3.2 Gigapixel Camera Has 189 Image Sensors

LSST Camera Lens

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has designed a 3.2 BILLION pixel camera that it hopes to build in order to “capture the widest, fastest and deepest view of the night sky ever observed.”  The above rendering of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) shows just how big this 3 ton camera will be next to a person. [Read more...]

Canon 60Da Introduced for Astrophotography

Canon EOS 60Da

The Canon 60Da is a new version of the popular 60D that is specifically designed for astrophography.  The 60Da features a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity, which allows the camera to better capture “‘red hydrogen emission’ nebulae and other cosmic phenomena.”

The Canon 60Da is priced at $1499 and comes with the RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter and an AC power adapter to accomodate long exposures.  The 60Da is available at B&H Photo and other select Canon dealers.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

The Imaging Source’s New Telescope Cameras

Interested in photographing the night sky? The Imaging Source, a company known for high quality imaging equipment, is now offering a line of telescope cameras.

I’ve done just a little bit of star-gazing with a camera in my hand. Astro-photographers seem to run into two problems continuously: first, the cost of equipment makes it an expensive hobby, and second, any photos taken with relatively cheap equipment are guaranteed to have a definite noise problem. The Imaging Source says that their cameras are low noise, however, and the prices are certainly affordable — the cameras range in price from $390 to $870.

There’s one heck of a meteor show in August, and I think I know what I want to photograph it with.