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Orion - StarShoot Deep Space Monochrome Imager III


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Orion - StarShoot Deep Space Monochrome Imager III


  • A "low-cost" camera for achieving "high-end" results!

  • Monochrome imaging chip and deluxe features add to your imaging potential

  • The perfect camera for deep-sky "tri-color" imaging through LRGB filters

  • You can even image in light-polluted skies with Extra Narrowband H-alpha, S-II and O-III filters!

  • Thermoelectric cooling (TEC) and on-board cooling fan greatly reduce image noise to yield crisp images

  • Vista 32-bit driver support is currently provided. Vista 64-bit driver support is targeted to be available in mid-October 2009

While digital photography has revolutionized the way we capture images these days, some photographic concepts have never changed. When it comes to producing the very best astro-images, most astrophotographers will readily acknowledge that you must compose shots taken with a monochrome camera, through separate LRGB filters. This yields greater flexibility in the digital darkroom. The new StarShoot Deep Space Monochrome Imager III will put you on the cutting edge of imaging technology, using the same "tri-color" photo processing technique employed by professional astronomers the world over. The composites you take will combine to reveal previously unnoticed details in deep-sky objects and other celestial phenomena!

What's more, the new Deep Space Monochrome Imager III, designed for intermediate and avid astronomers, utilizes the highly acclaimed 2/3" format Sony ICX285AL CCD with an impressive 1360x1024 pixel array. This impressive imaging chip provides high sensitivity and resolution, and yields superior color rendition when used with LRGB filters. The monochrome camera also excels for narrowband tri-color imaging with specialized filters such as Hydrogen-alpha, Sulfur-II, and Oxygen-III.

Like all of our deep space imaging cameras, the DSMI III utilizes Thermoelectric Cooling (TEC) - a feature not always offered by the competition - which dramatically reduces electronic noise for better-quality images. The TEC efficiency is further enhanced by an integrated cooling fan and aluminum heat sink camera body. Fan speed is adjustable and there's an optional TEC shutoff for severe outdoor conditions. The included MaxIm DL Essentials v2.04 software provides an easy interface for focusing, capturing, dual camera control for imaging and autoguiding, batch processing, dark frame and flat field calibration, image stacking, and more.

All power for the camera, TEC and fan is supplied by a single 12-volt DC connection. A 10' power cable with cigarette lighter plug and a 10' USB cable are included. The DSMI III also comes with a custom hard carrying case for safe transport.

A "low-cost" solution to "high-end" monochrome CCD imaging! One-year limited warranty.

Product Specifications:

Imaging sensor Sony ICX285AL CCD
Imaging sensor size 10.2mm x 8.3mm
Pixel array 1392 x 1040 (1,447,680 total)
Pixel size 6.45 x 6.45
Imaging chip Monochrome
Autoguider capability Yes
Exposure range 0.002 sec to 100 min
A/D conversion 16 bit
Thermoelectric cooling Yes
IR filter No
Mounting 2" nozzle or t-thread
USB connection High-speed 2.0
Software compatibility Windows XP/Vista 32-bit
Weight (oz.) 28.00
Warranty One year

Included Items:
StarShoot Deep Space Monochrome Imager III
10' power cable w/ cigarette lighter plug
10' USB cable
Custom hard carry case
MaxIm DL Essentials software

Product Series

Orion is proud to offer a wide selection of innovative and affordable astrophotography cameras designed specifically for use with telescopes. Our Orion StarShoot and Parsec Astronomical Imaging Cameras let you take amazing astrophotos of your own .

Orion Autoguiding Solutions let you keep the celestial object you are imaging from drifting across your camera's field of view, greatly increasing the quality of your astrophotographs. Orion Autoguiding solutions are user-friendly and affordable!

Additional Information

Name Orion - StarShoot Deep Space Monochrome Imager III
Manufacturer Orion
Model 52076