HyperStar Imaging

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 telescope is in alt-azimuth mode, see this page. Many users of this setup have requested… More »

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 of use.  There is no need for an equatorial wedge, polar alignment, guiding, filtered images,… More »

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 vignetting.  This is easily removed using flat field images. Why Flat Field Images Are Needed… More »

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 are no longer required.  If you’ve been hesitant to image because you felt overwhelmed by… More »

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 field. Setup Outline Position Telescope Attach Counterweight Remove Secondary Mirror Attach HyperStar Lens Attach Camera… More »

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 learn, so it is ideal for beginning imagers.  However, it is also capable of delivering… More »

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 of use.  There is no need for an equatorial wedge, polar alignment, guiding, filtered images,… More »

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. Starizona offers HyperStar Conversion Kits, which allow non-compatible telescopes to be converted, allowing the use… More »

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 Lens for 6″ Celestron f/1.9 Focal Ratio 290mm Focal Length Largest Usable CCD Chip: 11mm… More »

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 the HyperStar Lens Work? The HyperStar lens replaces the secondary mirror at the front of… More »

HyperStar Images

Below is a selection of images taken with a variety of telescopes, cameras, and HyperStar lenses. Most of the images on this page were taken unguided, and many using alt-azimuth mounted telescopes. Click on each image for a larger version and details on how it was captured.   HyperStar C14 Images     HyperStar C11… More »

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 resulting focal ratio will be between f/1.9 and f/2.3, up to 28 times faster than… More »