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Astronomy > Telescope accessories > Astrophotography > Cameras > Astronomical Cameras > The Imaging Source > DFK > The Imaging Source DFK 21AU04.AS color camera
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DFK 21AU04.AS color camera

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Product description

USB Color Camera with 60 fps for CCD Astronomy

Up to 60 color frame per second
With up to 60 fps, this astro CCD cameras is ideally suited to color astrophotography, in which very fast sequences of images are captured. Using the shipped software - IC Capture.AS - you can capture lossless and uncompressed images sequences as AVI files.

Fast display of color images
IC Capture.AS performs color interpolation on the raw color data (RAW format) from the CCD chip. This reduces the load on the camera processor. Should, on the other hand, the camera be installed on a host PC in which the CPU is not particularly fast, color interpolation can be performed by the camera itself. In this case, the maximum refresh rate is 30 fps. Alternatively, should color interpolation not be desirable at all, AVI files can be written in RAW format.

Sony color CCD
The astronomy camera DFK 21AU04.AS uses a modern color CCD chip (ICX098BQ, progressive scan, manufactured by Sony). It outputs a resolution of 640 x 480 pixel at a 1/4" format. Even at long exposure times, its noise is minimal. The high quality of the CCD chip also permits its deployment in scientific image processing applications.

IR Cut Filter
The CCD camera DFK 21AU04.AS is equipped with an IR cut filter that blocks wavelengths above 700nm. Thus, its properties are similar to those of the human eye.

Fast data transfer via USB 2.0
The astronomy camera DFK 21AU04.AS generates a fast stream of uncompressed color images. In order to transfer these to the host PC, a very fast bus is required. Hence, the camera is fitted with a USB 2.0 connector.

Shipped software for Windows
This camera ships with the camera driver and the control software IC Capture.AS.

  • Color USB camera with IR cut filter
  • 1/4" CCD, progressive scan
  • Resolution 640 x 480
  • Max. 60 fps
  • Max exposure time 60 min
  • C/CS Mount
  • Software included

Our expert comment:

A device driver for The Imaging Source cameras (also compatible with Windows 7) can be found here: device driver for The Imaging Source cameras

(Bernd Gährken)

Specifications

Capacity


Connection (to the telescope)
1,25"
Sensor type
CCD-chip (Sony ICX098BL)
Megapixel
0,3
Bit depth (Bit)
8
Type of camera
Astro CCD camera
Sensitivity to light (lx)
0,5
Interfaces
USB 2.0
Power supply
C-Mount / USB
Colour camera
yes
Amplification (dB)
0-36
Pixel size
5,6
Resolution Photograph (Pixel)
640x480
Min. exposure time
1/10000
Max. exposure time (min)
30
Power consumption (mA)
500
Image format
BMP, JPEG, AVI
Cable length (m)
1,5
Antiblooming
yes
Filter thread
yes
Autoguider
-
Active cooling
no
Dark current
-
Microlenses
-
Signal/noise ratio (dB)
-
Reading noise
-
Sensor noise
-
Supported operating systems
Windows XP and higher
Max. cooling difference below room temperature
-
Size of chip (mm)
-
Operating temperature
-5 bis 45
Chip - Diagonal (mm)
4,5

Equipment


Filter wheel
no

General


Length (mm)
50
Width (mm)
50,6
Series
DFK
Colour
blue/black
Height (mm)
50,6
Weight (g)
265

Area of application


Autoguider
no
Moon & Planets
yes
Nebulae & galaxies
no

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The Imaging Source DFK 21AU04.AS color camera
The Imaging Source DFK 21AU04.AS color camera
The Imaging Source DFK 21AU04.AS color camera
The Imaging Source DFK 21AU04.AS color camera
The Imaging Source DFK 21AU04.AS color camera
The Imaging Source DFK 21AU04.AS color camera

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