Canon debuts EOS for astronomy enthusiasts

Canon EOS 60Da

Canon U.S.A. Inc., Lake Success, N.Y., introduced the EOS 60Da DSLR, a successor to the EOS 20Da, optimized for astrophotography. This DSLR caters to astronomers and hobbyists by offering a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity. These modifications allow the camera to capture magnificent photographs of “red hydrogen emission” nebulae and other cosmic phenomena, the company says.

“The EOS 60Da is a testament to the constant desire to meet the needs of every customer, including those in specialized fields,” says Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., “This new camera enables an accurate depiction of a part of our solar system which is hard to achieve with conventional cameras but should be enjoyed and celebrated.”

The Canon EOS 60Da has an 18-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor and an improved infrared-blocking filter. This is a modification suited specifically toward astronomy enthusiasts to achieve a hydrogen-alpha light sensitivity that is approximately three times higher than that of a normal Canon DSLR camera. This produces a 20-percent higher transmittance of Hydrogen Alpha line, or Hα wavelength, allowing astronomers to capture crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.

As a specialized product, the EOS 60Da is only available to order from select authorized dealers. The estimated retail price is $1,499.00 and it is expected to be available this month.