All Astronomy Telescope Cameras

Whether it is a CCD Camera or a CMOS Camera, as always OPT's knowledgable staff is here to help you find the perfect telescope camera for your needs. The decision can include not only the style of telescope camera, but the manufacturer, connection interface, accessory and software compatibility, price and much more. Astronomy cameras are used for astrophotography, the practice of photographing astronomy phenomona such as nebula, galaxies, planets, or the moon. This is one of the fastest growing areas of astronomy, because it lets you capture the beautiful things you're seeing each night through your telescope on film and immortalize those fleeting moments, both for your own future repeat enjoyment and to share your passions with your friends and family. There is no better way to share the night sky with others than taking images of what you can see through your telescope using a suitable camera.

 

                                                

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As always, OPT's knowledgeable staff is here to help you find the perfect telescope camera for your needs. The decision can include not only the style of telescope camera, but the manufacturer, connection interface, accessory and software compatibility, price and much more. Astronomy cameras are used for astrophotography, the practice of photographing astronomy phenomona such as nebula, galaxies, planets, or the moon. This is one of the fastest growing areas of astronomy, because it lets you capture the beautiful things you're seeing each night through your telescope on film and immortalize those fleeting moments, both for your own future repeat enjoyment and to share your passions with your friends and family. There is no better way to share the night sky with others than taking images of what you can see through your telescope using a suitable camera.

Unlike traditional cameras, the astronomy camera uses a small, rectangular chip of silicon called a Charge-Coupled Device to gather and record incoming light instead of film.  The silicon chip is a solid-state electronic component comprised of light-sensitive cells called photo-sites.  Each photo-site is its own pixel.  Just one tiny area in a photograph can contain hundreds of thousands of pixels.  When incoming light strikes the photo-site, the photoelectric effect creates and builds an electron charge for as long as exposure occurs.  The electrons are then "stored" in their individual cells until the analog-to-digital converter unloads the array, counts the electrons, and reassembles them into the "big picture" that is sent to your computer. 

Although there's a bit more to it than that, CCD imaging is one of the fastest growing fields of astrophotography.  Unlike traditional film telescope cameras, which only capture about 2% of gathered light, CCD telescope cameras can respond with efficiencies of up to 70% (or more).  This makes CCD cameras amazingly efficient for astronomy applications.  There are a wide variety of cameras available to the consumer market now, from the simple and compact to research grade.  If you are just beginning astrophotography, or you're an advanced professional, OPT can provide the perfect camera for your CCD imaging applications.