Altair GPCAM AR0130C COLOUR General Purpose Astronomy Camera with auto guiding port

The GPCAMAR0130C is an all-in-one General Purpose astronomy camera with a 1.2mpx COLOUR CMOS sensor.

**Please Note** Includes Meteor Lens, USB and ST4 Cables. IR Blocker. Mono includes Clear and IR Filters

Now, you can enjoy full HD imaging at lower cost than ever before, and with all the quality and features you'd expect - driven by maturing CMOS technology.

The GP-CAM let's you image the Moon, Sun and Planets, and even deep-sky imaging. What's more - an ST4 auto-guiding port is included!

Of course for autoguiding with the Altair Miniguider and Starwave optical tube range, 1/3" Aptina AR0130C HD CMOS sensor with 3.75 micron pixels, high sensitivity and fast frame rate,You get all the sensitivity and light weight direct fitment - just like a 1.25" eyepiece. No hassle, no fuss, no adapters required.

If you ever wanted to experiment with imaging the planets with colour RGB filters, or in UV or IR, the GPCAM GPCAMMT9M034M Mono is also ideally suited.

What's more, you can attach a standard C-mount lens for wide angle imaging of the sky to capture meteorites and aurora displays - or just create a video of the night sky as the earth rotates.

Full ROI (Region Of Interest) support is included, allowing you to increase the frame rate to very high speeds by focusing on planets or solar features, and with the freely downloadable software you can even take darkframes in seconds.

The sensor: Specially selected 1/3" Aptina MT9M034M HD CMOS sensor with 3.75 micron pixels, high sensitivity and fast frame rate, as well as long time exposure capability. The mono CMOS sensor has a Peak QE rating of 74% outperforming many more expensive CCD sensors, and is optimised for performance in a very low light environment, making it perfect for solar, planetary imaging, and even deepsky exposures.

The camera: About the size of a small eyepiece, and weighing about 70 grams, the GP-CAM packs many features into a very small form factor. The sensor is protected by a double-side Anti Reflection (AR) coated optical window, The colour camera optical window blocks UV & IR light enabling direct use with telescopes, barlow and reducer lenses. The mono camera optical window is clear to allow the user full control over what type of light they wish to pass for example narrowband imaging, Ha solar imaging, RGB planetary imaging or even UV and IR planetary imaging (reveals extreme detail).

A built-in ST4 auto guider port is included on the rear face with 2m ST4 cable for easy connection between auto guider directly to your GOTO mount. The camera is powered through the included 2m USB 2.0 cable to reduce cable-clutter. The CNC machined aluminum housing has a standard 1.25 inch OD barrel to fit to alost any telescope focuser including the Altair Miniguider 60, 80, and Starwave 50mm guide scopes. A standard 1.25 inch eyepiece filter can be installed, such as a light pollution filter. The 1.25" barrel can can be removed to reveal a standard C-mount thread compatible with most industrial and surveillance lenses or microscope eyepiece adapters. The internal structure is designed to conduct heat away from the electronics to be dissipated through the outer housing quickly.

Note: This camera does not come with software in the box. You will need to download GP-CAM drivers and software to make it work.

Fully supported by the latest version of Sharpcap for still and video capture, and full control of your camera.

AltairCapture astrophotography software can also be downloaded from the link above to support image stacking, video preview, video recording, snapshot image capture, and raw data output. AltairCapture software also allows full control of the camera frame rate, exposure time in milliseconds, colour balance, gain, B&W / colour mode and ROI (Region Of Interest).

A special version of PHD2 can also be downloaded from the same link above. (Requires Altair Device Drivers to work).

Included in the box:
Camera body.
2m High-speed USB2.0 A male to B male cable.
1.5m ST4 guide cable.
1.25 inch nosepiece with 1.25" filter thread.
Adapters included: 1.25"x20mm Astro extension with front filter thread, C-Mount for lenses
Rubber dust cap.
Note: This camera does not come with software in the box. You will need to download the latest GP-CAM drivers.

A Note on typical Frame Rates

GPCAM V1 Mono and Colour cameras:

Approx. Max frame rates (assuming computer Bus and Hard Drive operating at full bandwidth)*:

8 bit mode:
1280x960 17-26fps
640x480 56-62fps (ROI)
320x240 80-93fps (ROI)

12 bit mode - approx 50% of above.

Technical Specs:

Sensor & performance specifications: (Where they differ, Colour and Mono camera specs are included for comparison).

GPCAMAR0130C: Aptina AR0130 Colour CMOS sensor
GPCAMMT9M034M: Aptina MT9M034 Mono CMOS sensor
Sensor Size: 1/3" diagonal (4.8x3.6mm)
Exposure duration shortest/longest: 0.4 ms (0.0004 secs) / 800 secs
Bit depth: 8bit & 12bit mode switchable
Pixel size microns: 3.75x3.75 um
Resolution in pixels: 1280x960
Recording System: Still Picture and Video
Region Of Interest (ROI) support: Yes, user selectable via driver
Approx. Max frame rates (assuming computer Bus operating at full bandwidth):
1280x960 30FPS, 1024x768 40FPS, 800x600 70FPS, 640x480 100FPS, 20x240 200FPS
Gain Sensitivity:
GPCAMAR0130C: 5.5v/lux-sec
GPCAMMT9M034M: 5.48v/lux-sec
Dynamic Range:
GPCAMAR0130C: >85.3dB
GPCAMMT9M034M: >115dB
SNR Maximum:
GPCAMAR0130C: 44dB
GPCAMMT9M034M: 43.9dB
Readout: Progressive Scan
Shutter: Electronic Rolling Shutter

Spectral Range & Colour Management - GPCAMAR0130C colour camera only:
350-1050nm with double sided AR Coated window (removable)
White balance: ROI White Balance/ Manual Temp-Tint Adjustment
Colour Rendering Technique: Ultra Fine Colour Engine

Software & OS support:
Drivers & software download (Windows only): cameras.altairastro.com
Driver support: PHD2, AltairCapture, SharpCap, (Windows DirectShow)
AltairCapture OS support: Win XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10 (32 & 64 bit)
USB Port & Cable: 2.0 USB, 2m cable
ST4 Port & Cable: Standard ST4 Opto-Isolated, 1.5m cable, iOptron, Celestron, Skywatcher SynScan GOTO.

Physical characteristics:
Cooling: High Performance Cooling Chassis uses telescope focuser as heat-sink
Camera body length: 63mm total length including C-Mount and 1.25" Astro barrel
Weight grams: 70 g (camera net weight)
Sensor optical window: AR-coated-clear (mono camera). AR-coated-UV/IR blocking filter (colour camera).

Back-focus & Adapter compatibility:
Optical Window Mono camera: Optical glass AR Coated both sides (removable)
Optical Window Colour camera: UV/IR blocking Optical glass AR Coated both sides (removable)
Camera body: OD 1.25" stepped barrel
Camera body thread: C-Mount female allows direct attachment of C-Mount lens
C-mount lens adapter: Included, terminates in female thread
C-mount lens compatibility: C-Mount male threaded lens with 12.526 mm back-focus requirement.
Astro filter thread adapter: Included, 1.25" OD, Female thread
Pushfit Barrel OD: Standard Astro format 1.25" OD eyepiece-barrel
Sensor surface distance from flat end of C-mount adapter: 17.58 mm
Sensor surface distance from flat end of 20mm 1.25 Astro adapter: 37.58 mm

Operating environment conditions:
Power consumption: 0.8 W (Ave. Camera running)
Max operating temp: 50 C
Lowest operating temp: -10 C
Max operating humidity: 80 % RH
Power source in Volts: 5V DC (via USB cable)

Windows PC Hardware Requirements:
Minimum CPU: Equal to Intel Core2 2.8GHz or Higher
Minimum Memory: 2GB or More
USB port: USB2.0 High-speed Port
Monitor Display: 17" or Larger
Software delivery: Downloaded online and saved to hard drive.

Packaging:
Protective rubber end-cap
Padded cardboard storage box with durable foam inserts

Optional Accessories:
IR Blocking Filter for mono camera (code: IR-BLOCK-125) to improve sharpness for planetary imaging or autoguiding.
Wide angle C-Mount lens for general wide field imaging day or night.

Warranty: 2 years manufacturer warranty against defects in materials and worksmanship.