- Image processing software allows you to align and stack (combine) hundreds of individual images.
- The included Orion AmCap software provides the means to capture images in the popular AVI movie format.
- Integrated IR-cut filter to block both ultraviolet and infrared light.
- Each pixel is a mere 3.6um x 3.6um in size for exceptional image resolution in 24-bit RGB color.
- At full 1280 x 1024 resolution, you can capture up to 15 frames per second.
Orion StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IVAstro-imaging is an immensely rewarding hobby, but the challenges involved can seem difficult to beginners. Some of the best objects to start on are the planets of our own solar system and the Moon. Big, bright targets like Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Moon make wonderful models as they strut their way around the Sun on their celestial catwalk. The planets are relatively easy to locate and identify in the night sky, so solar system objects prime imaging targets for all astro-imagers.
The Orion StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV is equipped with features that make it easy to take your own images of objects in our solar system. Its 1/3-inch format CMOS imaging sensor with a 1280 x 1024 pixel layout can take sharply detailed planetary and lunar images. Each pixel is a mere 3.6um x 3.6um in size for exceptional image resolution in 24-bit RGB color. Since the 8-bit output StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV is progressive scan, all pixels will be used for each and every exposure. At full 1280 x 1024 resolution, you can capture up to 15 frames per second. By stacking multiple exposures to create a single picture, you can increase image detail significantly.
The Imager's 1.25-inch nosepiece is threaded for 1.25-inch filters, so you can use astro-imaging filters and color visual filters to enhance your shots. The StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV features an integrated IR-cut filter to block both ultraviolet and infrared light. These wavelengths of light can degrade image quality, so by blocking them, the IR-cut filter helps to optimize contrast in all your images.
The included Orion AmCap software provides the means to capture images in the popular AVI movie format which are downloaded to your computer through its high speed USB 2.0 connection with the included 58-inch long USB cable. Website links are provided in the launcher to download popular free image processing software to be used with your AVI files to further enhance your astro-images. Image processing software allows you to align and stack (combine) hundreds of individual images into a single resultant image and perform additional image processing to bring out subtle details or to make the image appear more pleasing overall.
Get the StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV and take your own shot of the Moon and planets!
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Is the software compatible with Apple computers ?
Yes - this version of the Starshoot comes with Apple software for your MAC.
Can I take still pictures of far away birds ? Also
If you can focus the telescope and get your subject in the frame of this camera, you can photograph land based targets. The image resolution will only be around 1.3 megapixels and you will have to bring the laptop outside with the camera to record the pic
does this fit and focus with the celestron astromaster 130 EQ?
This will fit your Astromaster 130 EQ and could be brought to focus, but you could only get usable images if your mount was motorized to track the sky. Celestron sells an optional motor - the CE-93514 - for the Astromaster EQ mounts.
does it fit with meade ETX90RA?
This indeed will work on the ETX-90 as this imager comes with an 1.25" nosepiece. Therefore this will be compatible to any telescope that has an 1.25" port such as Meade or Celestron SCTs & other refractors & reflectors that have 1.25" ports.
Does the StarShoot allow a "live view" from camera to computer screen? The descriptions were not quite assuring. Thanks.
Thank you for your question. The StarShoot indeed does allow live view for focusing due to the high frame rate of the camera so you will have no problems there.
What is the serial number on this eyepiece, Item # UT-7596?
The S/N on the barrel is 00405.
Will the Orion starshoot work with a MacBook Air?
Yes, so long as the Macbook Air is able to provide sufficient power to the device over USB. The Orion StarShoot Solar System Color Imager IV now includes Mac OSX compatible software!
One additional question regarding MacBook Airs: my Air doesn't have the ability to read a CD. Would that pose a problem as far as installing required S/W that comes with the StarShoot?
No, it will not be a problem. Orion has the software for this camera available for download from their website at this link: http://www.telescope.com/Orion-StarShoot-Solar-System-Color-Imaging-Camera-IV/p/99577.uts.
Seems that you can manually move your scope by disengaging the motor mechanism. Can this be done easily so you can use your scope to scan for objects manually, then reengage the clutch and it will be a GoTo/ tracking scope again without realigning?
Unfortunately, no. As soon as you disengage the clutch, the encoders are no longer recording motion or position, so doing so will require re-doing the GoTo alignment before any motorized tracking or slewing will work again. If you want to scan, it is best
Does this camera work with any telescope?
Almost. This camera will fit any telescope with a 1.25" connection and will reach focus with any telescope with at least 15mm of back focus (some high end or custom Dobsonians have less than this). In order to take an image of anything but the moon, you w
I have a MacBook Pro 15 which has USB 3. The interface for this camera is USB 2.0, will this create a problem?
No. USB 3 ports on computers are backwards compatible for USB 2.0 devices. It's the reverse case with a USB3 camera and a USB 2.0 port that can cause issues.
I have a Zhumell 10" dobsonian telescope, and I need a glass solar filter for it, My telescope's OTA OD is 12.25 inches. What can you recommend?
12.25" is 311.15mm. The TH-12250 is 12.25" ID, which is the appropriate size for this scope.
I'd like to make a few images with my Coronado 60mm Solar Max II (BF10). Will this camera give a satisfactory image size and can it achieve focus without needing a Barlow?
Generally speaking, monochrome cameras are preferred to color for H-alpha telescopes due to the loss of resolution color cameras have with narrow bandpass scopes (only 1/4 of the pixels can pick up any H-alpha detail). Be that as it may, the camera will
will this work with windows 10,thanks
Yes, This will work on Windows 10.
How does this camera provide magnification? For example, I use a 25mm eyepiece on my telescope then swap to a 10mm eyepiece for greater magnification. How does this camera achieve this?
There are two types of magnification that people think of with planetary cameras - per-pixel resolution (how many pixels does the planet/object cover on the chip) and field of view (what percentage of the field of view does the object cover on the chip).
Will this camera work on an xp operating system.?
Good afternoon and thanks for asking. Orion reports that this camera is compatible with Windows XP operating system.