Celestron Skyris 618

Celestron Skyris 618

£299.00✓ 2 year warranty


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About this product

Model:  celestron_skyris_618M_95511
Part Number:  95511

Celestron's fastest camera for colour and monochromatic planetary imaging with long focal-length telescopes like Schmidt-Cassegrain and the EdgeHD series.

The celestron Skris series of cameras are the result of a marriage between Celestron and Imaging Source and feature quality components and high performance including Sony imaging sensors, high-speed USB 3.0 connections and 12-bit image output that out-performs regular 8-bit images provided by standard planetary CCDs. 

The external camera housing has also been redesigned by Celestron for improved heat dissipation, minimising the temperature effect on CCD noise. 

All Celestron Skyris cameras are guaranteed free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. 

Astronomy Now Review - March 2014

Sky@Night Review - March 2014


Mono v Colour? 

The monochrome camera offers the most sensitivity for capturing the best possible astro-images. Either use the camera by itself to capture black-and-white images of the Moon and planets or attach your own filters and filter wheel to create colour planetary images. The monochrome camera offers you increased sensitivity and the flexibility to image the way you want.

The one-shot colour camera enables you to capture full-colour images instantly. There is no need to spend time imaging the same target multiple times to capture different colours. You also won't need to invest in filters and a filter wheel, making the colour option an economical choice.  



  • Highly-sensitive Sony ICX618A EXview HAD™ Color and Monochrome CCDs
  • High-speed USB 3.0 connection enables fastest frame-rate possible
  • Capable of exposures faster than 1/100th of a second for sharper, high-resolution images
  • 12-bit output provides higher dynamic range than standard planetary cameras
  • Guaranteed free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. 

Includes Celestron iCap software and stacking software to aid with capturing, filtering, aligning, stacking, and exporting your images. 

Also supplied with a metal 1.25” nosepiece and 10’ USB 3.0 cable. 

Optional IR-cut filter is available. 


Imaging Sensor   Sony ICX618ALA (Mono) or Sony ICX618AQA (colour) CCD
Resolution   640x480
Sensor size   4.46 mm x 3.80 mm
Pixel size   5.6 micron square
A/D Conversion   12-bit
Exposure times  0.0001 to 30 seconds
Max frame-rate   120 fps
Telescope connection   1.25" barrel and C-thread
Operating environment   40°C to -40°C
Optical window   None
Shutter   Global
Software Compatibility   ICap, IC Capture & DirectShow
Sub-framing   Selectable
Power requirements   Powered by USB
System requirements   PC laptop with Windows XP/Vista/7/8 & a USB 2.0/3.0 port
Weight   3.6 oz
Warranty   2-year

Downloads / Manuals

The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:

Skyris CCD Cameras New Drivers, Firmware and Software

Following user feedback, Celestron have improved Skyris' stability in USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 using both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems. As an added bonus, the framerate now automatically corresponds to the exposure when exposure time is the limiting factor.

Firmware Update - 11/12/13 - Click Here To Download (ZIP)

Firmware Update - 11/12/13 - Skyris Firmware and Driver Installation Instructions

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