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Altair GPCAM AR0130C Colour Camera with Meteor Lens

 
 
 
Altair GPCAM AR0130C Colour Ktec Telescopes
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199,95 €
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The GPCAMAR0130C is an all-in-one General Purpose astronomy camera with a 1.2mpx COLOUR CMOS AR0130 sensor.
 
Now, you can enjoy full HD imaging at lower cost than ever before, and with all the quality and features you'd expect - driven by maturing CMOS technology.
 
The GP-CAM let's you image the Moon, Sun and Planets, and even short exposure deep-sky imaging. What's more - an ST4 auto-guiding port is included!
 
 
 
The GPCAMAR0130C is ideal for imaging the planets without requiring colour RGB filters or a UV/IR blocking filter (this comes with the camera and can be removed if desired).
 
What's more, you can attach a standard C-mount lens for wide angle imaging of the sky to capture meteorites and aurora displays - or just create a video of the night sky as the earth rotates.
 
Full ROI (Region Of Interest) support is included, allowing you to increase the frame rate to very high speeds by focusing on planets or solar features, and with the free downloadable AltairCapture software, you can even take darkframes in seconds.
 
The GPCAMAR0130C colour sensor: Specially selected 1/3" Aptina AR0130C HD CMOS sensor with 3.75 micron pixels, high sensitivity and fast frame rate, as well as long time exposure capability. Special  DR-Pix Dynamic Response technology provides high colour performance in a very low light environment - a class leader for maintaining colour fidelity and low noise in low light situations, making it perfect for planetary imaging, video astronomy and even short deepsky exposures. Quantum efficiency (QE) peaks at about 68% in green, which is high for a colour sensor.
 
The electronics and CNC casing: Altair Astro GPCAM PCB boards feature ESD protection (Electro-Static Discharge). All the electronic components on the PCB board are of high quality and are imported from the USA and Japan. These quality components give Altair cameras more stable performance and a longer lifespan than most other cameras, hence the two year warranty. The camera casing is CNC machined on a CNC lathe will multi axis milling capabilities, accurate to thousands of an inch, therefore component fit and alignment are very accurate. The case features an internal heat transfer structure designed to conduct heat away from the electronics and directly from the sensor to be dissipated through the outer housing quickly and efficiently resulting in a cooler sensor and lower noise in long exposure mode. What's more, non-essential circiutry is shut down during long exposures resulting in even less noise and a stronger signal.
 
The camera: About the size of a small eyepiece, and weighing about 70 grams, the GP-CAM packs many features into a very small form factor. The sensor is protected by a double-side Anti Reflection (AR) coated optical window, The colour camera optical window blocks UV & IR light enabling direct use with telescopes, barlow and reducer lenses. The mono camera optical window is clear to allow the user full control over what type of light they wish to pass for example narrowband imaging, Ha solar imaging, RGB planetary imaging or even UV and IR planetary imaging (reveals extreme detail).
 
Connecting your GPCAM: A built-in ST4 auto guider port is included on the rear face with 2m ST4 cable for easy connection between auto guider directly to your GOTO mount. The camera is powered through the included 2m USB 2.0 cable to reduce cable-clutter. The CNC machined aluminum housing has a standard 1.25 inch OD barrel to fit to almost any telescope focuser. A standard 1.25 inch eyepiece filter can be installed, such as a light pollution filter. The 1.25" barrel can can be removed to reveal a standard C-mount thread compatible with most industrial and surveillance lenses or microscope eyepiece adapters. 
 
 
The Meteor lens: You can use the 150 degree FOV F1.6 Meteor lens for wide angle imaging of the sky to capture meteorites and aurora displays - or just create a video of the night sky as the earth rotates. You can even make timelapse daytime videos to capture cloud formations or capture any activity with standard high speed video mode. This little lens is sharp too, and perfectly capable of macro photography and video. Your imagination is the limit!
 
 
 
 
 
Software compatibility:
  • Note: This camera does not come with software in the box. You will need to download GP-CAM drivers and software to make it work.  DO NOT PLUG IN CAMERA UNTIL YOU HAVE INSTALLED THE DRIVERS.
  • Fully supported by the latest version of Sharpcap for still and video capture, and full control of your camera.
  • AltairCapture astrophotography software can also be downloaded to support image stacking, video preview, video recording, snapshot image capture, and raw data output. AltairCapture software also allows full control of the camera frame rate, exposure time in milliseconds, colour balance, gain, B&W / colour mode and ROI (Region Of Interest).
  • A special version of PHD2 can also be downloaded here.

 

 

 

Included in the box:
  • Camera body.
  • 2m High-speed USB2.0 A male to B male cable.
  • 2.1mm F1.6 150° wide angle meteor lens and dustcap
  • 1.5m ST4 guide cable.
  • 1.25 inch nosepiece with 1.25" filter thread.
  • Adapters included: 1.25"x20mm Astro extension with front filter thread, C-Mount for lenses
  • Rubber dust cap.
  • Note: This camera does not come with software in the box. You will need to download the latest GP-CAM drivers.
 
 
 
Sensor & performance specifications: (Where they differ, Colour and Mono camera specs are included for comparison).
 
GPCAMAR0130C: Aptina AR0130 Colour CMOS sensor
Sensor Size: 1/3" diagonal (4.8x3.6mm)
Exposure duration shortest/longest: 0.4 ms (0.0004 secs) / 800 secs
Bit depth: 8bit & 12bit mode switchable
Pixel size microns: 3.75x3.75 um
Resolution in pixels: 1280x960
Recording System: Still Picture and Video
Region Of Interest (ROI) support: Yes, user selectable via driver
Approx. Max frame rates (assuming computer Bus operating at full bandwidth):
1280x960 30FPS, 1024x768 40FPS, 800x600 70FPS, 640x480 100FPS, 20x240 200FPS
Sensor QE / Quantum Efficiency:
GPCAMAR0130C: 5.5v/lux-sec
Dynamic Range:
GPCAMAR0130C: >85.3dB
SNR Maximum:
GPCAMAR0130C: 44dB
Readout: Progressive Scan
Shutter: Electronic Rolling Shutter
 
 
 
Spectral Range & Colour Management - GPCAMAR0130C colour camera only:  
350-1050nm with double sided AR Coated window (removable)
White balance: ROI White Balance/ Manual Temp-Tint Adjustment
Colour Rendering Technique: Ultra Fine Colour Engine
 
 
 
Software & OS support:
Drivers & software download (Windows only): cameras.altairastro.com
Driver support: PHD2, AltairCapture, SharpCap, (Windows DirectShow)
AltairCapture OS support: Win XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10 (32 & 64 bit)
USB Port & Cable: 2.0 USB, 2m cable
ST4 Port & Cable: Standard ST4 Opto-Isolated, 1.5m cable, iOptron, Celestron, Skywatcher SynScan GOTO.
 
 
 
Physical characteristics:
Cooling: High Performance Cooling Chassis uses telescope focuser as heat-sink
Camera body length: 63mm total length including C-Mount and 1.25" Astro barrel
Weight grams: 70 g (camera net weight)
Optical window: AR-coated UV/IR blocking filter 380-650nm wavelength transmission
 
 
 
Back-focus & Adapter compatibility:
Optical Window is removable to reveal female C-Mount thread.
Camera body: OD 1.25" stepped barrel
Camera body thread: C-Mount female allows direct attachment of C-Mount lens
C-mount lens adapter: Included, terminates in female thread
C-mount lens compatibility: C-Mount male threaded lens with 12.526 mm back-focus requirement.
Astro filter thread adapter: Included, 1.25" OD, Female thread
Pushfit Barrel OD: Standard Astro format 1.25" OD eyepiece-barrel
Sensor surface distance from flat end of C-mount adapter: 17.58 mm
Sensor surface distance from flat end of 20mm 1.25” Astro adapter: 37.58 mm
 
 
 
Operating environment conditions:
Power consumption: 0.8 W (Ave. Camera running)
Max operating temp: 50 °C
Lowest operating temp: -10 °C
Max operating humidity: 80 % RH
Power source in Volts: 5V DC (via USB cable)
 
 
 
Windows PC Hardware Requirements:
Minimum CPU: Equal to Intel Core2 2.8GHz or Higher
Minimum Memory: 2GB or More
USB port: USB2.0 High-speed Port
Monitor Display: 17" or Larger
Software delivery: Downloaded online and saved to hard drive.
 
 
 
Packaging:
Protective rubber end-cap
Padded cardboard storage box with durable foam inserts
 
 
 
Warranty: 2 years manufacturer warranty against defects in materials and worksmanship.