Camera angles

Imaging equipment evolves so quickly it is sometimes hard to keep up with developments, especially when there are several variations of camera depending upon the type of images you want to capture.

There are webcams, both cheap and simple and the more sophisticated (and usually) more expensive variety for high frame rate captures of the Solar System.

Then there are CCD's dedicated to either monochrome or colour imaging which again can range from relatively cheap, to very expensive depending on how deep your pocket is. Alongside these lie the DSLR cameras which today don't just take still images but capture video which means they are no longer suitable just for deep-sky work but can be used for Solar System imaging as well.

The distinction is even more blurred with some webcams being able to image the Solar System, deep-sky and can even be used as guide cameras making them extra versatile. So it was interesting to hear the news that The Imaging Source of Europe were collaborating with Celestron in the US to produce a new range of webcam/CCD's called the Skyris range, and naturally we were delighted to be able to include the Skyris 445c CCD in our latest batch of reviews for you.

Martin Lewis explores what it can do and along with all our reviewers battled against the weather to try the equipment out.

Steve Richards did likewise whilst reviewing the Borg 89 Apo OTA, a modular system that produced some stunning results under his expertise. Finally Sky at Night cameraman Mark Payne -Gill took a look at the Pentax Astrotracer package which uses the shake sensor system of certain Pentax cameras to allow for longer exposures of the wide field, a novel approach to tracking the sky.

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