Celestron Skyris 132M Monochrome Solar System Imager

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Celestron Skyris 132M Monochrome Solar System Imager
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  • Dive into lunar, solar, and planetary imaging with the Celestron Skyris 132 Monochrome CMOS camera!
  • Co-designed by engineers from The Imaging Source and Celestron, the Skyris 132M offers cutting edge USB 3.0 technology for lightening fast data transfer.
  • The Skyris 132 features the Aptina AR0132, a high sensitivity, low noise 1.2 megapixel CMOS imaging sensor with a 1280 x 960 array consisting of 3.75um square pixels.
  • Weighing only 3.6 ounces, the Celestron Skyris 132M astronomy camera also makes a great autoguider when used with an off-axis guider or riding piggyback on a guide scope.
  • Includes iCap and RegiStax software, a 1.25” nosepiece, and a 10-foot USB 3.0 cable. Color imaging can be achieved by adding the Skyris Filter Wheel and your choice of filters.
  • Now Mac OS-X compatible!
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Product Note: Celestron Skyris cameras are now compatible with Mac OS-X. See Celestron's website for links to Skyris support pages. No driver updates necessary! All you need to do is download and install the software.

Celestron Skyris 132M Monochrome Solar System Imager

It wasn’t long ago that amateur astronomers depended solely on professional astronomers to provide us with beautiful images of the cosmos. A new image from Palomar Observatory or Mount Wilson would hit the pages of Sky & Telescope or Astronomy magazine and we would stare in awe and wistfully dream of a day when we could hope to achieve similar results.

That was then, but this is now!

It is amazing to see what amateur astronomers can do these days with a simple telescope and imaging camera, and you don’t even need to spend thousands to get into the hobby of astro-imaging. The Celestron Skyris 132M is a great example of a well-thought-out, easy-to-use camera that can be used by beginners and advanced imagers alike to achieve spectacular results on solar system objects.

The Celestron Skyris 132M features the Aptina AR0132 imaging sensor, which is an updated version of the popular MT9M034. This 1.2 MP CMOS sensor has the same sensitivity as the MT9034 but has less noise for improved contrast. The AR0132 consists of 3.75um square pixels in a 1280 x 960 format.

Celestron engineers in California designed the small, lightweight (it weighs just 3.6 ounces!) camera body. They included high speed USB 3.0 technology for crazy fast download times, as well as fast frame rates & shutter speeds. Capture up to 200 frames per second when using subframes on the planets, or use the full frame of 1280 x 960 at 60 fps. Other features of the body include the lack of an optical window (no cleaning or internal reflections to worry about) and heat dissipation to keep thermal noise to a minimum.

The Celestron Skyris 132 can be utilized as an autoguiding camera when used with a piggybacked guidescope or an off-axis guider (OAG). Skyris is compatible with several autoguiding software programs, such as PHD Guiding and MetaGuide, using a guider port interface such as GPUSB from Shoestring Astronomy. If you have a Celestron mount you can simply interface your PC to the hand controller and connect the mount via ASCOM. An RS-232 to USB Adapter and serial cable are required, and are sold separately.

Skyris 132 Camera System Requirements

  • Computer with Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8 (32-bit and 64-bit supported)
  • Pentium® M processor equivalent or higher, 1.7 GHz or higher
  • USB 3.0 (for maximum performance) or USB 2.0
  • 1 GB or more of system memory
  • 20 GB or more hard disk space (recommended)
  • Telescope with a 1.25” eyepiece holder or adapter with C-threads
  • Motorized Mount, Altitude-Azimuth or German Equatorial (recommended)

Celestron Skyris 132M Specifications

  • Imaging Sensor: Aptina AR0132AT CMOS (Monochrome)
  • Weight: 3.6 oz
  • A/D Conversion: 12 bit
  • Back Focus Distance: 19mm with nosepiece, 17.5mm with C-mount
  • Exposure Range: 0.0001 to 1 second
  • Mounting: 1.25" barrel and C-thread
  • Operating Environment: 40° C to -40°C
  • Shutter: Rolling
  • Software Compatibility: iCap, IC Capture, DirectShow, FireCapture
  • Sub-Framing: Hardware selectable
  • Power Requirements: Powered by USB
  • Camera Resolution: 1280 x 960
  • Sensor Size: 4.8mm x 3.6mm
  • Pixel Size: 3.75 micron square
  • Frames per Second: Over 200 (60fps at full frame)
  • USB Connection: Super-speed 3.0, 10' cable length
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU CE-95509
UPC Code 050234955096
Manufacturer Celestron
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Sensor Type CMOS
Series Celestron Skyris
Pixel Size < 5 Microns
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Aptina Imaging
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Front or Back Illumination Front Illuminated
Sensor Model AR0132
CCD Class Standard
Pixel Size in Micrometers 3.75um
Pixel Array 1280 x 960
Minimum Exposure Time 0.0001 second
Maximum Exposure Time 1 second
Integrated Guider? No
Focus Distance To Sensor 19mm with nosepiece
Shutter Type Rolling Electronic
Filter Wheel No
Interface USB 3.0
Operating System Compatibility Mac, Windows
Included Software iCap, RegiStax
Camera Weight 3.6 ounces
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Included Items

  • Celestron Skyris 132M Monochrome Camera
  • Aptina AR0132 CMOS Imaging Sensor
  • CD-ROM with Driver, iCap Capture Software & RegiStax stacking software (PC only)
  • 1.25" Nosepiece
  • 10' USB 3.0 Cable
  • Two Year Warranty
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