The 12V6HC-EX mono camera has a 1/2″ highly sensitive Sony EXview Mono CCD and accumulates light for up to two and a half seconds outputting an apparently continuous signal.
All controls are on the back of the camera and can be accessed remotely, from a PC, using our cable (see accessories sub-menu below).
The controls cover a wide range of shutter speeds, with digital zoom, negative image, and image flipping and masking.
There are two video outputs, Svideo and BNC, Svideo being useful for imaging.
Capable of lunar & planetary work and chasing DSO’s, the Mintron 12V6HC-EX is a most versatile observing camera.
It can “grab” a lot of light in a short period making it excellent at meteor and guiding work.
It places a low demand on the tracking accuracy of your mount. Image quality is very good with excellent control of amp glow.
|Image device||1/2″ inline transfer SONY CCD|
|Picture element||795(H) x 596(V)|
|Scanning system||2 : 1 interlace|
|S/N ratio||More than 52dB|
|Typical||0.01 Lux @ F1.2, 5600K, 30IRE|
|Star light mode||0.0001 to 0.00005 Lux @ F0.8, 5600K, 10IRE|
|Gain control||Selectable by OSD (On Screen Display)|
|Mode||AGC ON / OFF /MANU|
|Range||0 ~ 18dB|
|Shutter control||Selectable by OSD|
|Mode||OFF / AUTO / MANU 1/50 ~ 1/120 000 second|
|Auto iris lens||AES / DC|
|Back light compensation||ON / OFF ,48 zone, selectable by OSD|
|Negative image||ON / OFF, Selectable by OSD|
|Mirror function||ON / OFF, Selectable by OSD|
|Digital zoom||1…2x, Selectable by OSD|
|Masking area||4 x, Selectable by OSD|
|Video output signal||BAS and Y/C: 1Vpp, 75 Ohm load|
|Lens mount||C & CS acceptable|
|Operation temp.||-20°C ~ 50°C, 85% RH|
|Power supply||DC 12V|
|Dimensions||115mm(L), 51mm(W), 51mm(H)|
Images from Mintron Users
Hartwig Lüthen’s work illustrates well the Mintron’s all round capabilities.
He has images of the moon, planets, comets & meteors, as well as deep sky objects.
Deep Sky Astronomy in a large city
Martin Elsässer’s image gallery of DSO’s taken with a Mintron 12V1-EX.
This page is in German, but some of the site is in English and is a goldmine!
In a backyard observatory on the outskirts of light polluted Munich, Ulrich Schmidbauer has created an impressive image gallery of DSO’s taken with a Mintron camera on a 13 inch Newtonian Telescope, as well as creating an animated gif of asteriod 2002NY40. Visit his homepage at www.psw-muenchen.de
Klaus-Peter Schroeder uses his Mintron with its on-board integration of images for up to 2.5 secs, for convenient guiding from a monitor, seated on a table instead of balancing precariously up a ladder by the newtonian focuser.