- CCD type: ICX829AL Sony Exview interline CCD with very low dark current and vertical anti-blooming
- CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 8.2uM x 8.4uM, Image format: 752 x 580 pixels
- CCD Image area: 6.4mm (Horizontal) x 4.75mm (Vertical)
- CCD quality: Grade 1
Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider
For years, the Lodestar has been held in the highest regard as being the best autoguider on the market. The innovative minds at Starlight Xpress have been trying to improve on the iconic Lodestar since it's conception; however, this has proved to be very difficult to achieve - until now that is.
Introducing the Lodestar X2; the latest and most sensitive compact guide camera from Starlight Xpress.
- 1.25" diameter allows it to drop neatly into your 1.25" eyepiece holder - no additional adapters required.
- Large imaging area (6.45mm x 4.75mm) gives you a wide field of view to find a suitable guide star.
- Sensitivity - with an impressive 77% QE, and large pixels, the Lodestar X2 just sucks up those photons. Sensitivity is key, but combined with the incredibly low noise of the Lodestar X2, finding a guide star has just become even easier.
- Full size RJ12 Autoguider Port - No need to run extra cables from your computer to control your mount corrections.
- Powered by the USB of your computer so there's no need to carry an extra power supply with you - one less thing to forget when you are on your way to the Star Party.
- Compact and solid aluminum construction.
- Spectral Response: QE max at 620nM (~77%), 45% at 400nM and 770nM
- Readout Noise: Less than 10 electrons RMS - typically only 6 electrons
- Full-well capacity: Greater than 50,000 e- (unbinned)
- Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 1000x
- Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 1 hour. Less than 0.1 electrons/second @ + 10C ambient
- Data format: 16 bits
- System gain: 0.4 electrons per ADU
- Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface
- Image download time: Typically 0.2 seconds at full resolution using USB 2.0
- Power requirements: USB powered
- Cooling system: Ambient air cooling
- Size: 32 x 86mm black anodized aluminium barrel with 1 x 32tpi mount thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear
- Weight: approx. 85 g (3 oz.)
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Am I correct that this item ships with usb and guider cables? Are they in stock or not - the front page says they are but when added to an order it says they are not.
Yes, the required USB cable and guider/relay cable are included with the auto-guider. As of now (June 16th, 2014), the Lodestar-X2 is in stock (more arrived today).
What kind of software is used to guide? Will it work with PHD guiding? Does it support dithering as PHD does when I use Backyard DSLR Camera control?
PHD software will work very well with this camera on Windows or Mac, and this camera does support dithering.
Can this OTA be easily paired with the Advanced VX mount? If so, is any additional hardware needed, or does the package listed here already contain all thats needed?
This OTA will fit right onto an Advanced VX mount as it has a Vixen style mount attached to the side of the tube. The tube weight is just heavy enough that the included 11 lb counterweight with the AVX mount should balance with a diagonal, eyepiece and fi
Will this work with Losmandy G-8 and G-11 control boxes for auto guiding? Does it plug into the Losmandy manual paddle port?
Yes the Loadstar will work with the Losmandy G11 and G8. It plugs into the Autoguider port.
Is the loadstar considered a DirectX Camera?
Unfortunately, no. DirectX drivers are primarily for webcams, but the Lodestar X2 runs off of a Starlight-Xpress ASCOM driver or Mac OS-X driver.
Is it possible to image AND guide at the same time?
No, You can not guide and image at the same time.
Hi, I have a C14" with a Starzonia Virtual View at the back. How would I attach a Celestron .63 focus reducer to the Orion DeepSky2 using what I currently have? Thanks for the help. De Lorme
You can't directly thread the foal reducer to a virtual view, but you can add a 2" to SCT thread nosepiece. JMI's part JM-ADPT2THREAD can be used to do this. On the camera side, you will need an adapter like the Celestron 93633-A T-adapter and a T-threa
Hi There: Would this be compatible with a William Star 71, which I'm using both as a guidescope and a imaging scope? If so, will I need an adapter to address any back focus concerns? Is this compatible with Maxim DL? Thanks a lot, Gary
Yes, this can be made to work, but you will need to have extra adapters like T2 thread extensions and a T to C adapter. This will work with MaxIm DL.
How does the X2 get connected to PC and then to Drive controller ? ( I am using Losmandy 492 on GM200 and PHD ) I've read everything I can find, my X2 will arrive in 2 days. I think the setup is .... USB to PC ... RJ12 to drive controller. and PC th
This is correct. The USB connection powers the Lodestar-X2 and transmits data and images to the computer. The RJ12 cable connects to the drive controller in the HC/CCD port and sends the relay guide pulses to the mount.
What is the maximum current draw, in amps, for this camera over the 5V USB connector? I want to make sure I don't overload my USB hub.
According to Terry at Starlight Xpress, the absolute maximum is about 250 mA – the nominal current is 190 mA.
Will this guide camera work with PHD2 and a MacBook Pro? The PHD2 manual shows "Lodestar" (not X2) for Windows, but only the SXV in the Mac list. I can't buy this if I don't know.
All SX cameras are Mac-compatible, and the Lodestar-X2 will have no issues working with PHD2 on your computer. I would recommend just upgrading to the newest current version of PHD2 to make sure it has the most up to date compatibility software.
Hi. Could you tell me the combined weight of the OTA and the forks. When setting up the telescope shouldn't they remain attached to each other. I have a funny feeling that I couldn't lift them upon the tripod. Thank you!
Hello Ed, The total weight of the LX200 10" is 90 lbs. You would never want to keep them both attached to each other when setting them up because it would be too awkward and heavy. The best thing to do is take the tube and fork mount off the tripod whe
The port guide is St4 supported?
Yes, the guide port and cable will plug in to and guide through any standard ST-4 compatible guide port on a mount.
The port guide is St4 supported?
This camera has the sensor in black and white?
If this were used with a Stellarvue 50mm guide scope how much extension would it need for back focus if any?
Good day and thanks for asking. I just pulled a new guidescope off the shelf and an X2 that I had in the shop. The front of the Lodestar needs to be approximately even with the T Threads on the back of the Stellarvue. The easiest and least expensive way t
Will this work with the Orion 60mm Multi-Use Guide Scope with Helical Focuser or will it require an extension tube ?
It will likely require an extension tube, or a T to C adapter, to reach focus correctly.