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  • What is HyperStar Imaging?

    What is HyperStar Imaging?

    The most common setup for HyperStar imaging uses a Celestron CPC-800 or CPC-1100 goto telescope, a Starlight Xpress SXVF-H9C one-shot color CCD camera, MicroTouch autofocuser, and MaxIm DL/CCD software. The popularity of this configuration is due to the extreme ease...

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  • HyperStar Specifications

    HyperStar Specifications

    HyperStar lenses are currently available for four telescopes: 6", 8", 9.25", 11" and 14" Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrains. Please see the What is HyperStar? page for more details on how the HyperStar system works. Specifications subject to change without notice.   HyperStar...

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  • HyperStar FAQs

    HyperStar FAQs

    Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the HyperStar system. Read the instruction manuals for the HyperStar lenses on their respective product pages. Click here for a French translation by Thierry Martin   How Does...

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  • What is HyperStar?

    What is HyperStar?

    HyperStar is the easiest way to capture deep-sky astrophotos. The patented HyperStar unit is a multiple-lens corrector which replaces the secondary mirror on a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and allows extremely fast CCD imaging. Depending on the size of the telescope, the...

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  • Equipment for HyperStar Imaging

    Equipment for HyperStar Imaging

    The HyperStar system works with a variety of Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and many models of cameras. There are combinations to fit different budgets, interests, and skill levels. One of the main advantages of HyperStar is that it makes imaging easy to...

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  • HyperStar Conversion Kits

    HyperStar Conversion Kits

    Not all telescopes are inherently compatible with HyperStar. In order to use HyperStar, your telescope must have a removable secondary mirror. The secondary mirror is taken out of the telescope and safely stored when the HyperStar lens is in place....

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  • Setting Up the HyperStar System

    Setting Up the HyperStar System

    Installing the HyperStar lens, and switching back to the standard f/10 configuration, is quick and easy. The section below describes the procedure step by step. Click here for a HyperStar Setup Quick Reference Guide to take with you into the...

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  • Taking Images with HyperStar

    Taking Images with HyperStar

    If you've done much reading on CCD imaging, in books or even on this website, you might have been intimidated by all the steps required to take astrophotos. HyperStar makes imaging so fast and easy that most of these steps...

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  • HyperStar Instructions

    HyperStar Instructions

    The most common setup for HyperStar imaging uses a Celestron CPC-800 or CPC-1100 goto telescope, a Starlight Xpress SXVF-H9C one-shot color CCD camera, MicroTouch autofocuser, and MaxIm DL/CCD software. The popularity of this configuration is due to the extreme ease...

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  • HyperStar Instructions - Wedge

    HyperStar Instructions - Wedge

    The most common setup for HyperStar imaging uses a Celestron CPC-800 or CPC-1100 goto telescope, a Starlight Xpress SXVF-H9C one-shot color CCD camera, MicroTouch autofocuser, and MaxIm DL/CCD software. These instructions are for use with an equatorial wedge. If your...

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  • Flat Field Images with Hyperstar

    Flat Field Images with Hyperstar

    Flat field images are used to remove uneven illumination from images. Primarily this means removing vignetting, which darkens the corners of an image. With larger-format cameras, including digital SLRs, the fast focal ratio of the HyperStar lens can cause some...

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