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The World's Smallest Astronomy Camera - just got smaller. Capture Milky Way, Northern Lights and more in 4K, on your next epic travel!
The World's Smallest Astronomy Camera - just got smaller. Capture Milky Way, Northern Lights and more in 4K, on your next epic travel!
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What is a prototype?

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Proof of Concept

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Fits in the palm of your hand
Fits in the palm of your hand

NANO1 is the world’s smallest astronomy camera. The NANO1 brings the astronomy imaging experience to you by making it lightweight and simple to use. 

NANO1 with 2.8mm F2.8 Kit Lens weighs less than 100g combined
NANO1 with 2.8mm F2.8 Kit Lens weighs less than 100g combined

Forget DSLR cameras or heavy tripods - NANO1 is your perfect companion for astronomy exploration and capture. 

NANO1 with M12 lenses ranging from 15.4mm to 275mm equivalent focal length
NANO1 with M12 lenses ranging from 15.4mm to 275mm equivalent focal length
NANO1 system (in red) versus alternatives
NANO1 system (in red) versus alternatives

Foreword 

In 2014, I took a trip to see the night skies with the National University of Singapore. Growing up in an urban city like Singapore, it was my first experience of the rural night skies. The inky black sky was filled with stars and the Milky Way spanned across the horizon. It was an impressive sight for a city dweller like me and I wanted to capture and share it with my friends and family. 

Seeing the Milky Way for the first time is an out of this world experience
Seeing the Milky Way for the first time is an out of this world experience

As a professional photographer, astronomy imaging should be straightforward, but it wasn't. Astronomy imaging was difficult and complex, with technical concepts not common to “everyday” photography.  

With the help from local astronomers, I learned how to capture and process images of the night skies, and with their help I want to make a camera that simplifies astronomy imaging for you.

We created the NANO1 astronomy camera to make astronomy imaging small, smart and social. 

It uses an augmented reality star map to guide you across the constellations, astronomy exposure preset to simplify astronomy image settings and WiFi control and file transfer to share your images through your smartphone.

Back us to put the wonders of the night sky and exploration in the hands of everyone. 

- Grey Tan, Founder

As Seen On

 Astronomy sharing at TEDxUbud 

 Captured by NANO1

 Working prototype demonstration of features.

Milky Way shot using our kit lens in Mersing, Malaysia as part of our early prototype test. 

Images of the Moon and Singapore's skyline using adapted telephoto lenses. 

1400mm F2? Yes. With NANO1 in prime focus with a Celestron C5 telescope, you can. (special "Fastar" type adapter not included.)
1400mm F2? Yes. With NANO1 in prime focus with a Celestron C5 telescope, you can. (special "Fastar" type adapter not included.)

Collect light at 25x intensity by using the NANO1 in prime focus. NANO1 is the world's smallest astronomy camera, giving minimal blockage of the front aperture. 

Long exposures can be made in 1/25 the usual amount of time. 1 hour exposure reduced to less than 3 minutes.

Check here for more information. https://bit.ly/2QLtvIf

NANO1 with iPhone X for scale
NANO1 with iPhone X for scale

NANO1 is ultra-portable for an astronomy camera. At less than 100g (3.5 oz) with the kit lens attached and 63.25mm (2.49") on its longest side - NANO1 is easily the world’s smallest astronomy camera. Pair it with our mini-tripod and it tips the scale at 250g (8.8 oz) - well below the lightest DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a lens attached. 

 Augmented Reality Star Map 

NANO1 Star Map showing location of the Sun
NANO1 Star Map showing location of the Sun

 NANO1 guides you through the stars and constellations, with an augmented reality star map tethered through your smart phone. 

(Phone not required for normal operations.)
(Phone not required for normal operations.)

It also gives you the best image capture settings using our smart algorithm, for the best image quality. 

Patented Noise Reduction Algorithm

A patented noise reduction algorithm cleans it up further, ready to post on social media.

Dual lens mount system

Dual lens mount system
Dual lens mount system

The small black circle accepts small M12 lenses. The larger white circle in this prototype shows the C mount, for professional Cine lenses or adapted SLR lenses and telescopes. (PCB exposed for clearer view. Production versions are covered.)

Small M12 lenses to be released shortly after launch
Small M12 lenses to be released shortly after launch

Share your images instantly. NANO1 pairs with Android and iOS to let you share your images with your friends and family on social media. No computers, card readers nor pesky adapters required. 

Wirelessly connect and download images from NANO1 to your phone
Wirelessly connect and download images from NANO1 to your phone
  

NANO1 Rewards Tier 

NANO1 in Black/Silver Edition 

Black or Silver. (3-12mm zoom lens not included)
Black or Silver. (3-12mm zoom lens not included)
Silver: A great choice for visibility at night
Silver: A great choice for visibility at night
Black: A great choice for prime focus imaging in front of telescopes. (Reduces reflections in final image)
Black: A great choice for prime focus imaging in front of telescopes. (Reduces reflections in final image)
  

1.25" telescope adapter 

Machined from a solid block of aerospace grade aluminium. Black anodized and internal ribs to prevent glare and reflection.
Machined from a solid block of aerospace grade aluminium. Black anodized and internal ribs to prevent glare and reflection.
Mounted on a Schimdt-Cassegrain Telescope
Mounted on a Schimdt-Cassegrain Telescope

Canon or Nikon lens adapter 

Machined from a solid block of aerospace grade aluminium. Black anodized and internal ribs to prevent glare and reflection.
Machined from a solid block of aerospace grade aluminium. Black anodized and internal ribs to prevent glare and reflection.
Rotate-able tripod collar, allows framing in landscape or portrait and every direction in between.
Rotate-able tripod collar, allows framing in landscape or portrait and every direction in between.

3-12mm F1.4 M12 Zoom lens (16.5mm-66mm Equivalent) 

3-12mm F1.4 M12 with IR cut. (16.5-66mm equivalent FOV)
3-12mm F1.4 M12 with IR cut. (16.5-66mm equivalent FOV)
3-12mm F1.4 M12 with IR cut. Good choice for day to day photography as well as wide shots of the Milky Way or Northern Lights
3-12mm F1.4 M12 with IR cut. Good choice for day to day photography as well as wide shots of the Milky Way or Northern Lights

Getting Accessories

As there is no cart system, please add the reward price of the accessories to your pledge.

E.g. add S$49 for the telescope adapters.

Please take note of the currency value based on your location. We will send backers a survey at the end of the campaign to find out which accessories is requested.

NANO1 Specifications 

Our Team 

CEO: Grey is a professional photographer who was inspired by astronomy imaging as an undergraduate, while studying in the National University of Singapore. He came up with the idea of TinyMOS after he realized that astrophotography is complicated and requires heavy and expensive equipment. With the cameras TinyMOS designs, he hopes to make astronomy imaging more accessible to everyone. 

CTO: Lih Wei is a graduate from the NUS Faculty of Engineering and was the Chief Product Engineer for Berner International while he was on the prestigious NUS Overseas College program. He has assisted in the design and launch of 2 nano-satellites and led the design and manufacture of IoT connected industrial systems. 

Head of Operations : Jeston is a Computer Engineering graduate from NUS. He was part of the design team for embedded systems and low-level system design in the gaming hardware juggernaut, Razer. 

TinyMOS main campaign video in Youtube 1080p

Campaign video credits:

Y&R Vietnam Y&R Singapore Marcus Rebeschini Beer Kittisak Poonnotok Dominick Nakpil Farhan Darma Lim De Neng Boon Tan Viraj Chouhan Kris Childress Grey Tan Lihwei Chia Jeston Teo Goh Raphael Vanessa Lim

FAQs 

  • Can you use it in the day?

Yes, the camera can be used for day to day photography. IR filter can be removed for better astronomy photography as well.

  • Why use a small sensor?

Small sensor means a smaller system size. A smaller sensor allows you to use a smaller lens and get more zoomed in. 

  • Can it do time lapse?  

Yes. It takes time lapse videos as well as a sequence of time lapse stills. The video mode is good for convenience. Time lapse stills are good for more advanced users who want to stitch their own time lapses.

  • Will it work in winter?

Mostly yes, it depends on where you are. It’s designed for temperatures of -10 to 55 degree Celsius.

  • Are your photos edited?

Yes, but the enhancements are built into the camera. You can disable them if you like.

  • Isn’t the point to star system already on the Play Store on Android and iOS?

Yes, and no. When the TINY1 and the NANO1 concept was designed, it was the only camera that has a star map with an augmented reality (see through camera) mode. It appears to be available on some mobile platforms now, but its great to be able to frame the shot with the preview visible and capture it.

  • Does it shoot RAW?

Yes, it shoots RAW. We've created a utility that will be made available, to convert the RAW file to DNG.

Wirelessly connect and download images from NANO1 to your phone
Wirelessly connect and download images from NANO1 to your phone

Risks and challenges

As with many hardware crowdfunding campaign, there is a risk when going into production and the possibility of delivery delay.

TinyMOS had the experience of running and fulfilling over 800 cameras in the crowdfunding campaign of the TINY1, which raised nearly US$500,000 in 2016.

The experience of running the previous campaign will be invaluable to the successful delivery of the NANO1.

Manufacturing Fulfillment Plan:

1) Single Source. We have tied down manufacturing agreements with an established camera manufacturing house to streamline the process of manufacturing. We're dealing with 1 key supplier for electronics assembly and manufacturing instead of dealing with multiple suppliers for partial components, giving us better accountability.

2) Internal Quality Control. All components are sent to our head office in Singapore for Quality Control and testing before it heads out to our backers.

3) Assembled in Singapore. Final assembly of the camera is handled in Singapore where we can closely monitor the quality of the process.

4) Internal Packaging. All orders will be packed in house before sending out to shipping facilities, to reduce packing mistakes and hold ups.

Full disclosure:
TinyMOS is fulfilling 100+ NANO1 cameras to TINY1 backers, which will come together with the initial fulfillment of NANO1 backer rewards.

While there are risks to all crowdfunding project, we are confident that with our past experience, we can make it happen together.

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Funding period

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