By Patrick Avenell

Canon, Magellan and Lowepro have all introduced some new gear today, with outdoor astronomy photographers the big winners from these releases.

At Canon, there’s the new EOS 60Da DSLR camera, which is being specifically targeted at astrophotography enthusiasts. This camera has an 18MP CMOS sensor, DiG!C 4 image processor and a 3-inch swivelling LCD screen.

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"The EOS 60Da takes Canon's industry-leading sensor technology and pushes it even further to allow the accurate capture of red nebulae and other astronomical sights," said Canon EOS assistant brand manager Rebecca Pearson. “By combining superior sensitivity with very low noise, enthusiasts will be able to produce astrophotography images with more detail and colour accuracy than has previously been possible, allowing them to become even more deeply immersed in their hobby and satisfied with their end results."

The Canon EOS 60Da is available from 19 April 2012.

So you don’t get lost whilst capturing beautiful images of the Taurus constellation, Magellan has released the eXplorist 110 outdoor GPS. This unit is RRP $149 and it’s targeted at “those who enjoy leisure activities including hiking, cycling and camping”.

“The eXplorist 110 provides essential information people need to make the most of their outdoor activities and helps users feel safer to explore and enjoy nature,” said Paris Basson from Magellan Australia. “For example, one of the model’s most handy features is a breadcrumbs option that allows users to keep track of their steps and backtrack so they are able to return to their base camp safely and keep a record of where they have travelled.”

Magellan eXplorist 110 (RRP $149).

And to keep cameras and handheld GPS devices safe and secure, Lowepro has two new camera gear backpacks, the Flipside 500 AW (RRP $249) and the Photo Traveler 150 (RRP $89).

Lowepro Flipside 500 AW (RRP $249).

Lowepro Photo Traveler 150 (RRP $89).