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EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC Deep Sky Astro Camera 7.1MP


Quick Overview

  • Camera with a highly sensitive SONY CMOS sensor and set point cooling

  • The perfect entrance into the world of astrophotography

  • Allows convenient and intuative taking of astrophotos and videos with supplied software

  • Very low noise SONY Exmor IMX428 CMOS sensor with 17.6mm diagonale

  • Large imaging field, low noise and easy centering of objects

  • Sensor resolution: 7.1 MP (3200 x 2200 pixels)

  • Sensor size: 14.4 x 9.9 mm (1.1 inch)

  • Built-in USB hub with 2 x USB2.0 ports (helps running and powering autoguiders)

  • Camera diameter: 80mm; length: 102mm; weight: 0.53 kg

  • What's included: camera, accessories, software, flightcase, manual

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High resolution deep sky camera with large SONY Exmor IMX428 CMOS sensor and active cooling for telescopes with short and moderate focal lengths. 

Enter the world of astrophotography now. With the new EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC DEEP SKY ASTRO camera you get a modern complete package for the intuative and easy shooting of astrophotos and videos. Finally, an easy-to-use camera for capturing galaxies, star clusters, the moon and even planets with extreme high sensor sensivity and extreme low sensor noise. The high sensitivity enables very short exposure times and the freezing of the air turbulence (seeing) in planetary images. Thanks to the fast USB 3.0 computer interface, all image data is transferred within a few seconds. Long waiting times are now history. 

Simply connect the camera to your telescope using the T2 female thread (M42.0.75mm) or the supplied 2" (50.8mm) plug-in adapter and after installing the drivers and the included EXPLORE Capture recording and editing software, you are ready to take the first real astro photos with a highly specialized camera for your application.  

The EXPLORE Capture pro software included in delivery not only offers the basic functions required for image and video capture, but also many helpful special functions for image post-processing and camera setup. Functions such as live image display, exposure settings, white balance, dark image print, stacking, timelapse recording and much more can be configured individually. Especially the very sophisticated software makes your entry into astrophotography really easy. With the automatic settings you can produce absolutely presentable results without any previous knowledge. If you like, simply switch off the automatic settings and gradually dare to adjust the individual professional settings. 

The new EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC DEEP SKY camera has a highly sensitive and very low-noise SONY Exmor IMX428 CMOS sensor which is additionally cooled down to 40°C below ambient temperature by the two-stage thermoelectric cooling. In contrast to normal DSLR cameras, this guarantees much lower noise and fewer hot pixels in your shots. The images are not only much sharper and more brilliant, but also contain more usable image information. Through the controlled setting of the desired camera temperature, the creation of dark frames under reproducible shooting conditions is possible at any time. The large-format CMOS sensor with 17.6mm diagonal also allows large image fields and simplifies the adjustment and centering of objects considerably. 

The camera has a built-in USB hub with 2 x USB2.0 ports at the rear. Connect your additional autoguider camera or motor focus etc. via a short USB cable and reduce the risk of cable spaghetti and cable breaks. Separate cable connections between your accessories and your computer are no longer necessary. 

sturdy hard case for the camera plus accessories is also included. 

Important Note: Don't get confused by the megapixel data and the contrary price structure. In the field of astronomy, the key criterion is not the sensor resolution but the maximum light sensitivity. The main goal is to capture as much light as possible in a short time.

Field of view for different focal lengths in arc minutes and degrees: 

400 mm - 124´x 85´ (2.1 x 1.4 degrees) 
500 mm - 99´x 68´ (1,7 x 1.1 degrees) 
600 mm - 82´x 56´ (1.4 x 0.9 degrees) 
700 mm - 70´x 49´ (1.2 x 0.8 degrees) 
800 mm - 62´x 43´ (1.0 x 0.7 degrees) 
900 mm - 55´x 38´ (0,9 x 0.6 degrees) 
1000 mm - 49´x 34´ (0.8 x 0.6 degrees) 
1250 mm - 40´x 27´ (0.7 x 0.5 degrees)
1500 mm - 55´x 23´ (0.6 x 0.4 degrees) 
1750 mm - 28´x 19´ (0.5 x 0.3 degrees) 
2000 mm - 25´x 17´ (0.4 x 0.3 degrees) 


camera type: ASTRO Camera  7.1MP ATR3CMOS07100KPA 
data output: single pictures and video 
image Sensor: SONY Exmor IMX428 CMOS Color Sensor 
resolution: 3200x2200 
binning: 1x1 / 2x2 
frame rate per second (FBS): 51 / 133 
physical sensor size in pixels: 3200 x 2200 / 1600 x 1100
megapixel: 7.1 MP 
sensor size: 14.4 x 9.9 mm (1.1 inch) 
pixel size: 4.5 µm x 4.5 µm 
bit depth: 12 Bit 
backfocus: 17,5 mm  
shutter Type: global shutter
internal camera memory: DDR 3 RAM
thermoelectric cooling with fan: yes, up to 40°C below ambient temperature 
adjustable exposure times: 150µs to 60min 
operating temperature: -10 to +50°C (30-80% RLH) 
cable length USB 3.0: 150cm 
DC cable length power supply: 200cm 
CNC machined aluminium housing 
camera diameter: 80mm; length: 102mm 
camera weight: 0.53 kg 
camera connection diameter: 2.0 inch ( 50.8mm) 
camera connection thread: T2 (M42x0,75mm) 
filter thread: Yes, 2.0 inch in receptacle 
camera connection to PC: USB 3.0 
built-in USB hub with 2 x USB 2.0 ports 
power supply: Power supply 12 Volt 3,0 Ampere included 
software: EXPLORE Capture included 
camera driver and ASCOM driver included
operating system: WINDOWS 7, 8 and 10 
PC requirements: CPU Intel Core2 2.8Ghz or higher / 2 GB Ram / USB 3.0 


  • DEEP SKY ASTRO Camera 7.1MP 

  • telescope adapter T2 thread to 2.0" (50,8mm) 

  • USB 3.0 connection cable 150cm 

  • power supply 230V/12V3,0A 

  • dust cap 

  • software CD 

  • hard case 

  • instruction manual

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