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Astrophotography Equipment and Cameras

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ADM Accessories Max Guider Female Base with Attached Telescope

ADM Max Guider Alt-Az Aiming Device - Female Saddle - MAX-F

SKU: ADM-MAX-F
  • The female version of the ADM Max Guider can handle up to 15 lb.
  • Top is female dual saddle for Vixen or D-Series dovetails
  • Bottom is female D-series dovetail plate adapter
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$440.00
ADM Max Guider - Male Base

ADM Max Guider Alt-Az Aiming Device - Male Dovetail - MAX-M

SKU: ADM-MAX-M
  • Type of Mounting Hardware: MaxGuide/Aiming Kits
  • Dovetail: Male
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$440.00
ADM Max Guider HD Alt-Az Aiming Device

ADM Max Guider Guidescope Aiming Device - Heavy-Duty Version - MAX-HD

SKU: ADM-MAX-HD
  • Male heavy-duty Max Guider can handle up to 25 lb.
  • Bolt to Side-by-Side connecting bar or use with SBS Saddle (sold separately)
  • Dual locking saddle accepts Vixen & Losmandy dovetails on top & Losmandy on bottom
  • The MAX-HD is 12" long, built with a 4" refractor in mind
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$550.00

ADM SBS Dovetail Plate with Max Guider and Dual DV Series Saddle - DSBS-DUAL-MAX

SKU: ADM-DSBS-DUAL-MAX
  • Type of Mounting Hardware: MaxGuide/Aiming Kits
  • Kit Includes: Dual Saddle, MaxGuide Saddle, and 15" Connecting Bar
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$570.00
ADM Dual D & V Series Camera Mount

ADM Accessories DUAL Series Camera Mount - DVCM

SKU: ADM-DVCM
  • Allows cameras to be attached to both Losmandy and Vixen style dovetails
  • Enables 360 degree camera rotation
  • Construction Material: Black anodized stainless steel
$65.00
ADM V Series Camera Mount

ADM Accessories V Series Camera Mount - VCM

SKU: ADM-VCM
  • Allows cameras to be attached to Vixen-style dovetails
  • Enables 360 degree camera rotation
  • Construction Material: Black anodized stainless steel
$55.00
ADM Mini Max Guider Aiming Device

ADM Mini-Max Guider Alt-Az Aiming Device - Female Saddles - MINI-MAX-F

SKU: ADM-MINI-MAX-F
  • Type of Mounting Hardware: MaxGuide/Aiming Kits
  • MiniMAX Aiming Device - Female version
  • For V (Vixen-style) dovetail, top and bottom
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$330.00
ADM Mini-Max Guider - Male Saddle/Female Dovetail

ADM Mini-Max Guider Alt-Az Aiming Device - Female Saddle/Male Dovetail - MINI-MAX-M

SKU: ADM-MINI-MAX-M
  • Type of Mounting Hardware: MaxGuide/Aiming Kits
  • MiniMAX Guider - Male Dovetail version
  • Works with V (Vixen-style) dovetail and saddle
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$330.00
ADM D Series SBS Dovetail Plate with Max Guider Aiming Device

ADM Accessories D Series Side-by-Side Dovetail Plate with Max Guider - DSBS-DSAD-MAX

SKU: ADM-DSBS-DSAD-MAX
  • Type of Mounting Hardware: MaxGuide/Aiming Kits
  • Includes MaxGuide M, Side by side saddles and connecting bar
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$550.00
ADM D Series SBS Dovetail Plate with MiniMax Guider

ADM MiniMax Alt-Az Aiming Device with VDUP7 and 15" D-Series Connecting Bar- DSBS-MINIMAX

SKU: ADM-DSBS-MINIMAX
  • Type of Mounting Hardware: V-Series MiniMAX Aiming Device
  • Connecting Bar Series: D (Losmandy-Style)
  • Connecting Bar Length: 15"
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$420.00
ADM V Series Side-By-Side Dovetail System with MiniMax Guider

ADM Accessories V Series Side-By-Side System w/MiniMAX Guider - VSBS-MINIMAX

SKU: ADM-VSBS-MINIMAX
  • Type of Mounting Hardware: MaxGuide/Aiming Kits
  • Dovetail or Attachment Type: V-Series (Vixen)
  • Dovetail, Saddle or Mount Adapter Length: 11"
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$450.00
ADM Accessories Alt/Az TGAD Aiming Device for Side-By-Side Systems

ADM Alt/Az Tandem Aiming Device for Side-By-Side Systems - TGAD

SKU: ADM-TGAD
  • Type of Mounting Hardware: Aiming Kits
  • Tandem Guiding Aiming Device for side-by-side use only
  • Works with DSBS-15CB. DSBS-18CB, DSBS-21CB connecting bars, sold separately.
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$550.00
ADM Mini Dovetail Series 2D Camera Mount

ADM 2D Camera Mount for Mini Dovetail System - MDS-CM

SKU: ADM-MDS-CM
  • Allows cameras to be attached to the ADM Mini Dovetail System
  • Enables 360 degree camera rotation
  • Construction Material: Black anodized stainless steel
$50.00
ADM D Series 2D Camera Mount

ADM Accessories D Series 2D Camera Mount - DCM

SKU: ADM-DCM
  • Allows cameras to be attached to Losmandy-style dovetails
  • Enables 360 degree camera rotation
  • Construction Material: Black anodized stainless steel
$65.00

What is an Astrophotography Camera?

An astrophotography camera is any camera that can be used to take pictures of the night sky. While some people use standard DSLR cameras for astrophotography, dedicated deep-sky astrophotography cameras require a telescope and software to run properly. This allows the astrophotographer to capture deep-sky images of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and other objects. There are two main types of dedicated astrophotography cameras: CCD and CMOS, both capable of capturing photos in high resolution.

How to Choose an Astrophotography Camera

Choosing an astrophotography camera ultimately depends on the type of experience you want and what features you're looking for. While dedicated astrophotography cameras do not have screens or controls like standard DSLRs, they produce better high-resolution images with less noise, so the trade-off is worth it. These cameras are made for imaging deep-sky objects and can handle a wide variety of applications for deep-sky astrophotography. Planetary imaging may require additional components, though capturing the planets with a telescope and simple CMOS camera is possible. Ultimately, picking an astrophotography camera comes down to two main factors:

  • CCD or CMOS Imaging Sensors
  • Monochrome or Color Imaging

CCD vs. CMOS Imaging Sensors

CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) are sensors used in astrophotography cameras to convert light from the night sky into electrons. Essentially, they're the "eyes" of the camera. Initially, CCD imaging sensors were considered superior to inexpensive CMOS options, offering a higher level of controllable sensitivity and longer exposure times that resulted in high-quality, low-noise photos. However, CMOS technology started to catch up over time, and now, CMOS imaging sensors tend to have faster data rates while also being more affordable and energy-efficient. There are quality options in both categories.

The main factors to consider for imaging sensors are cost and the telescope you have. When it comes to size, large sensors allow for a larger viewing field but are significantly more expensive. Your telescope's focal length must be able to support the imaging sensor you choose, as well.

Monochrome vs. Color Imaging

This factor for choosing an astrophotography camera comes down to preference. Monochrome cameras default to shooting in greyscale, whereas color cameras pick up colors of all kinds. However, there is one thing to keep in mind: while color astrophotography cameras will only shoot in color, you can use a filter wheel and LRGB filters with monochrome cameras to produce color images. A mono camera with color filters added tends to produce images with less noise than those from a color-only camera.

What is the Best Astrophotography Camera?

There are so many high-quality options available in such a wide price range that it's difficult to choose the best camera for astrophotography. That said, here are some of our favorites and best sellers:

These are only a few examples, and the best astrophotography camera for you will come down to the kind of experience you want, your preference, your needs and your budget.

Find an Astrophotography Camera for Sale at High Point Scientific

Here at High Point Scientific, we want to help budding astronomers everywhere get started. That's why we have a fantastic selection of Dobsonian telescopes available. From Dobsonian telescope kits to collapsible Dobsonian telescopes, you'll find it all in our online store. Contact us if you'd like to know more — our non-commissioned experts can't wait to hear from you!

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