Celestron Skyris 132 Colour/Monochrome Imaging Camera
- Designed and engineered in Germany by The Imaging Source in collaboration with Celestron engineers in California
- Uses the latest Sony Exmor CMOS technology which is very sensitive to near infrared, which is beneficial for planetary imaging
- Powered by SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology, Skyris transfers data at the fastest possible speeds
For many years, 'The Imaging Source' has produced astronomical cameras that are known for their quality, performance, and value, and have elevated planetary imaging from a casual hobby into an art form. Now, The Imaging Source design team in Germany has joined forces with Celestron’s engineers in California to create the Skyris line.
The Skyris cameras combines the unmatched expertise of The Imaging Source, with Celestron’s innovative industrial design. Whether you're an advanced user or a beginner, you'll love creating beautiful astroimages with these easy-to-use cameras. Capture the Sun, Moon, and planets like never before and create crisp, high-resolution images. All camera's are of course, backed by Celestron’s world-class product support and 2-year warranty.
There are two models of the Skyris 132 that are available:
- Skyris 132C is a one-shot colour camera, allowing you to capture full-colour images instantly. There's no need to image the same target multiple times to capture different colors. You also won't need to invest in filters and a filter wheel.
- Skyris 132M is a monochrome camera where, to produce a colour image filters and preferably a filterwheel (e.g. Skyris filterwheel) are needed. However the mono cameras a more sensitive than their colour counterparts.
The Skyris 132 models use Aptina’s AR0132 1.2m megapixel 1/3" sensor. This updated version of the popular MT9M034 sensor offers the perfect combination of speed, sensitivity, and value. You’ll get results that rival those of more expensive cameras, at a price that’s well suited to the budding astroimager.
Skyris is capable of super-fast image download thanks to USB 3.0 connections. Even more impressive, Skyris’ CMOS sensor is capable of capturing up to 200 frames per second when subframed on planets. Or image the full 1.2 megapixel 1/3-inch sensor at 60 frames per second—great for lunar and solar imaging.
The Celestron-designed camera body, helps dissipate heat to minimise the effect of thermal noise on the CCD. Skyris cameras do not have an optical window, which makes cleaning your camera easier and ensures maximum light transmission with no risk of internal reflections.
All Skyris cameras include Celestron iCap capture software and stacking software (for Windows systems only). This software suite allows you to easily control the camera, capture, and export your images or movie files. Next, you’ll filter your images and stack the best shots to create your masterpiece.
With a 1.25" nosepiece and 10' USB 3.0 cable included, Skyris has everything you need to get started with lunar, solar, or planetary imaging.
Finally, the sensitivity of Skyris cameras also make them excellent autoguiders. If used with a Celestron mount, Skyris connects as a DirectShow device or WDM-style webcam. Just plug the hand control into the supplied serial cable using an optional USB to RS-232 Adapter. Skyris works with popular software like MaxIm DL or freeware like PHD Guiding.
Colour & Mono: Aptina AR0132AT CMOS
|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 - -40°C|
|Software Compatibility||iCap, IC Capture, DirectShow, FireCapture|
|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 (60 fps at full frame)|
|USB Connection||Super-speed 3.0, 10' cable length|