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Orion Telescopes
Orion StarShoot Mini 6.3mp Monochrome Imaging Camera
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  • An affordable high speed USB 3 camera based on the Sony IMX 178 CMOS chip
  • Tiny 2.4 micron pixels for super high resolution planetary imaging capability, and the chip can bin 2x2 for even more sensitivity
  • Exposures range from 0.244ms-1000s and USB 3.0 video frame rates up to 59fps at full frame allow short exposure video planetary imaging, autoguiding, as well as long exposure nebulae shots
  • Fully ASCOM compatible for use with image capture applications such as Sequence Generator Pro, Nebulosity, SharpCap, and more!
  • Monochrome chip to provide the highest possible sensitivity to light, and works great when combined with RGB filters to produce the final color image

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Item #  51884

The new Orion StarShoot Mini cameras have arrived! We've taken some of the technology of our popular large format series cameras like the G10 and G16, and miniaturized them for affordability and convenience. The StarShoot Mini 6.3mp Monochrome Imaging Camera is built around the Sony IMX 178 mono CMOS chip, featuring a very sensitive (78% QE) 14-bit CMOS sensor with a 1/1.8" format chip at 3040x2048 pixels.

This extremely sensitive chip works well both for monochrome planetary and deep-sky imaging. First, the USB 3.0 port allows incredibly fast data transfer (up to 5 Gbit/second), meaning in video mode you can grab planetary video at a rate of up to 59 frames per second at full resolution, and up to 150+ fps when sub framing. Stacking hundreds of images together is the best way to get the finest details possible on planetary surfaces, and the Starshoot Mini excels at this type of imaging. But why stop there? The unparalleled sensitivity of a monochromatic chip and long exposure capability means you can also image deep-sky objects and pull in all sorts of faint detail. Couple it with an RGB filter set for excellent full color imaging. Even without an active cooler, the noise level of this chip is quite low, so stacking multiple long exposures together will result in a high-quality deep-sky image. In fact, if you're interested in trying your hand at EAA (Electronically Assisted Astronomy) imaging, this camera is ideal. Stacking hundreds of short exposures in semi-real time will allow you to see faint objects in ways your own eyeballs just can't reproduce.

The camera also includes a built in ST-4 port for guiding, so feel free to convert this into a very sensitive autoguider while your DSLR or other astro camera images the sky. A standard ST-4 style guide cable is included and will work with any mount that utilizes an ST-4 guide port (including the Orion SVP Go-To, Sirius, Atlas, and HDX lines of mounts).

The camera is compatible with Win 8/10/11 as well as ASCOM compatible. This means it can be controlled from most all dedicated astro-imaging software programs on the market, which will really unlock the full potential of the StarShoot Mini camera. Includes USB 3.0 cable, guide cable, and 1.25" nosepiece.

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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 800-447-1001.

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  • Best for imaging
    Solar, lunar, planetary & Messier objects
  • User level
  • Imaging sensor
    Sony IMX178
  • Imaging sensor size
    7.37mm x 4.91mm
  • Pixel array
    3040 x 2048 (6,225,920 total)
  • Pixel size
    2.4 x 2.4
  • Imaging chip
  • Video frame rate
    Up to 59 fps at full resolution, higher if cropped
  • Autoguider capability
  • Exposure range
    0.244ms - 1000s
  • A/D conversion
    14 bit
  • Thermoelectric cooling
  • IR filter
  • Mounting
    1.25" nozzle or c-thread
  • USB connection
    High-speed USB 3.0
  • Software compatibility
    Windows 8/10/11
  • Read noise (RMS)
    1.4e- 2.2e
  • Gain
  • Binning
    1x1, 2x2
  • Weight (oz.)
  • Warranty
    One year

USB cable
Guide Cable
1.25" nosepiece

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