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Ultrastar Color Imaging Camera



Note  This item is being serviced and it is not available for check out.

This Ultrastar camera has been combined with a new telescope and mount to make a complete loaner package, the "Astrophotography Kit-Ultrastar CCD"

The camera and the required cables are included in this loaner. he user must supply a telescope, tracking mount and computer. The Ultrastar is an advanced version of Starlight Xpress 'Superstar' guide camera and it has a similar resolution of 1392 x 1040 pixels. However, the CCD chip has 70% more area and the QE is considerably greater, at around 75% peak. It is useful as both a guide camera and an imaging camera, which is especially well suited to 'Live Viewing' mode. A program called 'Lodestar Live' is capable of controlling the Ultrastar in Live view. It can also color convert and stack images from single-shots.


CCD -                  Sony ICX825AL ExView2 monochrome CCD

Pixel count -           1392(H) x 1040(V)

Pixel size -             6.45 x 6.45uM

Optical size -          8.98 x 6.71 mm

Read noise -           Typically 5.0 electrons

QE -                       Peak QE 75% (yellow light)

Gain -                     0.3 e/ADU

Barrel size -            31.75mm dia. x 85mm long (1.25 inch eyepiece push fit size)

Barrel thread -        25.4mm x 0.75mm ‘CS’ mount lens thread

Input connection -  ‘Mini B’ USB socket for USB2.0

Output connection - Standard RJ12 autoguider socket

Output type -          Opto-isolated 4 lines (N,S,E & W) pull down with common return line

Download rate -       Approx. 2 frames per second in binned 1x1 mode

Note: The Ultrastar is 1.25 inch in diameter, so it fits in a 1.25 inch eyepiece holder.  Please note that only the camera and the required cables are included in this loaner; a telescope, tracking mount and computer are not included.

The descriprion and the photo are obtained from the Starlight Xpress website.  More information about this camera and the Starlight Live software can be found at http://www.sxccd.com/ultrastar-and-ultrastar-c .

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