Starlight Xpress Trius SX-36 Progessive Scan CCD Camera

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Starlight Xpress Trius SX-36 Progessive Scan CCD Camera
Item # SX-SX-36
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  • The Starlight Xpress Trius SX-36 CCD camera features a Truesense (Kodak) KAI16070M sensor. With large pixel size and a giant array this camera is capable of capturing large wide field objects in stunning high resolution. Includes anti-blooming technology.
  • Very low dark signal. Dark frames are unnecessary for most bright deep sky objects.
  • 10 second downloads via USB 2.0 connection.
  • Very high sensitivity. Approximately 52% QE at peak (green light), 31% at H-alpha.
  • Back focus distance of 17mm.
  • Lightweight and compact, this is a powerhouse image with a HUGE sensor in a tiny body. Weighs less than 2 pounds and is about as big around as a CDrom.


Starlight Xpress Trius SX-36 Details

A big camera in a tiny body the Trius SX-35 and 36 offer the largest sensors in the Trius lineup.  A Truesense (Kodak) KAI16070M imaging sensor is housed in a 4 inch round, 4 inch long body.  Sporting 7.4 micron square pixels, set in a huge 36.3 x 24.2mm array, this ultra-sensitive sensor is capable of capturing large deep sky objects in a beautiful high resolution.   Low dark signal eliminates the need for dark frames when capturing brighter deep sky objects.  Anti-blooming technology enhances sharpness and minimizes post processing times. 

Focusing on smart design, Starlight Xpress has packed a USB hub into this small camera offering three separate USB connections to power your various accessories like color filter wheels and guiders.  By connecting directly to your camera, you'll need only one computer to control everything!  A single USB control cable eliminates yards of cables that would otherwise be a tangle.  USB 2.0 connections offer super fast, 10 second download times. The Trius SX is a model of power conservation too, sipping less than 1 amp at 12v DC - 18VA at 110v or 240v AC.  72 x 1mm input thread make this camera directly compatible to the Takahashi FSQ106 and easily adapted to a wide array of telescopes.

Detailed specifications:

  • CCD type: Truesense KAI16070M interline CCD with low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.
  • CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 7.4uM x 7.4uM, Image format: 4904 x 3280 pixels
  • CCD Image area: 36.3mm (Horizontal) x 24.2mm (Vertical).
  • CCD quality: Grade 2 available at this time.
  • Spectral Response: QE max at 540nM (~52%), 30% at 375nM and 660nM.
  • Readout Noise: Less than 12 electrons RMS - typically only 9 electrons.
  • Full-well capacity: Greater than 40,000 e- (unbinned)
  • Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 1000x.
  • Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 10 hours. Less than 0.05 electrons/second @ -20C chip temperature.
  • Data format: 16 bits.
  • System gain: 0.4 electrons per ADU
  • Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.
  • Image download time: Typically 10 seconds at full resolution using USB 2.0.
  • Power requirements: 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 750mA max.
  • Cooling system: Regulated constant current cooling supply with three stage thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of approximately -37C below ambient.
  • Size: 118 x 102mm black anodised aluminium barrel with 72 x 1mm thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear. CCD alignment screws are provided for setting the chip parallel to the focal plane.
  • Weight: approx. 1100g.
Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer Starlight Xpress
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Sensor Type Interline Transfer
Series Starlight Xpress Trius SX
Pixel Size 7-9 Microns
Chip Diagonal 22mm & Up
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Truesense, formerly Kodak
# of Sensors Single Sensor
CCD Class Class 2
Anti-Blooming Sensor? yes
Quantum Efficiency QE max at 540nM (~52%), 30% at 375nM and 660nM.
Full Well Capacity Greater than 40,000 e- (unbinned)
Pixel Size in Micrometers 7.4 microns square
Pixel Array 4904 x 3280 pixels
Sensor Diagonal 4.4461mm
Integrated Guider? No
Focus Distance To Sensor 17mm +/-1mm
Shutter Type Digital
Dark Current Dark frame saturation time greater than 10 hours. Less than 0.05 electrons/second @ -20C chip temperature
Filter Wheel No
Interface USB 2.0
Camera Cooling Type Thermo-electric Cooling (TEC)
Camera Body Dimensions 4.64" x 4.02"
Camera Weight 1 lb. 12.5 oz.
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