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Canon EOS 60Da Astronomy Camera: Digital Astrophotography SLR Camera

The best camera for shooting night sky

Following in the popularity of the EOS 20Da, the EOS 60Da is tailor made just for astrophotography. It’s designed to ensure accurate depictions of the reddish hues when photographing diffuse nebulae in the nighttime sky with the increased sensitivity of hydrogen-alpha (Hα) lines (656nm).

With the same advanced features of the EOS 60D DSLR, including a Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor for Live View compositions, an amazing 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) and more, the EOS 60Da is both capable and simple. Perfect for long exposures while gazing up into the sky, there’s nothing like the EOS 60Da.

EOS 60D and EOS 60Da Comparison

To capture the full range of colors given off by diffuse nebulae in the sky, the EOS 60Da features a specially tailored infrared blocking filter that allows the light normally blocked by a typical DSLR’s filter to be captured by the camera’s sensor. This means that the reddish hydrogen-alpha (Ha) light (656nm) gasses unseen by a normal DSLR are captured brightly and clearly on the EOS 60Da.

Sample Images

New Canon EOS 60Da DSLR Camera for astronomy enthusiasts captures the true colors of the cosmos

 

 

M31 Andromeda galaxy

 

  • Tv (Shutter Speed): 480 sec
  • ISO Speed: ISO1600
  • Lens: φ115mm ED Astronomical telescope
  • White Balance: AWB
  • Picture Style: Standard
  • ISO speed is based on recommended exposure index.
  • This image is modified by DPP.

 

 

M45 Pleiades

 

  • Tv (Shutter Speed): 481 sec
  • ISO Speed: ISO1600
  • Lens: φ115mm ED Astronomical telescope
  • White Balance: AWB
  • Picture Style: Standard
  • ISO speed is based on recommended exposure index.
  • This image is modified by DPP.

 

M42 Orion nebula

 

  • Tv (Shutter Speed): 481 sec
  • ISO Speed: ISO1600
  • Lens: φ115mm ED Astronomical telescope
  • White Balance: AWB
  • Picture Style: Standard
  • ISO speed is based on recommended exposure index.
  • This image is modified by DPP.

 

 

Andromeda Galaxy with the Canon EOS 60Da

Exposure: 9 x 300 seconds at ISO 800

Telescope: Orion 80ED

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In all other ways, the camera shares the same features as the original 60D, including an 18MP CMOS sensor (a significant upgrade from the 20Da’s 8MP sensor), with an ISO range of 100-6400 up to 12800, custom functions, a 3-inch flip-out LCD with 1,040,000 dot resolution and compatibility with the entire range of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

Enhanced noise reduction on the EOS 60Da sensor offers photographers the ability to experiment with the wide array of ISO settings and increased ISO speeds up to 6400 expandable to 12800. Other features include an intelligent nine-point autofocus system, full manual controls, and RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG image recording capabilities.

The 60Da also features Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor. With DIGIC 4 you’ll enjoy the benefits of fast shooting speeds, in-camera RAW image processing, creative filters, image resizing, and other exciting in-camera features. Enhanced Face Detection Live Mode, Full HD video recording, Auto Lighting Optimizer, and Lens Peripheral Optimization are additional features also enabled by DIGIC 4.

 

Product Highlights

 

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Infrared Sensitivity – Astrophotography
  • 1920 x 1080 HD Video Capture
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • Vari-Angle Clear View 3.0″ Flip-Out LCD
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 5.3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Works with All Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
  • ISO 6400 – Expandable to 12800
  • In-Camera Editing Options

You Will Need…

 A lens is not included. Get the type of lens for the shot you need. 

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens

Broaden your perspective with the Canon EF 16-35mm ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. Specifically designed for improved edge-to-edge image quality that meets the strict requirements of professional and high-end amateur photographers alike, the lens lets you bring more area into focus while providing greater depth of field.

  • 16-35mm ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • 3 high-precision aspherical lens elements produce superior image quality
  • Circular aperture produces natural background blur at wider apertures
  • Ring-type USM for fast and quiet autofocusing; internal focusing
  • Measures 3.5 inches in diameter and 4.4 inches long

Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

Tamrac 5502 Explorer 2 Case (Black or Blue)

The Tamrac Explorer 2 is ideal for carrying most digital or film SLRs with a grip and zoom lens attached, several additional lenses, a flash and accessories. The main compartment features Tamrac’s Dual-Foam Technology for shock protection and a custom fit to equipment. An external front pocket features Tamrac’s patented Memory and Battery Management System, which uses red flags to identify which memory cards and batteries are available and which ones are used up. A Speed Pocket on the front flap secures and provides quick access to small accessories.

A Total Coverage Top with quick-release buckle and zipper closures provides weather protection. Inside the lid is a smooth nylon pocket for holding lens cleaning paper and an open pocket in the back holds an instruction manual. An adjustable, BioCurve non-slip shoulder strap, and an EasyGrip carrying handle provide convenient carrying options for the Explorer 2.

Memory is not included so be sure to have enough storage capacity.

SanDisk Extreme 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1

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  • Speed up to 45MB/s read/write
  • Designed with SanDisk’s Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing (ESP) technology
  • Now at new Class 10, exceeding high-definition video recording performance requirement
  • Extreme durability from deserts to glaciers, guaranteed
  • Compatible with all major cameras with SDHC format

Manufacturer’s Product Description

Canon EOS 60DA The first astrophotography-specialized DSLR since the 2004 – vintage Canon EOS 20Da, the 60Da shares most of the features of the 60D, but with one key differences that will put a smile on any stargazer’s face.

The Canon EOS 60Da features increased IR sensitivity for astrophotography (IR cut filter is modified to achieve a hydrogen-alpha (Ha) light (656nm) transparency approximately three times higher than the EOS 60D and other digital cameras) allowing crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.

To capture the full range of colors given off by diffuse nebulae in the sky, the EOS 60Da features a specially tailored infrared blocking filter that allows the light normally blocked by a typical DSLR’s filter to be captured by the camera’s sensor. This means that the reddish hydrogen-alpha (Ha) light (656nm) gasses unseen by a normal DSLR are captured brightly and clearly on the EOS 60Da.

With its modified infrared blocking filter, the EOS 60Da captures approximately 3x the hydrogen-alpha (Ha) rays than the EOS 60D, resulting in astrophotography that is sharper, clearer and more accurate. Along with the the Canon EOS 60Da a Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3, which allows compatibility with the optional Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 for accurate control of long exposures and automatic shooting of repetitive shots with the interval timer is being bundled with the camera.

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