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Orion StarShoot 3MP Planetary Imager & AutoGuider
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  • Take your own pictures of the Moon and bright planets through a telescope with this high-resolution 3.1 megapixel imaging camera
  • Large 1/2" format CMOS sensor is bigger than many competing planetary cameras for a larger field of view
  • This camera can bin in 2x2 mode in full color at 1024x768, which is an ideal setting for efficient imaging of bright planets like Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
  • Capable of acquiring over 60 frames per second (fps) when subframing to catch fleeting events such as occulations, eclipses, and more
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista (32 bit/64 bit), 7, and 8 Operating Systems. Can also perform as a dedicated Autoguider with a built-in ST-4 output, ASCOM compatible

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Item #  52094

Capture stunning astrophotos of objects in our solar system with our 3.1 megapixel color imaging camera!

The Orion StarShoot 3MP Planetary Imager & AutoGuider is one of the highest resolution color planetary imagers available today, capable of acquiring gorgeous astrophotos of our nearest neighbors in the night sky including the Moon and planets. You can even take great astrophotos of the Sun with this imaging camera through a solar filter-equipped telescope.

With top-notch features such as subframe downloading, 8 bit A/D conversion, and a super-fast frame rate of more than 60 fps when subframing, the Orion StarShoot 3MP Planetary Imager & AutoGuider can catch even the most short-lived planetary events such as occultations, eclipses, and transits with ease. Its ability to bin in 2x2 mode in full color at 1024x768 is ideal for planetary imaging, while 1x1 mode at 2048x1536 will provide mega-high resolution of the Moon or terrestrial targets. The imager is built around the highly sensitive Micron MT9T001 " format CMOS sensor which is much larger than chips used in most other planetary cameras. This big chip provides a larger field of view which is ideal for capturing astrophotos of the entire Moon, or to frame multiple solar system targets in one shot. The StarShoot 3MP Planetary Imager & AutoGuider's large sensor features square 3.2m x 3.2 m pixels for excellent performance. You can alter the camera's exposure time from 0.01 seconds to 5 seconds to match your imaging goals. A 10' USB cable is included, as is a removable 1.25" nosepiece barrel, and a custom hard carry case to keep everything safe and secure.

Complete Orion PlanCap imaging software is included, making it easy to capture and process astrophotos. Orion PlanCap software also makes it easy to export images to RegiStax and share with fellow imagers. Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8. Since the StarShoot 3MP Planetary Imager & AutoGuider is ASCOM compatible, you can also use popular astrophotography processing programs such as Nebulosity, MaxIm DL, and many others, if preferred.

As its name implies, this versatile color imager can also be used as a dedicated Autoguider to optimize tracking accuracy of your astrophotography setup. An on-board ST-4 output jack on the Orion StarShoot 3MP Planetary Imager & AutoGuider body makes it easy to optimize the accuracy of your imaging pursuits.


Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. This warranty is for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact us at 800-676-1343.


Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

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  • Best for imaging
    Solar, lunar & planetary
  • Imaging sensor
    Micron MT9T001
  • Imaging sensor size
    6.55mm x 4.92mm
  • Pixel array
    2048 x 1536 (3,145,728 total)
  • Pixel size
    3.2 x 3.2
  • Imaging chip
    Single Shot Color
  • Video frame rate
    60+ fps
  • Autoguider capability
  • Exposure range
    0.001 to 5 seconds
  • A/D conversion
    8 bit
  • Thermoelectric cooling
  • IR filter
  • Mounting
    1.25" nozzle or t-thread
  • USB connection
    High-speed 2.0
  • Software compatibility
    Windows 7/8
  • Binning
    1x1, 2x2
  • Backfocus distance (from T-threads)
  • Weight (oz.)
  • Warranty
    One year

Orion StarShoot 3MP Planetary Imager & AutoGuider
10' USB cable
10' RJ-11 Autoguider cable
Removable 1.25" nosepiece barrel
Software CD-Rom

Orders received by 1pm Eastern Standard Time for in-stock item the same business day. Order received after noon will ship the next business day. When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available. You have the option in check out to request that your order ship complete, if you'd prefer.


This product is available to ship Standard delivery within the 50 US states, APO/DPO/FPO addresses and US territories/protectorates. Delivery is not available to Canada.

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