Imaging Source IS-1MU USB Monochrome CCD Camera

Imaging Source IS-1MU USB Monochrome CCD Camera
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  • The Imaging Source IS-1MU USB CCD Camera, or DMK 21AU04, is a monochrome CCD camera with a USB 2.0 connection and 60 frames per second capability.
  • The IS-1MU employs the Sony ICX098BL progressive scan CCD with a 640 x 480 pixel array.
  • With no compression, IR cut, electronic, or color filter, the Imaging Source IS-1MU USB CCD Camera produces true-to-life images of the night sky.


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

  • Model DMK 21AU04
  • Monochrome USB 2.0 camera without 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 monochrome CCD camera, manufactured by The Imaging Source, is the fastest in its category. The IS-1M is ideally suited for black and white astrophotography, where very fast image sequences are ideal. Using the included software - IC Capture.AS - you can capture lossless and uncompressed image sequences as AVI files.

Monochrome Sony® CCD...

The Imaging Source camera uses the monochrome progressive scan CCD ICX098BL 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. Thanks to its unsurpassed quality, the ICX098BL is often used in industrial image processing applications.

No compression, No filter...

The CCD Camera does not use compression, nor does it have an IR cut filter, a color filter or an electronic filter. Thus, the camera produces very true-to-life captures of the night sky.

Fast Data Transfer via USB 2.0...

The astro CCD camera outputs a fast stream of uncompressed monochrome images. In order to transfer these to the host PC, a very fast bus is required. Hence, the camera is fitted with a USB 2.0 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®.

Software Requirements for Driver...

  • PIII/800 MHz, 128 MB
  • Graphics card with 24 or 32 bit
  • Windows® 2000/SP2 or Windows® XP
  • DirectX® 9.0c or higher
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-1MU

Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer Imaging Source
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Sensor Type Interline Transfer
Series Imaging Source USB
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Sony
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Sensor Model ICX098BL
Filter Wheel No
Included Items

Included Items

  • Imaging Source DMK 21AU04 CCD Camera Body
  • Sony ICX098BL progressive scan CCD
  • IC Capture.AS Camera Control Software
  • IC WDM DCAM TIS Device Driver Software
  • Nosepiece
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