Object of Desire: TinyMOS Nano1

March 28, 2019

By Greg Scoblete

TinyMOS debuted its original astro-camera, the Tiny1, back in 2015 with the aim of making the often-difficult art of capturing celestial objects point-and-shoot simple. With the Nano1, they’ve refined the concept and made the camera hardware even smaller—it’s now a third the size of its predecessor.

The camera can now record 4K video at 60p via a backside-illuminated sensor and noise reduction has been improved to compensate for the camera’s relatively small ½.3-inch sensor. Connect the Nano1 to your smartphone and you’ll see an augmented reality map of objects in the night sky, the better to help you identify what you’re photographing. The camera has several presets to automatically optimize exposure for the often difficult nighttime objects you’ll want to shoot.

You can reverse-mount the camera to a telescope to enjoy a “prime focus” configuration that lets you use an f/2 aperture to improve light gathering and reduce exposure times. The Nano1 accepts both M12 and C-mount interchangeable lenses ranging in size from 15.4mm to 275mm, which, thanks to the camera’s 5.5x crop factor, gives you a 1,512mm-equivalent lens on the telephoto side. There are also lens adapters for Canon EF and Nikon F-mount lenses.

PRICE: $450

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