£795.00

Starlight Xpress Ultrastar USB2.0 imaging/autoguiding camera

The Ultrastar is an exceptionally high sensitiviy, incredibly low noise, miniature, USB2.0 imaging/autoguiding camera.

The Ultrastar is an excellent entry level imaging camera. When used with the ‘Starlight LIVE’ software, the camera can be easily configured to take a series or continuous short exposures, automatically adding the images together as it goes, building up the image in front of your very eyes.
This concept is perfect for public outreach programs where the images can be seen ‘developing’ in real time, ensuring that not only photons are captured, but also their imagination. Schools and curriculum based astronomy projects will also benefit greatly from this form of imaging.
The Ultrastar is incredibly compact in size. It is powered and driven through the mini-USB connection on the rear of the camera, (<200mA drawn from the USB socket), which makes it perfect for mobile setups and remote field operation as well being easily transported. Combine all of these features with the free ‘Starlight LIVE’ software, Live Viewing imaging is suddenly amazingly simple and very effective.

Conventional long-exposure imaging is also perfectly practical with the Ultrastar. The camera is uncooled, but its dark signal is very low and any warm pixels are easily removed by applying hot pixel filters, or by stacking ‘dithered’ images. Conventional dark frame subtraction can also be used. It is also supplied with original Starlight Xpress imaging software.

The Ultrastar is also a formidable guide camera!
For years, the Lodestar has been held in the highest regard as being the best autoguider on the market as well as having a following of astronomers using it as a Galaxy Imager. The Ultrastar takes this use to a whole new level with the new 2/3” format ExView II CCD from Sony - now with almost twice the imaging area and a progressive scan CCD, the Ultrastar is even better suited for this role.

Key Features:
Big things can come in small packages and the Ultrastar, really is no exception. This compact guide camera is packed full of great features:

ONLY 1¼” in diameter allows it to drop neatly into your 1¼” eyepiece holder - no additional adaptors required.

Large Imaging Area (8.98mm x 6.71mm) giving you a wide field of view for framing galaxies or finding a suitable guide star.

Sensitivity - with an impressive 75% QE, and large pixels, the Ultrastar just sucks up those photons. Sensitivity is key, but combined with the incredibly low noise of the Ultrastar, images has just appear even easier.

‘Full size RJ12’ Autoguider Port - No need to run extra cables from your computer to control your mount corrections.

Powered by the USB of your computer so no need to carry an extra power supply with you - one less thing to forget when you are on your way to the Star Party.

Compact and solid aluminium contruction

Technical Specs:


CCD type: ICX825AL Sony Exview interline CCD with very low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.

CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 6.45uM x 6.45uM, Image format: 1392 x 1040 pixels

CCD Image area: 8.98mm (Horizontal) x 6.71mm (Vertical).

CCD quality: Grade 1

Spectral Response: QE max at 620nM (~75%), 45% at 400nM and 770nM.

Readout Noise: Typically 5 electrons RMS

Full-well capacity: Greater than 23,000 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: 0.3 e/ADU

Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.

Image download time: 2 frames per second (in full resolution).

Power requirements: USB powered.

Cooling system: Ambient air cooling.

Size: 31.75 x 85mm black anodised aluminium barrel with 1” x 32tpi ‘C mount’ thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear.

Weight: approx. 85g.

£450.00

Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2

For years, the Lodestar has been held in the highest regard as being the best autoguider on the market. The innovative minds at Starlight Xpress have been trying to improve on the iconic Lodestar since it’s conception; however, this has proved to be very difficult to achieve - until now that is.

Introducing the Lodestar X2; the latest and most sensitive compact guide camera from Starlight Xpress.

Key Features:
Big things can come in small packages and the Lodestar X2, really is no exception. This compact guide camera is packed full of great features:

ONLY 1¼” in diameter allows it to drop neatly into your 1¼” eyepiece holder - no additional adaptors required.

Large Imaging Area (6.45mm x 4.75mm) giving you a wide field of view to find a suitable guide star.

Sensitivity - with an impressive 77% QE, and large pixels, the Lodestar X2 just sucks up those photons. Sensitivity is key, but combined with the incredibly low noise of the Lodestar X2, finding a guide star has just become even easier.

‘Full size RJ12’ Autoguider Port - No need to run extra cables from your computer to control your mount corrections.

Powered by the USB of your computer so no need to carry an extra power supply with you - one less thing to forget when you are on your way to the Star Party.

Compact and solid aluminium contruction

Technical Specs:

CCD type: ICX829AL Sony Exview interline CCD with very 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 (~77%), 45% at 400nM and 770nM.

Readout Noise: Less than 10 electrons RMS - typically only 6 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: 0.4 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.

Starlight Xpress TRIUS 825 Mono and Colour CCD Camera

We are pleased to announce the two new additions to the Trius family,the Trius SX-825 and the Trius SX-825C.

A key feature of the new cameras design is the introduction of the new ICX825 ExView2 CCD from Sony (with 1.447.680 x 6.45uM pixels in a 9
x 6.7mm array.) with an amazing 77% QE and ultra-low dark current, which means that dark frames are now totally redundant, especially with the amazing -55C (below ambient) cooling.

It also means that the camera has no need of heavy cooling fins, or water-cooling pipes and mess.

With very high QE, including very high Ha QE, and ultra low noise the TRIUS 825 is one of the most sensitive camera's available to amateur astronomers and with its 6.45 micron pixels is a genuine dual purpose camera capable of taking sharp images with small refractors but equally at home when used with larger aperture much longer focal length telescopes.

With the Argon filled CCD chamber and built-in USB2.0 3-port hub, this is truly an outstanding astronomy camera.

The Trius SX-825 is available now.

Technical Specs:

Sensor Type CCD - Sony ICX825
Horizontal Resolution 1392 pixels
Vertical Resolution 1040 pixels
Pixel Size 6.45 µM x 6.45 µM
ADC 16 bit
Cooing - -50 Degrees C below Ambient
Back Focus - 17.5mm

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Starlight Xpress TRIUS Range of CCD Camera's

Starlight Xpress has always been renowned for small, compact, innovative designs, along with excellent build quality.

The new Trius range of deep-sky, cooled CCD cameras has just taken these values to a whole new level.

In addition to the already super low-noise performance of the previous generations of SXV, SXVF, & SXVR cameras, the new Trius range is even better, whilst still offering fast download times of approximately 2 million pixels per second.

Remarkably, SX have also managed to incorporate a complete powered USB hub into the main camera, which offers 3 x USB 2.0 ports at the rear of the camera. Each port is capable of delivering up to 200mA, thus able to drive a Lodestar, SuperStar or CoStar for guiding leaving another two USB ports for a USB filter wheel and one other peripheral.

This integration greatly reduces the number of cable trails back to the computer and gives less potential for cables tangling around the mount during your imaging session.

New Peltier cooler combinations have been designed into the Trius cameras, along with an Argon-Filled CCD chamber, allowing a greater differential cooling delta to be achieved.

Trius

The latest range of cameras from Starlight Xpress
USB hub sockets
+12v DC Power Input (+ve centre)
USB2.0 Socket
Autoguider Port
Internal Cooling
Fan Rear Camera Panel
The Trius camera provides multiple inputs and outputs. The main control connections to the camera are the USB2.0 socket that controls the
camera from the computer and the +12v DC jack socket which provides power (approximately 1.25Amps at 12v DC). In addition, there is an RJ11
Guider Port output that is opto-isolated and will drive any standard activelow guider input via the RJ11 ‘telephone’ lead provided. The remaining
sockets are three Mini-5pin USB2.0 sockets that can be used to power up to three different USB devices, such as a Lodestar Autoguider, an SX
USB Filter Wheel and a focuser. Each USB port is capable of providing 5v DC at a maximum of 200mA.

Fused Silica Window
Unlike less expensive cameras, SX fit a specially manufactured fused silica window, with a 7 layer anti-reflective coating, to all of their
Trius cameras. This offers exceptional strength and heat transfer characteristics to ensure there is less chance of dewing of the front window during humid weather.

Efficient Cooling System
The cooling system is designed for the most efficient cooling possible in a small compact package. The Trius cameras are fitted with a new peltier cooler configuration to give approximately -40C delta T. A built in fan at the rear of the camera draws air in through small holes in the front of the barrel (which increases the surface area to aid the convection), through the heatsink where all the heat is generated, and expels it out of the rear of the camera. An additional fan is fitted to the side, just to help keep the
external body at the ambient temperature during warmer weather. SetPoint Cooling as standard.

Argon Filled CCD Chamber

Argon filled CCD chambers are normally only associated with really highend cameras; the new Trius cameras have dry argon injected into the
CCD chamber to ensure there is no moisture to condense on the CCD during the cooling process. The low thermal conductivity of argon also helps with the cooling process, allowing a lower delta T to be achieved.

Unique Tilted Camera Front

This unique approach to camera design allows the front plate of the camera to be orthogonally aligned to ensure that the CCD and the optics are parallel to each other. This enables the user to adjust for any collimation issues throughout the whole optical train, to ensure pinpoint
stars across the entire field.

Starlight Xpress TRIUS Bundle Options

These Bundles represent great value for money.

The bundle includes a TRIUS CCD Camera with Lodestar X2 Autoguider and 5 Position USB Mini WHeel with inbuilt Off Axis Guider.

A complete self guiding solution at an excellent cost.

Starlight Xpress TRIUS SX-694 Mono And Colour CCD Camera

This is the replacement for the SXVR-H694 camera and features the same ultra low noise high resolution and high QE Sony Sensor.

Specifications as follows

CCD: ICX694
Mega Pixels: 6.1m
CCD Size: 12.5x10mm
No of Pixels/Size: 2750x2200/4.54um
Download Time: 3.5 secs
Read Noise: 4.5e
Size/Diameter: 75x70mm
QE: 77%
Weight: 0.45kg
Full Well Depth: 20k
Data Format: 16 bit

Starlight Xpress TRIUS 694 Package with Filter Wheel and Baader Filters

TRIUS 694 CCD Camera with Xagyl 5 Position or 8 Position Ultra Slim Filter Wheel or SX 7 Position filter wheel and Baader Filters

Starlight Xpress TRIUS SX-814 Mono and Colour CCD Camera

This is the replacement for the SXVR-H814 camera and features the same ultra low noise high resolution and high QE Sony Sensor.

Specifications as follows

CCD: ICX814
Mega Pixels: 9.2m
CCD Size: 12.5x10mm
No of Pixels/Size: 3388x2712/3.69um
Download Time: 5.0 secs
Read Noise: 4.5e
Size/Diameter: 75x70mm
QE: 77%
Weight: 0.45kg
Full Well Depth: 20k
Data Format: 16 bit

Starlight Xpress TRIS 814 with Filter Wheel and Baader Filters Package

Starlight XPress TRIUS 814 CCD Camera with Xagyl 5 or 8 Position or Starlight 7 Position USB Filter Wheels and Baader Filters.

Starlight Xpress TRIUS SX-9 Mono and Colour CCD Camera

Based on the Sony 285 sensor the SX-9 is the replacement for the previous SXVR-H9 CCD Camera and features the following specifications.

CCD: ICX285
Mega Pixels: 1.45
CCD Size: 9x6.7mm
No of Pixels/Size: 1392x1040/6.45um
Download Time: 0.6 Secs
Read Noise: 4.5e
Size/Diameter: 75x70mm
QE: 68%
Weight: 0.45kg
Full Well Depth: 23k
Data Format: 16 bit

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