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MallinCam StarVision - StarVision

Mallin Cam   ——   SKU: MAL-STARVISION
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MallinCam StarVision

For several years, MallinCam has been researching the production of a USB camera which shares some of the features and technologies incorporated in their MallinCam Xterminator video CCD cameras, but also adding several upgraded features for improved performance. One of these is the use of the Sony ICX825AQA CCD sensor.

The MallinCam StarVision camera is the result! The sensor used in the StarVision camera is 11 mm measured diagonally compared with the 8 mm sensor in the Xterminator, thus providing a wider field of view, which is desirable for larger objects. In addition, this sensor is capable of producing pinpoint stars with zero star artifacts and zero amplifier glow. This camera can be used both in light polluted urban environments or at dark sky sites. It will excel at outreach events where MallinCam has been leading the market with its full line of video astronomy cameras for live applications. And, there is more to this StarVision camera by MallinCam than just an amazing new sensor!

The MallinCam StarVision Video CCD camera is in a class of its own. At the heart of the StarVision camera are internal 64 MB memory modules. This feature is not found on competitive cameras. By having dual internal memory modules, the data transmission load on the internal electronics is dramatically reduced. Also by incorporating DSP (digital signal processing) and other MallinCam developed noise reduction technologies, the StarVision achieves a level of low noise not achieved by other ICX825 CCD cameras.

Cameras from other manufacturers utilizing the ICX825 CCD sensor produce single frame images suffering from noise. To achieve acceptable images, stacking of multiple frames is needed. The StarVision is capable of producing excellent smooth, live, noise-free images without the need for subsequent stacking in a computer!

Circuit board technology employed in the StarVision camera from MallinCam: The front circuit board containing the CCD sensor is free of any other electronic components. This eliminates electronically induced noise from affecting the sensor and dramatically reduces heat from reaching that sensor. This technology is not utilized by other camera manufacturers. In addition, industrial grade components have been used throughout the camera's three double-sided populated circuit boards. Finally, the front CCD sensor board is made with 24 karat gold plating to insure the ultimate in connection integrity and low noise performance. Careful planning went into the design of this ultra-compact USB camera, making it usable with either ALT-AZ or Equatorial mounts.

The StarVision from MallinCam is designed and built for a lifetime of durability. The body is manufactured from CNC-machined aluminum and stainless steel, and the machine screws are also of stainless steel for outdoor durability. The rigidity of the case insures that the sensor will maintain permanent alignment and the sealed, clear, multicoated optical window insures that the CCD sensor will never need cleaning. This design provides the low maintenance factor you want in a camera. The professional USB 2.0 locking terminal and cable are designed for use in all environments and are especially suited for use outdoors. This is an astronomy camera!

The software is supplied on a USB stick and can be installed on your favorite PC. NOTE: There is no Mac version of the StarVision software.

Typical Software Specifications:

  • One cable operation (via a USB cable). No power supply required for operation, eliminating cable clutter.
  • Exposures of up to One Hour
  • Adjustable Buffered CCD Gain from 2.00X to 100.00X – an industry first!
  • No Amplifier Glow!
  • Countdown Timer
  • Adjustable Gamma
  • Adjustable Contrast
  • Adjustable Black Level
  • Adjustable Sharpness
  • Adjustable Noise Reduction
  • Adjustable 3D Noise Reduction
  • Adjustable Histogram
  • Binning Mode in full color
  • Hot Pixel Mapping Dark Frame
  • Dark Field Subtraction
  • Ability to save Dark Fields
  • Live Stacking Additive and Averaged Feature
  • And a whole lot more!

Main Camera Specifications:

  • Sony ICX825AQA EXview HAD II Class 1 Scientific Grade CCD Sensor
  • 11 mm (Type 2/3") Diagonal detector dimension
  • Approximately 1.45M Effective Pixels
  • 1392 (H) x 1040 (V) array size
  • Progressive Scan
  • 6.45 x 6.45 Micron Square Pixels
  • 2000 mv Sensitivity
  • Color operation
  • Binning Mode
  • Monochrome Mode
  • Ultra Compact 2” x 2” x 1.5” Size
  • 6.80 Ounces (192 Grams)
  • Professional Industrial USB 2.0 Locking Terminal
  • 15’ USB 2.0 Professional Grade Cable with Locking Connector
  • Aluminum and Stainless Steel CNC Housing Construction
  • Gold Plated Main CCD Board
  • Sealed CCD Chamber
  • Live Observing and Imaging Modes

What's In The Box:

  • MallinCam StarVision Camera
  • 15’ USB 2.0 Professional Grade Cable with Locking Connector
  • C-mount to 1.25” Threaded Adapter
  • Windows Software on USB stick
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