In the 1990s, the continued development of solid-state CCD cameras will be highlighted by stronger performance from CCD imagers
and expanding camera flexibility under all lighting conditions.
* DCR-TRV25 - includes all of the above features plus a Megapixel CCD imager
(520 lines of horizontal video resolution and 1,152 x 864 still image file size).
Many radio observatories and amateur CCD imagers
will be taking advantage of this close approach to follow its path and gain valuable information as it passes by.
These are in the range of mag 11 to 13, so should be observable with a moderate size telescope and be within easy reach for CCD imagers
. A few degrees to the west of M44 is the Cancer Cluster of galaxies with a large number of very faint galaxies--visual observers will need a dark site and a scope of 40cm or more.
* Although laser technology remains the standard for industrial stationary scanners, developments in linear charge-coupled devices and CCD imagers
is creating increased opportunities.
I found no wobble or image shift with heavy 2-inch eyepieces or a DSLR camera, though I did not weigh it down with massive CCD imagers
, filter wheels, and robotic focusers.
I was surprised to see the letter from Alan Heath and Paul Abel in the June Journal (120(3), 2010) urging CCD imagers
of Saturn not to exaggerate the contrast in their images.
Continued growth in the general use of color CCDs will arise from dramatic improvements in the low light performance of color CCD imagers
. Color cameras and monitors will also become more cost-effective as we realize economies of scale from the growing number of color applications and the eventual price reductions of color imagers and peripheral integrated circuits.
Michael Unsold has grown ImagesPlus to a mature astronomical imaging program for DSLR and CCD imagers
Visual observation will be a big challenge, but these should be easily within reach of CCD imagers
have the advantage of being able to "see" motion (typically about an arcminute per hour) in main-belt objects much easier.
Dedicated astronomer that he is, Mobberly writes as one who has personally suffered all the setbacks that strike amateurs as they wind their way from polar aligning a mobile telescope, to star hopping, to the vagaries of endeavouring to sketch an oh-so-transient deep space object: then on to the myriad of problems that assail CCD imagers
as they struggle to secure compatibility between all the assorted components of the imaging menagerie.