Imaging Source

Imaging Source 1024x768 Monochrome FireWire Astro CCD Telescope Camera

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About the Imaging Source 1024x768 CCD Camera

The astro CCD cameras DMK 31AF03 unifies three important characteristics for astrophotography: high resolution, fast refresh rate and a low price. Using the shipped software - IC Capture - you can save the captured images to lossless and uncompressed AVI files. The astro CCD camera DMK 31AF03.AS outputs a fast stream of uncompressed monochrome images. In order to transfer these to the host PC, a very fast bus is required. Hence, the camera is fitted with a FireWire connector.

The astro CCD cameras DMK 31AF03.AS is based on the CCD chip ICX204AL, manufactured by Sony. This monochrome CCD has a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at 1/3" format. Even at long exposure times, its noise is minimal. Due to the high quality of the ICX204AL, the CCD chip is often used in industrial image processing applications. The image data produced by the CCD camera DMK 31AF03.AS is not compressed. Furthermore, the camera does not have any optical, nor electronic filters. Thus, the camera produces very true-to-life captures of the night sky.

Imaging Source 1024x768 CCD Camera Includes

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

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Imaging Source 1024x768 CCD Camera Features

  • Camera Features:
  • Monochrome 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
  • Monochrome Sony CCD
  • No compression, no filter
  • Fast data transfer via FireWire
  • Sony ICX204AL Sensor Features:
  • Progressive scan allows individual readout of the image signals from all pixels.
  • High horizontal and vertical resolution (both approx. 768TV-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.)
  • High resolution, 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 CCD Camera Specifications

Camera Type Monochrome FireWire camera without IR cut filter
Purpose Astronomy FireWire CCD Imager for Telescope Astrophotography
Connection FireWire
Sensor CCD
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, Y800 @ 30, 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 @ 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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