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Canon EOS 60Da 18.0 MP CMOS Digital Astrophotography SLR Camera with 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD

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  • Increased IR sensitivity for astrophotography
  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100-6400
  • Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor
  • Newly bundled Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3
  • Compatible with Canon's extensive family of EF and EF-S lenses and EOS accessories
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Product Description

Product Description

Canon EOS 60DA The first astrophotography-specialized DSLR since the 2004-vintage Canon EOS 20Da, the 60Da shares most of the features of the 60D, but with one key differences that will put a smile on any stargazer's face. The Canon EOS 60Da features increased IR sensitivity for astrophotography (IR cut filter is modified to achieve a hydrogen-alpha (Ha) light (656nm) transparency approximately three times higher than the EOS 60D and other digital cameras) allowing crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae. To capture the full range of colors given off by diffuse nebulae in the sky, the EOS 60Da features a specially tailored infrared blocking filter that allows the light normally blocked by a typical DSLR's filter to be captured by the camera's sensor. This means that the reddish hydrogen-alpha (Ha) light (656nm) gasses unseen by a normal DSLR are captured brightly and clearly on the EOS 60Da. With its modified infrared blocking filter, the EOS 60Da captures approximately 3x the hydrogen-alpha (Ha) rays than the EOS 60D, resulting in astrophotography that is sharper, clearer and more accurate. Along with the the Canon EOS 60Da a Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3, which allows compatibility with the optional Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 for accurate control of long exposures and automatic shooting of repetitive shots with the interval timer is being bundled with the camera.

From the Manufacturer

Stellar Performer

For photographers who look to the sky, Canon is proud to offer the new EOS 60Da DSLR. Following in the popularity of the EOS 20Da, the EOS 60Da is tailor Canon EOS 60Da Astrophotography at Amazon.commade just for astrophotography. It’s designed to ensure accurate depictions of the reddish hues when photographing diffuse nebulae in the nighttime sky with the increased sensitivity of hydrogen-alpha (Hα) lines (656nm). With the same advanced features of the EOS 60D DSLR, including a Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor for Live View compositions, an amazing 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100–6400 (expandable to 12800) and more, the EOS 60Da is both capable and simple. Perfect for long exposures while gazing up into the sky, there’s nothing like the EOS 60Da.

Brilliant Capture of the Entire Spectrum of Color in the Sky

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Increased IR sensitivity for astrophotography allowing crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.

To capture the full range of colors given off by diffuse nebulae in the sky, the EOS 60Da features a specially tailored infrared blocking filter that allows the light normally blocked by a typical DSLR’s filter to be captured by the camera’s sensor. This means that the reddish hydrogen-alpha (Hα) light (656nm) gasses unseen by a normal DSLR are captured brightly and clearly on the EOS 60Da. With its modified infrared blocking filter, the EOS 60Da captures approximately 3x the hydrogen-alpha (Hα) rays than the EOS 60D, resulting in astrophotography that is sharper, clearer and more accurate in the depiction of naturally occurring reddish hues of diffuse nebulae.

EOS Performance, Brilliant ResultsCanon EOS 60Da at Amazon.com

18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor

The EOS 60Da features an 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor that captures such a high level of resolution it’s easy to crop images for enlargement without concern of losing detail. A major factor in reducing noise, the CMOS sensor assures that images shot at highest sensitivity will be remarkably smooth even with the long exposures associated with astrophotography.

ISO 100–6400; expandable to ISO 12800 in H mode

With a broad range of ISO settings, expandable up to ISO 12800 with Custom Functions, the EOS 60Da can Canon EOS 60Da at Amazon.comcapture fine details with low noise, which is exceptionally ideal for the challenging conditions of astrophotography.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor

The DIGIC 4 Image Processor – the same found on the original EOS 60D – ensures that images are captured, processed and saved with remarkable speed. The EOS 60Da offers multiple aspect ratio shooting, in-camera RAW image processing, creative filters, image resizing and provides S2 and S3 image-recording quality thanks to the power of the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. With dazzling results, the DIGIC 4 Image Processor also works to capture and process data of images shot at 18.0 Megapixels at 5.3 fps, as well as 14-bit signal processing for excellent image gradation, no matter the exposure.

Bright and Easy Viewing at Any Angle

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Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD and Live View.

The EOS 60Da features a bright, high resolution, flip-out Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor for shooting at a variety of angles. Convenient in all situations, the monitor’s flexibility lends itself to tripod-mounted shooting towards the sky, offering a comfortable alternative to through-the-lens composition.

With 1,040,000 dots for spectacular detail, the advanced, smudge-resistant monitor includes high transparency materials plus anti-reflective and water-repellant coatings to provide clear and bright viewing. Superb for reviewing, editing and deleting photos or composing new images in Live View function, the Vari-angle Clear View LCD monitor is also the perfect means for accessing camera settings like ISO, metering modes, AF Point selection, and the horizontal Electronic Level.

EOS Control in the Palm of Your Hand

Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3.

The EOS 60Da comes bundled with the new Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3 for total compatibility with Canon’s remote switch for EOS cameras with the N3-type socket, the Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3. This remote switch has a self-timer, interval timer, long exposure timer and exposure-count setting feature. The timer can be set from 1 second to 99 hours. A dial enables numerous settings to be accessed one-handed. It has an illuminated LCD panel and a 2.6ft/80cm cord. Perfect for nighttime setups, and for shooting at the sky, the Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 is the perfect complement to the EOS 60Da’s power.

An Extensive Family of Lenses and Accessories

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EF and EF-S Lenses.

The EOS 60Da is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L-series lenses. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology is featured in select lenses to minimize the effect of camera shake. Additionally, the lenses used for astrophotography are compatible with every other EOS SLR; Canon wide-angle, macro, super-telephoto, tilt-shift and fisheye lenses provide a wealth of focal lengths, depth-of-field and other creative shooting options.

EOS Accessories.

Canon offers a host of accessories to help photographers make the most of the EOS 60Da’s powerful features. For long exposures using Live View, the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 provides a constant source of AC power to the camera. For composing through the viewfinder, Angle Finder C enables an adjustable viewing angle while providing a 2.5x magnification for critical focusing with a full screen image that also shows exposure data. Battery Grip BG-E9 enables the use of AA batteries or two LP-E6 batteries and adds the convenience of access to all the cameras features in both portrait and landscape orientation.

Kit Inlcudes:

  • 60Da Camera Body
  • Eyecup Eb
  • Battery Pack LP-E6
  • Battery Charger LC-E6
  • DC Coupler DR-E6
  • AC Adapter AC-E6
  • ACK Plug
  • Stereo AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3
  • Wide Strap EW-100BIII
  • EOS DIGITAL Solutions Disck ver.25.0(EFSR)
  • Software Instruction Book CD (JEFSsC)
  • Camera Instruction Book
  • Pocket Guide
  • Warranty Card


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 3.1 x 4.2 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B007RUIX5K
  • Item model number: 6596B002
  • Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,483 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 6, 2012

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By T. Campbell on November 14, 2013
I've done a lot of comparisons of imaging cameras and this camera performs extremely well if you use it for it's intended purpose.

I have a 5D II and a 5D III for terrestrial use. While at a friend's observatory, he showed me images taken of M101 with a 60Da. Knowing that a 5D II is _vastly_ better at high ISO (which maintaining low noise) as compared to a 60D (note... I wrote 60D, not 60Da) I expected my 5D II would blow the doors off his image. Boy was I ever wrong. Even doubling and tripling the exposure times couldn't compete. I was convinced and bought my own 60Da.

A 60Da /is/ a 60D with only one difference... the filter. A regular DSLR has filters just in front of the sensor to block UV and IR wavelengths. But the problem with the IR filter is that it's a slow ramp up to block long wavelength light and actually begins blocking the reds well before 600nm (IR doesn't start until about 700nm). Rather than remove the filter entirely, Canon simply uses a much better filter so that the camera blocks very little inside the visible spectrum, but still blocks the IR wavelengths effectively.

The result is a camera which is vastly more sensitive to the reds.

You might wonder why you'd care. It turns out that about 90% of all the atoms in the universe are hydrogen atoms. Hydrogen atoms emit energy following the Ballmer series for Hydrogen wavelengths -- the strongest of which is the hydrogen alpha wavelength at 656.28nm. That wavelength is heavily filtered OUT on a normal camera, but the 60Da allows most of that wavelength to pass unfiltered. This results in MUCH shorter exposures to get the same image and images expose with more intensity -- especially in hydrogen rich nebulae (which turns out to be most nebulae).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sam T on February 11, 2015
I bought this camera 6 months ago as a replacement for my ancient canon 300d eos digital camera. I consider myself to be a beginner in astrophotography, and please note that I am writing this in the hopes I can offer some help for beginner astrophotographers!
I had spent 2 years prior using manual scopes to learn the night sky with star hopping; first with a celestron astromaster 114eq and then with an orion skyquest xt8 dobsonian. My neighbor leant me his t-ring setup for prime focus imaging one night and, with no goto tracking or polar alignment, I took a 5sec exposure of the great orion neb.. It left much to be desired, but in that moment, I became a color addict!! There was no turning back, I was hooked!! The 300d had so many limitations though, so I quickly started reading everything I could on gear upgrades. I considered getting it modified, but for the money I would spend and the features I still would be lacking, I set my sites on the 60Da.
Now, to be clear, I was knowingly being really dumb in buying this camera before owning anything remotely close to the basic gear needed to use the camera to its full capabilities. I had read, and had been told by members in my local astronomy club that I shouldn't even think about the camera until I get a good EQ mount. I would advise anyone looking at this camera to have a decent EQ mount first. It will save you much frustration. This camera is powerful and can capture nebulosity beautifully, but you will only get a tiny taste of this cameras capability if you don't have a mount that can track the stars after polar alignment. I ignored this advice, and it was painfully frustrating to be limited to 2-3 second exposures (a little longer if piggyback, but not much) through my scope!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Garry G. on April 11, 2013
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I purchased this camera to replace my dated Canon 20D for Astrophotography. I looked at perhaps hundreds of reviews on various SLR cameras prior to purchasing the 60Da. The 60Da has everything I needed plus it was close to what I was use to in a 20D, but it stops there.

The 60Da not only takes excellent long exposure deep space tracked photos but also is a fantastic terrain, and wildlife camera as well.

I track deep space objects with my Vixen Polarie mounted on a Manafratto tripod..excellent combination.

I have also attached it to my Mak Cas 14" telescope using a t adapter..it performs exactly as it should without a glitch.

Great price here...I saved $100 easily. Quickly shipped and in professional packaging.

Buy this camera if you are into Astrophotography, even if you are not it will out perform most of the SLR's out there today, given you have some experience. However the camera is easy to operate and ergonomically made.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2013
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I use the EOS 60Da for both terrestrial and astro photography. I find that the camera works great for both purposes. I have not had an issue with the removal if the ir cutoff filter when using for regular photography. When used for astro photography the all in one solution verses a dedicated specialized astro camera with laptop, and cables makes the whole process much easier and more enjoyable.. I ave also used it for astro photography with a cannon zoom lense and that also works great. I wish the price mark up for the 60Da verses the 60D was not so steep but otherwise I'm completely satisfied.
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