There ‘s a new kind of camera that I am very excited about.
The Axiom concept camera is an open source hardware camera with interchangeable…well…everything.
Axiom has already built a prototype as a proof of concept.
Comparison Chart: Full Featured Axiom vs Alpha Prototype
|Axiom||Axiom Alpha Prototype|
|Development||after successful crowdfunding||in progress|
|Goal||full featured camera||extended proof of concept prototype|
|Video Resolution||4K||1920×1080 (downscaled from 4K)|
|Supported Video Format||uncompressed RAW||RGB|
|Lens Mount||Interchangeable Mount System||Nikon F-Mount|
|Frame Rate||up to 150 (4K)||25|
The concept module differs from the prototype as would be expected.
So why would astronomers be interested in this? Just the interchangeable sensor alone would make this camera worth buying for me.
The ability to change image sensors and focal distance would make this camera adaptable to any telescope or situation that you may find yourself.
It would also allow beginning astrophotographers to start with a more inexpensive image sensor module and work their way up without having to learn a new system.
For the more experienced astrophotographers, this would enable them to move from a single-shot CMOS imager, for instance, to a monochrome CCD for narrow-band imaging. The possibilities are endless with this camera.
Although this is still in the early stages, with enough funding, this camera can become a reality very shortly. I am very excited about this piece of technology. You can find more information here.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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