Imaging Source IS-1CU USB Color CCD Camera

Imaging Source IS-1CU USB Color CCD Camera
Item # IM-IS-1CU
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  • The Imaging Source IS-1CU USB CCD Camera, or DFK 21AU04S, is a color CCD camera with a USB 2.0 connection and 60 frames per second capability.
  • The IS-1CU employs the Sony ICX098BQ progressive scan CCD with a 640 x 480 pixel array.
  • The Imaging Source IS-1CU USB CCD Camera is equipped with an IR cut filter that blocks wavelengths above 700nm. Thus, its properties are similar to those of the human eye.


The Imaging Source IS-1CU CCD Camera Highlights...

  • Model DFK 21AU04
  • Color USB CCD camera with IR cut filter
  • 1/4" CCD, progressive scan
  • Resolution 640 x 480
  • Max. 60 fps
  • Max exposure time 60 min
  • C/CS Mount
  • Software included

Up to 60 Frames Per Second...

At 60 frames per second (fps), the color CCD camera, manufactured by The Imaging Source, is ideally suited for color astrophotography, where very fast image sequences are captured. Using the included software - IC Capture- you can capture lossless and uncompressed image sequences as AVI files.

Color Sony® CCD...

The Imaging Source camera uses the color progressive scan CCD ICX098BQ from Sony®. With its 1/4" format, the CCD produces a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Even at long exposure times, its noise is minimal.

Fast Display of Color Images...

IC Capture.AS performs color interpolation on the raw color data (RAW format) from the CCD chip. This reduces the load on the camera processor. Should, on the other hand, the camera be installed on a host PC in which the CPU is not particularly fast, color interpolation can be performed by the camera itself. In this case, the maximum refresh rate is 30 fps. Alternatively, should color interpolation not be desirable at all, AVI files can be written in RAW format.

Fast Data Transfer via USB 2.0...

The CCD Camera generates a fast stream of uncompressed color images. In order to transfer these to the host PC, a very fast bus is required. Hence, the camera is fitted with a USB connector.(cable sold separately).

Included Device Driver for USB 2.0 CCD Cameras...

The driver IC WDM DCAM TIS embeds all USB 2.0 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).

Program Compatibility...

  • 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.
Imaging Source Product Number: IS-1CU
Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer Imaging Source
Color or B&W? Color
Sensor Type Interline Transfer
Series Imaging Source USB
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Sony
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Sensor Model ICX098BQ
Filter Wheel No
Included Items

Included Items

  • Imaging Source DFK 21AU04 CCD Camera Body
  • Sony ICX098BQ progressive scan color CCD
  • IC Capture.AS Camera Control Software
  • IC WDM DCAM TIS Device Driver Software
  • Nosepiece
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Is this camera supported by windows 7 and above
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