Opticstar PX-35C Coolair Color Video Camera, 1/4" Sony ICX098BQ CCD, 640(H) x 480(V) Sensor Resolution, 30 FPS Frame Rate

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Opticstar PX-35C: Picture 1 regular $284.05

About Opticstar PX-35C

The Opticstar PX-35C Coolair Color Video Camera is the ideal entry level color planetary CCD camera with high sensitivity. The PX-75C is also well suited for Lunar and Solar imaging. Please note that for Solar imaging, the camera should be used only with an appropriate solar telescope or solar filter.

The PX-35C is well suited for imaging planets due to its very low noise characteristics and high Gain while retaining the necessary high signal-to-noise (S/N) ratios. The camera can also be used for industrial inspection and microscopy applications. Noise reduction and Gain are features implemented in the hardware to deliver exceptional performance.

Opticstar PX-35C Features

  • Noise Reduction and Cooling: Thermal noise is kept to a minimum via a heat-sink that is directly attached to the back of the Sony CCD sensor and a fan that that draws the heat out of the camera fast
  • Performance: The PX-35C requires a fully featured, full speed USB2.0 port to take advantage of all the camera's advanced features. The PX-35C CoolAir fan-cooled CCD camera offers exceptional performance and versatility easily outperforming cameras costing considerably more
  • Opticstar View - Camera Control Software: The camera is recommended for lunar and solar (with a solar filter) imaging. It includes Opticstar View software for image capture and camera control with a point and click interface
  • EtAMCAP - Camera Control Software: EtAMCAP is the second program bundled with the camera. It can be used to control the camera and capture video in AVI format
  • Image Quality: The PX-35C camera can stream and store video to disk at up to 30 frames per second at 640x480 resolution, it can also grab single frames at 640x480. All video and single frames are captured without compression, ensuring high image quality
  • Options: Optionally, the PX-35C incorporates a removable x0.5 focal reducer nosepiece that can double the field of view if required. An extension 5m USB lead with a USB repeater (amplifier) is also available in cases where the camera will be used further away from the computer

Opticstar PX-35C Specifications

Sony ICX098BQ
Optical Format
1/4" CCD color sensor
640(W) x 480(H)
Pixel Size
5.6um x 5.6um
Color Bayer RGB Mosaic
24-bit (3 x 8-bit) Uncompressed output
Frame Rate
30fps @ 640x480
30fps @ 320x240 ROI
Electronic Rolling
Window glass
Clear, no Infra Red cut-off
Exposure Time
Automatic or Manual; 1 milliseconds to 6.4 minutes
Heat sink and fan
in hardware, user selectable from 0% to >100% boost
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 with 1.8m cable
Power Requirement
USB 2.0 Bus Power
Mounting to telescope
C/CS to 1.25" (included)
Mounting to lens
C to T-thread, M42 x 0.75
Mounting to microscope
C to 23mm, C to 30mm, C to 30.5mm
Data Format
AVI video with or without MPEG compression; BMP
Operating System
Microsoft Windows (64-bit & 32-bit) XP/Vista/7
250g / 8.81 oz
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