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Orion - StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera


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Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera

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Discover the joy of taking gorgeous 16-bit pictures of deep space phenomena without breaking the bank with the value-packed Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera! Our affordable third generation entry-level monochrome Orion StarShoot Deep Space Imaging Camera lets you take beautiful astrophotos without emptying your wallet. 

The Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera has been designed with performance enhancing features and software that until now have been reserved for much more expensive CCD imagers. Built around the popular Sony interline ICX419AKL Monochrome CCD chip, which boasts a 752 x 582 pixel array with sensitive, 8.6 micron by 8.3 micron pixels, the StarShoot G3 is capable of detecting fine details in celestial objects. This bigger, 1/2" format CCD sensor usually isn’t available in cameras priced as low as the StarShoot G3, and it provides a much larger imaging field of view than cameras equipped with 1/3” format chips so you can shoot more sky in far less time.


  • An affordable and capable monochrome astrophotography camera for anyone interested in taking amazing tri-color or LRGB astrophotos with a telescope and specialty filters
  • Features a 1/2" format monochrome CCD sensor and an on-board thermoelectric cooler (TEC) which are normally only available on much more costly cameras
  • High-tech features such as 16-bit A/D conversion, regulated thermoelectric cooling, on-board fan and more
  • The Orion StarShoot G3 Monochrome can also be used as a dedicated, high-performance, low-noise autoguider with ST-4 output jack built right in
  • Complete Orion Camera Studio software is included for easy image capture, processing, and sharing of your astrophotos. ASCOM drivers are also included for use of the StarShoot G3 Monochrome with other imaging software programs, or for autoguiding use


Featuring a monochrome imaging CCD chip, the StarShoot G3 Monochrome Imaging Camera is capable of performing advanced tri-color imaging techniques when used with proper LRGB or narrowband astrophotography filters. Using a monochrome astrophotography camera gives you complete control over which light wavelengths to accentuate to achieve vibrantly colored astrophotos of deep space phenonema. 

The StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera is the only monochrome camera in its price range to feature regulated thermoelectric cooling (TEC). Regulated thermoelectric cooling significantly improves astrophoto quality and reduces noise by enabling accurate dark frame acquisition. This regulated “cooling” feature is usually only found in much pricier cameras, and makes the StarShoot G3 a truly amazing value. The on-board TEC can cool the StarShoot G3 Mono to a brisk 10°C below ambient temperature so that noise is minimized in dark frames and exposures. The monochrome StarShoot G3 even features a small, vibration-free fan which assists the TEC to remove warm air and further optimize imaging results. These cooling features are usually only found on imaging cameras priced up to four times more expensive than the Orion StarShoot G3! 

Seen below is a split-view taken from two different 180 second dark frames displaying the exact same pixel brightness range. As seen with the TEC on, the StarShoot G3’s cooling system reduces the number of hot pixels and overall noise in the image.

Orion StarShoot CCD Camera Monochrome


The Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera is capable of downloading a full frame image in approximately 2 seconds. A convenient subframe downloading feature allows for even speedier results. A convenient wide exposure range allows you to take extensive exposures of wispy deep space objects and then capture a quick snapshot of the Moon during the same imaging session. 

Complete astrophotography imaging software is included with the StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera. Orion Camera Studio software makes it easy to control image capture through the camera, save results, process images, and share with family and friends! ASCOM drivers are also included for the Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera, allowing use with a number of other popular image processing programs, such as Nebulosity, ImagesPlus, and more.

The versatile Orion StarShoot G3 can also be used as a dedicated autoguider, with a direct ST-4 output conveniently built right into the camera body. Use the StarShoot G3 as a high-performance, low-noise 16-bit CCD autoguider with a high-end CCD imaging camera or DSLR attached to your imaging telescope for especially accurate tracking and precise results. Included ASCOM drivers allow you to use your choice of autoguiding software with the StarShoot G3, such as PHD Guiding, when using the camera as an autoguider. Autoguiding software is not included with the Orion StarShoot G3 Monochrome Deep Space Imaging Camera.

The Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera comes with a removable 1.25” nosepiece for easy attachment to virtually any telescope focuser. The nosepiece is threaded for use with 1.25” Orion imaging filters so you can easily enhance your images. Removing the 1.25” nosepiece reveals a built-in 2” nosepiece with standard T-threads for secure coupling of the camera to your imaging telescope and/or astrophotography accessories.  

Measuring just 3.4” in diameter with a depth of 1.85”, the compact Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera won’t take up much space in your accessory case, and its small size makes it a great candidate for use with Fastar and Hyperstar imaging systems. The camera weighs just 12 oz. so whether it’s used as an imaging camera or autoguider, it will keep your astrophotography setup lean and mean.  

The StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera connects to your computer via its USB 2.0 connection, and a 10’ USB cable is included. A 10’ auto-lighter power cable is also included to provide 12V DC power to the on-board cooling TEC when needed. The USB 2.0 connection provides enough power to the camera for non-cooled operation or for use as an autoguider. External power is only required for TEC operation. 

The Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera is our most affordable 16-bit, cooled monochrome CCD imaging camera. In fact, it’s one of the most affordable feature-packed cameras available to astrophotographers today!


Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-676-1343.


Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.












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 G3 Deep Space Monochrome Imaging Camera
Manufacturer Orion
Model 53083
Camera Resolution
CCD Sony ICX419ALL monchrome CCD
CCD Class Available Deep sky
CCD Type Monochrome
Cooling -10C from ambient
Exposure 0.01 seconds to indefinite
Focal Length
Focal Ratio
Magnification (low power)
Magnification (high power)
Mount 1.25" nozzle, 2" nozzle or t-thread
Optical Design
Optical Tube Length
Optical Tube Weight
Other Equipment
Pixel Size 8.6 x 8.3
Secondary Mirror Obstruction
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Area
Secondary Mirror Obstruction by Diameter
Size Imaging sensor size : 7.40mm x 5.95mm Pixel array : 752 x 582 (437,664 total) Pixel size : 8.6 x 8.3
USB Cable High-speed 2.0
Weather Proof