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  1. Altair GPCAM USB Fan Cooler

    Altair GPCAM USB Fan Cooler

    Altair GPCAM USB Fan Cooler Learn More
    £25.00
  2. Altair GPCAM AR0130C Colour Astro Camera w AGP +Meteor Lens

    Altair GPCAM AR0130C Colour Astro Camera w AGP +Meteor Lens

    The Altair GPCAM AR0130C Colour Astro Camera w Auto guiding port is a colour CMOS sensor-based imager, capable of high speed Planetary and long duration Deep Sky imaging and autoguiding via its ST4 port. Now provided with 150 degree FOV F1.6 Meteor lens for wide angle imaging of the sky to capture meteorites and aurora displays. This excellent camera is based around the excellent 1.2mpx COLOUR CMOS AR0130 sensor and weighs very little, allowing it to be used on a wide array of telescopes with ease. All sky imaging is also a possibiltiy with the addition of a C/CS Mount lens - available separately.

    Important Note: DO NOT PLUG IN CAMERA UNTIL YOU HAVE INSTALLED THE DRIVERS. See Extended information for details.

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    £159.50
  3. Altair GPCAM2 IMX224 Colour Camera

    Altair GPCAM2 IMX224 Colour Camera

    The Altair GPCAM2 IMX224 Colour Camera a wider-bodied camera from Altair featuring the Sony Exmor IMX224 Colour CMOS sensor - this is most definitely an upgrade from the popular standard Altair GPCAM Colour Camera. The Sony IMX224 fits the imaging scale of high focal length systems, such as SCTs and Maksutovs extremely well. Learn More
    £169.50
  4. 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 www.cameras.altairastro.com 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
    £189.00
  5. 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
    £189.50
  6. ALTAIR GP224C 1.2MP, USB2.0, ST4 Cable, CS + UVIR-LENS

    ALTAIR GP224C 1.2MP, USB2.0, ST4 Cable, CS + UVIR-LENS

    This is the version of the ALTAIR GPCAM2 IMX224 GPCAM2 that comes with the following items: Camera body. 2m High-speed USB2.0 A male to B male cable. 1.5m ST4 guide cable. 1.25 inch x 20mm nosepiece with female 1.25" filter thread on the front. CS-Mount adapter with built-in UV-IR Blocking Filter, AR coatings. (Removable for sensor cleaning). Plastic dust cap 1.25". 2.1mm F1.6 150 degree FOV wide angle Meteor lens and dust caps. C-Mount 5mm extension adapter for C-Mount lenses requiring 17.5mm back-focus. Note: This camera does not come with software in the box. To operate the camera you will need to download the latest camera drivers at cameras.altairastro.com 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 www.cameras.altairastro.com 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
    £189.50
  7. 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
    £190.00
  8. ALTAIR GP290M 2.0MP, USB2.0, ST4 Cable, CS + AR Clear Filter

    ALTAIR GP290M 2.0MP, USB2.0, ST4 Cable, CS + AR Clear Filter

    The Altair GPCAMv2 290 Mono camera has the sought after Sony Exmor IMX290 CMOS sensor, with high sensitivity, and extremely low read noise, which alongside the IMX224 is possibly the lowest of any similar sized sensor. * It can be used for solar, planetary, lunar “lucky” imaging as well as long exposure deepsky imaging, and of course video astronomy. Time-lapse all-sky imaging (with optional meteor lens) is fully supported in the software. Amp glow is very well suppressed making this sensor a particularly good choice for deepsky imaging or video astronomy. The SONY Exmor IMX290 CMOS sensor has very low read noise, with 2.9 micron pixels and a large 1920x1080 array giving 2.07 megapixels. It is also BSI, or backside illuminated and carries the STARVIS rating. 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. 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!). SPECIAL OFFER! FREE 6 Month SharpCap PRO License with all Altair cameras made in 2017! Click here for more SC PRO feature info. Just download the latest SharpCap and connect your camera, register when the screen pops up and off you go. Sharpcap PRO has the amazingly accurate guidescope polar alignment routine, focus assistance, live flat field subtraction and many more great features to make deepsky, EAA or solar system imaging that much easier. Download SharpCap now to take advantage of this special offer - offer only valid in 2017. The camera has an ST4 auto-guiding port, and can be used to auto-guide with mounts from all the major mount manufacturers supporting ST4 format, such as iOptron, Celestron and Skywatcher. You would be hard-pressed to find a more versatile small-format Mono astronomy imaging camera with this price and features. 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. 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 IMX290 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 re-focusing 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
    £219.50
  9. Altair GPCAM3 290C USB3 Colour Guide / Imaging / EAA Camera

    Altair GPCAM3 290C USB3 Colour Guide / Imaging / EAA Camera

    The Altair GPCAM3 290C USB3 Colour Guide / Imaging / EAA Camera offers the convenience of one shot colour use with the high speed frame rate of USB3.0. This camera is sure to be popular with both planetary and deep sky imagers alike. The camera is based around the SONY Exmor IMX290 Color CMOS sensor which has very low read noise, with 2.9 micron sized pixels and a large 1920x1080 array giving 2.07 megapixels. It is also BSI, or backside illuminated and carries the Sony STARVIS rating. Learn More
    £249.50
  10. Altair GPCAM3 178C USB3 Colour Guide / Imaging / EAA Camera

    Altair GPCAM3 178C USB3 Colour Guide / Imaging / EAA Camera

    The Altair GPCAM3 178C USB3 Colour Guide / Imaging / EAA Camera is built around the high resolution 6MP Sony IMX178 colour sensor, with 3040x2048 resolution (Pixel size microns: 2.4x2.4 um). Switchable between 8 bit and 14 bit modes, this camera uses USB 3.0 to deliver superfast transfer rates (3040x2048 at 59FPS / 640x480 at 220FPS / 320x240 at 303FPS) in 8-bit mode (reduced to around 50% of these framerates in 14 bit mode). At the same time, this camera is backwards compatible with USB2.0 machines at speeds, to ensure the maximum in usability across a wide array of PCs. Equally at home performing high speed planatary imaging or longer duration deep sky astrophotography and coming with its own Altair cam software and a year's free licence of Sharpcap, the Altair GPCAM3 178C is sure to win followers across the globe. Learn More
    £289.50

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