Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider
 Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 AutoguiderStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider 

Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider

£445.00
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Model:  starlight_xpress_lodestar_x2
Part Number:  lodestar_x2

The Lodestar X2 is a new and improved version of the highly regarded Lodestar USB2.0 guide camera.

Featuring the Sony ICX829AL EXview II CCD the Lodestar X2 has the same sensor size and resolution as it's predecessor but offers approximately double the sensitivity. This adds almost a full star magnitude to the minimum guide star brightness making it even easier to find a suitable guide star.

It also uses a new RJ12 guide socket which will please those users who found the smaller 'ZH' cable socket on the previous Lodestar too delicate.

As small as a 1.25" eyepiece and weighs considerably less!

Suitable for most mounts with a standard autoguider input.

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Specifications:

  • CCD type: ICX829AL Sony Exview interline
  • CCD with very low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.
  • CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 8.2uM x 8.4uM, Image format: 752 x 580 pixels
  • CCD Image area: 6.4mm (Horizontal) x 4.75mm (Vertical).
  • CCD quality: Grade 1
  • Spectral Response: QE max at 620nM (~77%), 45% at 400nM and 770nM.
  • Readout Noise: Less than 10 electrons RMS - typically only 6 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: 0.4 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 86mm black anodised aluminium barrel with 1” x 32tpi ‘C mount’ thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear.
  • Weight: approx. 85g.

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Fast international service
Friday, 9 November 2018  | 

Very fast, very happy


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No buyers remorse here
Thursday, 12 July 2018  | 

This thing is fantastic. I was previously guiding with the Orion SSAG, and until it finally died and forced my hand, I was getting great results.

However, since upgrading to the mono Lodestar X2, Iíve been blown away. The sensitivity is truly excellent while the actual guiding quality left me speechless. I use PHD2 for guiding and have spent many, many nights staring at Ďthose red and blue linesí - I have never seen them as ĎFlatí as I have since upgrading.

Itís a joy to see everything working so perfectly and I honestly would recommend this product to anyone looking at guide cameras. Itís such an essential part of astrophotography, you wonít regret it!

Tony


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First glances...
Monday, 23 April 2018  | 

Nice good performing guidecamera. Package is lacking good documentation and or info on the website of the manufacturer. Initially it is not that obvious (still isn't) that, for example in my case (comb. Orion guidescope 60mm and PHD2), a binning of 2x2 is preferable/better option. Really hope it will make a difference while being combined with my 8'' SCT and OAG.


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Initial observation
Friday, 30 March 2018  | 

Installation required reference to SX website, as suggested, then no problem installing. Camera working ok. SX software straightforward.


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Lodestar X2 Guide Camera
Tuesday, 20 March 2018  | 

I bought this camera specifically to use with an OVL Off-axis Guider on my 6" Ritchey-Chretien telescope. I am delighted with the performance of the Lodestar and have not had any issues finding suitable guide stars through the OAG, despite the relatively small field of view of the scope. The camera is very sensitive and has improved guiding significantly.


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Excellent Autoguider CCD
Sunday, 3 September 2017  | 

I have both old lodestar and new lodestar autoguider CCD. ICX829AL chip is much sensitive then older ICX429AL.

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