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Celestron Skyris 236 Colour/Monochrome Imaging Camera

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Original price £585.00
Current price £319.00
SKU 95507

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  • 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
  • The Skyris 236 is the best planetary imaging camera on the market. The world’s top planetary imagers, including Christopher Go, beta-tested and use Skyris cameras

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 236 that are available:

  • Skyris 236C 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 236M is a monochrome camera where, to produce a colour image filters and preferably a filterwheel are needed. However the mono cameras a more sensitive than their colour counterparts.

The Skyris 236 models use Son'y ultra-senstitive Sony Exmor™ IMX236 CMOS sensor which is twice as sensitive in the near-infrared as the previous IMX136 chip. The IMX236 offers the perfect combination of speed, sensitivity, and value and you can get results that rival those of more expensive cameras, at a price that’s well suited to the budding astroimager. The IMX236’s small pixel size of just 2.8 microns delivers more resolution and requires less focal length than cameras with larger pixels – a big advantage for planetary imaging. Small to medium telescopes can achieve a bigger image scale without compromising sensitivity.

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 2.3 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. 

Imaging Sensor

Colour: Super-high sensitivity, low-noise Sony Exmor IMX236 CMOS. Higher sensitivity in red to near infrared.

Mono: Super-high sensitivity, low-noise Sony IMX236LQJ CMOS

Weight 3.6 oz
A/D Conversion 12 bit
Back Focus Distance 19mm with nosepiece, 17.5mm with C-mount
Binning 2x2
Exposure Range 0.0001 to 10 second
Mounting 1.25" barrel and C-thread
Operating Environment 40°C - -40°C (104°F - -40°F)
Shutter Rolling
Software Compatibility iCap, IC Capture, DirectShow, oaCapture
Sub-Framing Selectable
Power Requirements Powered by USB
Camera Resolution 1920x1200
Sensor Size 5.44mm x 3.42mm
Pixel Size 2.8 micron square
Frames per Second Over 200 (60 fps at full frame)
USB Connection High-speed 3.0, 10' cable length
Optical Window None
Optical Coatings Anti-Reflection multi-coatings on cover glass
USB Cable High-speed 3.0, 10" cable length
Included Items Skyris 236 camera body| 1.25" nosepiece| software CD| USB cable| instruction manual