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
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
- 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
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsHow compatible would this camera be for imaging the sun through a Coronado PST solar scope? Particularly, the ability to reach infinity or prime focus??Question by: D Harris on Apr 3, 2017 9:30:00 PMThe sensor is a good one for imaging the sun, but the shoulder on the nosepiece plus the camera's back focus will likely not allow infinity focus. A shorter back focus camera in a 1.25" body (QHY 5LII, Meade LPI-G, etc) will be needed to reach focus with the PST.Answer by: Chris Hendren on May 4, 2017 2:51:00 PMHi, I recently purchased a Skyris 274M. I got this product specifically because the camera and software(I assume) are advertised as Mac compatible. I have scoured the software and reading material supplied to no avail. Every option I have tried and retried always yields the same result: "You can't open this application , Windows apps are not supported on MacOS".Question by: Jason Maher on Jan 24, 2017 8:06:00 AMCelestron recommends OACapture, which has a good success rate at Mac OS and Linux support for multiple Skyris models and some older cameras (USB 3.0 at least): http://www.openastroproject.org/downloads/.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Jan 24, 2017 11:22:00 AM
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