Starlight Xpress - TRIUS PRO-694 CCD Camera with SXMFW-1T Mini Filterwheel and Lodestar PRO

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STX-100-0065
$3,360.00
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Starlight Xpress products have always been renowned for a compact, innovative, and excellent build quality. The new TRIUS-PRO range of cameras has just taken this to a whole new level.

Starlight Xpress TRIUS PRO-694 CCD Camera with SXMFW-1T Mini Filterwheel and Lodestar X2

 

Starlight Xpress TRIUS PRO-694 USB Hub CCD Monochrome Camera

Starlight Xpress products have always been renowned for a compact, innovative, and excellent build quality. The new TRIUS-PRO range of cameras has just taken this to a whole new level.

While further improving on the super low-noise performance of the previous generations of SXV, SXVF, SXVR and the original TRIUS cameras, the new TRIUS-PRO also offers faster download times of approximately 2.8 million pixels per second.

Remarkably, Starlight Xpress has managed to incorporate a complete powered USB hub into the main camera, which presents 3 USB 2.0 ports at the rear of the camera. Each port is capable of delivering up to 200mA, and is able to drive a Lodestar, or UltraStar, and a USB filter wheel, along with a third device, such as a USB focuser. This integration greatly reduces the number of cable trails back to the computer and gives less potential for cable tangling around the mount during your imaging session.

New 3 stage Peltier cooler stacks have been designed into the TRIUS-PRO cameras. Along with the Argon-Filled CCD chamber, this allows a greater differential cooling delta to be achieved.

 

  • Rear Camera Panel - The TRIUS-PRO Camera provides multiple inputs and outputs. The main control connections to the camera are the USB2.0 socket, that controls the camera from the computer, and the +12v DC jack socket which provides power (approximately 1.5 amps at 12v DC). In addition, there is an RJ11 Guider Port output that is opto-isolated and will drive any standard active-low guider input via the RJ11 'telescope' lead provided. The remaining sockets are three Mini-B 5pin USB2.0 sockets that can be used to control up to three different USB devices, such as a Lodestar Autoguider, an SX USB Filter Wheel and a focuser. Each USB port is capable of providing 5v DC at a maximum of 200mA.
  • Fused Silica Window - Unlike less expensive cameras, Starlight Xpress fit a specially manufactured fused silica window, with a 7 layer anti-reflective coating, to all TRIUS-PRO cameras. This offers exceptional strength and heat transfer characteristics to ensure there is less chance of dewing of the front window during humid weather.
  • Efficient Cooling System - The cooling system is designed for the most efficient cooling possible in a small compact package. The TRIUS-PRO cameras are fitted with a new peltier cooler configuration to give approximately -45°C delta T. A built-in fan at the rear of the camera draws air in through small holes in the front of the barrel (which increases the surface area to aid the convection), through the heatsink where all the heat is generated, and expels it out of the rear of the camera. An additional fan is fitted to the side, to help keep the external body at the ambient temperature during the warmer weather.
  • Unique Tilted Camera Front - This unique feature of the design allows the front plate of the camera to be orthogonally aligned to ensure that the CCD and the optics are parallel to each other. The enables the user to adjust for any collimation issues throughout the whole optical train, to ensure pinpoint stars across the entire field.
  • Argon Filled CCD Chamber - Argon filled CCD chambers are normally only associated with really high-end cameras; the new TRIUS cameras have dry argon injected into the CCD chamber to ensure there is no moisture to condense on the CCD during the cooling process. The low thermal conductivity of argon also helps with the cooling process, allowing greater delta T to be achieved.

SPECIFICATIONS SX-694

  • Medium format, high resolution ‘Exview’ CCD chip, with 6,050,000 x 4.54uM square pixels in a 15.98mm diagonal array.
  • Exceptionally low dark signal – No dark frames necessary for most deep sky objects.
  • Excellent QE of 77% peak in yellow light, 65% at Hydrogen alpha (656 nm).
  • Three port powered USB hub built-in. Can drive a Lodestar PRO or Ultrastar PRO + SX filter wheel.
  • High performance two stage cooling for better than -40C delta T
  • Dry Argon CCD chamber fill for improved cooling performance.
  • Exceptionally effective anti-blooming with minimal effect on linearity and no lost active area.
  • Back focal length 16mm +/-1mm.
  • High speed USB 2.0 interface for approx. 2.5 second downloads.
  • Built-in triple powered USB hub for guider and filter wheel control.
  • Single USB cable control for all features – get rid of that dangerous cable tangle!
  • Very low power consumption. Less than 1.5 amps at 12v DC.
  • Compact and lightweight – only 75mm in diameter x 70mm long – less than 500 grams load on the telescope.
  • CCD type: ICX694AL Exview CCD with ultra low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.
  • CCD Full resolution pixel data: Pixel size: 4.54uM x 4.54uM, Image format: 2750 x 2200 pixels
  • CCD Image area: 12.49mm (Horizontal) x 9.99mm (Vertical).
  • CCD quality: Grade 1 or better – No bad columns, no dead pixels, no more than 50 ‘hot’ pixels (saturated in <10 seconds).
  • Spectral Response: QE max at 580nM (~77%), 50% roll-off at 360nM and 770nM.
  • Readout Noise: Typically only 3.5 electrons RMS.
  • Full-well capacity: Greater than 17,000 e- (unbinned)
  • Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 800x.
  • Dark current: Less than 0.002 electrons/second @ – 10C CCD temperature.
  • Data format: 16 bits.
  • System gain:  0.27 electrons per ADU
  • Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.
  • Image download time: Typically 2.5 seconds at full resolution.
  • Power requirements: 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 900mA max.
  • Cooling system: Regulated set-point cooling supply with thermoelectric cooler to give a minimum CCD temperature of approximately -40C below ambient.
  • Size: 75 x 70mm black anodised aluminium barrel with 42mm ‘T2’ thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear. CCD alignment screws are provided for setting the chip parallel to the focal plane.
  • Weight: approx. 450g.

 

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Includes Autoguide Port No
Image Stabilization No
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