Starlight Xpress Lodestar C (Colour) Autoguider

Starlight Xpress Lodestar C (Colour) Autoguider


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Model:  starlight_xpress_lodestar_c
Brand:  Starlight Xpress

Starlight Xpress

The Lodestar C is a compact stand-alone USB2.0 guide/imaging camera featuring a colour Excview CCD with 752 x 580 pixels. USB powered with opto-isolated control outputs. 

Suitable for most mounts with a standard autoguider input.

As small as a 1.25" eyepiece!


A relative response curve can be seen below:

The Lodestar-C makes an excellent guider! Here is the rear socket connection diagram for the guider output:

Camera Field of View Simulator

Product Specifications

CCD type ICX429AK Sony Exview interline CCD with low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.
CCD Full resolution Pixel data Pixel size: 8.6uM x 8.3uM, Image format: 752 x 580 pixels
CCD Image area 6.4mm (Horizontal) x 4.75mm (Vertical).
Colour filter grid array YMCG secondary colour filters.
CCD quality Grade 1
Spectral Response QE max at 620nM (~65%), 35% at 400nM and 770nM.
Readout Noise Less than 15 electrons RMS - typically only 10 electrons.
Full-well capacity Greater than 50,000 e- (unbinned)
Anti-blooming Overload margin greater than 1000x.
Dark current Dark frame saturation time greater than 1 hour. Less than 0.1 electrons/second @ + 10C ambient.
Data format 16 bits.
System gain 0.9 electrons per ADU
Computer Interface Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.
Image download time Typically 0.2 seconds at full resolution using USB 2.0.
Power requirements USB powered.
Cooling system Ambient air cooling.
Size 32 x 72mm black anodised aluminium barrel with 25 x 0.75mm 'C mount' thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear.
Weight approx. 50g.

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