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Orion Parsec 10100C Color Astronomical Imaging Camera

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The Orion Parsec 10100C Color Astronomical Imaging Camera features an enormous 10.1 Megapixel CCD sensor for capturing impressive images of celestial delicacies. This capable camera can even bin 2x2 shots in full color! The Parsec 10100C is Orion's highest resolution CCD imaging camera, built around the robust Kodak interline 10.1 Megapixel KAI-10100 CCD sensor chip which has an impressive 3648 x 2760 pixel array.

The newest addition to the popular Parsec line of Orion astrophotography cameras has been engineered to produce low-noise and consistent bias levels for smooth, sharp images. With three binning options (2x2, 3x3 and super sensitive 4x4), the speedy Parsec 10100C is capable of downloading a full frame image in approximately 10 seconds in 1x1 mode and much faster at 2x2, 3x3 and 4x4 settings. The highly versatile Parsec 10100C Astronomical Imaging Camera can produce stunning astrophotos with long focal length telescopes in 2x2 mode, or in 1x1 mode with shorter focal length instruments, all in full-color!

This amazing astrophotography camera is filled to the brim with performance-enhancing features sure to please experienced celestial shutterbugs and novice astro-imagers alike, yet it's priced to please even the most astute of value hunters. Precisely regulated dual-stage thermoelectric cooling (TEC) keeps the Orion Parsec 10100C nice and cool for pleasing, low-noise image acquisition. In fact, the on-board dual-Peltier TEC system can cool the camera to a chilly 40deg.C below ambient temperature so your image data is as pure as possible.

What's more, an adjustable-speed fan in the camera can be controlled to assist the TEC in especially warm conditions. Accurate dark frames are easy to acquire with the Parsec 10100C. Thanks to an internal vane shutter controlled by an efficient stepper motor there's no need to cover the telescope when taking dark frames. This nifty internal shutter lets you capture dark frames at different times and at different ambient temperatures, which can be a huge time-saver when dark sky conditions are fleeting.

With its vast exposure range, you can use the Parsec 10100C to snap a quick shot of a bright planetary nebula, or go deep for a long exposure of your favorite galaxy; the Parsec 10100C can handle it all efficiently and with great results. An internal full frame memory buffer promises reliable image downloads every time.

The Parsec 10100C sports a removable 2" nosepiece for convenient coupling to 2" telescope focusers and 2" astrophotography accessories. The 2" nosepiece is threaded internally so you can easily enhance images with 2" Orion imaging filters. Alternatively, the 2" nosepiece can be removed to provide no-nonsense attachment via standard T-threads.

The Parsec 10100C Astronomical Imaging Camera connects to your computer via a USB 2.0 connection and a 10' USB cable is included. A 10' power cable is also included which is compatible with 12V auto-lighter sockets and portable 12V power stations such as an Orion Dynamo Pro (sold separately). Everything packs up nicely in the included hard carrying case with a custom die-cut foam interior for safe transport and storage of the Parsec 10100C.

What's Included With This Item

  • Orion Parsec 10100C Color Astronomical Imaging Camera
  • 10 feet USB Cable
  • 10 feet 12V DC Power Cable
  • Hard Carry Case with Custom Die-cut Foam Insert
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Orion 1 Year Warranty

Key Features

  • Orion's highest resolution CCD astrophotography camera with an enormous 10.1 megapixel sensor!
  • The versatile Orion Parsec 10100C is packed with high-performance features such as regulated dual-stage TEC cooling, on-board fan, internal shutter, huge exposure range, 16-bit A/D conversion, speedy image download times and more
  • The regulated dual-Peltier thermoelectric (TEC) cooling system can keep the Parsec 40deg.C below ambient temperature for pristine image data acquisition
  • Binning options of 2x2, 3x3 and super-sensitive 4x4 provide sharply detailed astrophotos, the impressive Parsec 10100C can even bin 2x2 in full color!

Technical Specs

Imaging sensor Kodak KAI-10100-CXC with microlensing, color
Imaging sensor size 17.86mm x 13.49mm
Pixel array 3648 x 2760 (10,068,480 total)
Pixel size 4.75 x4.75
Imaging chip Single Shot Color
Autoguider capability Yes
Exposure range 0.01 seconds to indefinite
A/D conversion 16 bit
Thermoelectric cooling Yes
IR filter Yes
Mounting 2" nozzle or t-thread
USB connection High-speed 2.0
Software compatibility Windows XP/Vista/7
Full well capacity 25000e-
Read noise (RMS) 9e-
Binning 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4
Max cooling -40C from ambient
Full frame download time 10 sec
Backfocus distance (from T-threads) 20.10mm
Weight 29 oz / 822.14 g
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