CCD Imaging is the fastest growing segment in the hobby of amateur astronomy today.  Most amateur astronomers have at least dabbled with imaging in one way or another.  A large percentage of observers love it so much that imaging has all but replaced visual observations when they get out under the stars.

It is easy to begin exploring the universe with a camera these days and much less expensive than you might think. Many companies offer simple one-shot color imagers that cost no more than a decent eyepiece.  Of course, those who are willing to spend a bit more will be able to delve deeper and with better resolution.  This can be compared to purchasing a telescope with better glass or a larger aperture.

Astronomy Cameras


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When looking for a telescope camera, or astronomical camera, the decision can include a myriad of different manufacturers, and different types of camera.  Choosing between the various astronomy still cameras, video cameras, or other specialty cameras, such as All-Sky cameras or a Seeing Monitor, can offer even the most experienced astronomer a great challenge.  While the decision of what type of telescope camera (still, video, or specialty) is usually based on what type of image one wants to capture, as well as their budget; once you’ve decided on an imager for your telescope, you then have to work through the choices within this category.

Astronomy Video Cameras


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If you’d like to have even more fun with your telescope, consider an astronomical video system.  These awesome tools can broadcast real time images of deep space objects to a monitor and function as cameras.  You could teach a class while watching globular cluster resolve on screen.  You could also share the views of Saturn during an outreach program.  Perhaps you might like to make a film of a shadow transit on Jupiter or record the day’s solar activity.  Maybe you’d just like to record motion pictures of comets or record a lunar eclipse… the possibilities are endless.  Planet cams and digital imagers are a wonderful, low cost way of introducing yourself to astrophotography.  These cool tools can be as easy as inserting the eyepiece camera into the telescope and turning on the screen!


Guide & Speciality Cameras

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If you’ve ever wished you could see or photograph the whole sky all at once, now you can with a Sky Monitor.  These highly specialized cameras employ a “fish-eye” lens that delivers a 360 degree overhead view.  Rugged enough to withstand all types of weather, they stand up to sunlight and provide daytime views of sky conditions.  Some of these amazing units are also sensitive enough to pick up objects as faint as the Milky Way.

Imagine being able to check sky conditions at your remote observatory through your computer.  Think of the possibilities of a camera that can time-lapse image a meteor shower or provide a live feed of bright astronomical activities.  You can watch a sunrise or sunset,  spot a rainbow, or check for aurora.  These are just a few of the applications a Sky Monitor can do for you.