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Celestron - Nightscape 8300 CCD Camera


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CELESTRON -- Nightscape 8300 - Color CCD Camera

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:

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.










Additional Information

Name Celestron - Nightscape 8300 CCD Camera
Manufacturer Celestron
Model CEL-95560
Manufacturer Part No CEL-95560
CCD Sensor Kodak - KAF-8300
Backfocus Distance 55 mm w/ 2" barrel; 26 mm w/o barrel
Camera Resolution 8.3MP (3326x2504)
Cooling 20C° below ambient-Regulated Thermoelectric w/ Fan
Dark Current e-/p/s at 0°C 0.15e-/pixel/second
Exposure .001 sec to 24hrs (2x2 bin); .01sec to 24hrs (1x1 bin)
Full Well Capacity 25,500 e-
Mounting connections 2" barrel and t-thread
Optical Coatings IR cutoff and anti-reflection multi-coatings
Pixel Size 5.4 micron square
Power Supply 12V DC 2.5Amp, tip positive
Sensor Type Kodak KAF-8300 Color Sensor-17.96 mm x 13.52 mm (22.5 mm diagonal)
Shutter Internal Mechanical
Size 1.25 in (31.75 mm)
Software Features AstroFX, MaximDL, ASCOM Driver
USB Cable High-Speed 2.0, 10' cable length