QSI 683CSG Color CCD Camera - Mechanical Shutter & Integrated Guide Port- Discontinued

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QSI 683CSG Color CCD Camera - Mechanical Shutter & Integrated Guide Port- Discontinued   Discontinued
$3,895.00
Item # QS-683CSG
  • The QSI 683CSG Color CCD Camera features an even-illumination shutter with shutter speeds down to 30ms and a built-in guider port that can accept an auto-guider (sold separately).
  • Full-frame 8.3 megapixel color CCD sensor incorporates RGB color filters built into the CCD for single-shot color imaging without additional filters.
  • The QSI 683CSG Color CCD Camera employs a single-shot color 8.3mp Kodak KAF-8300 sensor.
  • USB 2.0 High-Speed, 16-bit output and dual read rates of 800kHz and 8MHz.
  • The QSI 683CSG Color CCD Camera was developed to meet your specific medical, astronomical or industrial imaging objectives.
  • Custom 2-stage TEC supporting regulated cooling to greater than 45C.
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About the QSI 683 CSG One Shot Color CCD Camera

The QSI 683csg CCD camera employs a color 8.3 megapixel Kodak (now TrueSense) full frame CCD imaging sensor. The KAF-8300C offers a large field of view in cameras using standard 1.25” filters. The 5.4um pixel size provides extremely high resolution. The sensor uses true two-phase charge transfer technology with a transparent gate that significantly increases optical response compared to traditional front illuminated full frame sensors. The superb imaging performance of the 683 CSG camera is wrapped in an attractive, compact design with outstanding power efficiency and investment protecting upgradeability. The refined engineering and impressive fit, finish and attention to detail will surpass your highest expectations.The QSI 683csg camera system is supported by industry-leading astronomy and microscopy image acquisition software, and a full camera control API is available for creating custom Windows or Linux applications.

QSI 683CSG CCD Camera Highlights

  • The QSI 683C camera comes with a TrueSense KAF-8300C color sensor, with 8.3MP and a peak QE of 57%
  • This model includes an Integrated Guider Port (IGP)
  • High speed USB 2.0 with 16-bit output
  • Dual read rates of 800kHz and 8MHz with virtually undetectable read noise
  • Electronic shutter speeds to 100 microseconds
  • Internal, even-illumination mechanical shutter for dark & bias frames
  • Intelligent, programmable two stage TEC cooling to 45C below ambient
  • ASCOM-compatible Windows COM API
  • Linux drivers and API

About the KAF-8300C Imaging Sensor

The QSI 683csg camera employs a Kodak KAF-8300 full frame one shot color CCD image sensor with micro-lensing technology. The KAF-8300C has excellent quantum efficiency between 350nm and 1000nm with peak QE of 57%. Low dark current and high pixel charge capacity results in a dynamic range exceeding 70db. The sensor has anti-blooming protection and a fast electronic shutter. Each of the 5.4μm square pixels are patterned with an RGB mosaic color filter with overlying microlenses for improved color response and reproduction.

Kodak KAF-8300C Specifications

  • CCD Architecture: Full Frame
  • Micro-lensing: Yes
  • Anti-Blooming: Yes - 1000x suppression
  • Imager Size: 17.96 mm Wide x 13.52 mm High
  • Pixel Array: 3326 x 2507 active pixels
  • Total Number of Pixels: 8.3 megapixels
  • Pixel Size: 5.4µm x 5.4µm
  • Quantum Efficiency: Peak: 57%, 400nm 38%
  • Dark Current Doubling: 5.8º C
  • Intrinsic Read Noise: 8 electrons RMS
  • Dynamic Range: 70db

About QSI Two-Stage TEC Cooling

The QSI 683csg has a very efficient custom 2-stage thermoelectric cooler (TEC) subsystem. Intelligent, programmable cooling fans are integrated into the rear of the camera body to remove the heat generated by the cooler. Typically, forced air cooling lowers the regulated CCD temperature by up to 45°C below ambient utilizing 85% power. Tight +/- 0.1°C temperature regulation is maintained at temperature settings of 10°C below ambient and lower. A slim liquid heat exchanger (sold separately) can be attached to the rear of the camera body to increase the cooling further, up to 55°C below the temperature of the circulating fluid.

The cooled CCD image sensor is positioned in a hermetically sealed environmental chamber and covered with an anti-reflection precision optical window. The sealed chamber is purged with an ultra dry noble gas to increase heat conduction and eliminate the possibility of frost forming inside the chamber. To extend the useful period before re-purging is required, a user-rechargeable micro-sieve desiccant is employed to scavenge water molecules that enter the chamber. It is located behind a sub-micron, gas-permeable membrane to prevent particulate contamination of the CCD chamber.

QSI Integrated Guide Port (IGP)

The QSI 600 Series WSG cameras provides a solution to the problems normally associated with guiding by integrating a Guider Port directly into the camera body. The pick-off prism is designed to sit in front of the filters so that you will always have all the star's light available for guiding.

The large 1/2” square pick-off prism of the integrated guide port is optimally positioned close to the internal filter wheel, supporting the use of guide cameras with large sensors, while preventing any vignetting of the main sensor, even with very fast optical systems. The Integrated Guide Port (IGP) is designed to support any camera with 12.5mm of back focus or less that can be attached using C-mount or T-mount threads.

The threaded adapter sits on top of the focus ring and allows the guide camera to be rotated to any position. The focus ring threads onto the focus base to allow 3mm of travel when focusing the guide camera. Once focus is achieved, the focus ring is locked with a set screw. The guide camera can still be rotated manually if desired without changing the focus. The end result is a rigid, easily focused guide camera that will not move or flex while your mount tracks the apparent motion of the night sky.

Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU QS-683CSG
Manufacturer QSI
Color or B&W? Color
Sensor Type Full Frame
Series QSI 600
Pixel Size 5-7 Microns
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Truesense, formerly Kodak
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Front or Back Illumination Front Illuminated
Sensor Model KAF-8300C
CCD Class Standard
Anti-Blooming Sensor? yes
Micro-lensing Sensor? yes
Quantum Efficiency 57% Peak
Blue Enhanced Sensor? no
Pixel Size in Micrometers 5.4um x 5.4um
Pixel Array 3326 x 2507 (active)
Integrated Guider? No, but includes Integrated Guide Port
Shutter Type Digital & Mechanical
Dark Current <0.1 electron per second at 0°C
Filter Wheel No
Interface USB 2.0
Operating System Compatibility Linux (3rd Party), Windows
Camera Cooling Type Liquid Cooled - Optional, Thermo-electric Cooling (TEC)
Camera Body Dimensions W5.86” x H5.56” x D2.50”
Camera Weight 51 ounces
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Included Items

Included Items

  • QSI 683CSG Color CCD Camera
  • Mechanical Shutter
  • Internal Guide Port
  • T-Mount Camera Adapter
  • T-Mount Adapter Cover
  • T-Mount to 2" Nosepiece
  • 12 VDC / 90-240 VAC Power Supply
  • 10' USB 2.0 Interface Cable
  • 10' Standard Guider Cable
  • QSI Software Installation CD ROM
  • Drivers for Maxim DL/CCD and CCD Soft
  • ActiveX Developer's Toolkit
  • Custom Fit Pelican Storage Case
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