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Orion Parsec 10100C Color Astronomical Imaging Camera
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  • Orion's highest resolution CCD astrophotography camera with an enormous 10.7 megapixel sensor!
  • The versatile Orion Parsec 10100C is packed with high-performance features such as regulated dual-stage TEC cooling, on-board fan, internal shutter, huge exposure range, 16-bit A/D conversion, speedy image download times, and more
  • The regulated dual-Peltier thermoelectric (TEC) cooling system can keep the Parsec 40-degC below ambient temperature for pristine image data acquisition
  • Binning options of 2x2, 3x3, and super-sensitive 4x4 provide sharply detailed astrophotos, the impressive Parsec 10100C can even bin 2x2 in full color!
  • Includes a free 60-day full version trial of popular MaxIm DL Pro imaging software. ASCOM drivers are also available for use with a number of other popular image processing programs, such as Nebulosity, ImagesPlus, and more!

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Turn up the “awesome” factor of your astrophotos with Orion’s highest resolution CCD camera! The new Orion Parsec 10100C Color Astronomical Imaging Camera features an enormous 10.7 megapixel CCD sensor for capturing impressive images of celestial delicacies. This capable camera can even bin 2x2 shots in full color! Wow!

The Parsec 10100C is Orion’s highest resolution CCD imaging camera, built around the robust Kodak interline 10.7 megapixel KAI-10100 CCD sensor chip which has an impressive 3760 x 2840 pixel array. Our newest addition to the popular Parsec line of Orion astrophotography cameras has been engineered to produce low-noise and consistent bias levels for smooth, sharp images. With three binning options (2x2, 3x3, and super sensitive 4x4), the speedy Parsec 10100C is capable of downloading a full frame image in approximately 10 seconds in 1x1 mode, and much faster at 2x2, 3x3, and 4x4 settings. The highly versatile Parsec 10100C Astronomical Imaging Camera can produce stunning astrophotos with long focal length telescopes in 2x2 mode, or in 1x1 mode with shorter focal length instruments, all in full-color!

This amazing astrophotography camera is filled to the brim with performance-enhancing features sure to please experienced celestial shutterbugs and novice astro-imagers alike, yet it’s priced to please even the most astute of value hunters. In fact, the Orion Parsec 10100C is one of the most affordable 10.7 megapixel CCD cameras available to amateur astronomers!

Precisely regulated dual-stage thermoelectric cooling (TEC) keeps the Orion Parsec 10100C nice and cool for pleasing, low-noise image acquisition. In fact, the on-board dual-Peltier TEC system can cool the camera to a chilly 40°C below ambient temperature so your image data is as pure as possible. What’s more, an adjustable-speed fan in the camera can be controlled to assist the TEC in especially warm conditions. 

Accurate dark frames are easy to acquire with the Parsec 10100C. Thanks to an internal vane shutter controlled by an efficient stepper motor there’s no need to cover the telescope when taking dark frames. This nifty internal shutter lets you capture dark frames at different times, and at different ambient temperatures, which can be a huge time-saver when dark sky conditions are fleeting. With its vast exposure range, you can use the Parsec 10100C to snap a quick shot of a bright planetary nebula, or go deep for a long exposure of your favorite galaxy; the Parsec 10100C can handle it all efficiently and with great results. An internal full frame memory buffer promises reliable image downloads every time.

The Parsec 10100C sports a removable 2” nosepiece for convenient coupling to 2” telescope focusers and 2” astrophotography accessories. The 2” nosepiece is threaded internally so you can easily enhance images with 2” Orion imaging filters. Alternatively, the 2” nosepiece can be removed to provide no-nonsense attachment via standard T-threads. 

The Parsec 10100C Astronomical Imaging Camera connects to your computer via a USB 2.0 connection, and a 10’ USB cable is included. A 10’ power cable is also included which is compatible with 12V auto-lighter sockets and portable 12V power stations such as an Orion Dynamo Pro (sold separately). Everything packs up nicely in the included hard carrying case with a custom die-cut foam interior for safe transport and storage of the Parsec 10100C.

The Orion Parsec 10100C Astronomical Imaging Camera comes with a free 60-day full version trial of popular MaxIm DL Pro camera control and image processing software.  As an added bonus, Orion Parsec 10100C owners can take $100 off MaxIm DL software as an exclusive offer! ASCOM drivers are also available for the Parsec 10100C for use with a number of other popular image processing programs, such as Nebulosity, ImagesPlus, and more.

Get an Orion Parsec 10100C Astronomical Imaging Camera today and start taking wall-worthy astrophotos of your own! 


Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-676-1343.


Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

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  • Best for imaging
    Deep sky
  • Imaging sensor
    Kodak KAI-10100-CXC with microlensing, color
  • Imaging sensor size
    17.86mm x 13.49mm
  • Pixel array
    3760 x 2840 (10,678,400 total)
  • Pixel size
    4.75 x4.75
  • Imaging chip
    Single Shot Color
  • Autoguider capability
  • Exposure range
    0.002 seconds to infinity
  • A/D conversion
    16 bit
  • Thermoelectric cooling
  • IR filter
  • Mounting
    2" nozzle or t-thread
  • USB connection
    High-speed 2.0
  • Software compatibility
    Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Full well capacity
  • Read noise (RMS)
  • Binning
    1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4
  • Max cooling
    -40C from ambient
  • Full frame download time
    10 sec
  • Backfocus distance (from T-threads)
  • Weight (oz.)
  • Warranty
    One year
Orion Parsec 10100C Color Astronomical Imaging Camera
10 foot USB cable
10 foot 12V DC power cable
Hard carry case with custom die-cut foam insert
Software CD-ROM
Instruction manual

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