OpticStar PX-35C 1/4" Color Planetary Video Camera
The PX-35C is the ideal entry level colour planetary CCD camera with high sensitivity. The PX-75C is also well suited for Lunar and Solar imaging. Please note that for Solar imaging, the camera should be used only with an appropriate solar telescope or solar filter. The PX-35C is well suited for imaging planets due to its very low noise characteristics and high Gain while retaining the necessary high signal-to-noise (S/N) ratios. The camera can also be used for industrial inspection and microscopy applications. Noise reduction and Gain are features implemented in the hardware to deliver exceptional performance.
Thermal noise is kept to a minimum via a heat-sink that is directly attached to the back of the Sony CCD sensor and a fan that that draws the heat out of the camera fast. Enclosed camera cases will typically show temperatures of around 10ºC above ambient temperature, these can rise dramatically during extended exposures. Air-cooled cameras such as the PX-35C will show internal temperatures of around 3ºC above ambient temperature under normal use, thermal noise halves for every 6 degrees of drop in temperature which means that a similar non air-cooled camera with have over twice the noise of the PX-35C during shorter exposures.
The PX-35C requires a fully featured, full speed USB2.0 port to take advantage of all the camera’s advanced features. The PX-35C CoolAir fan-cooled CCD camera offers exceptional performance and versatility easily outperforming cameras costing considerably more. The PX-35C electronics ensure high signal-to-noise ratio even at very short exposure times. The camera can achieve 30 frames per second at the full 640x480 resolution.
The camera is recommended for lunar and solar (with a solar filter) imaging. It includes Opticstar View software for image capture and camera control with a point and click interface. It can capture single frames, a series of single frames in BMP format or in AVI video format. The captured video data can optionally be compressed if required in MPEG-4 format. The PX-35C camera can stream and store video to disk at up to 30 frames per second at 640x480 resolution, it can also grab single frames at 640x480. All video and single frames are captured without compression, ensuring high image quality. Higher frame rates can be achieved by reducing the resolution via the camera control software.
OpticStar PX-35C 1/4" Color CCD Camera Features
- Sensor: 1/4" Sony ICX098BQ CCD
- Sensor Resolution: 640(H) x 480(V)
- Frame Rate: 30 FPS @ 640x480
- USB 2.0 Powered
- Hardware Gain
- No Infra Red filter
- Suitable for Planetary, Lunar & Solar imaging
- Air-Cooled with internal fan
- Robust aluminium alloy body
- Bundled Software
OpticStar Product Number: PX-35C