Is it even feasible to use an arduino to control and download images from a CCD? I was thinking for an astonomy based application where the CCD might be gathering light for minutes, not fractions of seconds.
The ancillary duties of such a camera could easily be handled by the arduino: moving a filter wheel, opening a shutter, turning on and regulating a peltier cooler- but what about reading the CCD data itself and then transmitting it to a computer program?
For example, a popular chip currently is this Kodak Chip
. Would you need a separate shield to talk to this chip, or could the Arduino control it directly? Thanks.