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Mono Cameras

SXVF H35 & SXVF H36 - from £3750

Starlight Xpress H35

The SXVF-H35 and H36 cameras are the largest in the SX line of Kodak CCD based imagers. A high-speed USB2 interface greatly reduces the download times. The fast download minimises the visibility of bias frame artefacts, such as hot columns and the top to bottom gradient that is commonly seen on such chips.

Technical specifications

Camera SXVF-H35 SXVF-H36
CCD Kodak KAI11002M interline CCD Kodak KAI16000M interline CCD
Resolution 4032 x 2688 pixels 4904 x 3280 pixels
Pixel size 9µM x 9µM 7.4µM x 7.4µM
Chip size 36.3mm (Horizontal) x 24.2mm (Vertical)
CCD Quality Grade 2 or Engineering grade available Grade 2 available at this time
Spectral Response QE max at 540nM (~52%), 30% at 400nM and 660nM
Readout noise Less than 15 electrons RMS - typically only 12 electrons Less than 12 electrons RMS - typically only 9 electrons
Full-well capacity Greater than 50,000 e- (unbinned) Greater than 30,000 e- (unbinned)
Anti-blooming Overload margin greater than 1000x
Data format 16-bits
System gain 0.9 electrons per ADU 0.4 electrons per ADU
Computer Interface USB 2.0 compatible interface
Image download time Typically 7 seconds at full resolution Typically 10 seconds at full resolution
Power requirements 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 750mA max
Cooling system Regulated constant current cooling supply with two stage thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of approximately -40°C below ambient
Weight Approx. 1100g

SXVF-H16 - £2595

Starlight Xpress SXVF-H16

The SXV-H16 is a departure from the normal SX line of Sony CCD based cameras. As Sony do not manufacture a large mono chip, we researched the available devices and decided that the Kodak KAI4021M was the best option for a new mono camera. To reduce the negative effects of the greater Kodak dark signal, we have used a two stage Peltier cooler for a 10 degree reduction in the CCD temperature. A high-speed USB2 interface greatly reduces download times. The fast download minimises the visibility of bias frame artefacts, such as hot columns and the top to bottom gradient that is commonly seen on such chips.

Technical specifications

SXVF-H16
CCD Kodak KAI4021M interline CCD
Resolution 2048 x 2048 pixels
Pixel size 7.4µM x 7.4µM
Chip size 5.15mm (Horizontal) x 15.15mm (Vertical)
CCD Quality Grade 2 or better - No dead columns, no dead pixels
Spectral Response QE max at 540nM (~55%), 30% at 400nM and 660nM
Readout noise Less than 10 electrons RMS - typically only 7 electrons
Full-well capacity Greater than 40,000 e- (unbinned)
Anti-blooming Overload margin greater than 100x
Data format 16-bits
System gain 0.6 electrons per ADU
Computer Interface USB 2.0 compatible interface
Image download time Typically 2.5 seconds at full resolution
Power requirements 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 750mA max
Cooling system Regulated constant current cooling supply with two stage
thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of approximately -40°C below ambient
Weight Approx. 400g

SXV-H9 - £1695

Starlight XPress SXV-H9

This USB2.0 'Megapixel' High Resolution mono camera uses a 2/3" format ExView Sony CCD giving a large field of view with great sensitivity and very low dark noise.

Technical specifications

SXV-H9
CCD Sony ICX285AL Exview HAD CCD
Resolution 1392 x 1040 pixels
Pixel size 6.45µM x 6.45µM
Chip size 8.98mm (Horizontal) x 6.7mm (Vertical)
CCD Quality Grade 1 or better - No bad columns, no dead pixels
Spectral Response QE max at 540nM (~65%), 50% roll-off at 400nM and 750nM
Readout noise Less than 12 electrons RMS - typically ONLY 7 electrons!
Full-well capacity Greater than 27,000 e- (unbinned)
Anti-blooming Overload margin greater than 800x
Data format 16-bits
System gain 0.45 electrons per ADU
Computer Interface USB 2.0 compatible interface
Image download time Typically 3.5 - 4 seconds at full resolution
Power requirements 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 750mA max
Cooling system Regulated constant current cooling supply with two stage
thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of approximately -30°C below ambient
Weight Approx. 350g

One Shot Colour Cameras

SXVF-M25C - £2595

Starlight xpress SXVF-M25C

The latest USB2.0 6 million pixel, large format camera. The single-shot colour CCD is 23.4 x 15.6mm in size, allowing for wonderful wide-field imaging.

Technical specifications

SXVF-M25c
CCD Sony ICX413AQ SuperHAD CCD
Resolution 3024 x 2016 pixels
Pixel size 7.8µM x 7.8µM
Chip size 23.4mm (Horizontal) x 15.6mm (Vertical)
CCD Quality Grade 1 or better - No bad columns, no dead pixels
Spectral Response QE max at 540nM (~60%), 50% roll-off at 400nM and 650nM
Readout noise Less than 12 electrons RMS - typically ONLY 7 electrons!
Full-well capacity Greater than 25,000 e- (unbinned)
Anti-blooming Overload margin greater than 800x
Data format 16-bits
System gain 0.4 electrons per ADU
Computer Interface USB 2.0 compatible interface
Image download time Typically 3.5 seconds at full resolution
Power requirements 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 750mA max
Cooling system Regulated constant current cooling supply with two stage
thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of approximately -30°C below ambient
Weight Approx. 400g

SXV-H9c - £1695

Starlight Xpress SXVF-H9C

This USB2.0 'Megapixel' Single-shot colour version of the SXV-H9 uses a 2/3" format ExView Sony CCD giving a large field of view with great sensitivity and very low dark noise.

Technical specifications

SXVF-H9C
CCD Sony ICX285AK Exview HAD CCD
Resolution 1392 x 1040 pixels
Pixel size 6.45µM x 6.45µM
Chip size 8.98mm (Horizontal) x 6.7mm (Vertical)
CCD Quality Grade 1 or better - No bad columns, no dead pixels
Readout noise Less than 12 electrons RMS - typically ONLY 7 electrons!
Full-well capacity Greater than 27,000 e- (unbinned)
Anti-blooming Overload margin greater than 800x
Data format 16-bits
System gain 0.45 electrons per ADU
Computer Interface USB 2.0 compatible interface
Image download time Typically 3.5 - 4 seconds at full resolution
Power requirements 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 750mA max
Cooling system Regulated constant current cooling supply with two stage
thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of approximately -30°C below ambient
Weight Approx. 350g

SXV-M8c - £1095

Starlight Xpress SXVF-M8C

This USB2.0 4 million pixel Single-shot colour camera uses a 1/1.8" format SuperHAD Sony CCD giving a very high resolution and very low dark noise. The M8C is ideally suited to short focus refractors and lenses.

Technical specifications

SXVF-M8C
CCD Sony ICX406AQ SuperHAD CCD
Resolution 2312 x 1720 pixels
Pixel size 3.125µM x 3.125µM
Chip size 7.225mm (Horizontal) x 5.375mm (Vertical)
CCD Quality Grade 1 or better - No bad columns, no dead pixels
Spectral Response QE max at 540nM (~60%), 50% roll-off at 400nM and 650nM
Readout noise Less than 10 electrons RMS - typically ONLY 7 electrons!
Full-well capacity Greater than 10,000 e- (unbinned)
Anti-blooming Overload margin greater than 800x
Data format 16-bits
System gain 0.2 electrons per ADU
Computer Interface USB 2.0 compatible interface
Image download time Typically 7 seconds at full resolution
Power requirements 115VAC / 240VAC @ 12VA, or 12VDC @ 750mA max
Cooling system Regulated constant current cooling supply with two stage
thermoelectric cooler to give a CCD temperature of approximately -30°C below ambient
Weight Approx. 200g