Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Color Imaging Camera

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About Orion G3

The Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Color Imaging Camera is totally redesigned with performance enhancing features and software that until now have been reserved for much more expensive CCD imagers. Built around the popular Sony interline ICX419AKL color CCD chip, which boasts a 752 x 582 pixel array with sensitive, 8.6 micron by 8.3 micron pixels, the StarShoot G3 is capable of detecting fine details in celestial objects. This bigger, 1/2" format CCD sensor usually isn't available in cameras priced as low as the StarShoot G3 and it provides a much larger imaging field of view than cameras equipped with 1/3" format chips so you can shoot more sky in far less time.

The StarShoot G3 Deep Space Color Imaging Camera is the only camera in its price range to feature regulated thermoelectric cooling (TEC). Regulated thermoelectric cooling significantly improves astrophoto quality and reduces noise by enabling accurate dark frame acquisition. This regulated "cooling" feature is usually only found in much pricier cameras and makes the StarShoot G3 a truly amazing value. The on-board TEC can cool the StarShoot G3 to a brisk 10deg.C below ambient temperature so that noise is minimized in dark frames and exposures.

The StarShoot G3 even features a small, vibration-free fan which assists the TEC to remove warm air and further optimize imaging results. These cooling features are usually only found on imaging cameras priced up to four times more expensive than the Orion StarShoot G3!

Orion G3 Features

  • The StarShoot G3 Deep Space Color Imaging Camera features a 1/2" format CCD sensor and an on-board thermoelectric cooler (TEC)
  • With high-tech features such as 16-bit A/D conversion, regulated thermoelectric cooling, on-board fan and more, you'll find yourself taking wall-worthy astrophotos with this affordable camera
  • The Orion StarShoot G3 can also be used as a dedicated, high-performance, low-noise autoguider with ST-4 output built right in
  • Complete Orion Camera Studio software is included for easy image capture, processing and sharing of your astro-images. ASCOM drivers are also included for use of the StarShoot G3 with other imaging software programs, or for autoguiding use

Orion G3 Specifications

Imaging sensor
Sony ICX419AKL CCD
Imaging sensor size
7.40mm x 5.95mm
Pixel array
752 x 582 (437,664 total)
Pixel size
8.6 x 8.3
Imaging chip
Single Shot Color
Autoguider capability
Yes
Exposure range
0.01 seconds to indefinite
A/D conversion
16 bit
Thermoelectric cooling
Yes
Mounting
1.25" nozzle, 2" nozzle or t-thread
USB connection
High-speed 2.0
Software compatibility
Windows XP/Vista/7
Full well capacity
50000e-
Read noise (RMS)
9e-
Dark signal (at 0deg. C)
0.01e-/pixel/sec
Gain
0.79e- per ADU
Binning
1x1, 2x2
Max cooling
-10C from ambient
Full frame download time
2 sec
Backfocus distance (from T-threads)
19.00mm
Weight
12 oz / 340.19 g
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Shopper  Are the pictures realky in color?
Andrew R  I'm not sure I understand your question. The item description and specs indicate that this unit is a color imaging camera.
Shopper  does the g3 starshoot camera work with apple computers?
Andrew R  Unfortunately no, this camera does not appear to be Mac compatible
gary b  does this have a autoguider?
Helen O  This item is a camera designed to be used on a telescope and does not include an autoguider.
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