Opticstar PX-126C Colour Camera & Guider

Computer controlled planetary camera and guider.

  • 1/3" Aptina AR0130 Colour CMOS
  • Sensor Resolution: 1280(H) x 960(V)
  • Sensitivity: 5.5 V/lux-sec @ 550nm
  • Frame Rate: 28 FPS @ 1280x960
  • No Infra Red filter
  • Auto guider port (ST4)
  • USB 2.0/USB 3.0 port (USB powered)
  • Planetary, Lunar, Solar imaging & Guiding
  • OpticstarSky software for image capture
  • Software: ASCOM, DirectShow, TWAIN
  • For Microsoft Windows 7/8/10
  • UK warranty
Opticstar PX-126C Colour Camera & Guider
  • Product code: PX126C
  • Availability: In stock
  • Despatch: 2 business days
  • Retail Price: £ 149.00
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£ 6.00
Scotland Central & South
£ 6.00
Scotland North
£ 6.00
UK islands (from)
£ 6.00
Worldwide (from)
£ 15.00

Description

Caution: When using any camera to image the Sun, always use appropriate solar filters with your telescope.

The PX-126C is the ideal colour video and single frame camera that combines high frame rates with high sensitivity and a built-in ST4 auto-guide port. The camera is very well suited for planetary, Lunar and Solar imaging with an appropriate Solar filter. The camera has been designed to come in focus even with telescopes with short focal travel including the Coronado PST without the need for a barlow that reduces the field of view.

The PX-126C is well suited for capturing critical type targets including the International Space Station due to its very low noise characteristics and high Gain while retaining the necessary high S/N ratios.


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The camera is also well suited for industrial inspection and microscopy applications. Noise reduction, Gain and Region of Interest (ROI) are all features implemented in the hardware to deliver exceptional performance with frame rates of up to 28fps at 1280x960 resolution.

Opticstar PX-126C dimensions and connectivity.


Camera control software

The camera is bundled with the OpticstarSky application software for capturing and storing images and video. The software also includes dark frame support and extensive image processing functionality including image stacking.

Third party software support

Optionally, the camera can be used with third party application software that support Microsoft’s DirectShow standard. Support is also included for the TWAIN communication protocol that allows third party application software to import images from digital devices such as the PX-126.

ASCOM support

PHD Guiding software is bundled with the camera that allows the PX-126 to be used as an auto-guider. Auto-guiding is supported through the ASCOM software standard ensuring wide support by third party applications.

Connectivity

The camera requires a USB2.0 port to operate and is USB3.0 compatible.

The light sensitivity of the AR0130 CMOS sensor.

Package contents

  • PX-126C camera.
  • USB cable.
  • Autoguide cable.
  • Nosepiece (for 1.25-inch telescope drawtubes).
  • CD with software and drivers.
  • Printed setup guide.

Carries full one year UK warranty.

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Opticstar PX-126C Colour Camera & Guider
Attribute Specification
Opticstar Product Code (SKU) PX126C
Universal Product Code (UPC) n/a
Warranty 1 year UK warranty
Experience Level Intermediate
Sensor Aptina AR0130
Optical Format 1/3" CMOS colour sensor
Resolution 1280(W) x 960(H)
Pixel Size 3.75µm x 3.75µm
Data Format 8-bit or 12-bit
Sensitivity 5.5 v/Lux-sec at 550nm (Gain off)
Colour Bayer RGB Mosaic 24-bit (3 x 8-bit) Uncompressed output
Frame Rate   • 28fps @ 1280x960
  • 30fps @ 640x480
Shutter Electronic Rolling
Window Glass Clear, no Infra Red cut-off
Exposure Time Automatic or Manual; 0.4ms to 15s
ADC 12-bit
Gain Hardware gain, user selectable from 0% to >100% boost
Computer Interface USB 2.0 (USB 3.0 compatible)
Power Requirement USB Bus Power
Mounting to Telescope C-mount to 1.25-inch nosepiece included (threaded for filters)
Mounting to Lens C to T-thread, M42 x 0.75
Mounting to Microscope C to 23mm, C to 30mm, C to 30.5mm
Operation Temperature -10°C to 50°C
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C
Operating Humidity 30 to 80%RH
Strage Humidity 10 to 60%RH
Data Format AVI video with or wihthout MPEG compression, BMP, TIFF, JPEG, etc
Package Contents   • PX-126C camera
  • USB cable.
  • Autoguide cable.
  • Nosepiece (for 1.25-inch telescope drawtubes).
  • CD with software and drivers.
  • Printed setup guide.
Bundled Software Software for Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 or later:
  • OpticstarSky for image capture and editing
  • PHD Guiding for auto-guiding
  • ASCOM for connectivity to third party software
  • DirectShow for connectivity to third party software
  • TWAIN for connectivity to third party software
  • Drivers for Microsoft Windows
System Requirements   • Computer running Microsoft Windows (64-bit & 32-bit) 7/8/10
  • USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 compatible)
Weight 70 grams
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