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Camera technology takes to the skies: Raptor Photonics featured in Photonics Spectra

Camera Eclipse

A solar eclipse in Gabon, Africa, on Nov. 3, 2013. Photo courtesy of Philippe Lamy/Laboratoire d’Astrophysique.

From the new article in Photonics Spectra:

Enhancements in optics and image sensor technologies, coupled with the huge increase in computational processing power, allow us to observe and record more features of the universe than ever before. Application-specific and practical factors alike should be considered in camera and sensor selection.

Astronomical imaging techniques have evolved markedly over the past few decades. Astronomers are early adopters of camera technology, pushing the boundaries of new sensor developments and dapting cameras very quickly to their applications. Digital cameras, as well as opto-electronic systems, play a key role in the advancement of astronomical imaging and adaptive optics research, enabling the study of the evolution and composition of the cosmos in astonishing detail. Myriad imaging applications, including solar astronomy, exoplanet detection and speckle imaging make specific demands of the optoelectronic system acquiring and recording data. Therefore, one of the most fundamental decisions to be made by a system designer is the selection of the image sensor. Read More.

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