- The Imaging Source IS-618MU USB CCD Camera is a Color CCD camera with a USB 2.0 connection and 60 frames per second capability.
- Produces true-to-life images of the night sky.
- The Imaging Source IS-618MU USB CCD Camera employs the Sony ICX618 progressive scan CCD with a 640 x 480 pixel array.
- Includes an adapter to attach a C-mount camera to a telescope with a 1.25" tube.
- 1/4" Sony CCD ICX618 color
- Progressive scan
- Resolution 640 x 480
- Maximum 60 fps
- Maximum exposure time 60 min
- C/CS-mount (WITHOUT lens)
- Adapter attaches C-mount camera to telescope with1.25" tube
- USB 2.0 cable
- Bus powered
- Included driver (for Windows XP and Vista, Window 7)
- Included IC Capture.AS (software to control the camera under Windows XP . Vista and Window 7)
- 20% additional visible light sensetivity compared to the previous model.
- 80% more Infared (IR) light sensetivity.
- Deeper well depth.
Up to 60 Frames Per Second...
At 60 frames per second (fps), the monochrome CCD camera, manufactured by The Imaging Source, is the fastest in its category. The IS-1M is ideally suited for black and white astrophotography, where very fast image sequences are ideal. Using the included software - IC Capture.AS - you can capture lossless and uncompressed image sequences as AVI files.
Color Sony CCD...
The Imaging Source camera uses the Color progressive scan CCD ICX618 from Sony. With its 1/4" format, the CCD produces a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Even at long exposure times, its noise is minimal. Thanks to its unsurpassed quality, the ICX618 is often used in industrial image processing applications.
The CCD Camera does not use compression, Thus, the camera produces very true-to-life captures of the night sky.
Fast Data Transfer via USB 2.0...
The astro CCD camera outputs a fast stream of uncompressed color images. In order to transfer these to the host PC, a very fast bus is required. Hence, the camera is fitted with a USB 2.0 connector (cable sold separately).
Included Device Driver for USB 2.0 CCD Cameras...
The driver IC WDM DCAM TIS embeds all USB 2.0 CCD cameras, manufactured by The Imaging Source, into Windows Vista and Windows XP. By deploying this driver, all CCD cameras are compatible to DirectX. Consequently, all The Imaging Source CCD cameras can be used with all astrophotography software that is compatible to DirectX.
Software Requirements for Driver...
- PIII/800 MHz, 128 MB
- Graphics card with 24 or 32 bit
- Windows Vista or Windows XP or Window 7
- DirectX 9.0c or higher
Included Camera Control Software...
IC Capture.AS is authored by The Imaging Source and has been specifically designed for use with CCD cameras. Using IC Capture.AS, you can do the following: Set all camera parameters... See the live image data stream from the camera... Retrieve singular images from the camera and save them as BMP or JPG files... Capture image sequences and save the single images as enumerated BMP or JPG files... Capture image sequences and save them as lossless, uncompressed AVI files. These files can be post-processed in other astronomy applications, such as RegiStax.
AVI File Generation...
With IC Capture.AS you can save the images outputted from the camera as an AVI file. There are two approaches to achieve this: If you would like to save a compressed AVI file, simply select the appropriate codec in IC Capture.AS (DivX, for example). If you prefer uncompressed AVIs, simply select the shipped codec (uncompressed Y800, uncompressed RGB24, uncompressed RGB32, uncompressed UYVY).
RegiStax (Windows): RegiStax can read the uncompressed AVI files that are created by IC Capture.AS. Astro IIDC (Mac OS): Using Astro IIDC you can control all The Imaging Source CCD cameras on Mac OS.
Cleaning CCD Chip in DMK, DBK, and DFK Camera Methods:
- Compressed air from air blower - Compressed air is usually sufficient to remove most foreign bodies from the surface of the CCD chip. We recommend using an air-blower, such as from Edmund Optics, and not compressed air from an aerosol. Compressed air from an aerosol may contain other chemicals (propellant, water, oil etc.) which could damage the surface of the CCD.
- Hama Lenspen MiniPro II - A company called Hama manufactures a product, which is ideally suited to the task: Lenspen MiniPro II. It is available online and from most well-stocked photography stores. One side of the pen has a brush on it, while the other, a small cleaning surface. The later is suited to efficiently removing dirt and fingerprints.
- Microfiber cleaning cloth - Although a microfiber cleaning cloth is a very viable option, it can be tricky to get the cloth onto the surface of the CCD chip through the camera's mount opening. A cotton swab (UK: Q-Tip) can help here.
- 90% pure alcohol - This can be purchased from most chemists. Never use Isopropanol, as it draws moisture from the air, which results in streaks on the surface of the CCD.
- Alcohol substitute - Instead of pure alcohol, Methanol or a liquid called Eclipse can be used (Eclipse is essentially Methanol). However, we do not recommend this approach, as Methanol is highly poisonous.
- Combination of all the above - Of course, all approaches can be combined! Do not worry about touching the glass in front of the CCD chip. It is pretty robust. Only by rubbing glass, sand or diamond on the surface can it be scratched.
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