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Part Number: AA-ALTAIRH183C1Brand: Altair
Altair Astro's Hypercam IMX183 camera has, at its heart, a highly regarded 20 Mega Pixel SONY Exmor R Back Side Illuminated IMX183 Color CMOS sensor and features amp glow reduction and low read noise resulting in extremely smooth and detailed images. At the moment there is a SPECIAL OFFER on this camera: A FREE 1 YEAR SharpCap PRO License. Just download the latest SharpCap software, connect your camera, register when the screen pops up and sign up for your free license. Sharpcap PRO has the amazingly accurate guidescope polar alignment routine, focus assistance, live flat field subtraction and many more great features to make deepsky, EAA or solar system imaging that much easier. Download SharpCap now to take advantage of this special offer. Now back to the camera: Using this hypercam is easier than a DSLR and also no "astro filter modding" required. Hypercam is much easier to focus than a DSLR, thanks to the live preview mode in AltairCapture and SharpCap software. You can see a tiny star clearly in real-time, because there is no video compression. Unlike a DSLR, there's no need to modify your camera to capture detail in red hydrogen wavelengths, because it has no red blocking filter in the way. There are no clumsy power connectors, no mirror to lock up, and a "true" RAW mode output. You get what this Sony sensor sees. Low read noise. The Sony IMX183 CMOS sensor has very low read noise, wide dynamic range, and high sensitivity. The IMX183 ExmorR rated Back Illuminated Sensor has high-sensitivty, low dark current, no smear, and excellent anti-blooming charateristics. BSI technology moves the sensor circuitry behind the pixel, so unlike conventional sensors the light path is not blocked, resulting in higher efficiency. Try deep-sky "lucky" imaging. Short exposures stacked take advantage of high resolution sensors with low read noise, reducing atmospheric aberrations and tracking errors or wind vibration. The more frames you stack, the smoother the image becomes, and the higher the dymanic range. Long cumulative exposure times of many hours can be achieved with modest equipment. The result is a smoother, sharper image, while suppressing any residual amp glow. Great for refractors. With a pixel size of 2.4um, and a sensor size of 16.05 x 12.61mm, the Hypercam IMX183C is best suited for imaging at F7 or faster speeds, and performs extremely well an Altair refractor, and say an 0.8sx focal reducer. Video Astronomy/EAA Friendly. The Hypercam IMX183 sensor is not only desirable for Deepsky Imaging - it's also great for Video Astronomy or "EAA" Electronically Assisted Astronomy. All thanks to the 20mp resolution, high sensitivity, and amp glow reduction technology. What's more you can use the Live Stacking features in the AltairCapture software or SharpCap PRO. Time-lapse all-sky imaging or video is easy with a DSLR lens and optional Hypercam Lens Adapters (product code: CLA-EOS or CLA-NIKON). To sum it up, the most desirable features of the Hypercam IMX183 camera are: - 1" diagonal (15.86mm) SONY Exmor R Back Side Illuminated IMX183 Color CMOS sensor - 20mp resolution with 5440 x 3648 active pixels in a 16.05mm x 12.61mm array- Extremely low read noise enabling deepsky lucky imaging and very smooth image quality.- Amp glow reduction technology onboard reduces amp glow, reduces noise, and increases contrast.- High Dynamic Range with 12 bit ADC to 16bit output .FITS files in RAW mode, for beautiful deepsky images.- Up to 17.5 Frames per second video in full 20mp resolution. Here's an example of deepsky "lucky" imaging with the Hypercam IMX183 camera with total cumulative exposure of 19.6 minutes, composed of 100x10second exposures (for inner code detail) + 6x30sec exposures (to capture fainter outer areas). 100x 10s and 30x 30s dark frames were subtracted, 100x flats, and no Bias. Telescope: Altair Wave Series 130mm Refractor and Altair Planostar 0.79x Reducer-Corrector at F5.5. iOptron CEM60 Mount guided with Altair GPCAM and Altair finder/guide scope.
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* Based on average user reports. May be revised as we get more data. The shorter the exposure duration, the faster the frame rate. An expensive PC does not guarantee a fast frame rate because PC bus and main board architecture vary. Sensor QE / Quantum Efficiency:ALTAIRH183C: N/AGain Sensitivity:ALTAIRH183C: 462mv;Dynamic Range:ALTAIRH183C: N/ASNR Maximum:ALTAIRH183C: N/AReadout: Progressive ScanShutter: Electronic Rolling Shutter Software & OS support:Drivers & AltairCapture software download (Windows only): cameras.altairastro.com (opens new window). Driver support: PHD2, AltairCapture, SharpCap, (Windows DirectShow)AltairCapture OS support: Win XP 32bit / Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10 (32 & 64 bit)SharpCap (a 3rd party application) is also fully supported and tested with native drivers.Firecapture (a 3rd party application) is being tested with native drivers, see latest release.USB Port & Cable: 3.0 USB Cable, 1.8m cableST4 Port & Cable: Standard ST4 Opto-Isolated, 1.5m cable, iOptron, Celestron, Skywatcher SynScan GOTO. Camera Format:Cooling: High Performance Electronic Fan-cooling System with Heat-sink connected to sensor via cold-fingerCamera body length: 80 mmWeight grams: 320 g (camera net weight)Optical window can be removed:Mono Camera: AR-coated clear protect window 350-1050nm wavelength transmissionColour Camera: AR-coated UV/IR blocking filter 400-700nm wavelength Transmission Back-focus & Adapter compatibility:Optical Window is removable for cleaning.Camera body: OD 65mmCamera body thread: M42x0.75 T2 Thread to CS -Mount insert allows direct attachment of CS-Mount lens (or C-Mount lens with optional 5mm extension).C-mount lens adapter 5mm extension: OptionalC-mount lens compatibility: C-Mount male threaded lens with 17.5mm back-focus (or flange-distance) requirement.CS-mount lens compatibility: C-Mount male threaded lens with 12.5mm back-focus (or flange-distance) requirement.Astro filter thread adapter: Included, 1.25" OD and 2” OD (optional), Female threadSensor surface distance from flat end of CS-mount adapter: 12.5 mmSensor surface distance from flat end of 1.25" / M42 Astro adapter: 37 mm Operating environment conditions:Power consumption: 0.905 W (standby); 1.68 W (running with Fan off); 2.525 (running with Fan on);Max operating temp: 50 °CLowest operating temp: -10 °CMax operating humidity: 80 % RHPower source in Volts: 5V DC (via USB cable) Windows PC Hardware Requirements:Minimum CPU: Equal to Intel Core2 2.8GHz or HigherMinimum Memory: 2GB or MoreUSB port: USB2.0 High-speed Port or USB3.0 High-speed Port Monitor Display: 17" or LargerSoftware delivery: Downloaded online and saved to hard drive. Packaging:Protective silicon rubber end-cap for camera CS-thread.Plastic end cap for 1.25" nosepiece.Padded cardboard storage box with durable foam inserts Optional Accessories:Clear AR coated optical window; Software delivery: Downloaded online at cameras.altairastro.com and saved to hard drive. Quick Start & AltairCapture instructions: Downloaded online at cameras.altairastro.com and saved to hard drive. Warranty: 2 years manufacturer warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Return to point of purchase. Optional Accessories: Altair Astro Premium 2" CLS-CCD Filter w AR Coating (Code: F200CLSCCD) for imaging emission nebulae in light polluted urban environments.Altair Hypercam DSLR Lens Adapter for Canon EOS or Nikon lenses. (Codes: CLA-EOS and CLA-NIK).Availability: If out of stock, click on the red "Notify when in stock" button above to receive an email when product is ready to ship. Please Note: Altair Astro and dealers reserve the right to change the product specification and/or price at any time without notice.
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