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Orion Telescopes
Orion Parsec 8300C Color Astronomical Imaging Camera
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  • Take wall-worthy astrophotographs of your own with this advanced CCD astronomical imaging camera
  • Color astrophotography camera with a full-frame 8.3 megapixel (8.5 effective) color Kodak CCD chip sensor
  • Dual-stage thermoelectric (TEC) cooling and adjustable on-board cooling fan reduces thermal noise, yielding accurate, contrast-rich astrophotographs
  • Internal shutter allows you to acquire dark-frames automatically without covering the astrophotography telescope
  • ASCOM drivers are available for the Parsec 8300C for use with a number of popular image processing programs, such as Nebulosity, ImagesPlus, and more

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Item #  52075

Orion is pleased to introduce the next generation of premium CCD imagers: the Parsec Astronomical Imaging Cameras. This bright new family features a full-frame 8.3 megapixel (8.5 effective) Kodak CCD chip. You’ll get amazing results and equally amazing resolution, all for a modest investment.

The Parsec provides all the cutting edge technology and features that today’s serious CCD imager demands, such as regulated dual-stage cooling, internal shutter, internal full-frame 32 megabyte memory buffer, and more. And still, it remains amazingly affordable.

You get peak performance, but at a significantly lower price. Its compact size (4x4" wide, 3" long) provides a sleek fit for virtually any imaging telescope configuration. The high performance Parsec is built around the CCD chip’s square 5.4 micron x 5.4 micron pixel size for superior resolution using Kodak’s microlens technology for maximum sensitivity. Regulated dual-stage thermoelectric cooling (TEC) and adjustable fan dramatically reduces thermal noise. Accurate dark frames can be taken automatically. Thanks to the internal shutter there’s no need to cover the telescope! The internal full-frame memory buffer ensures reliable image downloads every time, through a USB-2.0 connection (10’ USB cable and 10’ power cable compatible with 12 volt DC cigarette lighter sockets included).

The Parsec 8300C features a color imaging CCD chip. It has standard T-threads on the camera body, a removable 2" nosepiece threaded for filters, an included custom hard carrying case, and a free full version 60-day trial of MaxIm DL Pro software for camera control and image processing. Parsec cameras feature 16 bit A/D conversion. Windows XP, 7 and Vista 32 bit and 64 bit compatible. ASCOM compatible. Never before has CCD imaging offered so much at such a reasonable price. The Parsec is a small package (32 oz.) that packs a huge imaging wallop.

The Parsec 8300C includes a free 60-day trial of popular MaxImDL Pro imaging software. Just register your camera with the unique serial number it ships with and your free 60-day trial of MaxImDL Pro will commence. As an added bonus, Orion Parsec 8300C Astronomical Imaging Camera owners can receive a $100 discount off the purchase of MaximDL. Select the purchase option at any time during the 60-day trial period, enter in your serial number and you will be eligible for a $100 discount off select versions of MaxImDL software.


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 KAF-8300 with microlensing, color
  • Imaging sensor size
    17.96mm x 13.52mm
  • Pixel array
    3326 x 2504 (8,328,304 total)
  • Pixel size
    5.4 x 5.4
  • Imaging chip
    Single Shot Color
  • Autoguider capability
  • Exposure range
    0.002 sec to infinite
  • 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)
  • Dark signal (at 0 C)
  • Binning
    1x1, 2x2
  • Max cooling
    -40C from ambient
  • Full frame download time
    11 sec
  • Backfocus distance (from T-threads)
  • Weight (oz.)
  • Warranty
    One year
10' USB cable
10' power cable
Hard carry case with die-cut foam insert

Orders received by 1pm Eastern Standard Time for in-stock item the same business day. Order received after noon will ship the next business day. When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available. You have the option in check out to request that your order ship complete, if you'd prefer.


This product is available to ship Standard delivery within the 50 US states, APO/DPO/FPO addresses and US territories/protectorates. Delivery is not available to Canada.

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