Starlight Xpress TRIUS SX-M26c Colour CCD Camera

This is the replacemenbt for the SXVR-M26C Camera.

Specifications as follows

CCD: ICX493
Mega Pixels: 10.0m
CCD Size: 23.4x15.6mm
No of Pixels/Size: 3900x2616/6.05
Download Time: 8.0secs
Read Noise: 7.0e
Size/Diameter: 75x70mm
QE: 55%
Weight: 0.45kg
Full Well Depth: 25k
Data Format: 16 bit

Starlight Xpress TRIUS SX-674 Mono and Colour CCD Camera

This is the replacement for the SXVR-H674 camera and features the same ultra low noise high resolution and high QE Sony Sensor.

Specifications as follows

CCD: ICX674
Mega Pixels: 2.8m
CCD Size: 9x6.7mm
No of Pixels/Size: 1940x1460/4.54um
Download Time: 2.5 secs
Read Noise: 4.5e
Size/Diameter: 75x70mm
QE: 77%
Weight: 0.45kg
Full Well Depth: 20k
Data Format: 16 bit

£755.00

Starlight Xpress Oculus All Sky Camera

Oculus is the latest introduction to the innovative
portfolio of Starlight Xpress products.

The Oculus uses a SuperHAD CCD from Sony which
has all of the wonderful benefits of an interline SonyCCD, such as incredibly low thermal noise and very fast electronic shutter (no need for mechanical shutters).

With exceedingly low noise electronics and a fast f/2 180 degree fisheye lens, capturing the night sky is an absolute dream.

The Oculus is USB powered and driven but does
require a 12dc input to drive the built in anti-dew
heaters. The software supplied allows you to
capture a series of exposures and add them together
to create a dramatic avi movie of the night sky.

This is the perfect camera for imaging meteor
showers, viewing the weather conditions at a remote
observatory and imaging the night sky in a
spectacular way.

Key Points:
• Extremely low noise (thermal and readout)
• Compact and light-weight
• Remarkably Low Power consumption
• Outstanding build quality

Click this link to view the Oculus Video

Technical Specs:

CCD type: ICX205AL Sony SuperHAD
interline CCD with low dark current and vertical
anti-blooming.
• CCD Full resolution pixel data: Pixel size:
4.65uM x 4.65uM, Image format: 1392 x 1040
pixels
• CCD quality: Grade 1
• Spectral Response: QE max at 520nM
(~50%), 30% at 420nM and 670nM.
• Readout Noise: RMS - typically only 7
electrons.
• Full-well capacity: Greater than 15,000 e-
(unbinned)
• Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than
1000x.
• Dark current: Less than 0.1 electrons/second
@ + 10C ambient.
• Data format: 16 bits.
• Lens details: 1.55mm FL F/2 180 degree ‘Fish
Eye’
• Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0
• Image download time: Typically 0.6 seconds at
full resolution using USB 2.0.
• Power requirements: Camera is USB powered,
dew heater requires 12v at 1 amp max.
• Input connection: ‘Mini B’ USB socket for
USB2.0 and a 2.1mm jack for +12v heater
supply.
• Cooling system: Ambient air cooling.
• Overall size: 150mm tall x 95mm diameter,
including the polycarbonate weather dome.

£1,250.00

Starlight Xpress SXV AO-LF Large Format Active Optics Unit

The new Starlight Xpress LF Active Optics unit puts adaptive optics into the handsof the amateur.

This device will revolutionise the tracking performance obtainable with marginal mountngs that suffer from less than optimum periodic error.

It will also allow users to obtain the smallest possible FWHM when used with longer focal length instruments even when placed on high quality mountings.

The SXV-AO should be used with the off-axis guider for the best results with most optical systems. This combination uses an SXV guide head or Lodestar guider to view the edge of the telescope field via a 10mm square prism and provides accurate positional feedback to the control software. Unlike cameras with an integrated guider chip, the OAG puts the guide camera ahead of any filters that the user fits into the camera ring recess and so its sensitivity is always at maximum. The guide camera mounting is designed to be parfocal with an SX camera when used in this combination - fine focus adjustment is provided by moving the threaded guider mount along the prism tube.

Click here to see the Starlight Xpress full specification

Ian's Thoughts:

The Active Optics Unit with OAG is ideal for commercial SCT users and will combat mirror flop and drive errors to produce first class tracking performance and smaller star FWHM. I will enhance the use of most mountings that have less than optimum periodic error and will also enhance the performance obtainable with even high end mountings.

Technical Specs:

Image tracking and stabilisation using a high speed tip-tilt optical window

Fast tracking speed of 5mS per increment

Overcomes rapid gear errors to stabilise even difficult mounts

Mount control output for correcting large drive errors while maintaining AO stabilisation

Image shift factor independent of optical system or camera back-focus spacing

Off-axis guider assembly (optional) for use with an SXV guide camera

STAR2000 guiding compatible

May be used to image stabilise many other makes and types of camera, given suitable control software

Clear aperture of 60mm for up to 35mm full-frame size chips

Short optical length - 70mm with OAG, 38mm without.

Very low light loss (~2%) from the multicoated optics

Filter threads for adding 48mm narrow band. IR blocking or pollution rejection filters without affecting the guide camera sensitivity

Serial RS232 control via the computer or SXV splitter box. Parallel control available

Low power consumption. Less than 600 mA at 12v DC when moving - 50mA quiescent current

Compact and lightweight - only 132mm in diameter x 32mm long - less than 700 grams load on the 'scope

Starlight Xpress Superstar High Resolution Guider/Imager

Although the Superstar is primarily intended as a high performance guider, it makes a superb electronic finder and planetary imaging camera!

Like the Lodestar this is a sensitive but higher resolution USb 2 autoguider and imaging camera.

Both the mono and colour versions can successfulyl be employed as entry level deep sky and lunar/planetary imagers.

Technical Specs:

CCD type: ICX205AL Sony SuperHAD interline CCD with low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.
CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 4.65uM x 4.65uM, Image format: 1392 x 1040 pixels
CCD Image area: 6.4mm (Horizontal) x 4.75mm (Vertical).
CCD quality: Grade 1
Spectral Response: QE max at 520nM (~50%), 30% at 420nM and 670nM.
Readout Noise: Less than 10 electrons RMS - typically only 7 electrons.
Full-well capacity: Greater than 20,000 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 electrons per ADU
Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.
Image download time: Typically 0.6 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.

Starlight Xpress SXVR-H9 CCD Camera

In 2012 Starlight Xpress have revised and improved the performance of their SXVF range of cameras.

The SXVR-H9 is now cheaper than ever before and provides outstanding value and performance.

This camera is now priced at entry level but still provides super performance and has been responsible for many hundreds of spectacular high quality CCD images. With cameras as capable as the H9 now priced so low there has never been a better time to migrate from a DSLR to a high quality cooled CCD Camera.

The SXVR-H9 and includes the following performance enhancements

1) Regulated Setpoint Cooling
2) Superior fan assisted cooling - typically down to -35c below ambient
3) Ultra low Read Noise - typically 4e on the SXVR-H9
4) Ultra compact and light weight camera body

Throw in the existing benefits of the Sony ICX 285 CCD such as ultra low dark noise, high sensitivity including high Ha sensitivity and compatibility with the plug in SXV or SXV-Exview autoguiders and the SXVR-H9 is still at the forefront in performance terms.

Technical Specs:

CCD type: Sony ICX285AL Exview HAD CCD with ultra low dark current, extended IR response and vertical anti-blooming.

CCD quality: Grade 1 or better - No bad columns, no dead pixels, no more than 6 'hot' pixels (saturated in <10 seconds).

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 6.7mm (Vertical).

Spectral Response: QE max at 540nM (~65%), 50% roll-off at 400nM and 750nM.

Readout Noise: Less than 7 electrons RMS - typically ONLY 5 electrons!

Full-well capacity: Greater than 23,000 e- (unbinned)

Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 800x.

Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 100 hours. Less than 0.02 electrons/second @ + 10C ambient.

Data format: 16 bits.

System gain: 0.45 electrons per ADU

Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.

Image download time: Typically 0.6 seconds full resolution using USB 2.0, approximately 2 seconds with USB 1.1.

Power requirements: 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 750mA max.

Cooling system: Regulated set-point cooling supply with single stage thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of up to -30C below ambient.

Size: 75 x 70mm black anodised aluminium barrel with 42mm 'T2' thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear.

Weight: approx. 300g.

CCD quality: Grade 1 or better - No bad columns, no dead pixels, no more than 6 'hot' pixels (saturated in <10 seconds).

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 6.7mm (Vertical).

Spectral Response: QE max at 540nM (~65%), 50% roll-off at 400nM and 750nM.

Readout Noise: Typically apporx 4 electrons
Full-well capacity: Greater than 27,000 e- (unbinned)

Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 800x.

Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 100 hours. Less than 0.02 electrons/second @ + 10C ambient.

Data format: 16 bits.

System gain: 0.45 electrons per ADU

Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.

Image download time: Typically 0.6 seconds full resolution using USB 2.0

Power requirements: 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 750mA max.

Cooling system: Regulated constant current cooling supply with single stage thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of down to -305 below

£385.00

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.

£395.00

Starlight Xpress Colour Lodestar

The Colour Lodestar is a new product from Starlight Xpress and follows on form the highly successful monochrome Lodestar.

The Colour Lodestar is recommended as an entry level colour imaging camera as well as autoguider.

Although uncooled the low noise sensor can take exposures up to a couple of minutes duration. Becasue the sensor is so sensitive and has very low dark noise these shorter subexposures can be combined to give very good results on most deep sky targets.

Click here to see an image taken with the colour Lodestar

The colour Lodestar is small and lightweight and requires just a USB connection. It can be run of a netbook and with the battery life on most modern netbooks will not require a mains power connection for long imaging runs and is thus very easy to use n the field.

Technical Specs:

CCD type: ICX429AK Sony Exview interline CCD with low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.

CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 8.6uM x 8.3uM, Image format: 752 x 580 pixels

CCD Image area: 6.4mm (Horizontal) x 4.75mm (Vertical).

Colour filter grid array: YMCG secondary colour filters.

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.

£275.00

Starlight Xpress Costar Autoguider

The CoStar is a low cost Cmos imager/ Autoguider.

It features a sensitive Mono CMOS sensor with 1304x1024 Pixels with a USB 2 INterface and Opto Isolated control outputs.

The CoStar is as small as a 1.25" eyepiece and weighs much less!

It also makes an effective planetary imager.

The costar is an excellent choice as a low budget autoguider and at the very low retail price of £275 it means that customers now have the option to buy a budget priced but highly effective autoguider from one of the biggest and best manufacturers in amateur CCD Imaging.

The Costar is bundles with a version of PHD Guiding from Stark Laboratories and includes USB and RJ guide cables.

Technical Specs:

Imager type: Aptina MT9M001 mono cmos chip with low dark current and anti-blooming.

Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 5.2uM x 5.2uM, Image format: 1304 x 1024 pixels

Image area: 6.66mm (Horizontal) x 5.32mm (Vertical).

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

Readout Noise: Less than 40 electrons RMS - typically only 20 electrons.

Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 1000x.

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

Data format: 10 bits.

Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.

Image download time: Typically 0.1 seconds at full resolution using USB 2.0.

Power requirements: USB powered.

Cooling system: Ambient air cooling.

Size: 32 x 60mm black anodised aluminium barrel with 25 x 0.75mm 'C mount' thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear.

Weight: approx. 45g.

£39.98

Starlight Xpress Cooling Enhancer

In stagnant air, the body temperature of our 'R' series cameras can rise well above ambient and degrade the chip cooling. This very compact add-on will keep the air moving and allow you to get the best possible delta T on the chip. It is fitted in place of the standard tripod bracket and powered by a 'Y' lead from the DC input cable. The magnetically levitated fan is quiet and vibration free.

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