The Omegon Pro veLOX 178 is a high-speed camera ideally suited for planetary, lunar, and solar astrophotography. With the largest sensor and smallest pixels of the veLOX series, it is also the perfect Autoguider: High precision and always a suitable star in the field of view.
Professional planetary-, lunar- and solar-astrophotography
Capturing the shadows of Jupiter's moons, separations in Saturn's rings, detailed mountain ranges on the Moon or impressive prominences on the surface of the sun - these impressive targets in our solar system can only be photographed properly with a very high framerate: This freezes the so-called seeing, turbulences of the atmosphere that usually hide details from view. This 'lucky imaging' technique is now a breeze, thanks to sophisticated electronics and the high bandwidth of the camera's USB3.0. We recommend the Region-Of-Interest feature of the supplied Omegon AstroPhotoCapture software: This optimized the framerate by reading out only the relevant part of the sensor that contains the planet or detail you are interested in.
The high sensitivity of this modern CMOS chip makes the imaging of Nebulas and Galaxies much easier than it was just a few years ago. These faint objects are hard to capture, but thanks to the high quantum efficiency and low read noise of the sensor you can create images showing details imperceivable through visual astronomy.
You will find a suitable guide star anywhere in the sky! Even fainter stars are no problem, thanks to the high sensitivity of this modern CMOS sensor. Guide with short exposure times and a high guiding frequency to correct even small tracking errors of your mount. Native compatibility with PHD2 and an inbuilt ST4 Guide-Port make this the ideal camera for your autoguiding needs.
The sturdy body made from anodized aluminum is shaped like a 1.25" eyepiece and fits every telescope. With a lightweight, this camera doesn't put any additional strain on your equipment. The camera's front is equipped with a C- & CS-Mount thread or (through an adapter) a regular 1.25" filter thread. This allows you to directly attach small CCTV lenses or a vast selection of astronomical filters.
A filter window protects the sensor chamber from dust and humidity. The Omegon Pro color cameras are equipped with an infrared-blocking filter. Modern CMOS sensors are sensitive to infrared light, so a correct color representation in the final image is only possible by removing these wavelengths before capture. On the other hand, the Omegon Pro mono cameras feature an anti-reflection window, that is transparent to a wide range of wavelengths from ultraviolet to infrared. You can add your own filters for unrestricted control over your transmission curve - invaluable for advanced imaging and photometric applications.
Convenient Capture Software
The included software Omegon AstroPhotoCapture allows straightforward and easy-to-learn camera control. The correct camera settings during the capture process are crucial for astrophotography. AstroPhotoCapture gives you full control over every parameter of your camera, without an overburdening interface. Easy-to-follow tutorials cover the capture process step by step, to make your first astrophotography session successful. The software is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10.
The Omegon Pro cameras are compatible with a wide range of available astrophotography programs through the common interfaces ASCOM and INDI. Native compatibility is also being added to a growing number of programs, like PHD2 and N.I.N.A.