Starlight Xpress - Open Box Offers

We have the following open box offers.

These cameras are brand new, never used and fully warranted and in brand new condition.

Starlight Xpress TRIUS 825 Combo with 5 Position Filter Wheel and Off Axis Guider and Lodestar X2 Autoguider - £1485

£3,895.00

Starlight Xpress TRIUS SX-46 Large Format CCD Camera

The SX-46 CCD Camera is a large format camera with a 16.7MP KAF-16200 sensor with APS-H format which measures 27.21.6mm with 6um pixels.

The use of a full frame sensor requires the emploeyment of a mechancial shutter and Starlight Xpress have developed a custom roller blind assembly that uses mni stepper motors to provide an extremely unform shutter action.

The SX-46 incorporates many features that iprove on some of the other KAF 16200 based CCD Cameras.

1_ A Multi Coated SYnthetic Saphire inpit window. The extremely high thermal conductivity of saphire (about 25x better than glass) eliminates the need for a window heater by conductng waste heat from the camera body to the entire window surface.Dewing of the window is extrenely unlikely to occur, even with maximum CCD cooling.

2) A stepper driven roller blind shutter with extremely unform illumination of the sensor even at 0.1 second exposure time.The shutter is designed for robust long term use but is also very easy to service or replace if necessary.

3) A compact, dry argon filled CCD chamber, with O ring sealing. No desiccant to regularly replace. The window is easy to clean with an air duster or soft cloth.

4) Built-in LED flood illuminator for RBI elimination (trapped electrons from previous images).

5) Fast image download time - approximately 6.5 seconds for a full 16.7 megapixel image.

6) A three stage Peltier cooler to give better than -50C below ambient, with an efficient temperature controller to keep power consumption to less than 2 amps at 12v DC.

7) Standard 'Trius' 3 port USB 2 hub built-in.

8) A compact overall size of 136 mm square and 70 mm deep (+ handles). Only 1.7 Kg total weight.

Technical Specs:

Camera performance:

Active area 27 x 21.6 mm (APS-H format)

Number of pixels: 4540 x 3640

Pixel size: 6.0 x 6.0 uM

Read noise: 9e typical

Full well capacity: Approx. 41,000e

Peak QE: Approx. 58% at 530nM

Camera gain: 0.6e / ADU

£6,995.00

Starlight Xpress TRUS SX-56 Large Format CCD Camera

The SX-56 is a large area full-frame CCD camera with a 16.7 megapixel sensor. It utilises the popular KAF-16803 sensor, which has a square format array of 36.8 x 36.8 mm, 9uM square pixels. The use of a full frame chip requires a mechanical shutter and so SX have developed a custom 'roller blind' assembly that uses mini stepper motors to provide an extremely uniform shutter action

The SX-56 incorporates many special features that improve on some other KAF-16803 based products:

1) A multi-coated synthetic sapphire input window. The extremely high thermal conductivity of sapphire (about 25x better than glass) eliminates the need for a window heater, by conducting waste heat from the camera body to the entire window surface. Dewing of the window is extremely unlikely to occur, even with maximum CCD cooling.

2) A stepper driven roller blind shutter with extremely uniform illumination of the sensor, even at 0.1 seconds exposure time. The shutter is designed for robust long-term use, but is also very easy to service or replace, if necessary.

3) A compact, dry argon filled CCD chamber, with O ring sealing. No desiccant to regularly replace. The window is easy to clean with an air duster or soft cloth.

4) Built-in LED flood illuminator for RBI elimination (trapped electrons from previous images).

5) Fast image download time - approximately 6.5 seconds for a full 16.7 megapixel image.

6) A three stage Peltier cooler to give better than -45C below ambient, with an efficient temperature controller to keep power consumption to less than 2 amps at 12v DC.

7) Standard 'Trius' 3 port USB 2 hub built-in.

8) A compact overall size of 136 mm square and 70 mm deep (+ handles). Only 1.7 Kg total weight.

Technical Specs:

Camera performance:

Active area 36.8 x 36.8 mm

Number of pixels: 4096 x 4096

Pixel size: 9.0 x 9.0 uM

Read noise: 9e typical

Full well capacity: Approx. 100,000e

Peak QE: Approx. 58% at 530nM

Camera gain: 1.5e / ADU

£449.00

Starlight Xpress OccuPi

Occupi for Occulus

£2,445.00

Starlight Xpress Spectrograph

The forthcoming Starlight Xpress compact reflective grating spectrograph is ready for launch and will be available by September. This small unit packs a high performance flat-field concave grating into a module of only 136 x 120 x 75mm and 1.2kg weight. It also includes a built-in Lodestar X2 guide camera and an argon-neon calibration lamp. The input and output are T2 thread and it is compatible with most T2 thread input imaging cameras. We recommend our SX-694 as a good match. The spectral length is 340 - 900nM over a distance of 31mm and the resolution factor is in excess of 2000.

An Overview by Maurice Gavin can be seen here

Full details will be forthcoming shortly

Starlight Xpress TRIUS 694 Bundle

The Bundle includes

TRIUS 694 Mono CCD Camera
Lodestar X2 Guider
5 Position USB Filter Wheel with Off Axis Guider

Starlight Xpress TRIUS 814 Bundle

TRIUS 814 Bundle includes

TRIUS 814 Mono CCD Camera
Lodestar X2 Guider
5 Position USB Filter Wheel with Off Axis Guider

Starlight Xpress TRIUS 825 Bundle Offer

The Bundle offer includes

TRIUS 825 Mono Camera
Lodestar X2
5 Position 1.25" Filter wheel with Off Axis Guider

£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.

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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:
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ONLY 1¼” in diameter allows it to drop neatly into your 1¼” eyepiece holder - no additional adaptors required.
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Large Imaging Area (8.98mm x 6.71mm) giving you a wide field of view for framing galaxies or finding a suitable guide star.
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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.
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‘Full size RJ12’ Autoguider Port - No need to run extra cables from your computer to control your mount corrections.
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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.
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Compact and solid aluminium contruction

Technical Specs:

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CCD type: ICX825AL Sony Exview interline CCD with very low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.
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CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 6.45uM x 6.45uM, Image format: 1392 x 1040 pixels
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CCD Image area: 8.98mm (Horizontal) x 6.71mm (Vertical).
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CCD quality: Grade 1
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Spectral Response: QE max at 620nM (~75%), 45% at 400nM and 770nM.
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Readout Noise: Typically 5 electrons RMS
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Full-well capacity: Greater than 23,000 e- (unbinned)
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Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 1000x.
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Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 1 hour. Less than 0.1 electrons/second @ + 10C ambient.
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Data format: 16 bits.
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System gain: 0.3 e/ADU
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Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.
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Image download time: 2 frames per second (in full resolution).
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Power requirements: USB powered.
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Cooling system: Ambient air cooling.
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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.
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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.

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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:
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ONLY 1¼” in diameter allows it to drop neatly into your 1¼” eyepiece holder - no additional adaptors required.
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Large Imaging Area (6.45mm x 4.75mm) giving you a wide field of view to find a suitable guide star.
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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.
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‘Full size RJ12’ Autoguider Port - No need to run extra cables from your computer to control your mount corrections.
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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.
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Compact and solid aluminium contruction

Technical Specs:

CCD type: ICX829AL Sony Exview interline CCD with very low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.
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CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 8.2uM x 8.4uM, Image format: 752 x 580 pixels
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CCD Image area: 6.4mm (Horizontal) x 4.75mm (Vertical).
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CCD quality: Grade 1
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Spectral Response: QE max at 620nM (~77%), 45% at 400nM and 770nM.
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Readout Noise: Less than 10 electrons RMS - typically only 6 electrons.
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Full-well capacity: Greater than 50,000 e- (unbinned)
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Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 1000x.
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Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 1 hour. Less than 0.1 electrons/second @ + 10C ambient.
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Data format: 16 bits.
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System gain: 0.4 electrons per ADU
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Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.
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Image download time: Typically 0.2 seconds at full resolution using USB 2.0.
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Power requirements: USB powered.
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Cooling system: Ambient air cooling.

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