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  • Celestron Celestron NexImage 5MP Solar System Imager - CEL-93711
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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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  • ZWO ASI178MM Monochrome CMOS Camera
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI178MM 14 Bit ADC CMOS Monochrome Camera - ASI178MM
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  • QHY5P-IIM
    QHY QHY QHY5P-IIM Monochrome CMOS Planetary Camera & Autoguider
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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 ASI1600MM USB 3.0 Monochrome Imaging Camera
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI1600MM USB 3.0 Monochrome Imaging Camera - ASI1600MM
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  • ZWO ASI290 with Optional All-Sky Lens
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI290MM USB 3.0 Monochrome Imaging Camera - ASI290MM
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  • Celestron Celestron NexImage 10 Solar System Imager - 93708
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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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  • QHY178C ColdMOS Sensor Side
    QHY QHY 178C Color Back-Illuminated Cooled Astronomy Camera - QHY178C
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  • QHY178M ColdMOS Sensor Side
    QHY QHY 178M Monochrome Back-Illuminated Cooled Astronomy Camera - QHY178M
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  • QHY290M ColdMOS Sensor Side
    QHY QHY 290M Monochrome Back-Illuminated Cooled Astronomy Camera - QHY290M
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    QHY QHY 290C Color Back-Illuminated Cooled Astronomy Camera - QHY290C
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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 QHY5III178 USB 3.0 Mono CMOS Camera
    QHY QHY QHY5III178 USB 3.0 Monochrome CMOS Imaging Camera - QHY5III178M
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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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  • ZWO ASI290MM Mini Monochrome Imaging Camera
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI290MM Mini Monochrome Astronomy Camera - ASI290MINI
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  • ZWO ASI178MM Monochrome Imaging Camera with EFW Mini & 1.25
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI178MM Monochrome Astronomy Camera w/1.25" Mini Electronic Filter Wheel & New 1.25" LRGB Filter Set - ASI178MM-KIT2
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  • ZWO ASI183MC USB 3.0 CMOS Color Astronomy Camera
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI183MC USB3.0 Color Astronomy Camera - ASI183MC
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  • ZWO ASI183MM Pro USB3.0 Cooled Monochrome Imaging Camera
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI183MM Pro USB3.0 Cooled Monochrome Astronomy Camera - ASI183MM-P
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    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI183MC Pro USB3.0 Cooled Color Astronomy Camera - ASI183MC-P
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  • Meade LPI-G Advanced Camera - Color
    Meade Meade LPI-G Advanced Color Camera - 645003
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    Meade Meade LPI-G Advanced Monochrome Camera - 645004
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  • Orion StarShoot Solar System V Imaging Camera
    Orion Orion StarShoot 1.3MP Solar System V Imaging Camera - 51450
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  • Meade LPI-G Advanced Camera - Color
    Meade Meade LPI-G Advanced Color Camera - 645003 - Open Box
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  • QHY ColdMOS Camera
    QHY QHY 183M Monochrome Back Illuminated Cooled Camera with CFW3S-SR Filter Wheel - QHY183M-CFW3S-SR
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  • Starlight Xpress Starlight Xpress Trius CSX-290 USB Hub CMOS Camera - Mono - 100-0061
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  • ZWO ASI183MM USB 3.0 CMOS Monochrome Astronomy Camera
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI183MM USB3.0 Monochrome Astronomy Camera - ASI183MM
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  • QHY ColdMOS Camera
    QHY QHY183C Color Cooled CMOS Astrophotography Camera - QHY183C
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    QHY QHY183M Monochrome Astronomy Camera with Cooling and Back Illuminated Sensor - QHY183M
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  • ZWO ASI290 with Optional All-Sky Lens
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI290MC USB 3.0 Color Imaging Camera - ASI290MC
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  • ZWO ASI178MC Color CMOS Camera
    ZWO Astronomy Cameras ZWO ASI178MC 14 Bit ADC CMOS Color Camera
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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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