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Imaging Source 1280x960 FireWire Color Astro Telescope Camera without IR Cut Filter

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About the Imaging Source 1280x960 CCD Camera

With its 1280 x 960 pixel, the telescope camera DBK 41AF02.AS offers a very high resolution. It outputs uncompressed image data at a speed of 15 images per second. Using the shipped software - IC Capture.AS - you can capture lossless and uncompressed images sequences as AVI files. The CCD camera DBK 41AF02.AS outputs high resolution, uncompressed images at a high frame rate.

These image sequences generate a large amount of data. In order to transfer these to the host PC, a very fast bus is required. Hence, the camera is fitted with a FireWire connector.

Color CCDs output their data in RAW format. For visualization purposes this data cannot be used. It must first be subjected to a color interpolation process, in which the raw data is post processed. Much broader bandwidth is required to transfer interpolated images, than the original raw data from the camera.

Color interpolation can be switched off in the CCD camera DBK 41AF02.AS. In this mode, a transfer rate of 15 color images per second can be achieved. Color interpolation is then carried out by IC Capture.AS on the host PC. Alternatively, should color interpolation not be desirable at all, AVI files can be written in RAW format

The most important part of the astro CCD camera DBK 41AF02.AS is the high resolution color CCD ICX205AK from Sony. It has a resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels at a format of 1/2". Even at long exposure times, its noise is minimal. Due to the high quality of the ICX205AK CCD chip, 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 1280x960 CCD Camera Includes

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

Imaging Source 1280x960 CCD Camera Features

  • Camera Features:
  • Color FireWire camera without IR cut filter
  • 1/2" CCD, progressive scan
  • Resolution of 1280 x 960
  • Max. 15 fps
  • Max exposure time 60 min
  • C/CS Mount
  • Fast display of color images
  • Sony color CCD
  • Fast data transfer via FireWire
  • Sony ICX205AK Sensor Features:
  • Progressive scan allows individual readout of the image signals from all pixels.
  • High horizontal and vertical resolution (both approx. 800TV-lines) still image without a mechanical shutter.
  • Supports high frame rate readout mode (effective 256 lines output, 30 frame/s)
  • Square pixel
  • Horizontal drive frequency: 14.318MHz
  • 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

Imaging Source 1280x960 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 1/2"
Resolution 1280 x 960 pixel
Dynamic Range 8 bit
Exposure Time 1/10000 s to 60 minutes
Gain 0 dB to 36 dB
FPS @ Max Resolution 15 fps
Video Formats @ Frame Rate 1280 x 960, BY8 (RAW) @ 15, 7.5, 3.75 fps
1280 x 960, UYVY @ 7.5, 3.75 fps
Sensor Image Size Diagonal 8mm (Type 1/2)
Sensor Total Number Of Pixels 1434 (H) x 1050 (V) approx. 1.50M pixels
Sensor Number Of Effective Pixels 1392 (H) x 1040 (V) approx. 1.45M pixels
Sensor Number Of Active Pixels 1360 (H) x 1024 (V) approx. 1.40M pixels (7.959mm diagonal)
Sensor Chip Size 7.60mm (H) x 6.20mm (V)
Sensor Unit Cell Size 4.65µm (H) x 4.65µm (V)
Sensor Optical Black Horizontal (H) direction: Front 2 pixels, rear 40 pixels
Vertical (V) direction: Front 8 pixels, rear 2 pixels
Sensor Number Of Dummy Bits Horizontal 20
Vertical 3
Sensor Substrate Material Silicon
Lens Mount C/CS-mount
Supply Voltage 8 V to 30 V via the FireWire cable
Current Consumption approx 200 mA @ 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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