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  • Celestron Celestron NexImage 5MP Solar System Imager - CEL-93711
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  • Atik Cameras Atik GP Monochrome CCD Camera - ATK0119
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  • Celestron Celestron NexImage Burst Color Imager - 95518
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  • Celestron SKyris 123C Color CMOS Camera
    Celestron Celestron Skyris 132C Color CMOS Camera - 95508
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  • ZWO ASI120MM-S Super Speed Monochrome CMOS Camera Kit
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI120MM-S Super Speed Monochrome CMOS Camera Kit - ASI120MM-S-KIT
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  • ZWO ASI174MM USB 3.0 Monochrome CMOS Imaging Camera
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI174MM Monochrome CMOS Imaging Camera - USB 3.0 - ASI174MM
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  • Starlight Xpress Oculus in Action
    Starlight Xpress Starlight Xpress Oculus All-Sky Camera with 150-Degree Lens
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    Starlight Xpress Starlight Xpress Oculus All-Sky Camera with 180-Degree Lens
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  • Orion StarShoot AutoGuider Pro Mono Camera
    Orion Orion StarShoot AutoGuider Pro Mono Astrophotography Camera - 52031
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  • Celestron Skyris 236C Color CMOS Camera
    Celestron Celestron Skyris 236C Color CMOS Camera - 95506
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    Celestron Celestron Skyris 236M Monochrome CMOS Camera - 95507
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  • Starlight Xpress Starlight Xpress UltraStar Imaging and Guiding Camera - Monochrome
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  • Atik Cameras Atik Infinity Video Camera - Monochrome - ATK0144
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  • ZWO ASI178MM Monochrome CMOS Camera
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI178MM 14 Bit ADC CMOS Monochrome Camera - ASI178MM
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  • QHY5-II Camera
    QHY QHY QHY5-II Monochrome CMOS Planetary Camera & Autoguider - QHY5-II
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  • QHY QHY 5L-II-M CMOS Planetary Monochrome Camera - QHY5L-II-M
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    QHY QHY QHY5P-IIM Monochrome CMOS Planetary Camera & Autoguider
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    QHY QHY QHY5L-II Monochrome CMOS Camera Premium Package - QHY5L-IIM-PKG
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  • Revolution Imager R2
    Revolution Revolution Imager R2 with Viewing Screen - RI-KITR2
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  • ZWO ASI178MM Monochrome Astronomy Camera Kit
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI178MM Monochrome Astronomy Camera Kit - ASI178MM-KIT1
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    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI174MM Monochrome Astronomy Camera Kit - ASI174MM-KIT
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  • ZWO ASI1600MM USB 3.0 Monochrome Imaging Camera
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI1600MM USB 3.0 Monochrome Imaging Camera - ASI1600MM
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    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI290MM USB 3.0 Monochrome Imaging Camera - ASI290MM
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  • Meade Meade LPI-GM Lunar Planetary Imager and Guider - Monochrome - 645002
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  • Celestron Celestron NexImage 10 Solar System Imager - 93708
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  • QHY QHY5L-II Color CMOS Camera - Orange
    QHY QHY QHY5L-II Color CMOS Planetary Camera & Autoguider - QHY5L-IIC
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  • QHY 5P-IIC Color CMOS Planetary Imager & Autoguider
    QHY QHY 5P-IIC Color CMOS Planetary Camera & Autoguider - QHY5P-IIC
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  • QHY5III174 Mono CMOS Imaging Camera
    QHY QHY QHY5III174 USB 3.0 Monochrome CMOS Imaging Camera - QHY5III174M
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  • QHY QHY5III178 USB 3.0 Color CMOS Camera
    QHY QHY QHY5III178 USB 3.0 Color CMOS Imaging Camera - QHY5III178C
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    QHY QHY QHY5III178 USB 3.0 Monochrome CMOS Imaging Camera - QHY5III178M
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  • QHY QHY5III224 USB 3.0 Color CMOS Imaging & Guide Camera
    QHY QHY QHY5III 224C USB 3.0 Color CMOS Planetary Imaging & Guide Camera - QHY5III224C
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  • QHY QHY5III290 CMOS Color Camera
    QHY QHY QHY5III290 USB 3.0 Color CMOS Imaging Camera - QHY5III290C
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  • QHY QHY5III290 CMOS Monochrome Camera
    QHY QHY QHY5III290 USB 3.0 Monochrome CMOS Imaging Camera - QHY5III290M
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Astronomy cameras take pictures of celestial objects in the night sky. There are many different brands and types of telescope cameras on the market today, but they all work in the same basic way. When the camera is pointed at the subject and the shutter is open, light enters the opening and an image of the subject is recorded on some form of light-sensitive material. Once the image has been taken, the shutter is closed and the photographer goes about processing that image. Most astronomy cameras on the market today use a CCD or CMOS light sensor instead of photographic film, and that means the image is processed digitally, either in the camera itself, which is the case with a smartphone, point and shoot or DSLR camera, or on a computer. When a telescope imaging camera is designed for astronomy, the raw image collected on the CCD or CMOS sensor is electronically moved off the camera to the astrophotographer's computer for processing.

Telescope cameras for astronomy are available in a wide price range, and the price difference is driven by two things; the size of the CCD or CMOS sensor and the features of the camera body itself. Small, simple imaging cameras meant for taking pictures of bright objects, such as the Moon and planets, are very economical and a great way to jump into astrophotography. Telescope cameras with larger sensors are capable of capturing the faint light from distant galaxies and other far-off celestial objects. Imaging sensors that are physically bigger also cover a wider swath of sky and are therefore capable of imaging very large objects. Astronomy camera sensors come in color and monochrome (black and white), and the camera bodies can have features such as cooling, built-in color filter wheels, autoguiders, and more. Contact High Point Scientific today for any questions about astrophotography CCD cameras or CMOS cameras.

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