The Orion StarShoot Mini Cameras have borrowed technology from Orion's large format series cameras like the G10 and G16 in a smaller form for affordability and convenience. The StarShoot Mini 6.3mp Color Imaging Camera is built around the Sony IMX 178 color CMOS chip, which features a very sensitive one-shot color 14-bit CMOS sensor with a 1/1.8" format chip at 3040x2048 pixels.
This extremely sensitive chip works well both for planetary and deep-sky imaging. The USB 3.0 port allows incredibly fast data transfer, meaning in video mode you can grab planetary video at a rate of up to 59 frames per second at full resolution, and up to 150+ fps when sub framing. Stacking hundreds of images together is the preferred method to get the finest details possible on planetary surfaces, and the Starshoot Mini excels at this type of imaging. The sensitivity and long exposure capability of this chip means you can also image deep-sky objects and pull in all sorts of faint, minute detail. Even without an active cooler, the noise level of this chip is quite low, so stacking multiple long exposures together will result in a high-quality, deep-sky image. In fact, if you're interested in trying EAA (Electronically Assisted Astronomy) imaging, this camera is ideal. Stacking hundreds of short exposures in semi-real time will allow you to see faint objects that are hard to decipher with the naked eye.
The StarShoot Mini Camera also includes a built in ST-4 port for guiding, so you can easily convert this into an autoguider while your DSLR or other astro-camera images the sky. A standard ST-4 style guide cable is included and will work with any mount that utilizes an ST-4 guide port (including the Orion SVP Go-To, Sirius, Atlas, and HDX lines of mounts).
This camera is compatible with Windows 7/8/10 as well as ASCOM compatible. This means it can be controlled from most all dedicated astro-imaging software programs on the market, which will really unlock the full potential of the StarShoot Mini camera. Includes USB 3.0 cable, guide cable, and 1.25" nosepiece.
Color or Mono
Full Rez Frame Rate
3040 x 2048
StarShoot Mini 6.3mp CMOS Color Camera
USB 3.0 Cable
Guide Cable (for use as an autoguider)
1.25" Nosepiece threaded for standard 1.25" filters
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