Celestron Skyris 132M Monochrome Solar System Imager
- Features the Aptina AR0132AT CMOS Monochrome Camera
- Exposures from 0.0001 to 1 second
- Rolling Shutter
- 1280 x 960 Resolution
- Image rate from 60 to 200 fps
Celestron Skyris 132M Monochrome Solar System ImagerThe Skyris 132M Monochrome Solar System Imager by Celestron:
Product Note: Celestron Skyris cameras are now compatible with Mac OS-X. See below for links to Skyris support downloads. Driver updates are not necessary! All you need to do is download and install the software.
It wasn't long ago that amateur astronomers depended solely on professional astronomers to provide us with beautiful images of the cosmos. A new image from Palomar Observatory or Mount Wilson would hit the pages of Sky & Telescope or Astronomy magazine and we would stare in awe and wistfully dream of a day when we could hope to achieve similar results.
That was then, but this is now!
It is amazing to see what amateur astronomers can do these days with a simple telescope and imaging camera, and you don't even need to spend thousands to get into the hobby of astroimaging. The Celestron Skyris 132M is a great example of a well-thought-out, easy-to-use camera that can be used by beginners and advanced imagers alike to achieve spectacular results on solar system objects.
The Celestron Skyris 132M features: The Aptina AR0132 imaging sensor, which is an updated version of the popular MT9M034. This 1.2 MP CMOS sensor has the same sensitivity as the MT9034 but has less noise for improved contrast. The AR0132 consists of 3.75 um (micron) square pixels in a 1280 x 960 format.
Celestron engineers in California designed the small, lightweight (3.6 ounces) camera body. They included high-speed USB 3.0 technology for crazy fast download times, as well as fast frame rates and shutter speeds. You can capture up to 200 frames per second when using sub-frames on the planets, or use the full frame of 1280 x 960 at 60 fps. Other features of the body include the lack of an optical window (no cleaning or internal reflections to worry about) and heat dissipation to keep thermal noise to a minimum.
The Celestron Skyris 132M can be utilized as an autoguiding camera when used with a piggybacked guide scope or an off-axis guider (OAG). Skyris is compatible with several autoguiding software programs, such as PHD Guiding and MetaGuide, using a guider port interface such as GPUSB from Shoestring Astronomy. If you have a Celestron mount you can simply interface your PC to the hand controller and connect the mount via ASCOM. A RS-232 to USB Adapter and serial cable are required and are sold separately.
Skyris 132 Camera System Requirements:
- Computer with Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8 (32-bit and 64-bit supported)
- Pentium-M processor equivalent or higher, 1.7 gHz or higher
- USB 3.0 (for maximum performance) or USB 2.0
- 1 GB or more of system memory
- 20 GB or more hard disk space (recommended)
- Telescope with a 1.25-Inch eyepiece holder or adapter with C-threads
- Motorized Mount, Altitude-Azimuth or German Equatorial (recommended)
Some additional Celestron Skyris 132M Specifications:
- Imaging Sensor: Aptina AR0132AT CMOS (Monochrome)
- A/D Conversion: 12 bit
- Operating Environment: 40-degrees C to Neg.40-degrees C (104-degrees F to Neg.40-degrees F)
- Software Compatibility: iCap, IC Capture, DirectShow, FireCapture
- Sub-Framing: Hardware selectable
OPT Product Number: CE-95509
- Skyris 132M Monochrome Camera
- 1.25-Inch Barrel Nose Piece and C-Thread Adapter
- 3.0 USB 10-foot cable
- 2 Year Warranty
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Hi, I recently purchased a Skyris 274M. I got this product specifically because the camera and software(I assume) are advertised as Mac compatible. I have scoured the software and reading material supplied to no avail. Every option I have tried and retrie
Celestron recommends OACapture, which has a good success rate at Mac OS and Linux support for multiple Skyris models and some older cameras (USB 3.0 at least): http://www.openastroproject.org/downloads/.
How compatible would this camera be for imaging the sun through a Coronado PST solar scope? Particularly, the ability to reach infinity or prime focus??
The sensor is a good one for imaging the sun, but the shoulder on the nosepiece plus the camera's back focus will likely not allow infinity focus. A shorter back focus camera in a 1.25" body (QHY 5LII, Meade LPI-G, etc) will be needed to reach focus with