Starlight Xpress UltraStar Pro Monochrome Guide Camera - Blue -

Starlight Xpress UltraStar Pro Monochrome Guide Camera - Blue -

Starlight Xpress LodeStar Pro Monochrome Autoguider - Blue -

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Price Range: $542 to $542

Starlight Xpress Lodestar Pro Autoguider

The Starlight Xpress Lodestar Pro is a compact guider powered and operated by a single USB2 computer connection. The Lodestar Pro also provides an opto-isolated output connection for direct control of most mounts via their Autoguider sockets. This output is compatible with the ST4 style of RJ12 connection and supplies 4 pull down direction lines and a common return. Alternatively, you may send the mount control signals via a serial connection from the guider control computer. The LodeStar Pro includes a USB cable and an ST4 cable.

This LodeStar Pro monochrome autoguider comes equipped with extremely low read noise and a fast readout!

The SX Lodestar Pro utilizes a very sensitive Sony ‘ExView’ CCD (the ICX829) with an array of 752 x 580 pixels in a ‘half-inch’ format. Because of the high sensitivity and high dynamic range characteristics of the Sony ICX829, the Starlight Xpress Lodestar Pro makes a superb electronic finder and planetary imaging camera as well as a splendid autoguider!

Starlight Xpress Lodestar Pro Specifications

  • Sensor: ICX829AL Sony ExView II Interline CCD
  • Pixel size: 8.6um x 8.3um
  • Image format: 752 x 580 pixels
  • CCD Image area: 6.4mm x 4.75mm
  • CCD quality: Grade 1
  • Spectral Response: QE max ~77%)
  • Readout Noise: Typically only 5.5 electrons
  • Full-well capacity: Typically 45,000 e- (unbinned)
  • Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 1000x
  • Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 1 hour; <0.1 electrons/second @ + 10C ambient
  • Data format: 16 bits
  • System gain: 0.75 electrons per ADU
  • Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface
  • Image download time: Typically 180ms at full resolution
  • USB 2.0. (60ms binned 2x2)
  • Power requirements: USB powered
  • Cooling system: Ambient air cooling
  • Size: 32 x 72mm blue anodized aluminum barrel
  • Thread: ‘C mount’ thread at the CCD window
  • Weight: approx. 50g.
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