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Camera Technology Takes to the Skies

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Enhancements in optics and image sensor technologies, coupled with the huge increase in computational processing power, allow us to observe and record more features of the universe than ever before. Application-specific and practical factors alike should be considered in camera and sensor selection.

MARK DONAGHY AND JEAN-EDOUARD COMMUNAL, RAPTOR PHOTONICS LTD.

Astronomical imaging techniques have evolved markedly over the past few decades. Astronomers are early adopters of camera technology, pushing the boundaries of new sensor developments and dapting cameras very quickly to their applications. Digital cameras, as well as opto-electronic systems, play a key role in the advancement of astronomical imaging and adaptive optics research, enabling the study of the evolution and composition of the cosmos in astonishing detail. Myriad imaging applications, including solar astronomy, exoplanet detection and speckle imaging make specific demands of the...Read full article

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