Orion StarShoot Mini 1.2mp Color Imaging Camera
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The StarShoot Mini 1.2mp Color Imaging Camera excels at high resolution solar system imaging. With tiny 3.75 micron pixels and over 50fps when sub framing, you will be able to capture stunning details of the lunar surface as well as planetary detail.
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    • A very affordable and capable lunar and planetary camera, utilizing the Sony IMX 225 CMOS sensor
    • Features a 1.2mp one-shot-color sensor with tiny 3.75 micron pixels for high resolution details
    • Exposure range from 0.135ms - 1000s
    • ASCOM compatible for use with image capture applications such as Sequence Generator Pro, N.I.N.A., Nebulosity, SharpCap, and more!
    • Includes USB cable, ST-4 guide cable (for use as an Autoguider), and 1.25" nosepiece threaded for standard 1.25" Orion filters.

    The newest member of the StarShoot camera line provides a very affordable way to get into planetary and lunar imaging with results that rival the more expensive cameras, all for a fraction of the price! The StarShoot Mini 1.2mp Color Imaging Camera is built around the Sony IMX 225 sensor, meaning it has extremely small pixels (3.75 micron), and a wide exposure range of 0.135ms all the way to 1000s.

    This 12-bit camera excels at taking high resolution images of the moon and planets. Capable of 15 frames per second at full frame, and over 50 fps at a sub frame of 320x240 (which is usually ideal for framing a planet even at long focal lengths), this camera will grab thousands of frames in just a few minutes time, ready to stack and process in your favorite astro-processing program.

    Most planetary cameras are made with a very short exposure range useful only for the bright solar system objects. While this camera is primarily designed for that usage, the wide exposure range means you can also try your hand at some brighter deep-sky objects, stacking multiple 10-20 second exposures together in various freely available EAA (Electronically Assisted Astronomy) programs such as SharpCap or DeepSkyStacker.

    The spectral range of the IMX 225 sensor is approximately 400nm-1000nm, and does not include an IR blocking window. This allows light from the near-IR and methane wavelengths to pass, which might be advantageous to planetary imaging with reflectors. If you have an achromatic refractor that does not focus well in the near-IR, an optional 1.25" IR-blocking filter might help increase the sharpness of the object you are imaging.

    The camera includes our StarShootIC (Image Capture) program which allows you to record still images and video frames for later processing in the other programs listed here. In fact, the image below of Jupiter was captured by recording a 3 minute video of the planet in StarShootIC, then importing that file into Registax where it automatically picked, aligned and stacked the best individual frames from the video to produce the final result.

    Image of Jupiter

    The camera is compatible with Win 8/10/11 as well as ASCOM compatible. This means that when using the ASCOM driver, 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 cable, guide cable, and 1.25" nosepiece, and weighs just 2oz (66g).


    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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  • Specs
    • Best for imaging:
      Lunar & planetary
    • User level:
    • Imaging sensor:
      Sony IMX225
    • Imaging sensor size:
      4.8mm x 3.6mm
    • Pixel array:
      1280 x 960 (1,228,800 total)
    • Pixel size:
      3.75 x 3.75
    • Imaging chip:
      Single Shot Color
    • Autoguider capability:
    • Exposure range:
      0.135ms - 1000s
    • A/D conversion:
      12 bit
    • Thermoelectric cooling:
    • IR filter:
    • Mounting:
      1.25" nozzle or c-thread
    • USB connection:
      High-speed 2.0
    • Software compatibility:
      Windows 8/10/11
    • Gain:
    • Binning:
      1x1, 2x2
    • Backfocus distance (from T-threads):
    • Weight (oz.):
    • Warranty:
      One year
  • In The Box

    StarShoot 1.2mp Camera
    USB 2.0 Cable
    Autoguider Cable
    1.25" nosepiece

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