It seems like there’s a camera for everything these days. Whether it’s the one on your smartphone that helps you capture your day-to-day life or a GoPro you take on vacations to document your travels, the world has never before used photography in such as ubiquitous way. Now, there’s even a handier way for budding astronomers to record the magic of the night sky. Meet NANO1: the ultra compact camera that’s perfect for those trips when space is at a particularly high premium.

NANO1, the world's smallest astronomy camera.

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TinyMOS, an astronomy camera startup helmed by founder Grey Tan, released the first version of the NANO1 (the Tiny1) back in 2016, but this latest version comes packed with major upgrades. Available for just $479, the new model brings astrophotography to the masses by allowing users to capture the glory of the Milky Way, Northern Lights, moon, stars, and planets on a device that can easily be held in a single hand. Measuring just 63.25 millimeters on its longest side and weighing a mere 100 grams with a lens attachment equipped, the NANO1 is also perfect for life on the road, where keeping weight down is an absolute must. Even when it’s mounted to its very own tripod, it still only weighs 250 grams — much lighter than any similar camera on the market.

NANO1 syncs with your smartphone to generate an augmented reality map of the sky, which you can use to capture exactly what you want by navigating its contents and shooting the desired area when it appears on the screen. This feature can also be used for photography during the day to take pictures like any other camera or GoPro. Turn on the timelapse function to watch the sky change over a number of hours. NANO1 also employs patented algorithms to reduce noise and bring you the sharpest image possible. Perfect your shots even more using the camera’s dual-lens mount system, which allows the user to alternate between smaller M12 lenses and larger C-mount ones, including professional Cine and adapted SLR models.

The NANO1 astronomy camera surrounded by a set of small M12 lenses. A complete NANO1 rig (as seen in the red box) placed right next to a standard photography setup.

NANO1 is also compatible with social media, allowing the photos you capture to instantly be shared to your accounts after pairing with your phone’s Android or iOS operating system. The camera is available in black or silver and can be purchased with a telescope adapter, a Canon or Nikon lens adapter, and an M12 zoom lens.

The new and improved astronomy camera is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter, though it seems like the company has already greatly exceeded the original 800 orders placed for the Tiny1. They are way over their proposed goal of $76,799, and (at the time of writing) there are still two weeks remaining in the campaign. If you want to become a backer and the proud owner of your very own NANO1, check out the page here and get to pledging.