iNova - Nebula NBA-M Cooled CCD Camera (Sony ICX098BL-E)

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The iNova Nebula-series cameras enable long-term exposures of faint objects. Cameras in this series open the the universe of nebulae and galaxies at a price orders of magnitude lower than special deep sky cameras.
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Cooled multi-purpose camera: Shoot the universe of planets to galaxies!

DeepSky recordings: The Nebula-series cameras enable long exposures of faint objects.

The cameras in this series open up  a world of nebulae and galaxies at an affordable price with quality well in excess of similarly-priced competitors.

  • Active cooling to 30° C below ambient temperature
  • Long-term exposure of a few milliseconds to several minutes
  • Suitable for short focal length telescopes
  • Lightweight and compact design
  • Monochrome

Image acquisition and autoguiding in one: The Visual Enhancement Feature

The overall image of a faint object is generated by images produced with relatively short exposure and superimposed (this is also called “stacking”). A real feature of the iNova cameras is that you can follow this process live on your PC or laptop.

The celestial object is clearly visible on the monitor. This feature is not only fun, it is also ideal for public demonstrations. Moreover, this technique allows simultaneous autoguiding.


Due to their ease of use and comprehensive documentation, Nebula-series cameras are suitable for beginners. We offer you great functionality and performance from our cameras. If you have a Nebula by iNova then no other camera is required.


Software and compatibility

 PLxCapture is the trusted and well-documented control software of iNova, also including ASCOM plugin



Windows XP SP3, Vista, W7, 8, 8.1 x86/x64 


Compliant with Microsoft Directshow


The SDK is available on request for programming (Microsoft C# or C++).


New software releases are available for download from FTP site


In the box: 

  • Adapter from C-mount to 1.25 "
  • USB cable
  • Power supply for cooling
  • Built-in IR filter 

Example images, PDF documentation and spec charts below:






Support documentation for iNova products in PDF format (links open in new window) 

Inova Tutorial (PDF)

FAQ iNova May 2014  (PDF)

Accessories list for I-Nova cameras  (PDF)

Warranty 1.1  (PDF)

inova Nebula series spec chart


MarkS 10/22/2014






Name iNova - Nebula NBA-M Cooled CCD Camera (Sony ICX098BL-E)
Manufacturer iNova
A/D Converter 8/12 bits.
Binning Modes 2X2 hardware
Binning Options Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Chip 6.4
Communication Ports Communication port for controlling the filter wheel, the focus electric point of the frame (under ASCOM V6)
Computer Interface USB2.0
Cooling ON / OFF cooling controllable from PLxCapture software
Data Format BMP, AVI, RAW, FITS, SER
Dimensions LxHxW 90x70x40mm
Effective Pixels 24.3 Megapixel
Exposure Compensation -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Length (Min) 1/10000
Exposure Length (Max) Infinity
File Format Still Images JPEG, RAW
Frame Rate 60 FPS at full resolution
Image Sensor Type CMOS
Megapixels 0.3
Metering Method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering, Highlight Weighted
Mounting connections C-Mount
Pixel Size 5.6μm x 5.6μm
Pixel Depth 12
Resolution 640 x 480
Sensor Size 1/4"
Monitor Size 3.2" Rear Screen Tilting LCD (1,229,000)
Monitor Type LCD
Viewfinder Frame Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment - 3 to +1 m
Viewfinder Eyepoint 21.00 mm
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.7x


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