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Imaging Source 1024x768.AS High Resolution FireWire Color Telescope Camera without IR Cut Filter

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About the Imaging Source 1024x768.AS CCD Camera

The telescope camera DBK 31AF03.AS combines a high resolution, fast refresh rate and a low price. Therefore, it is ideally suited to amateur astronomers wishing to deploy a mega pixel camera. Using the shipped software - IC Capture - you can save the captured images to lossless and uncompressed AVI files. The astro CCD camera DBK 31AF03.AS outputs high resolution images in a fast sequence. In order to transfer these large amounts of data to the host PC, a very fast bus is required - FireWire (IEEE 1394).

For the visualization of the raw data from the color CCD (RAW format), the data stream must be post processed (color interpolation). Interpolated color images require much more bandwidth to transfer than original RAW images. Color interpolation in the CCD camera DBK 31AF03.AS can be switched off and thus 30 color frames per second can be transferred. In this case, the images are color interpolated on the host PC with the shipped software IC Capture.AS. Alternatively, should color interpolation not be desirable at all, AVI files can be written in RAW format.

The astro CCD camera DBK 31AF03.AS is fitted with the color CCD ICX204AK, manufactured by Sony. The resolution of the CCD is 1024 x 768 pixel at a format of 1/3". Even at long exposure times, its noise is minimal. Due to the high quality of the ICX204AK, it is often used in medical image processing applications. Color cameras that do not possess a color filter offer users a large degree of flexibility: Filters may be added as required by a specific application.

Imaging Source 1024x768.AS CCD Camera Includes

  • The Imaging Source FireWire Color Telescope Camera
  • Device Driver (IC WDM DCAM TIS)
  • Camera Control Software IC Capture.AS

Imaging Source 1024x768.AS CCD Camera Features

  • Camera Features:
  • Color FireWire camera without IR cut filter
  • 1/3" CCD, progressive scan
  • Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Max. 30 fps
  • Max exposure time 60 min
  • C/CS Mount
  • High resolution, fast refresh rate
  • Fast display of color images
  • Sony color CCD
  • Fast data transfer via FireWire
  • Sony ICX204AK Sensor Features:
  • Progressive scan allows individual readout of the image signals from all pixels.
  • High horizontal and vertical resolution (both approx. 600TV-lines) still image without a mechanical shutter.
  • Supports high frame rate readout mode (effective 256 lines output, 15MHz drive: 45 frame/s, 20MHz drive: 60 frame/s)
  • Square pixel
  • Horizontal drive frequency: Typ.: 15MHz, Max.: 20MHz
  • No voltage adjustments (reset gate and substrate bias are not adjusted.)
  • R, G, B primary color mosaic filters on chip
  • High resolution, high color reproductivity, high sensitivity, low dark current
  • Low smear, excellent anti-blooming characteristics
  • Continuous variable-speed shutter
  • Recommended range of exit pupil distance: -20 to -100mm

Imaging Source 1024x768.AS CCD Camera Specifications

Camera Type Color FireWire camera without IR cut filter
Purpose Astronomy FireWire CCD Imager for Telescope Astrophotography
Connection FireWire
Sensor CCD
Sensor Type Progressive scan
Format 1/3"
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixel
Dynamic Range 8 bit
Exposure Time 1/10000 s to 60 minutes
Gain 0 dB to 36 dB
FPS @ Max Resolution 30 fps
Video Formats @ Frame Rate 1024 x 768, BY8 (RAW) at 30, 15, 7.5, 3.75 fps
1024 x 768, UYVY at 15, 7.5, 3.75 fps
Lens Mount C/CS-mount
Sensor Image Size Diagonal 6mm (Type 1/3)
Sensor Total Number Of Pixels 1077 (H) x 788 (V) approx. 850K pixels
Sensor Number Of Effective Pixels 1034 (H) x 779 (V) approx. 800K pixels
Sensor Number Of Active Pixels 1024 (H) x 768 (V) approx. 790K pixels (diagonal 5.952mm)
Sensor Chip Size 5.80mm (H) x 4.92mm (V)
Sensor Unit Cell Size 4.65µm (H) x 4.65µm (V)
Sensor Optical Black Horizontal (H) direction: Front 3 pixels, rear 40 pixels
Vertical (V) direction: Front 7 pixels, rear 2 pixels
Sensor Number Of Dummy Bits Horizontal 29
Vertical 1
Sensor Substrate Material Silicon
Supply Voltage 8 V to 30 V via the FireWire cable
Current Consumption Approx 200 mA at 12 VDC
Max. Temperature (Operation) -5 °C to 45 °C
Max. Temperature (Storage) -20 °C to 60 °C
Max. Humidity (Operation) 20 % to 80 %
Max. Humidity (Storage) 20 % to 95 %
Dimensions (H x W x L) 50.6 mm x 50.6 mm x 50 mm
Mass 265 g
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