Cam86 DIY CCD Camera Build

I recently built a CCD camera for astrophotography, based on the Cam86 designed by members of an astronomy club in Kiev.

The camera uses the Sony ICX453AQ CCD sensor. Although the CCD sensor is no longer manufactured it can be fairly easily obtained by desoldering it from old Nikon D40/D50/D70/D70s DSLRs, which can be found fairly cheaply second hand.

The components to build the camera cost around £200 in total, far cheaper than commercial astrophotography cameras based on the same sensor such as the QHY8 Pro.

Camera PCB before being populated.

Camera PCB with components.

Finished camera.

Lens mount + CCD view.

Test image taken with camera. Full resolution version.