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Orion Telescopes
Orion StarShoot G26 APS-C Color Imaging Camera
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  • 26mp APS-C format built around the Sony IMX571 16-bit CMOS chip.
  • Incredibly sensitive one-shot-color camera, with 80% QE, a full resolution of 6224x4168, and 3.76 micron pixels.
  • The IMX571 chip features incredibly low readout noise, and ZERO amp glow!
  • Exposures range from 0.1ms up to 3600s with a USB 3.0 port for speeds up to 3.4 fps full resolution, and much higher when sub-framed.
  • ASCOM compatible for use with image capture applications such as Sequence Generator Pro, Nebulosity, SharpCap, and more!

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Item #  51458

Orion is proud to announce the StarShoot G26 APS-C Color Imaging Camera. Built around the Sony IMX571 CMOS chip, the G26 offers a 28.3mm diagonal (APS-C format) sensor, with 3.76 micron pixels, 80% QE, and a full resolution topping out at a massive 6224x4168 pixels.

But the size of the chip is perhaps the least impressive of the specs for this incredibly sensitive camera. The IMX571 CMOS chip is a native 16-bit sensor with a full well capacity of 51ke- which produces an incredible dynamic range in your images, with smooth transitions in brightness and amazing contrast. And best of all, unlike most CMOS cameras on the market, the IMX571 chip produces ZERO amp glow! Because of this and the low level of noise present in the chip, you may even decide to skip shooting those dark calibration frames! Look at the dark frame examples below for the difference between our very popular StarShoot G10 camera and this new G26. Notice the signature amp glow on the upper right edge of the G10 IMX294 chip image? Of course, this is normally processed out when shooting and subtracting dark frames, but with the G26 having no amp glow to begin with, you're that much closer to a fully calibrated image straight off of the camera!

Taken with the Orion StarShoot G10 Camera
A 120s stacked StarShoot G10 dark frame

Taken with the Orion StarShoot G26 Camera
A 120s stacked StarShoot G26 dark frame


The APS-C format chip in the StarShoot 26mp provides an even bigger field of view compared with the smaller 4/3" format chips in our G10, G16, and G21 lines, providing more opportunities for the perfect image composition in your photographs. And of course, with 26 million pixels at 3.76 microns each, there is an incredible amount of resolution inherent in this camera, both for deep-sky and solar system imaging.

The StarShoot 26mp APS-C features a two-stage regulated thermo-electric cooler with fan, capable of reaching ~35 C below ambient temperature. A dew heater built into the front window protects against dew forming at such low temperatures. The USB 3.0 interface provides exceptionally fast frame rates and download speeds. Power for the camera electronics comes from the USB 3.0 port, and the TE cooler is powered by an included AC adapter, though any 12v 3amp external battery source will work as well.

A standard t-thread is cut into the front opening of the camera, and with an included 2" nozzle, you can attach the G26 camera to most all telescope configurations, including coma correctors, flatteners, and off-axis guiders. With a built in two-port USB 2.0 hub, your guide camera and other USB accessories can be wired directly to the G26, which means you'll only have the one USB cable running to your laptop, eliminating many extraneous wires draping from the telescope to the computer.

Compatible with Win 8/10/11, the camera includes a hard case, along with free control and image acquisition software. And best of all, the StarShoot G26 is ASCOM compatible, meaning you can use most dedicated astro-imaging software on the market to unlock the full potential of your new StarShoot G26 APS-C Color Imaging Camera!

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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
    Deep sky
  • User level
  • Imaging sensor
    Sony IMX571
  • Imaging sensor size
    28.3mm diagonal
  • Pixel array
    6224 x 4168 (25,941,632 total)
  • Pixel size
    3.76 x 3.76
  • Imaging chip
    Single Shot Color
  • Video frame rate
    Up to 3.4 fps at 16-bit, faster when sub-framed
  • Autoguider capability
  • Exposure range
    0.1ms - 3600s
  • A/D conversion
    16 bit
  • Thermoelectric cooling
  • IR filter
  • Mounting
    2" nozzle or t-thread
  • USB connection
    High-speed USB 3.0
  • Software compatibility
    Windows 8/10/11
  • Full well capacity
  • Read noise (RMS)
    2.6- 1.14e-
  • Gain
  • Binning
    1x1, 2x2, 3x3
  • Max cooling
    -35C from ambient
  • Backfocus distance (from T-threads)
  • Weight (oz.)
  • Warranty
    One year

AC adapter
USB 3.0 cable

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