectric cooling and adjustable fan dramatically reduces thermal noise

  • Internal full-frame memory buffer ensures reliable image downloads

  • Internal shutter means accurate dark frames can be taken automatically with no need to cover telescope


Orion is pleased to introduce the next generation of premium CCD imagers: the Parsec Astronomical Imaging Cameras. This bright new family features a full-frame 8.3 megapixel (8.5 effective) Kodak CCD chip. You'll get amazing results and equally amazing resolution, all for a modest investment.

The Parsec provides all the cutting edge technology and features that today's serious CCD imager demands, such as regulated dual-stage cooling, internal shutter, internal full-frame 32 megabyte memory buffer, and more. And still, it remains amazingly affordable.

You get peak performance, but at a significantly lower price. Its compact size (4x4" wide, 3" long) provides a sleek fit for virtually any imaging telescope configuration. The high performance Parsec is built around the CCD chip's square 5.4 micron x 5.4 micron pixel size for superior resolution using Kodak's microlens technology for maximum sensitivity. Regulated dual-stage thermoelectric cooling (TEC) and adjustable fan dramatically reduces thermal noise. Accurate dark frames can be taken automatically. Thanks to the internal shutter there's no need to cover the telescope! The internal full-frame memory buffer ensures reliable image downloads every time, through a USB-2.0 connection (10' USB cable and 10' power cable compatible with 12 volt DC cigarette lighter sockets included).

The Parsec 8300C features a color imaging CCD chip. It has standard T-threads on the camera body, a removable 2" nosepiece threaded for filters, an included custom hard carrying case, and a free full version 60-day trial of MaxIm DL Pro software for camera control and image processing. Parsec cameras feature 16 bit A/D conversion. Windows XP, 7 and Vista 32 bit and 64 bit compatible. ASCOM compatible. Never before has CCD imaging offered so much at such a reasonable price. The Parsec is a small package (32 oz.) that packs a huge imaging wallop.

As an added bonus, Orion Parsec owners receive $100 off MaxIm DL Pro software! One year warranty.


Product Specifications:

  • Imaging sensor Kodak KAF-8300 with microlensing, color

  • Imaging sensor size 17.96mm x 13.52mm

  • Pixel array 3326 x 2504 (8,328,304 total)

  • Pixel size 5.4 x 5.4

  • Imaging chip Single Shot Color

  • Autoguider capability Yes

  • Exposure range 0.002 sec to infinity

  • A/D conversion 16 bit

  • Thermoelectric cooling Yes

  • IR filter Yes

  • Mounting 2in. nozzle or t-thread

  • USB connection High-speed 2.0

  • Software compatibility Windows XP/Vista 32-bit

  • Full well capacity 25500e-

  • Read noise (RMS) 8e-

  • Dark signal (at 0-deg C) 0.15e-/pixel/sec

  • Binning 1x1, 2x2

  • Max cooling -40C from ambient

  • Full frame download time 11 sec

  • Backfocus distance (from T-threads) 29.24mm

  • Weight (oz.) 32.00

  • Warranty One year

Included Items:

  • 10' USB cable

  • 10' power cable

  • Hard carry case with die-cut foam insert

Product Series

Orion is proud to offer a wide selection of innovative and affordable astrophotography cameras designed specifically for use with telescopes. Our Orion StarShoot and Parsec Astronomical Imaging Cameras let you take amazing astrophotos of your own .

Orion Autoguiding Solutions let you keep the celestial object you are imaging from drifting across your camera's field of view, greatly increasing the quality of your astrophotographs. Orion Autoguiding solutions are user-friendly and affordable!

Additional Information

Name Orion - Parsec 8300C Astronomical Imaging Camera
Manufacturer Orion
Model ORI-52075
Manufacturer Part No ORI-52075