Canon has today announced the EOS 60Da, an 18-million-pixel DSLR designed for astrophotography.

Replacing the EOS 20Da, the 60Da features a modified low-pass filter designed to increase sensitivity to hydrogen-alpha wavelengths, thereby enabling the camera to deliver “clear images of red-coloured emission nebulae,” according to Canon.

Canon claims that the filter is three times more transparent to this type of light than the standard EOS 60D.

Features include a 3in, vari-angle, LCD screen and a maximum ISO of 6,400, expandable to 12,800.

“The EOS 60Da is ideal for shooting astronomical phenomena such as diffuse nebulae – a favourite among astrophotographers due to the distinct red colour caused by the ionisation of hydrogen,” said Canon in a statement.

The EOS 60Da is due to cost £1,174.99 when it goes on sale in June.

Canon EOS 60Da image