Sightron has announced five new Player One astrophotography cameras

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Sightron Japan has announced five new Player One Astronomy astrophotography cameras, expected to be released next week, named after the planets in accordance with the size of each of their sensors. The Sony-made sensors inside each camera are either 1/2.8″ for the Mars variants and 1/1.8″ for the Neptune models and each is designed for a specific set of sky-gazing tasks.

Each of the five cameras is equipped with a mechanism that can tilt the sensor to reduce Newton ring issues that occur when photographing the sun and each features 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM to offer stable data flow transfer. A 1/4-20″ socket in the bottom allows you to mount it to any standard tripod or tracker with a 1/4-20″ screw.

According to DC Watch, the list of new camera models looks a little something like this.

  • Player One Neptune-C II – $329
    Equipped with 1/1.8 type Sony IMX464 sensor. Compared to the IMX178 installed in Neptune-C, which will be described later, it has higher sensitivity in the near-infrared region, reduces readout noise, and has a higher frame rate.
  • Player One Neptune-C – $319
    Equipped with 1/1.8 type IMX178 sensor. In addition to general planetary imaging, it is suitable for imaging the sun and moon by taking advantage of the sensor size and high resolution.
  • Player One Mars-C – $269
    Standard model equipped with 1/2.8-inch IMX462 sensor. It is said that the sensitivity in the near-infrared region is high.
  • Player One Neptune-M – $329
    A monochrome planetary camera equipped with a 1/1.8-inch IMX178-inch sensor. It is a high-resolution model with 6 million pixels and is suitable for imaging not only planets but also the moon.
  • Player One Mars-M – $329
    A monochrome planetary camera equipped with a 1/2.8-inch IMX290 sensor. It is said to be suitable for more advanced planetary imaging using various filters. Ideal for close-ups of the moon and sunspots.

While each of the Neptune models contains a 1/1.8″ sensor, they’re not all the same 1/1.8″ sensor. Each model is designed for a different task. The same is true of the Mars models – except with a 1/2.8″ sensor. Each of the new cameras can be mounted to a standard 1.254″ T mount telescope or using a Barlow lens between the camera and a telescope.

Along with the five new cameras are new accessories including a 1.25″ UV IR-Cut, IR685nm and IR850nm filters, allowing you to correct for colour issues, Type A to Type B USB 3.0 and ST4 cables, and 1.25-M42 and 1.25-2 Rotolock connectors.

You can find out more on the Player One Astronomy website.

[via DC Watch]

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