The Imaging Source IS-2CI CCD Camera Highlights...
- Model DFK 31AF03.AS
- Color FireWire camera without IR cut filter
- 1/3" CCD, progressive scan
- Resolution 1024 x 768
- Max. 30 fps
- Max exposure time 60 min
- C/CS Mount
- Software included
High resolution, Fast Refresh Rate...
Imaging Source's DFK 31AF03.AS CCD Camera combines a high resolution, fast refresh rate and a low price. It is ideally suited to amateur astronomers wishing to deploy a mega pixel camera. Using the shipped software - IC Capture - you can save the captured images to lossless and uncompressed AVI files.
Color Sony® CCD...
The Imaging Source camera DBK 31AF03.AS uses the color progressive scan CCD ICX204AK from Sony®. With its 1/3" format, the CCD produces a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. Even at long exposure times, its noise is minimal.
IR Cut Filter Included...
Unlike the human eye, CCDs are sensitive to near infrared light (wavelengths over 700nm). The CCD camera DFK 31AF03.AS ships with an IR cut filter. Thus, its deployment is recommended for applications in which capture of these wavelengths would lead to interference.
Fast Display of Color Images...
For the visualization of raw data from the color CCD (RAW format), the data stream must be post-processed (color interpolation). Interpolated color images require much more bandwidth to transfer than original RAW images. Color interpolation in the CCD camera DFK 31AF03.AS can be switched off and thus 30 color frames per second can be transferred. In this case, the images are color interpolated on the host PC with the shipped software IC Capture.AS. Alternatively, should color interpolation not be desirable at all, AVI files can be written in RAW format.
Fast Data Transfer via FireWire...
The DFK 31AF03.AS outputs uncompressed color images in fast sequences. In order to transfer these to the host PC, a very fast bus is required. Hence, the camera is fitted with a FireWire connector (cable sold separately).
Included Device Driver for FireWire CCD Cameras...
The driver IC WDM DCAM TIS embeds all FireWire CCD cameras, manufactured by The Imaging Source, into Windows® 2000 and Windows® XP. By deploying this driver, all CCD cameras are compatible to DirectX®. Consequently, all The Imaging Source CCD cameras can be used with all astrophotography software that is compatible to DirectX®.
Included Camera Control Software...
IC Capture.AS is authored by The Imaging Source and has been specifically designed for use with CCD cameras. Using IC Capture.AS, you can do the following: Set all camera parameters... See the live image data stream from the camera... Retrieve singular images from the camera and save them as BMP or JPG files... Capture image sequences and save the single images as enumerated BMP or JPG files... Capture image sequences and save them as lossless, uncompressed AVI files. These files can be post-processed in other astronomy applications, such as RegiStax.
AVI File Generation...
With IC Capture.AS you can save the images outputted from the camera as an AVI file. There are two approaches to achieve this: If you would like to save a compressed AVI file, simply select the appropriate codec in IC Capture.AS (DivX, for example). If you prefer uncompressed AVIs, simply select the shipped codec (uncompressed Y800, uncompressed RGB24, uncompressed RGB32, uncompressed UYVY).
- RegiStax (Windows®): RegiStax can read the uncompressed AVI files that are created by IC Capture.AS
- Astro IIDC (Mac OS): Using Astro IIDC you can control all The Imaging Source FireWire CCD cameras on Mac OS.
- Additional Information
SKU IM-IS-2CI Manufacturer Imaging Source Color or B&W? Color Sensor Type Interline Transfer Series Imaging Source Firewire Warranty 1 Year Warranty Sensor Manufacturer Sony # of Sensors Single Sensor Sensor Model ICX204AK Filter Wheel No
- Included Items
- Imaging Source DBK 31AF03.AS CCD Camera Body
- Sony ICX204AK progressive scan color CCD with No IR Blocking
- IC Capture.AS Camera Control Software
- IC WDM DCAM TIS Device Driver Software
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsQuestion by: alfredo vargas on Aug 16, 2015 12:27:00 AMThis camera was primarily designed for planetary photography. It does have the ability to take exposures up to 60 minutes. However, due to the small chip size it will produce a very small field of view. In addition it does not have the ability to save deep sky images in the .fits format which is more favorable for deep sky.Answer by: Todd R (Admin) on Aug 17, 2015 10:45:00 AM
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