Opticstar - DS-142M ICE Monochrome CCD Camera

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The DS-142M ICE Peltier cooled camera with fan-assist is a native 1.4 mega-pixel 16-bit greyscale CCD imager with a large and very sensitive Sony SuperHAD Chip of 1/2" diagonal (ICX205AL).

SKU: OPS-OSRDS142MI
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Opticstar
 

Product Description

Opticstar DS-142M ICE Monochrome CCD Camera

 

Overview:

  • Sony ICX205AL 1.4 Megapixel 1/2" CCD
  • Monochrome CCD: 1434 x 1050 pixels
  • Pixel size 4.65µm x 4.65µm 
  • Quantum Efficiency (max): 42%
  • Noise reduction electronics
  • Gain functionality in hardware
  • Preview mode @ 1434x1050: 3.5fps
  • Raw 16-bit image transfer @ 1434x1050: 0.5 second approximately
  • Binning modes: 1x1, 2x2, 4x4
  • Exposure time: 3ms to over 1 hour
  • Data output: 16-bit or 8-bit raw
  • Robust all metal case
  • Sealed sensor and electronics
  • Peltier cooled with fan assist, up to 30°C below ambient
  • USB 2.0 high-speed interface
  • Focusing preview mode
  • 2.5 meters in-situ USB cable
  • High quality regulated PSU
  • Full Nebulosity software included for camera control and image processing
  • Bundled plug-ins: Nebulosity, AstroArt & MaxIm DL
  • Microsoft Windows (64-bit & 32-bit) 2000/XP/Vista/7/8

 

 

The DS-142M ICE Peltier cooled camera with fan-assist is a native 1.4 mega-pixel 16-bit greyscale CCD imager with a large and very sensitive Sony SuperHAD Chip of 1/2" diagonal (ICX205AL).

The DS-142M ICE uses the all new Z-MAX high-speed platform which adds a host of desirable features to this high quality camera.

Unlike other cameras in its class, gain support, noise reduction and black level are all implemented in the camera hardware and applied to the signal prior to the data been sent to the PC, thus ensuring the highest quality signal and brightest image possible at typical speeds of 3.5fps @ 1434x1050 in uncompressed RAW format.

A substantial heatsink, over five times the mass of the typical heatsink in comparable cameras, rapidly draws the heat away from the sensor via a powerful Peltier thermocouple. This heat is then rapidly dissipated into the atmosphere with the assistance of an essential 60mm diameter fan thus bringing noise levels down to a minimum.

 

Hardware Gain

The camera's advanced features can easily be demostrated in StarView. The StarView mode is a real time video mode with exposure times up to 10 seconds per frame. There is no need to use any bias frames. Deep sky objects become visible in real time, making focusing much easier and quicker.

The StarView mode above demonstrates the Gain function in real time (10 second exposures). The image on the left has 100% Gain applied to it. The image on the right has 50% Gain applied to it. These images do not use any dark/flat/bias frames. In StarView mode the images are shown in colour as standard. Although StarView is part of the camera runtime software, it is accessible from Nebulosity, AstroArt and MaxIm DL.

Screen shots shown form the colour version of the camera. The monochrome version is approximately 2.5 times more light sensitive.


The Gain function does not simply boost the signal evenly, it also improves the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio dramatically. In fact, as the Gain increases the S/N ratio increase is 10:1. This is possible due to the camera's build-in noise reduction electronics.

StarView mode at 100% Gain showing the M57 and M13 deep sky objects. Exposure time 10 seconds per frame.

With a 7" Maksutov at f9. Screen shots shown form the colour version of the camera. The monochrome version is approximately 2.5 times more light sensitive.

 

The quantum efficiency of the Sony ICX205.

 

The camera incorporates a photographic thread and can be mounted on photographic tripods.

 

The DS-142M ICE camera kit includes carry case, power supply unit, two adapters, setup guide and CD.

 

Powering the cooling mechanism.

 

High Quality Construction

The camera electronics and sensor are housed inside a high quality aluminium body that entirely seals the sensor and on-board electronics from the outside environment. This is important as it protects the camera internals from high humidity and water running down the telescope and into the camera damaging the electronics or sensor, quite common in inadequate camera designs.

The camera relies for fast data transfers on an efficient USB2.0 sub-system specially designed for the DS-142M ICE. The camera is powered via a high quality regulated mains power supply included with the camera and comes with all cables, adapters and software needed to be able to use the camera out of the box.

 

Nebulosity Software


Nebulosity is designed to be a powerful, but simple to use camera control and image processing application for Opticstar CCD cameras. Its goal is to suit people ranging from the novice imager who wants to create his or her first images to the advanced imager who wants a convenient, flexible capture application for use in the field. In it, you get a host of purpose-built powerful tools to make the most out of your images (e.g., Digital Development Processing, traditional alignment/stacking (equatorial and alt-az), Drizzle alignment/stacking, Bad Pixel Mapping, real-time tricolour histograms for colour balancing, star tightening via edge detection, adaptive scaling of stacks, Canon CR2/CRW RAW Bayer matrix loading, 32/96-bit accuracy, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specifications

Name Opticstar - DS-142M ICE Monochrome CCD Camera
Manufacturer Opticstar
Model OPS-OSRDS142MI
Custom Stock Status Ships in 3-5 Days
CCD Sensor Sony - ICX205
Binning Modes 1x1, 2x2, 4x4
Computer Interface USB 2.0
Computer Requirements Microsoft Windows (64-bit & 32-bit) 2000/XP/Vista/7/8; USB 2.0;
Cooling Peltier cooled with fan assist, up to 30°C below ambient
Dark Current 0.15e~/pix/s (cooled)
Data Output 16-bit monochrome
Exposure time user defined from 3ms upwards.
Housing Robust all metal case and sealed electronics
Pixel Size 4.65µm x 4.65µm
Raw 16 Bit Image Transfer 0.5 second approximately at 1434x1050
Resolution 1.4 Megapixels, 1434 x 1050 pixels
Sensor Size 7.60mm x 6.20mm (1/2")
Sensor Type Sony ICX205AL CCD, progressive scan

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