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Major features:


  • 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 or Superstar guider + 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 17mm +/-1mm.

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  • High speed USB 2.0 interface for approx. 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.

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  • Specifications:


  • 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: Less than 5 electrons RMS - typically ONLY 4 electrons.

  • Full-well capacity: Greater than 17,000 e- (unbinned)

  • Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 800x.

  • Dark current: Less than 0.003 electrons/second @ - 10C CCD temperature.

  • Data format: 16 bits.

  • System gain:  0.3 electrons per ADU

  • Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.

  • Image download time: Typically 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. 400g.

Two excellent sample Hubble palette images from Mike Sidonio:



Bug Nebula Ha SII Ha OIII



A splendid M31 shot from David Rosenthal: