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Quantum Scientific Imaging

QSI 532ws Monochrome Cooled Full Frame CCD Camera with 3.2 MP KAF-3200ME Class 2 Image Sensor, Microlens Technology, Mechanical Shutter, Filter Wheel

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QSI's 532 model CCD camera employs a Kodak KAF-3200ME 3.2 megapixel Enhanced Response full-frame CCD image sensor with microlens technology. The KAF-3200ME sensor has a photoactive array of 2184W x 1472H pixels. It has excellent quantum efficiency between 350nm and 1000nm with significant enhancement at the blue end of the spectrum. Low dark current and high pixel charge capacity result in a dynamic range exceeding 77db. The sensor employs a true two-phase charge transfer technology with a transparent gate that significantly increases optical response compared to traditional front illuminated full frame sensors. Micro lenses cover the surface of the CCD to focus the light through the transparent gate to further increase optical response.

The QSI 532ws comes with a "full-size" body and houses both a mechanical shutter and color filter wheel. The shutter is not only used for timing exposures, but can be left closed to produce 'dark frames' for subsequent image processing. Exposures can be as short as 0.03 seconds or as long as 240 minutes. The internal color filter wheel accepts any standard 1.25" filter and is normally supplied with a four filter LRGB color filter set. The filter wheel can easily be removed and replaced to change or clean the glass filters.

What's Included With This Item

  • QSI 532ws Monochrome Cooled Full Frame CCD Camera
  • T-Mount Camera Adapter
  • T-Mount Adapter Cover
  • T-Mount to 2" Nosepiece
  • 12VDC / 90-240VAC power supply
  • 10' USB 2.0 Interface Cable
  • 10' Standard Guider Cable
  • QSI Software Installation CDROM
  • Drivers for MaxIm DL/CCD and CCDSoft
  • ActiveX Developer's Toolkit
  • Custom Fit Pelican Storage Case
  • QSI Warranty

Key Features

  • Full-frame 3.2 megapixel KAF-3200 sensor
  • Low noise, wide dynamic range
  • Up to 45°C CCD cooling
  • Built-in mechanical shutter
  • Available internal 5-position color filter wheel
  • Available MaxIm LE camera control and image processing software
  • Available CCDSoft and MaxIm DL Drivers
  • ASCOM-compatible Windows API
  • Linux drivers and API

Technical Specs

Standard CCD Image Sensor KAF-3200ME
Shutter Mechanical, exposure range: 0.03 seconds to 240 minutes
Internal Color Filter Wheel Yes - 5 Position, 1.25" std filters
Filters Standard with LRGB (optional configurations available)
Camera Body Configuration Full Enclosure
Optical Back Focus (w/o Filters in path) 1.40" with T mounting adapter
1.18" with C mounting adapter
1.18" w/o mounting adapter
Thermoelectric CCD Cooling Temperature regulation +/- 0.1°C, @ 0°C to -40°C CCD temperature
In free air, Fans @ Full Speed Typically 38°C below ambient air with 85% cooling power
With Opt Liquid Cooling - Fans Off Typically 45°C below circulating liquid with 85% cooling power (adds 0.75" to camera depth)
Cooling Fan Control Intelligent, user configurable
Camera Gain 1.25 electrons per ADU
Digital Resolution 16 bits
Total System Read Noise Typically < 8 electrons RMS (CCD specification limited)
Pixel Dark Current < 0.5 electron per second at 0°C
< 0.05 electron per second at -25°C
Full Image Read and Download Time Typically < 8 seconds (host computer dependent)
Binning Modes Symmetrical on-chip 2x2 and 3x3, user selectable
Status and Notification User configurable multi-color LED status indicator and multifunction audible beeper. Over-temperature and high/low voltage alarms
Power Consumption 12V, 1.5A (18 watts) at max cooling, max fans and filter moving (25 AC watts max with included 90-240V AC power supply)
Operating Environment Temperature: -20°C to 30°C, Humidity: 10% to 90% non-condensing
Computer Connectivity USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible)
Other Ports Optically isolated 4 channel control port for telescope guiding or other application specific control
T Mounting Adapter Standard adapter - T-Thread, 42mm x .75mm
C Mounting Adapter (1" x 32TPI) Optional, for non-lens adapters and accessories (standard C-Mount lens does not reach focus)
Nosepiece Standard, T-Adapter to 2" nosepiece
Optional, T-Adapter to 1.25" nosepiece
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.45 x 4.45 x 2.50in / 11.30 x 11.30 x 6.35cm (add 0.23" for T-Mount)
Weight, without Nosepiece 40oz /1120g
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