Outreach on the big screen
One of my dreams is to be able to share a telescopic view of the night sky with a large group of people. This dream is on the threshold of becoming a reality, with the introduction of a brand-new camera system, based around a Sony colour CCD sensor, developed by our very own Oleg Toumilovitch, of Foton Optoelectronics.
The "Foton Astrocam System" recently came out of prototyping and the first unit is being used by Kos Coronaios for his outreach activities in the Limpopo region.
Its impressive performance on the Moon and Saturn have already been demonstrated. Now, the first deep sky images have been released.
Oleg used his 100mm f/10 refractor to image the eta Carinae Nebula on Tuesday evening. The new camera, which attaches to a USB port, delivers live images - see the sample frame.
If that's what a four-inch can do, can you imagine what a 12-inch will show?
More images, and technical details, can be browsed on the Foton Astrocam pages.
nothing more to see. please move along.