Starlight Xpress Ultrastar Mini CCD Camera - Monochrome

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Starlight Xpress Ultrastar Mini CCD Camera - Monochrome
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  • The Starlight Xpress Ultrastar Monochrome is an ultra-compact CCD camera suitable for both imaging and guiding.
  • Included Starlight Xpress LIVE processing software stacks images while you shoot! Building highly detailed, beautiful images right before your eyes. Perfect for beginners, outreach and teaching opportunities.
  • Nearly twice the imaging area of the Lodestar.
  • Progressive scan, anti blooming, highly sensitive Sony ICX825 AL CCD chip.
  • Super compact camera weighs an ultra-light 3 ounces and is 1.25" in diameter, fitting perfectly into your existing adapters.
  • Powered by mini-USB 2.0 with a very low draw, perfect for travel and lightweight set ups.


The Starlight Xpress Ultrastar Mini CCD Camera - Monochrome

Borrowing from the same compact concept as the Starlight Xpress Lodestar, the Ultrastar is highly sensitive miniature CCD camera with both guiding and imaging capabilities.  Low internal noise and ease of use make the Ultrastar an exceptional primary camera choice for the beginning astro-photograher and a premium guide camera for the intermediate to advanced user.  

Perhaps the Ultrastar's greatest feature is the ability to stack images while shooting.  When used in conjunction with Starlight LIVE software, the Ultrastar will provide a build-as-you-go imaging experience.   Rich detail is exposed when short exposures are combined over the course of the imaging session making it a great choice for outreach and educational situations where students and participants can see their final imaging results with almost instant satisification, without the tedium of post-processing.   While the camera is uncooled, the internal noise levels are very low.  Warm pixels are simply removed by applying hot pixel filters, stacking dithered images or using conventional dark frame subtraction.   Starlight Xpress' original image processing software is included to allow for as much fine-tuning as you please. 

The Ultrastar is extremely compact and perfect for grab-and-go imaging set ups.  If you love to travel, camp or hike to more remote locations for imaging or own a very lightweight setup this is the camera for you!  Powered by mini-USB which connects through the rear of the camera, the Ultrastar draws less than 200mA.  Leave the extra power supply at home!  The camera is a featherweight at only 3 ounces.  It will never bog down your gear on even the most lightweight of imaging set ups. 

For those seeking a premium guide camera, the Ultrastar provides nearly twice the imaging area of the Lodestar. The Sony ExView 2/3" format CCD chip also provides progressive scanning and better dark current performance. 

Additional Key Features

  • 1.25" diameter allows the Ultrastar to drop neatly into your 1.25" eyepiece holder, no extra adapters needed. 
  • Large imaging area: A 8.98mm x 6.71mm imaging area gives you ample space for wide field imaging of galaxies, nebulae and for finding a guide star with ease. 
  • Impressive 75% QE, the Sony ExView ICX825AL Monochrome Grade 1 CCD chip has large 6.45 micron square pixels to quickly and effectively gather light. 
  • Verical anti-blooming keeps light from "spilling over" into unwanted pixels.
  • Full size RJ12 Autoguider port. Eliminates extra cables from your computer to your mount for mount corrections. 
  • USB 2.0 powered.  2 frame per second at full resolution download speed. 
  • Aluminum construction for durability. 

Ultrastar Specifications

  • CCD Sensor: Sony ICX825AL ExView Color Sensor
  • Vertical Anti-Blooming, Overload Margin Greater Than 1000x
  • Pixel Size: 6.45 Micron Square
  • Array: 1392 x 1040 Pixels
  • Image Area: 8.98 x 6.71mm 
  • Spectral Response: Approx. 75% QE at 620nm, 45% at 400 and 770nm
  • Readout Noise: Typically 5 Electrons RMS
  • Full Well Capacity: Greater Than 23,000 e- Unbinned 
  • Dark Current: Dark Frame Saturation Time Greater Than 1 Hour. Less Than 0.1 Electrons/ Second at +10C Ambient. 
  • Data Format: 16 Bit. 
  • System Gain: 0.3 e/ ADU
  • Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 Compatible Interface
  • Image Download Time: 2 Frames/ Second at Full Resolution
  • Power Requirements: USB Powered (cable provided)
  • Cooling System: Ambient Air Cooling
  • Size: 1.25" Diameter by 3.35" Long
  • Finish: Black Anodized Aluminum
  • Adapter: Built-in C Thread
  • Weight: Approx. 3 Ounces


Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer Starlight Xpress
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Series Starlight Xpress Ultrastar
Pixel Size 5-7 Microns
Chip Diagonal 10.1mm - 12mm
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Sony
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Sensor Model ICX825
CCD Class Class 1
Anti-Blooming Sensor? yes
Micro-lensing Sensor? no
Quantum Efficiency 75% @ 620nm, 45% @ 400nm and 770nm
Blue Enhanced Sensor? no
Full Well Capacity greater than 23,000 e- (unbanned)
Pixel Size in Micrometers 6.45 x 6.45 micron
Pixel Array 1392 x 1040 pixels
Sensor Diagonal 11.21mm
Integrated Guider? Yes, in camera
Shutter Type Digital
Dark Current Saturation time greater than one hour. Less than 0.1 electrons/second @ +10C ambient.
Filter Wheel No
Interface mini-USB 2.0
Included Software LIVE and standard processing
Camera Body Dimensions 1.25" round x 3.35" long
Camera Weight 3 ounces
Included Items

Included Items

  • Starlight Xpress Ultrastar
  • Mini-USB 2.0 Cable
  • Starlight Xpress LIVE Processing Software
  • Starlight Xpress Image Processing Software
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