Normally this wouldn't be of any intrigue to me however the one portion that piqued my ATS fancy enough to where I felt this article was post worthy
was this camera's "specially modified IR filter" and "a sensor that's been altered for the specifics of taking photos of space".
Being that this camera is for the most part
($1500 USD), fairly affordable, as compared to having to purchase one's own Hubble Telescope ($1.5
billion USD). That and the Nibiru followers seem to think that it can only be filmed or captured within the IR spectrum, perhaps now we will be able
to get some real photos...right?
The 60Da has a modified infrared filter as well as a sensor that has been adjusted to reduce noise over long exposures while increasing its
sensitivity to hydrogen alpha (sometimes known as H-alpha). There's plenty of H-alpha floating around in space even though our eyes -- and most
traditional digital camera sensors can't see it. It usually plays a pretty pivotal role in those awesome images of the sun we've been seeing lately
that depict the wild solar storms and flares. The 60Da's APS-C sensor is roughly three times more sensitive to H-alpha with some help from the
modified infrared filter. The final result is a 20-percent increase in transmittance of the hydrogen alpha line.
Since H-alpha is a biproduct of hydrogen atoms (this specific kind occurs when a hydrogen electron drops an energy level) it tends to have the most
dramatic visual effect in nebulas rich in that element. The visual spectrum line that's created has a wavelength of 656.28nm, which falls into the
realm of reds, which is part of the reason you see so many striking space images in that shade.
It should only be a matter of time now before we will see some verifiable photographic proof posted on ATS of the illusive Brown Dwarf Star that is
creeping about our solar system.
edit on 4/3/2012 by UberL33t because: Edited retail value of camera