Starlight Xpress Lodestar Autoguider

The Lodestar is the exciting new autoguider from Starlight Xpress.

It features the very sensitive and large Sony ICX429AL CCD making guide star aquisition easier then ever before.

The Lodestar is a stand alone guider in that it does NOT require the separate SX USB 2 Interface or SXV Main Camera to operate.

It is compatible with most mountings with a standard autoguider input.

The Lodestar ships with its own software and is also Compatible with Maxim DL/CCD. With Astro Art compatibility to follow shortly.

Technical Specs:

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).

CCD quality: Grade 1

Spectral Response: QE max at 620nM (~65%), 35% at 400nM and 770nM.

Readout Noise: Less than 15 electrons RMS - typically only 10 electrons.

Full-well capacity: Greater than 50,000 e- (unbinned)

Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 1000x.

Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 1 hour. Less than 0.1 electrons/second @ + 10C ambient.

Data format: 16 bits.

System gain: 0.9 electrons per ADU

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.

Cooling system: Ambient air cooling.

Size: 32 x 72mm black anodised aluminium barrel with 25 x 0.75mm 'C mount' thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear.

Weight: approx. 50g.