Celestron Skyris 132 and 236 Imaging Cameras
We recently published a blog on the Celestron NexImage Burst Lunar and planetary imaging cameras (see >>here<< for the blog; We would recommend you read the NexImage burst blog as there are some information (e.g. Registax, camera frame rates) that are relevant to these Skyris camera too). These Burst cameras are ideal for those wanting to get into Solar System imaging without breaking the bank (see our offers page below or our Celestron UK website - https://celestron.uk.com/dealers.php - to find a local dealer).
Celestron currently have two cameras from their higher-specification Skyris range - the Skyris 132 and the Skyris 236 both in colour and monochrome versions - for those wanting to progress further, or for those wanting a camera with more advanced features. The Skyris cameras were designed in conjunction with the German "The Imaging Source" company who have expertise in designing and producing high specification quality cameras.
At the moment, we have some exclusive offers on these Skyris cameras too!
Out of the box all the Celestron Skyris cameras come with
- a (removable) nose-piece to allow it to be used in a telescope focuser. It is also possible to directly attach the camera to a suitable eyepiece for eyepiece-projection imaging.
- 3metre/10 ft USB 3.0 cable for high speed data transfer and camera power.
- A CD with camera control software (called iCap) and Registax image processing software.
- User manual
Like the Celestron NexImage Burst cameras, the Skyris models are very small and very light (~102g) so having one of these models attached to a telescope will not cause balancing issues. The appearance of the camera, made of aluminium, looks distinctive with grooves running the length of its tiny body. The design helps dissipate internal heat generated by the electronics, which in turn minimises thermal noise on the sensor making for a "cleaner" (less noisy) image.
Celestron Skyris being hand held to show its diminutive size.
Although all the Skyris cameras share the same body and use highly regarded and popular CMOS chips, the Skyris 132 and 236 use different colour and monochrome sensors.
Skyris 132: Uses Aptina AR0132AT Colour/Mono sensors with 1280x960 3.75micron square pixels. This is the same hiqh quality chip used in the Celestron NexImage Burst cameras.
Skyris 236: Uses Sony Exmor IMX236 Colour/Mono sensors with 2.8micron square pixels.
So what field of view will you get with these Skyris cameras? Well that depends on what telescope you are using and/or whether you are using a barlow lens or eyepiece projection to magnify the image. The image below shows what the approximate field of view would be with both cameras attached to a Celestron 8" SCT (2000mm focal length) without any image amplification employed.
Approximate field of view with the Celestron Skyris 132/236 cameras when attached to a Celestron C8 8" SCT.
One notable technology improvement of the Skyris cameras, over the NexImage Burst range, is that they use a USB3.0 (rather than USB 2.0) connection. This means that the Skyris cameras are capable of extremely fast download speeds. Both the 132 and 236 models can run at a fast 60 frames per second when using the full sensor frame. However, if you window the chip (when imaging a small object [e.g. planet] or a particular crater on the Moon) you can achieve well over an amazing 200 frames per second! Very fast indeed and ideal for during those brief fleeting moments when the air stabilises and the image becomes clear, the more images you can capture (i.e. having a high frame rate) will help contribute to a much more detailed final image.
The Skyris cameras come with Celestron's iCap software for very easy control of the camera. The software can be used to set camera settings such as exposure time, frame rate per second, gain etc. The user interface can be set up to show as many or as little camera settings as you want. The Skyris cameras can also be controlled using 3rd part software such as FireCapture if you wish.
The image above shows the Celestron iCap control screen showing nearly all the camera settings. The interface can be customised to suit.
So what sort of results can you get? Below are some sample images taken with these Skyris cameras. Your results will depend on various factors such as telescope used, atmospheric conditions, frames used to create the final image and also your processing skills too.
Offers: we have some exclusive special offers on the Skyris 132 and 236 colour and monochrome versions of these cameras.
- The Skyris 132 colour and monochrome versions are only £239, saving 48% off list price!
- The Skyris 236 colour an monochrome models are only £319, saving you 45% off their list price.
These offers are whilst stocks last and exclusively from David Hinds Ltd.