Orion StarShoot Mini 2mp Autoguider Astrophotography Camera
The StarShoot Mini 2mp AutoGuider camera features high sensitivity and incredibly small pixels for very accurate guiding. 1920x1080 pixels, and attaches via c-mount threads or 1.25" nosepiece. Includes 64-bit ASCOM driver.
Super sensitivity and low noise provides a field of view with plenty of stars to lock onto for high resolution autoguiding.
Extremely small 2.9 micron pixels and ~80% quantum efficiency combine for excellent accuracy on even fainter guide stars.
Native 64-bit Windows 10 ASCOM driver works with any ASCOM compatible programs on the market such as Sequence Generator Pro, Nebulosity, SharpCap, N.I.N.A., and more!
Includes StarShootIC software for recording of images and video, or works seamlessly with PHD2 Guiding via the ASCOM driver.
Small 'Mini' design is lightweight and compact -- attaches to 1.25" focusers or use the female c-mount threads, ideal for attaching to guidescopes or off-axis guiders.
If you're on a quest to improve your astro-images, one of the first places to focus on is the quality of your guiding. Look no further than the Orion StarShoot Mini 2mp AutoGuider Camera. This autoguider and imager represents the next generation of sensitivity and accuracy! This incredibly sensitive camera uses the Sony IMX 290 monochrome sensor, which features a 12-bit image and vanishingly small 2.9 micron pixels. And with a quantum efficiency of around 80%, stars will be visible in any area of the sky you point your guidescope to -- no need to readjust the guidescope positioning to find that "bright" star to lock on to! And as a bonus, the exposure range for this camera spans 0.105ms - 1000s, so you can even use the camera to image a range of objects, from bright planets to faint deepsky objects.
Featuring a pixel array of 1920 x 1080 (6.4mm diagonal, 1/2.8" format) which grabs even more area of the sky compared with our previous autoguider models. A USB port connects the camera with your laptop, and the ST-4 port connects directly to your autoguider compatible mount.
StarShootIC is included free and allows image capture (both stills and video), and is a great tool for focusing on a bright star when in video mode. But the real power of this camera comes when you connect it via the ASCOM driver to PHD2 Guiding and allow it to fine tune the tracking of your mount. We've also made sure to include a 64-bit version of the ASCOM driver so it will work with all 3rd party ASCOM compatible software, including the 64-bit versions!
The front of the StarShoot Mini AutoGuider includes female c-mount threads, to allow a threaded connection to guidescopes such as the 30mm Ultra-Mini. Or if you have a 1.25" focuser, you can simply slip the front of the camera into the focuser, because the entire front section of the camera is 1.25" diameter. The imaging sensor sits 17.5mm back from the front c-mount threads, or 10.5mm forward when fully inserted into a 1.25" focuser.
The StarShoot AutoGuider includes a USB 2.0 cable (2m), an ST-4 guide cable (2m), and a 1.25" nosepiece to extend the 1.25" section of the camera (and it provides standard 1.25" filter threads). Compatible with Win 8/10/11.
Example of the Orion StarShoot 2mp Autoguider Camera Tracking in PHD2
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.
Beginner Level - Suited for a wide range of uses, these products are simple to operate and set up. Some initial assembly may be required depending on the type of product. Optical instruments with this rating will have very good optical and mechanical quality. Great for families, young people, and folks who don't want to mess with equipment and complexity. Beginning level telescopes will show you countless lunar craters, Saturn's rings and a myriad of star clusters and nebulae! Referring to the manual is recommended.
Intermediate Level - These products offer higher performance and more advanced features than Level 1: Beginner models. They typically take a bit longer to learn and need some set-up or adjustments. But anyone with the slightest technical bent will have no problem getting familiar with these models. Referring to the manual is recommended.
Advanced Level - These products provide the best performance but may require more skill to master and appreciate. Optical instruments with this rating have exceptionally fine optics and mechanics. Some are easy to use but might be on the large or heavy side. Some are intended for specialized uses. These products will appeal to the more technically inclined. Referring to the manual is highly recommended.
Sony IMX 290
Imaging sensor size:
5.60mm x 3.10mm
1920 x 1080 (2,073,600 total)
2.9 x 2.9
Short for "charge-coupled device," a CCD chip is a light-sensitive electronic detector used in making astronomical images. Sensitive over a wide range of wavelengths, and much more efficient than film in gathering light, CCDs are often used to image extremely faint objects.
0.105ms - 1000s
The Analog to Digital Converter (A/D Converter) transfers the raw analog signal captured by the camera to a digital value. The digital value is sent to the computer in ADUs (Analog to Digital Units). The A/D Converter also determines the bit resolution of the analog to digital conversion. The more bit resolution the A/D Converter has, the greater the range of ADUs, which yields a better range of image contrast from the camera. (If "X" equals the bit resolution of the A/D Converter, then 2expX = total range of ADUs.) For example, many commercial digital cameras use a 12-bit A/D Converter which has 4,096 ADUs, and high-end astronomical CCD cameras typically use a 16-bit A/D Converter which has 65,536 ADUs.
A thermoelectric cooler draws heat away from the chip, which lowers the overall electronic "noise" in the resulting image. For every 6º drop in temperature, the dark noise in the image is reduced by half.
CCD cameras are very sensitive to a wide range of wavelengths, including farther out into the infra-red spectrum than we can see by eye. Normally this is never a problem when looking through the telescope, but a sensitive CCD camera will see this slightly out of focus region of the spectrum, resulting in fatter stars than normal. An IR filter will cut out this region of the spectrum leaving tightly focused stars and a better overall image.
1.25" nozzle or c-thread
Backfocus distance (from T-threads):
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In The Box
StarShoot Mini Camera
USB 2.0 cable, 2m
ST-4 Guide cable, 2m
Removable 1.25" nosepiece
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