Oculus is the latest introduction to the innovative portfolio of Starlight Xpress products.
The Oculus uses a SuperHAD CCD from Sony which has all of the wonderful benefits of an interline Sony CCD, such as incredibly low thermal noise and very fast electronic shutter (no need for mechanical shutters). With exceedingly low noise electronics and a fast f/1.2 approximately 150 degree fisheye lens, capturing the night sky is an absolute dream.
The Oculus is USB powered and driven but does require a 12dc input to drive the built in anti-dew heaters. The software supplied allows you to capture a series of exposures and add them together to create a dramatic avi movie of the night sky.
This is the perfect camera for imaging meteor showers, viewing the weather conditions at a remote observatory and imaging the night sky in a spectacular way.
Also available is an optional f/2, 1.55mm lens 180° lens.
FEATURESEfficient Lens System
The lens used in the Oculus is a high quality, multicoated fisheye lens with either a 150 or 180 degree field of view. With a very low F/1.2 for the 150° or F/2 for the 180° lens focal ratio, the light gathering capacity of this small lens is excellent and imaging the night sky is very simple.Weatherproofing
Permanently mounting electronic equipment outside in all weathers is always a concern. With the Oculus, great care has been taken during the design process to greatly reduce weather effects on the camera. Four drain holes have been machined into the outer flange at the base of the dome, allowing water to simply run off the dome and down the outside of the housing. The housing has a beautiful bead blasted, clear anodised finished which is hardwearing and looks stunning. No coloured dyes to fade in the sun.Dome Construction
The dome is a quality, highly polished polycarbonate 3” casting with the lens positioned at the optimum point in the dome to ensure there is no distortion in the star field.Mounting & Rear Panel
The Oculus comes with a right angled aluminum tripod bracket to secure it to the side of your dome or building. This has the standard 1⁄4” tripod thread on the base but can also be easily drilled and adapted for other mounting options.
A 3m USB cable comes fitted to the Oculus and can be extended using powered USB2.0 hubs. The Oculus also has a 2.1mm power socket in the rear panel to connect the (supplied) 12v power module. This operates the heaters in the Oculus to ensure that the dome does not dew up during humid nights.