Astrovid StellaCam3 Monochrome Video Imaging System
How about if you could beat the seaing. Not only does the Astrovid StellaCam III revolutionize the world of video astronomy, but it will help you see faint objects in greater detail than you've ever before. Because of a superb eyepiece camera for taking photographs of the planets, a deep sky imaging tool and a highly sensitive video integration system!
Telescopes will perform very well at f/6 for deep sky imaging, however for maximum deep sky penetration you should make the optical system as fast as possible. The commercial f/3.3 focal reducers work quite well. There is no amplifier glow in this camera, even with exposures of two minutes and longer. The Sony HAD CCD sensor used in the StellaCam 3 is quite low in noise so star images are very round. You will see the most detail possible in all of your deep sky, lunar, solar, and planetary images!
In the unlimited exposure mode any length of exposure is possible with the Stellacam 3. One minute exposures show an incredible amount of detail, but you do not have to stop there. You can go as long as you want in terms of exposure time. You can really fine tune the exposure to your mount. If your mount is accurate to 37 seconds you can go up to that point. If it is a more accurate mount you can expose longer. Objects like Stephen's Quintet are not merely just detectable but vast structure is visible in 10 inch telescopes! NGC 7331 shows dust lanes and all of the companion galaxies and comets of magnitude 15.5 or fainter are seen in detail in 1 minute exposures.
There is also a variable gain going from 0dB - 38db. This variable gain can help you fine tune the sensitivity of your Astrovid StellaCam 3 astronomy video camera. A small increase in gain can add much greater sensitivity to your camera. We allow the gain to be fine tuned, as we want to preserve as much detail as possible in the image. The gain is not boosted or hypered to such high levels that this leads to increased artifacts and less dynamic range. You will see more detail in your objects with the StellaCam 3.... Faint objects way beyond what you can normally see in your telescope will become the norm for your observing sessions!
Astrovid StellaCam3 Monochrome Video Imaging System Features...
- Live video viewing with no computer required.
- Will outperform your entire eyepiece collection.
- See farther, deeper and cleaner than ever before.
- A Planetary, Lunar, Solar, and Deep Sky camera all in one.
- Unlimited exposure times possible.
- Faint Galaxy Clusters, Planetary Nebula, Reflection Nebulosity, and comets are easily imaged!
- Uniquel StellaCam3 with Cooling System for artifact free images.
Astrovid - StellaCam3 MONOCHROME CCD Video Integrating Imaging System With Cooled Thermal Management System
The Astrovid StellaCam3 is now available as a COOLED video camera system. The Cooled StellaCam3 represents the pinnacle of astronomical monochrome video imaging!
If you have been waiting for the BEST and most Powerful video system ever created for astronomy, your wait is over! Never before has a cooled video camera of this quality, with unlimited exposure time, been offered to the astronomical community. The Night Sky is truly the limit. Faint objects unattainable in any other video system are now within your grasp. You will reach greater magnitudes and see more deep sky objects in greater detail with your current scope than you could have ever thought possible. You will be experiencing the universe in a whole new way. You will hunt down faint comets, galaxies, supernovae and asteroids never before possible, and all without a computer. You and your friends can enjoy fantastic view of the night sky on televisions and monitors.
In addition to deep sky objects, superb planetary, lunar, and solar imaging can be performed. (See the second page of this product listing for more technical details.)
The Astrovid StellaCam3 also produces some of the highest quality images attainable. In fact, the cooled StellaCam3 is quite comparable to a conventional cooled CCD, with one important exception; you can now View Live Images directly on LCD monitors and large screen televisions. Stars are nice and round. There are no annoying artifacts present. The dynamic range and signal to noise ratio surpasses all other cameras available. This means you will see more detail in your targets with the Astrovid StellaCam3 than any other video camera on the market.
Every component of the cooled StellaCam3 was developed and implemented to give the best possible image. Don't let the claims of hypered or high gain by some fool you" An increase in gain always increases the noise level in cameras. Some cameras have circuitry to reduce it but the laws of physics dictate that noise levels increase as gain increases. With the StellaCam3 the gain is fully controllable. That means you can easily adjust the gain to give the most pleasing image. The addition of cooling will also increase the signal to noise ratio (a good thing) and also decrease the thermal noise (another good thing). Faint detail that may be lost in noise caused by high gain or uncooled systems will now become apparent. With the cooled StellaCam3, you will see more detail than with any other video system available.
The cooling system was developed by CosmoLogic Systems Inc. This cooling system was formulated over a 1 year period. It has gone through an extensive periods of beta testing and camera trials. It was found to work perfectly. The cooling system uses a regulated single stage peltier cooler. This active cooling design includes a separate power on and timed power off to protect the CCD chip. The CosmoLogic active Cooling system is of much more complex design and implementation than other systems which may damage the CCD chip by formation of condensing water droplets on the CCD chip. Again, the CosmoLogic Systems cooling of the CCD represents the best possible solution for cooling a video camera. It was developed with much care and forethought. The cooling system allows the use of the StellaCam3 in warm climates.
The StellaCam3 With Cooling System includes:
Astrovid - StellaCam3 B&W CCD Video Integrating Imaging System (CCIR) With Cooled Thermal Management System, (1.5AMP Power Supply), 1.25"-C Adapter, RCA-F Connector, & 25' Video Cable, Instructions, One Year Warranty.
Please Note: Photo on Right to Show Scale - Eyepiece Not Included