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Starlight Xpress Trius SX-36 USB2.0 Monochrome CCD Camera System, Kodak CCD Chip with 16 MP at 7.4 Microns, Back Focal Distance 17mm +/-1mm

SKU: SXTSX36 MFR: TRIUSSX-36
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Starlight Xpress SXVR-H36: Picture 1 regular

About the Starlight Xpress SXVR-H36

The Starlight Xpress SX-36 USB2.0 Monochrome CCD Camera System is the largest in the SX line of Kodak CCD based imagers. To reduce the negative effects of the greater Kodak dark signal, Starlight Xpress has used a two stage Peltier cooler for an extra 10 degree reduction in the CCD temperature and a new high-speed USB2 interface circuit to greatly reduce the download time. The fast download minimizes the visibility of bias frame artefacts, such as hot columns and the top to bottom gradient that is commonly seen on such chips.

When you choose a Starlight Xpress SX-36, you choose to get a large, high resolution Kodak CCD chip, with 16 megapixels at 7.4 microns. This means you want high sensitivity, with approximately 52% quantum efficiency at peak (green light), 31% at H alpha. The SXVF-H36 offers up a low dark signal - which means dark frames aren't necessary for most of the brighter deep sky objects. By choosing a Starlight Xpress SXVR-H36, you're also choosing to have anti-blooming with minimal effect on linearity and no lost active area.

The Starlight Xpress SX-36 offers built-in super high speed USB 2.0 interface for approximately 7 second downloads, a built-in autoguider interface and output - compatible with the optional dedicated external guide camera, a built-in dual serial ports for accessory control to directly drive filter wheels, GOTO telescopes etc. Your computer knows what that means... it means a single USB cable control for all features ! No more Medusa in the control room... and no un-needed power consumption!

Starlight Xpress SXVR-H36 Includes

  • Starlight Xpress Trius SX-36 USB2.0 Monochrome CCD Camera
  • Cooling System
  • Power Cables
  • Starlight Xpress Warranty

Starlight Xpress SXVR-H36 Features

  • Large, high resolution Kodak CCD chip, with 16,085,120 x 7.4uM square pixels in a 36.3 x 24.2mm array
  • Low dark signal - Dark frames not necessary for most of the brighter deep sky objects
  • Anti-blooming with minimal effect on linearity and no lost active area
  • Built-in super high speed USB 2.0 interface for approx. 10 second downloads
  • High sensitivity, approx. 52% QE at peak (green light), 31% at H alpha
  • Back focal distance 17mm +/-1mm
  • Built-in dual serial ports for accessory control - directly drive filter wheels, GOTO 'scopes etc
  • Single USB cable control for all features - get rid of that dangerous cable tangle!
  • Only one computer needed to control all of the devices and functions
  • Very low power consumption. Less than 1.0 amps at 12v DC - 12VA at 110v or 240v AC
  • Compact and lightweight - only 118mm in diameter x 102mm long - less than 1100 grams load on the telescope
  • 72 x 1mm input thread, compatible with Takahashi FSQ106 etc

Starlight Xpress SXVR-H36 Specifications

CCD type Kodak KAI16000M interline CCD with low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.
CCD Full resolution Pixel data Pixel size:7.4uM x 7.4uM, Image format: 4904 x 3280 pixels
CCD Image area 36.3mm (Horizontal) x 24.2mm (Vertical)
CCD quality Grade 2 available at this time
Spectral Response QE max at 540nM (-52%), 30% at 400nM and 660nM
Readout Noise Less than 12 electrons RMS - typically only 9 electrons
Full-well capacity Greater than 30,000 e- (unbinned)
Anti-blooming Overload margin greater than 1000x
Dark current Dark frame saturation time greater than 10 hours. Less than 0.05 electrons/second at + 10C ambient
Data format 16 bits
System gain 0.4 electrons per ADU
Computer Interface Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface
Image download time Typically 10 seconds at full resolution using USB 2.0
Power requirements 115VAC / 240VAC at 12VA, or 12VDC at 750mA max
Cooling system Regulated constant current cooling supply with two stage thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of approximately -40C below ambient
Size 118 x 102mm / 4.64 x 4.01" black anodized aluminium barrel with 72 x 1mm / 2.83 x 0.03" thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear. CCD alignment screws are provided for setting the chip parallel to the focal plane
Weight Approx. 1100g. / 38.80oz
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