Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider

Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider
  
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Model:  starlight_xpress_lodestar_x2
Part Number:  lodestar_x2
Brand:  Starlight Xpress

Starlight Xpress

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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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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