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Orion StarShoot Deep Space Monochrome Imager III

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While digital photography has revolutionized the way we capture images these days, some photographic concepts have never changed. When it comes to producing the very best astro-images, most astrophotographers will readily acknowledge that you must compose shots taken with a monochrome camera, through separate LRGB filters.

This yields greater flexibility in the digital darkroom. The new StarShoot Deep Space Monochrome Imager III will put you on the cutting edge of imaging technology, using the same "tri-color" photo processing technique employed by professional astronomers the world over.

The composites you take will combine to reveal previously unnoticed details in deep-sky objects and other celestial phenomena!

What's more, the new Deep Space Monochrome Imager III, designed for intermediateand avid astronomers, utilizes the highly acclaimed 2/3" format Sony ICX285AL CCD with an impressive 1360x1024 pixel array.

This impressive imaging chip provides high sensitivity and resolution, and yields superior color rendition when used with LRGB filters. The monochrome camera also excels for narrowband tri-color imaging with specialized filters such as Hydrogen-alpha, Sulfur-II, and Oxygen-III.

Like all of our deep space imaging cameras, the DSMI III utilizes ThermoelectricCooling (TEC) - a feature not always offered by the competition - which dramatically reduces electronic noise for better-quality images.

The TEC efficiency is further enhanced by an integrated cooling fan and aluminum heat sink camera body. Fan speed is adjustable and there's an optional TEC shutoff for severe outdoor conditions.

The included MaxIm DL Essentials v2.04 software provides an easy interface for focusing, capturing, dual camera control for imaging and autoguiding, batch processing, dark frame and flat field calibration, image stacking, and more.

All power for the camera, TEC and fan is supplied by a single 12-volt DC connection. A 10' power cable with cigarette lighter plug and a 10' USB cable are included. The DSMI III also comes with a custom hard carrying case for safe transport.

A "low-cost" solution to "high-end" monochrome CCD imaging! One-year limited warranty.

What's Included With This Item

  • Orion StarShoot Deep Space Monochrome Imager III
  • 10' power cable w/ cigarette lighter plug
  • 10' USB cable
  • Custom hard carry case
  • MaxIm DL Essentials software
  • Orion One-Year Warranty

Key Features

  • A "low-cost" camera for achieving "high-end" results!
  • Monochrome imaging chip and deluxe features add to your imaging potential
  • The perfect camera for deep-sky "tri-color" imaging through LRGB filters
  • You can even image in light-polluted skies with Extra Narrowband H-alpha, S-II and O-III filters!
  • Thermoelectric cooling (TEC) and on-board cooling fan reduce the CCD temperature to 30 degrees C below ambient for smooth, low-noise images
  • Compatible with Windows XP and Vista 32-bit Operating Systems. Vista 64-bit beta driver support is now available! See below for instructions

Technical Specs

Imaging sensor Sony ICX285AL CCD
Imaging sensor size 10.2mm x 8.3mm
Pixel array 1392 x 1040 (1,447,680 total)
Pixel size 6.45 x 6.45
Imaging chip Monochrome
Autoguider capability Yes
Exposure range 0.002 sec to 100 min
A/D conversion 16 bit
Thermoelectric cooling Yes
IR filter No
Mounting 2in. nozzle or t-thread
USB connection High-speed 2.0
Software compatibility Windows XP/Vista
Binning 1x1, 2x2
Max cooling -30C from ambient
Backfocus distance (from T-threads) 20.10mm
Weight (oz.) 28.00 oz.
Orion Warranty One Year
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