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Opticstar PL-131M Coolair High Speed Video Camera, 1.3MP, 1/2" CMOS Monochrome, 1280(H) x 1024(V) Sensor Resolution, 220 FPS Frame Rate


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About Opticstar PL-131M

The Opticstar PL-131M Coolair High Speed Video Camera offers exceptional performance and versatility easily outperforming cameras costing considerably more. The camera excels as a planetary (Solar and Lunar) camera with frame rates of up to 220fps. It is also ideal as a guider or for industrial inspection and microscopy applications. Gain, Region of Interest (ROI) and binning are all features implemented in the hardware to deliver exceptional performance.

The PL-131M camera has been designed to deliver high image quality at unusually high frame rates. The camera is capable of capturing an image even at a minimum 1ms exposure (10secs max in single shot mode) at all supported resolutions and with frame rates of up to 220fps.

The PL-131M camera requires a fully featured, full speed USB2.0 port to take advantage of all the camera's advanced features.

Opticstar PL-131M Features

  • Region of Interest - ROI: ROI has been implemented in hardware and offers fast frame rates at the expense of field of view. Frame rates of up to 220 frames per second are possible
  • Binning Modes: Binning is implemented in the camera hardware for improved performance and is useful when you need to increase the camera's light sensitivity. Binning increases light sensitivity at the expense of resolution, the field of view remains the same in all binning modes
  • Hardware Gain: Gain is implemented in the camera hardware and is useful in amplifying the incoming signal. This feature is particularly useful when minimum exposure times and/or maximum signal levels are required
  • Planetary, Lunar and Solar Imaging: When imaging the Sun, Moon and planets atmospheric turbulence will have an adverse effect on the quality of the image
  • Auto-guiding: The PL-131M CoolAir camera can be used as a guide camera and offers a number of features useful in auto-guiding sometimes not found in dedicated guiding cameras
  • Other Applications: The PL-131M CoolAir is very well suited to microscopy and machine inspection in particular due to its high frame rates combined with high image quality. The camera will perform well even under not ideal lighting conditions
  • Opticstar View - Camera Control Software: The camera is recommended for lunar and solar imaging. It includes Opticstar View software for image capture and camera control with a point and click interface. It can capture single frames, a series of single frames in BMP format or in AVI video format
  • EtAMCAP - Camera Control Software: EtAMCAP is also bundled with the camera. It can be used to control the camera and capture video in AVI format
  • Nebulosity Lite Software: Nebulosity is a fully featured, but simple to use capture and processing application. Astronomy images from just about anything can be processed
  • PHD Guiding Software: PHD Guiding is designed to be simple, yet provide powerful, intelligent auto-guiding of your telescope. Connect your mount, your camera, select a star and start guiding

Opticstar PL-131M Specifications

Micron MT9C001
Optical Format
1/2" CMOS monochrome sensor (no IR filter)
1280(W) x 1024(H)
Pixel Size
5.2um x 5.2um
Maximum Frame Rate
22fps @ 1280x1024 maximum; 80fps @ 640x480; 220fps @ 320x240
Electronic Rolling
Exposure Time
Minimum 1ms; Maximum 10 seconds in native long exposure mode
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 with 1.8m (6 feet) of USB cable
Power Requirement
USB Bus Power
Air-cooled from internal fan (USB powered)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows (32-bit & 64-bit) XP/Vista/7
Sensor Distance to Camera Front
10.5mm (requires removal of internal spacers), 12.5mm & 17.5mm
Dimensions (WxDxH)
65x40x85mm / 2.55x1.57x3.34"
175g (6.17oz)
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