MallinCam SkyRaider DS2.3PLUS Video/Imager/Autoguider
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The New SkyRaider DS2.3PLUS video/imager/autoguider is the newest in the SkyRaider family of astronomical video cameras. It includes the very latest Sony EXmor CMOS sensor to deliver the increased sensitivity needed for astronomical observation and imaging. The New SkyRaider DS2.3PLUS is ready for the most demanding applications in video astronomy, excelling at live observing of both deep sky and solar system objects. The MallinCam SkyRaider DS2.3PLUS is the most versatile video/imaging camera ever created for computer use. All astronomical targets can be observed live while images are captured or while video is recorded simultaneously.
The DS2.3PLUS utilizes a 2.35 effective megapixel, Sony IMX302LQJ Exmor ceramic Color CMOS Image Sensor. The Sony EXmor sensor is larger than a 1/2" type sensor and measures 13.4mm diagonally. The camera delivers high resolution images using all telescope types and a standard focal reducer can be used to further increase the field of view needed for those spectacular large astronomical objects. The Sony IMX302LQJ Exmor sensor has significantly improved sensitivity in the near infrared light region, and it utilizes square pixels with dimensions of 5.86 µm H X 5.86 µm V, and with high signal-to-noise ratio.
Using USB3 technology, the MallinCam SkyRaider DS2.3PLUS delivers fast download speeds, near instantaneous to the computer, perfect for displaying live images, capturing long exposure images, or recording uncompressed video files. A fan assisted passive cooling system ensures sensor temperature stability and super low noise (S/N ratio).
The New MALLINCAM SKYRAIDER DS2.3PLUS camera's Sony EXmor sensor sensitivity is augmented by incorporating CDS(correlated double sampling) procedures. This feature ensures that the SkyRaider DS2.3 is perfect for astronomy and other dark field applications, as well as the bright field applications required for lunar, planetary and solar observing. The SkyRaider DS2.3PLUS camera can be used to replace traditional CCD cameras to some extent, since its unique features (including high sensitivity, low noise, and Global Shutter) are found only in this MallinCam model. NOTE: Only a few sensors produced have the Global shutter function.
By utilizing MALLINCAMSKY Software application Dark Frame Correction (Pat. applied) feature, an internal Peltier cooler (TEC) is not needed. This results in the use of only a single cable from the camera to the computer's USB 3.0 port. The Dark Field Correction (Pat. Applied) feature removes all hot pixels, warm pixels, amp glow and dark current noise on the fly making this premier astronomy camera the idea choice in the field or in an observatory. Among other advanced features, a Star Registration System for stacking live images has been implemented. Taking images with super short exposures with a ALT-AZ motorized mount telescope is now possible while still keeping stars aligned in the image.
The global Shutter function allow a user to Live Image any solar system objects such as Lunar, Planets and Solar (with proper solar filter) with no distortion minimizing atmospheric disturbance. For solar, lunar, planets imaging and live view, it is required to capture the exact shape of a high-speed moving subject. The existing CMOS and CCD image sensors on the market today have a rolling shutter as their electronic shutter function; therefore, focal plane distortion is inevitable. A new pixel with analog memory was developed for the IMX302LQJ (Sony Exmor ceramic Color CMOS Image Sensor) and eliminated generation of the focal plane distortion by enabling scanning of all pixel signals at once referred to as "Global Shutter Function". The sensor accomplished high-quality picture combining with the column-parallel A/D conversion technology used for the MallinCam SkyRaider DS2.3PLUS image sensors. No other camera in the price range use this technology.
Before you plan to purchase any other camera brands with CCD's, do your research and check to see if they have Global Shutter Function. Chances are they don't.
- Star Registration System for Live Stacking on the Fly
- Ideal for all Motorized Alt-Az mounted telescopes
- Support and includes Full Trigger Mode
- Built-in Memories
- Global Shutter
- CDS (Correlated Double Sampling)
- 2.35 Mega Pixels CMOS ceramic color sensor
- 13.4 mm diagonal (WUXGA Mode)
- Number of effective pixels 1936 (H) × 1216 (V) (WUXGA Mode)
- Transfer method: All-pixel scan
- Full HD
- Hand Selected sensor class 0 Scientific grade
- Sealed Multi-Coated Optical Window
- FPS/Resolution: up to30@1936x1216 (computer performance dependent)
- Progressive Scan, Global Shutter
- Pixel (μm): 5.86 square
- Connectivity USB 3.0
- Sensor Gain: Variable to 50X
- Sensor G Sensitivity: 1000mv @ 1/30s with IR Filter
- Sensor G Sensitivity without IR 2000mv
- Binning: 1x1
- Sensor: 2.35M/IMX302 Color Sensor 1936 X 1216
- Size(mm) 1/1.2" (7.20x4.5) (WUXGA mode)
- Guiding: ST4 standard protocol
- All Aluminum construction, precision CNC machining
- Hand crafted electronics assembly.
- One USB 3 cable operation,
- 1.25" adapter included,
- 5 meter long. (15 feet long) USB 3 high grade cable included
- Weight : 429 Grams (15.10 oz)
- Dimension: 3.1 inch diameter, 3-1/4 inch long