Canon has unveiled a long awaited update to 2005's EOS 20Da digital SLR camera, the new 60Da has been specially optimized for astrophotography
The EOS 60Da features an enhanced infrared filter and a low-noise sensor that's said to have three times the hydrogen-alpha light sensitivity of its EOS 60D DSLR camera
Like the model on which it is based, the 60Da benefits from an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, powerful DIGIC 4 Image Processor, intelligent nine-point autofocus system and a 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD display
In addition to capturing RAW and JPEG images, the 60Da can record full 1080p HD video at either 30, 25 or 24 fps - with 720p shooting available at up to 60 fps
The EOS 60Da comes packaged with Canon's RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter for compatibility with the company's (optional) TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller
The EOS 60Da kit, including an AC adapter for wall outlet power during long exposure shots and an AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Video Cable for onward display of the heavenly image on a TV screen
While remotely controlling a powerful telescope and viewing the results on your computer screen - as promised by the Gloria project - certainly has its appeal, it doesn't quite match the sense of personal gratification gained from snapping a digital image of a distant nebula with a camera mounted to your own telescope. Standard digital SLR cameras can provide impressive results but Canon has announced the release of an optimized version of its prothusiast level EOS 60D that's been specifically retuned for astro-photographers.
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