S&T Test Reports: Imagers

Video Camera
The diminutive Astrovid 2000 video camera sports a CCD chip measuring 8 by 6.5 millimeters.
Sky & Telescope photo by Craig Michael Utter
Here, in reverse chronological order, are links to recent Sky & Telescope Test Reports on imaging devices. These articles are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from Sky Publishing's Magazine Archive on ProQuest.

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Premier Planetary Imager
Lumenera's new high-speed SkyNyx 2-0 camera raises the bar for solar-system photography. Reviewed June 2006.

Canon's Astrocamera: The EOS 20Da
In the world of photography, astrophotographers are a pretty small group. So it's big news when a leading camera company develops a model just for them. Reviewed November 2005.

Deep-Sky Imaging for Everyone
What webcams did to revolutionize planetary imaging, Meade's DSI cameras are now doing for deep-sky photography. Reviewed October 2005.

StellaCam II: Taking Video into the Deep Sky
What's on TV tonight? With Adirondack Video Astronomy's new CCD video camera, the answer can be nebulae and galaxies. Reviewed October 2004.

King of the Chips: SBIG's STL-11000M
Everyone has wanted a CCD camera with a chip the size of 35-millimeter film, but now that it's here, is it right for you? Reviewed July 2004.

Four Low-Cost Astronomical Video Cameras
Getting started in astro imaging has never been easier and less expensive, as these four cameras demonstrate: the Meade Electronic Eyepiece, the Astrovid StellaCam-EX, and the PC 164C and PC 165C from Supercircuits. Reviewed February 2003.

Kodak Elite Chrome 100EC Film
Amateur astrophotographers are always looking for ways to coax extra color out of their exposures of nebulae and galaxies. A new color-slide film from Kodak can help. Reviewed July 2002.

Two Ultrasensitive CCD Cameras
With their highly coveted back-illuminated CCD detectors, Apogee's AP7p and AP8p cameras stand out from the crowd. Reviewed November 2001.

The Astrovid Color PlanetCam
Drop this tiny video camera into a telescope's eyepiece holder and you're ready to image the Moon and planets in color. Reviewed August 2001.

STV: Digital Imaging for the Masses?
This astronomical CCD camera can do things that no other camera can, but whether it's for you depends on your interests. Reviewed January 2001.

Takahashi Camera Mount System
Cleverly designed and very compact, this mount for cameras and small telescopes offers premium performance. Reviewed August 2000.

Astrovid 2000 Video Camera
Video astronomy is coming of age, so much so that there's now at least one camera designed specifically for astronomical applications. Reviewed August 1999.

SBIG's Enhanced ST-7E CCD Camera
Here's a look at a welcome upgrade to one of today's most popular CCD cameras. Reviewed August 1999.

Meade's Pictor 201XT Autoguider
The Pictor 201XT autoguider from Meade Instruments promises good performance in a low-cost package. Reviewed August 1997.

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