Revolution Video Imager - Version R2
The Video Imager R2 by Revolution:
Unleash yourself! The Revolution Imager is a self-contained video astronomy camera, and in its R2 Version model, it is better than ever! A portable battery powered 7-inch screen allows you to share your view and leave the laptop at home.
With the Revolution Video Imager R2, you can now see more of the universe than with a standard eyepiece! From valleys of The Moon to detailed views of deep-sky objects, the cosmos is now easily accessible from your backyard. Easily change the exposure of the video camera and seamlessly go to seeing the reds and greens of nebulae, or even the spiral arms of The Whirlpool Galaxy. You will be blown away at what even the most modest tracking telescopes will show you in just a few seconds of exposure!
Based on the Sony ICX811 full-color sensor, the Revolution is a modified PAL video camera. By removing the typical IR blocking filter, the infrared wavelength is permitted to pass through to the sensor picking up on all the beautiful detail in night sky objects, especially nebulae. With a quick and easy change in exposure, you can go from moon and planets to nebulosity making imaging and sharing a wonderfully liberating experience. Capable of capturing stills, the Revolution Imager is the perfect choice for outreach and educational situations.
With an exceptionally sensitive sensor and the naturally larger pixel dimensions of a PAL camera, the Revolution Imager is the ultimate video eyepiece. Compact design and independent of computer power or screens, this amazing camera weighs just 6oz. too so it won't weigh down even the lightest of setups.
With an included 7-inch LCD display screen and plug and play compatibility to the camera, you can leave your laptop safely at home. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers both the screen and the camera, and has an approximate life of 4 to 5 hours on a single charge. This means less drain on your auxiliary power supply or the ability to leave it at home all together depending on your mount. This video shows you how it all works together:
What about capturing stills? While the Revolution R2 Imager's primary goal is to be an ultimate self-contained video camera it's perfectly capable of capturing stills. Pair it with the extremely affordable optional USB Video Capture Adapter and you'll be able to stack images to your heart's desire.
And with the release of the R2 Version Model, not only have the base specifications been all around upgraded, but several new ones have been added! For imaging purposes, it's now capable of boasting the capability for 5.12-second exposures, and the further ability to stack up to six images together.
OPT Product Number: OCT-REV-R2
- Revolution Imager Camera
- Portable 7" LCD monitor
- 12v Li-Ion Battery with charger to run both the camera and LCD screen
- 0.5x Focal Reducer to dramatically widen the field of view
- UV/IR filter
- Hand-held remote camera controller
- Shock-proof carry case
- All required cables
First Time Buyer:
I was more then pleased with the Revolution Viewer R2 !! I can not thank Mr. Peter Meyers enough for his helping me place the order for the Imager.. The shipping fast. J. Russell
White spots on screen
There are little bright white spots on the screen I cant seem to get rid of. Thinking of returning this product.
My Good Fortune
I purchased several items through OPT at the end of July 2018. The personnel I had contact with were very cordial , knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommend OPT to anyone who is looking to find a company to purchase Astronomical equipment from. Respectfully Jerry Heinrich
Big Learning Curve
There are a lot of settings and functions available and some are more important than others. I recommend playing around with the system during the day to figure out how to use the remote control and how to route all of the wiring so that it is secure and not hanging all over the place. You will have to adjust the exposure to 1/10,000 for daytime use and even stop down your scope if the aperture is more than 3 inches. It is easy to overexpose the camera during the daytime. The night settings will be different but you will figure that out by using the recommended settings on the Revolution instructions and on their website. If you don't have an equatorial mount with a clock drive the system isn't quite as effective. You can't bump up the sensitivity as high without star trails forming on the monitor. With a motor drive the image stays relatively in the same place and doesn't "smear". Also, if your telescope if more than 600mm in focal length I recommend using the included focal reducer. That opens up the field of view, makes it easier to locate objects, and cuts down on the star trails. The images are OK with the included monitor but it is not high def by any stretch of the imagination. I think a monitor upgrade would help with that. Even so, you can see a lot more with this system than with the ***** eye which makes smaller telescopes perform admirably. I recommend this system but realize what it is at this price point and don't expect $3000 image quality.