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Canon announces EOS Ra for astrophotographers

Canon has announced the EOS Ra – its first full frame camera for astronomical photography.

The EOS Ra stands unique in the market – unlike other full frame astro cameras, it is portable and has no need for external power and connection to a computer, resulting in exceptional image quality of visible reality but also of deep space photography with a wide range of optical devices.

The camera shares features with the September 2018-launched EOS R. The EOS Ra inherits the camera’s fast autofocus, the ability to focus in light conditions as low as -6EV, a 35mm full frame CMOS sensor with approximately 30.3 million effective pixels and a DIGIC 8 image processor.

While boasting this advanced and cutting-edge optical technology, the EOS Ra is modified, developed in direct response to the specific needs of astrophotographers looking to capture the unique colour of deep space and constellations.

Featuring a new infrared blocking filter (IR filter) allowing even higher hydrogen alpha (Hα) light to reach the imaging sensor, it enables four times as much of this hydrogen alpha light to be transmitted compared to the EOS R. Photographers can effortlessly capture, both crisply and clearly, the distinct red colour of nebula – an interstellar cloud of dust made up mostly of hydrogen and helium – impossible to capture on a traditional camera where the UV/IR cut filters block the IR light that gives these nebulae their red colour.

To read the full press release, visit the EOS System microsite

Key features
• Infrared blocking filter (IR filter) array for four times more Hα light
• Full frame CMOS sensor with approximately 30.3MP
• DIGIC 8 image processor
• Low light capabilities, focusing to -6EV
• Vari-Angle screen
• ISO 100-40000
• Review the detail with 30x magnification
• 4K video delivery with output in 10-bit over HDMI
• Built-in Wi-Fi and remote shooting capability via free Camera Connect app

Pricing and availability
The EOS Ra will be on sale in early December 2019 for £2599.99 / €3019.99

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