CCD Cameras
  • Starlight xpress M25
    I am a bit of a starlight xpress fan (as if you did not know)

    They supply high quality reasonable cost cameras and would not dream of having any other

    This is my favorite camera which is the OSC 6 mega pixel camera

    CCD Sony ICX413AQ SuperHAD CCD
    Resolution 3024 x 2016 pixels
    Pixel size 7.8µM x 7.8µM
    Chip size 23.4mm (Horizontal) x 15.6mm (Vertical)
    CCD Quality Grade 1 or better - No bad columns, no dead pixels
    Spectral Response QE max at 540nM (~60%), 50% roll-off at 400nM and 650nM
    Readout noise Less than 12 electrons RMS - typically ONLY 7 electrons!
    Full-well capacity Greater than 25,000 e- (unbinned)
    Anti-blooming Overload margin greater than 800x
    Data format 16-bits
    System gain 0.4 electrons per ADU
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 compatible interface
    Image download time Typically 3.5 seconds at full resolution
    Power requirements 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 750mA max
    Cooling system Regulated constant current cooling supply with two stage
    thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of approximately -30°C below ambient
  • Starlight xpress sxvr H35
    Here we have my workhorse camera
    the sx H35 a 10 million pixel mono chipped camera

    •Large, high resolution Kodak CCD chip, with 10,838,016 x 9uM square pixels in a 36.3 x 24.2mm array.

    •High sensitivity, approx. 52% QE at peak (green light), 31% at H alpha

    . •Low dark signal - Dark frames not necessary for most of the brighter deep sky objects

    •Anti-blooming with minimal effect on linearity and no lost active area •Built-in super high speed USB 2.0 interface for approx. 7 second downloads

    •Built-in autoguider interface and output - compatible with the optional dedicated external guide camera

    •Built-in dual serial ports for accessory control - directly drive filter wheels, GOTO 'scopes etc.

    •Single USB cable control for all features - get rid of that dangerous cable tangle!

    •Only ONE computer needed to control all of the devices and functions •Very low power consumption. Less than 1.0 amps at 12v DC - 12VA at 110v or 240v AC

    •Compact and lightweight - only 118mm in diameter x 102mm long - less than 1100 grams load on the telescope. .
  • SX Loadstar guide camera

    Unless your scope cost a million bucks you will need a guide camera , and this is one of the best available.

    A sx Loadstar guider , never fail to find a guide star with this

    CCD type: ICX429AL Sony Exview interline CCD with low dark current and vertical anti-blooming

    CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 8.2uM x 8.4uM, Image format: 752 x 580 pixels

    CCD Image area: 6.4mm (Horizontal) x 4.75mm (Vertical)
    ◾Data format: 16 bits.

    Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.
    Image download time: Typically 0.2 seconds at full resolution using USB 2.0.
    Power requirements: USB powered.

    Size: 32 x 72mm black anodised aluminium barrel
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