Sky and Telescope - July 2017 - 66
NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE
MIRRORLESS CAMERA FILTERS u
Astronomik now produces clip-in filters for Canon EOS M-series
mirrorless cameras. Prices start at €139 (about $175) for a CLS
Clip-Filter. Designed to fit between most Canon lenses and
its M1 and M3 camera series detectors, the filters' placement
ensures minimal distortions to stars throughout your images.
These filters offer the same specialized passbands as the firm's
DSLR clip-in filters, including clear (CLS) with UV/IR blocking,
narrowband wavelengths such as Hα, O III, S II, and many other
passbands particularly useful when shooting with modified mirrorless Canon cameras.
MODULAR CAMERA u
iNova announces a new series of modular CCD cameras to enable
virtually any type of astronomical imaging. The Smart Imaging System (starting at $629 for the SIS224C) is a compact camera body
that features an internal CPU with an 8-core ARM processor and
2 gigabytes of RAM. Its Linux Ubuntu operating system permits
planetary or deep-sky imaging without an additional computer at
the telescope. The camera is available with a variety of low-noise
Sony IMX CMOS sensors, and it can be upgraded with a host of
additional options including removable SSD disks, Micro SDHC
cards, and even a mini-wireless keyboard. The SIS camera also
incorporates a built-in web server with wireless access and many
other connections, such as Ethernet, Micro USB, and a two-port
USB 2.0 hub. See website for additional details.
EQUATORIAL TRACKER u
iOptron unveils the SkyGuider Pro Camera Mount Package ($498),
a complete, ultra-portable mount for wide-field astrophotography.
The SkyGuider is a compact single-axis drive for cameras. The
unit can sturdily bear a load of up to 11 pounds (5 kg) and has
4 tracking rates for nightscape or deep-sky astrophotography.
The SkyGuider Pro package is powered by an internal rechargeable battery and also has a removable counterweight shaft and
3.3-pound counterweight that can be replaced with an additional
ball head for dual-camera operation. A declination mounting
bracket, polar scope with a variable-brightness illuminator, and
stainless-steel field tripod come with each purchase. Additional
options are a hand-paddle controller and ball head with a quickrelease dovetail system.
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