Apogee Aspen CG230 Grade 1 Back Illuminated Monochrome Camera

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Apogee Aspen CG230 Grade 1 Back Illuminated Monochrome Camera
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  • The Apogee Aspen CG230 Grade 1 Back Illuminated Monochrome Camera is a top quality Class 1 CCD Camera. Working in Monochrome insures that it's images are of the highest quality- using every millimeter of the sensor to take in the cosmic beauty that you intend to capture with it.
  • The Apogee Aspen CG230 Grade 1 Back Illuminated Monochrome Camera is absolutely superb in performance- with a massive range of exposure time that leaves little more to be desired rationally, a high power cooling system fully integrated, and a huge sensor for your imaging needs.


Apogee Aspen CG230 Grade 1 Back Illuminated Monochrome Camera

This high quality CCD Astronomical Camera is the newest in design innovation from Apogee Imaging Systems! The cooling system is new and improved; working better while at the same time, taking up notably less space than prior designs- leaving more space for the sensor and other internal components of the Camera. Further upgrades range from an improvement upon stray light baffling, the addition of a Network interface with built in web servers, and support of dual CCD's of up to 16Mhz. All in all, this is a stellar example of a Monochrome CCD camera- ideal for use in capturing the highest quality of wide field of view images of any of the various possible ranges of astronomical imaging- ranging from Lunar to Deep Sky observing. Furthermore, it's potential for long exposure times guarantees a wide range of variable uses- and the highest quality of images for layering to produce color from monochrome, as well!

Apogee Aspen CG230 Grade 1 Back Illuminated Monochrome Camera- Features and Specifications

  • 1 to 4 MHz 16-Bit digitization
  • USB and Ethernet interface
  • Programmable cooling up to 65°C below ambient
  • High reliability shutter (>5 million cycles)
  • 32 MByte camera memory
  • Subarray readout and fast sequencing modes
  • Adjustable fan speed for low/zero vibration
  • General purpose programmable I/O port
  • Programmable status indicators
  • 32/64 bit ActiveX drivers included
  • Field upgradeable firmware
  • AR coated silica windows
  • RBI pre-flash
  • Precision locking filter wheels optional
  • Array Size (pixels) : 2048 x 2048
  • Pixel Size: 15 x 15 microns
  • Imaging Area: 30.7 x 30.7mm (944mm2)
  • Imaging Diagonal: 43.4mm
  • Linear Full Well (typical): 150K electrons
  • Dynamic Range: 85 dB
  • QE at 400nm: 55%
  • Peak QE (720nm): 96%
  • Anti-blooming: None
  • PC Interface: USB 2.0; Network interface with built-in web server, up to 2MHz throughput
  • Max. Cable Length: USB: 5 meters between hubs; 5 hubs maximum (max. total of 30m) Ethernet: 100 meters maximum
  • Digital Resolution: 16 bits dual or single channel
  • System Noise (typical): 12 e- RMS at 1 MHz.
  • Pixel Binning: 1 x 1 to 8 x 2048 on chip
  • Exposure Time: 100 milliseconds to 183 minutes (2.56 microsecond increments)
  • Image Sequencing: 1 to 65535 image sequences under software control
  • Frame Sizes: Full frame, subframe, focus mode
  • Cooling (typical): Thermoelectric cooler with forced air. Maximum cooling up to 65°C below ambient temperature.
  • Dark Current (typical): 0.4 e-/pixel/sec (-25°C)
  • Temperature Stability: +/- 0.1°C
  • Operating Environment: -25º to 40ºC. Relative humidity: 10 to 90% non-condensing.
  • Power: 50W maximum power with cooling maximum. AC/DC "brick" supply with int'l AC input plug (100-240V, 50-60Hz). Alternate 12V input from user's source.
  • Remote Triggering: LVTTL trigger input, expose strobe output.
  • Camera Head Size: Standard: G09. Aluminum, hard teal anodized. 6.5" x 6.4" x 4.7" (16.4 x 16.2 x 12 cm). Weight: 3.1 lb. (1.4 kg).
  • Back Focal Distance: Standard: 1.37" (3.48cm). [optical]
  • Shutter: 58mm

Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer Apogee
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Sensor Type Full Frame
Series Apogee Aspen
Pixel Size > 9 Microns
Chip Diagonal 22mm & Up
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Front or Back Illumination Back Illuminated
Sensor Model CCD230-42
CCD Class Class 1
Pixel Size in Micrometers 15 microns
Pixel Array 30.7mm x 30.7mm
Sensor Diagonal 43.4mm
Minimum Exposure Time 100 milliseconds (2.56 microsecond increments)
Maximum Exposure Time 183 minutes (2.56 microsecond increments)
Binning Modes 1x1
Dark Current 0.4 e-/pixel/sec (-25°C)
Interface USB 2.0
Operating System Compatibility Windows
Camera Cooling Type Thermo-electric Cooling (TEC)
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