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Starlight Xpress CoStar Autoguider Monochrome CMOS Telescope Camera


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  • The CoStar CMOS Autoguider is a sensitive USB2.0 guiding camera in a miniature package. Mono CMOS imager with 1304 x 1024 pixels, USB powered, Opto-Isolated control outputs. The Starlight Xpress CoStar CMOS Autoguider is as small as a 1.25-inch eyepiece and weighs much less! Works very well as a guider camera. It doesn't need to connect through an SXV camera, but requires power via USB and must be plugged into a computer for guide-corrections to be calculated.

    Starlight Xpress CoStar CMOS Autoguider Features:

    • Imager type: Aptina MT9M001 mono CMOS chip with low dark current and anti-blooming.
    • Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 5.2 microns square
    • Image format: 1304 x 1024 pixels
    • Image area: 6.66 mm (Horizontal) x 5.32 mm (Vertical)
    • Spectral Response: QE max at 620 nM (approx. 65-percent), 35-percent at 400 nM and 770 nM
    • Readout Noise: Less than 40 electrons RMS, typically only 20 electrons.
    • Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 1000x.
    • Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 10 minutes Less than 1 electrons/second at more than 10-degrees C ambient temperature 
    • Data format: 10-bits.
    • Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface
    • Image download time: Typically 0.1 seconds at full resolution using USB 2.0
    • Power requirements: USB powered
    • Cooling system: Ambient air cooling
    • Size: 32 x 60 mm black anodized aluminum barrel with 25 x 0.75 mm, C-mount thread at the CCD window end and input/output plugs at the rear
    • Weight: approx. 45 g (0.099-pound)


  • specifications

    ADC10 bit
    Camera ConnectionM25 x 0.75
    Color or MonoMonochrome
    Dynamic Range8 Stops
    Full Rez Frame Rate0.1fps
    Max Frame Rate30fps
    Mega Pixels1.3 mp
    Peak QE55%
    Pixel Array1304 x 1024
    Pixel Size5.2 microns
    Read Noise40e
    Sensor Diagonal8.6mm
    Sensor TypeCMOS
    SensorAptina MT9M001
    Warranty1 Year Warranty
    Weight0.099 lbs

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    Richard H.
    United States
    Nice Compact Camera

    Only three stars for now as I can only comment on its initial observation since I have not been able to use it yet due to lousy weather. This is a welcomed small compact package for my guiding system. The drivers installed easily and PHD2 connected right away and I easily generated the dark frames and bad pixel frame for it in preparation for guiding.