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Astro Imaging

Cameras and accessories for imaging the night sky with your Telescope

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  1. Altair TMS 120mm Guide Scope Rings (Clear Silver)

    Altair TMS 120mm Guide Scope Rings (Clear Silver)

    Altair TMS 120mm Guide Scope Rings (Clear Silver) - please note: giudescope and other mounting hardware not included (rings only). Learn More

    Regular Price: £99.50

    Special Price £69.65

  2. Altair GPCAM2 IMX224 Colour Camera

    Altair GPCAM2 IMX224 Colour Camera

    The Altair GPCAM2 IMX224 Colour camera has the sought after Sony Exmor IMX224 CMOS sensor, with high sensitivity, and extremely low read noise. It can be used for solar, planetary, lunar “lucky” imaging, deepsky imaging and of course video astronomy or EAA. Time-lapse all-sky imaging (with optional meteor lens) is fully supported. You would be hard-pressed to find a more versatile small-format colour astronomy imaging camera with this price and features. Free software: Free AltairCapture deepsky, planetary imaging and EAA software for Windows XP, 8, & 10 PC only. SPECIAL OFFER! FREE 1 YEAR SharpCap PRO License! Includes ultra-accurate polar alignment assist, deepsky CMOS exposure time optimisation assist, live stacking for EAA/Video astronomy, live darkframe and flat frame subtration. Click here for more SC PRO features. Just download the latest SharpCap, connect your camera, register when the screen pops up and sign up for your free license. Download SharpCap 3.0+ now to take advantage of this special offer. One license per user. For Windows PCs only. The Camera is compatible with PHD2.6 or above guiding software (native support), and with other applications through the ASCOM interface. Download ASCOM drivers here. NOTE: Software and drivers are not included in the box and must be downloaded from and installed before plugging in and operating the camera. Faster than the GPCAMv1. Onboard buffering gives USB data transfer speeds significantly higher than the GPCAM1 series, pushing the USB2.0 format to the limit, yet within a stable envelope. This almost completely eliminates dropped frames, corrupted video, and enables faster more consistent frame rates, even with less powerful notebook computers. AutoGuiding: The camera has an ST4 auto-guiding port, and can be used to auto-guide with mounts from all the major manufacturers supporting ST4 format, such as iOptron, Celestron and Skywatcher. And what's more, you get UK/EU based warranty support, plus the Altair Camera Google User Group for all your technical questions - a great place to share tips and techniques to get the best out of your camera. Cool casing design: The casing has an external heatsink surface, which dissipates heat generated by the electronics, reducing thermal noise. Reliable USB connector: The USB2.0 connector is the high strength type - the highest quality component of it's type on the market. This is much more reliable than the micro-USB connectors found on smartphones (we all know how those loosen up over a short time!). Multi-Format: The camera can be fully controlled in AltairCapture and SharpCap to output uncompressed .AVI and .SER video files for solar system imaging, as well as all common still image formats such as .JPEG .PNG .TIF .BMP, to mention just a few. The GPCAM supports 8bit or 12bit output. The 12 bit output mode can be used for deep sky imaging with less frames needing to be stacked and a wider pixel intensity range. The IMX224 sensor is extremely sensitive in the IR region (for all pixels not just red!) and can be used effectively with IR Pass filters for solar and lunar imaging in mono mode. What’s different about the GPCAM2 platform compared to the GPCAM1 platform? You’ll notice the GPCAM2 casing is larger than the GPCAM. This is to house larger electronics boards which support trigger mode and frame buffering as well as to increase the surface area for cooling. The GPCAM2 platform supports “Trigger Mode” to make long exposures of over 5 seconds easier to control. With most cameras, in normal video mode, you have to wait for an exposure to complete before the camera will accept, say a command to abort the frame, for say clouds, aircraft, or an alignment issue, like kicking the tripod and so-on, or for routine changes in gain, exposure time, , re-aligning or refocusing on the object. For long exposures, normal video mode is inconvenient, especially for video astronomy and deep-sky imaging, however in Trigger mode, you can stop the camera instantly (even if you are half way through a long 30 second exposure) change the settings, and re-start the camera looping again. The GPCAM2 also has an improved onboard frame buffer to improve data transfer stability at high frame rates (to reduce dropped frames) and to increase compatibility with a wider range of PCs. The improved buffers give a more consistent data transfer rate over USB2.0 and USB3.0 buses on laptops and desktop PCs. Learn More
  3. Altair GPCAM2 IMX290 Colour Camera

    Altair GPCAM2 IMX290 Colour Camera

    Although slower in terms of transfer rates and the upper limits of frame rates for Planetary, Lunar and Solar imaging, than the UBS3.0 version, the Altair GPCAM2 IMX290 Colour Camera is based around the same excellent low noise backside illuminated IMX290 Sony colour sensor and can be used for a variety of imaging purposes. Learn More
  4. Altair GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono Camera

    Altair GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono Camera

    Altair GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono Camera - wider bodied, with greater heatsink size and uprated electronics. The ideal camera for solar imaging and much more planetary and lunar work besides. Learn More

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