Astro-imaging is an immensely rewarding hobby, but the challenges involved can seem difficult to beginners. Some of the best objects to start on are the planets of our own solar system and the Moon. Big, bright targets like Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Moon make wonderful models as they strut their way around the Sun on their celestial catwalk. The planets are relatively easy to locate and identify in the night sky, so solar system objects prime imaging targets for all astro-imagers.
Orion StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV
The Orion StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV is equipped with features that make it easy to take your own images of objects in our solar system. Its 1/3-inch format CMOS imaging sensor with a 1280 x 1024 pixel layout can take sharply detailed planetary and lunar images. Each pixel is a mere 3.6µm x 3.6µm in size for exceptional image resolution in 24-bit RGB color. Since the 8-bit output StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV is progressive scan, all pixels will be used for each and every exposure. At full 1280 x 1024 resolution, you can capture up to 15 frames per second. By stacking multiple exposures to create a single picture, you can increase image detail significantly.
The Imager's 1.25-inch nosepiece is threaded for 1.25-inch filters, so you can use astro-imaging filters and color visual filters to enhance your shots. The StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV features an integrated IR-cut filter to block both ultraviolet and infrared light. These wavelengths of light can degrade image quality, so by blocking them, the IR-cut filter helps to optimize contrast in all your images.
The included Orion AmCap software provides the means to capture images in the popular AVI movie format which are downloaded to your computer through its high speed USB 2.0 connection with the included 58-inch long USB cable. Website links are provided in the launcher to download popular free image processing software to be used with your AVI files to further enhance your astro-images. Image processing software allows you to align and stack (combine) hundreds of individual images into a single resultant image and perform additional image processing to bring out subtle details or to make the image appear more pleasing overall.
Get the StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV and take your own shot of the Moon and planets!
Orion StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV Features
- Image processing software allows you to align and stack (combine) hundreds of individual images.
- The included Orion AmCap software provides the means to capture images in the popular AVI movie format.
- Integrated IR-cut filter to block both ultraviolet and infrared light.
- Each pixel is a mere 3.6µm x 3.6µm in size for exceptional image resolution in 24-bit RGB color.
- At full 1280 x 1024 resolution, you can capture up to 15 frames per second.
- Additional Information
SKU OR-52175 Manufacturer Orion Color or B&W? Color Sensor Type CMOS Series Orion Starshoot Pixel Size < 5 Microns Chip Diagonal Less than 6mm Warranty Orion Limited Warranty Sensor Manufacturer Sony # of Sensors Single Sensor Sensor Model ICX205 CCD Class Standard Pixel Size in Micrometers 3.6 x 3.6 microns Pixel Array 1280 x 1024 Sensor Diagonal Less than 6mm Shutter Type Digital Filter Wheel No Interface USB 2.0
Customer Reviews 2 item(s)
My starshoot has given me many good images of the moon craters.I use a 2X barlow with a meade
etx125 at.I am very pleased with the unit and the
ease with which I get excelent video,run through
registax to show detail in crater,espialy, romer.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- Jury is out, but...
I was hoping I could relatively effortlessly take some decent looking pix, but am disappointed so far. I've been out three times trying to image Jupiter. It doesn't look anywhere near as good on the screen as it does through the EP. So I took some videos and put them through Registax, using default settings, and I also went through some of the frames looking for one of the better ones. The frame I selected looks a lot better to me than the result Registax gave me. I have a lot of experimenting left to do, and a lot to learn about Registax, but I had hoped I would get better results without going through all that. My feeling right now is that this product is nothing more than an expensive reminder that if you want to do astroimaging, you should expect to spend some $$ and expect to become adept with stacking software, assuming that would help.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- Included Items
- Orion StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV
- AmCap Software CD-ROM
- 58" USB 2.0 Cable
- Parfocal Ring
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsQuestion by: Andy on May 23, 2014 4:56:13 AMIf you can focus the telescope and get your subject in the frame of this camera, you can photograph land based targets. The image resolution will only be around 1.3 megapixels and you will have to bring the laptop outside with the camera to record the picture, but it is possible with these limitations.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on May 26, 2014 9:07:05 AMHow does this camera provide magnification?
For example, I use a 25mm eyepiece on my telescope then swap to a 10mm eyepiece for greater magnification.
How does this camera achieve this?Question by: Phillip on May 15, 2016 4:21:00 AMThere are two types of magnification that people think of with planetary cameras - per-pixel resolution (how many pixels does the planet/object cover on the chip) and field of view (what percentage of the field of view does the object cover on the chip). Both must be considered to really understand how imaging magnification works.
If you have this camera (1280 x 1024 pixels at 3.6 micron pixel size) and a camera with fewer pixels (640 x 512) but the same pixel size, both cameras would show Jupiter covering the same number of pixels, but the second camera would have Jupiter covering more of the available frame. Also, if you have a 3rd camera with the same size chip as the first camera but larger pixels (say twice as big - 640 x 512 at 7.2 micron pixels), then Jupiter covers the same percentage of the chip but only half as many pixels on the third camera compared to the first.
The magic formula to figure per-pixel resolution is 206 x pixel size / focal length, so if you take this camera and put it on an 8" SCT, you get 206*3.6/2000 = ~0.37 arcseconds per pixel. Jupiter at its closest covers ~45 arcseconds, so this would give you an image that covers ~122 pixels across the chip (around 10% of the chip width). An eyepiece with the same FOV would show you ~8 arcminutes field of view, which is roughly equivalent to the FOV of a 5mm Plossl at 400x magnification. Adding a 2x barlow gives you even more equivalent magnification.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on May 15, 2016 12:27:00 PMQuestion by: Jackie27 on May 25, 2014 1:27:54 PMI'd like to make a few images with my Coronado 60mm Solar Max II (BF10). Will this camera give a satisfactory image size and can it achieve focus without needing a Barlow?Question by: Michael Carnes on May 25, 2015 3:08:00 PMGenerally speaking, monochrome cameras are preferred to color for H-alpha telescopes due to the loss of resolution color cameras have with narrow bandpass scopes (only 1/4 of the pixels can pick up any H-alpha detail). Be that as it may, the camera will still be usable and will give you an image of about 3/4 of the sun wide by ~2/3 the sun high with your scope. It will reach focus without a barlow.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on May 26, 2015 3:03:00 PMOne additional question regarding MacBook Airs: my Air doesn't have the ability to read a CD. Would that pose a problem as far as installing required S/W that comes with the StarShoot?Question by: edhuff on Dec 1, 2014 3:58:31 AMNo, it will not be a problem. Orion has the software for this camera available for download from their website at this link: http://www.telescope.com/Orion-StarShoot-Solar-System-Color-Imaging-Camera-IV/p/99577.uts.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Dec 1, 2014 11:03:04 AMDoes the StarShoot allow a "live view" from camera to computer screen? The descriptions were not quite assuring. Thanks.I have a MacBook Pro 15 which has USB 3. The interface for this camera is USB 2.0, will this create a problem?Question by: Silje on Jan 5, 2015 10:14:51 AMAlmost. This camera will fit any telescope with a 1.25" connection and will reach focus with any telescope with at least 15mm of back focus (some high end or custom Dobsonians have less than this). In order to take an image of anything but the moon, you will also want to have a tracking motor on your telescope as the field of view on this camera is small and it will be hard to manually keep anything on the sensor. You will also need an appropriate computer to view the images on.Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Jan 6, 2015 4:42:49 AMQuestion by: amimo on Sep 15, 2014 1:07:01 PMThis indeed will work on the ETX-90 as this imager comes with an 1.25" nosepiece. Therefore this will be compatible to any telescope that has an 1.25" port such as Meade or Celestron SCTs & other refractors & reflectors that have 1.25" ports.Answer by: Roderick (Admin) on Sep 17, 2014 11:53:18 AM
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