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Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 monochrome camera

Product code: SX-LODESTAR-X2

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Quick Overview

Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 monochrome is extremely sensitive and low noise camera thanks to Sony Exview CCD sensor ICX829AL with resolution 752 x 580 pixels and anti-blooming. The USB 2.0 connection to computer not only allows you to download the entire image in just 0.2 seconds but it is also used to power the camera (so you don't need to use an external power supply) and ST4 autoguider port allows direct connection to mounts. All these features let you find guide stars easily.

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€569.00
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Details

The Lodestar X2 is an upgraded version of the very popular Lodestar autoguider. The original Lodestar uses the ICX429 Exview chip from Sony and offers excellent sensitivity. However, Sony have now upgraded the ICX429 to the ICX829, with considerably improved QE and read noise. This new 'Exview 2' chip approximately doubles the Lodestar sensitivity and adds nearly a full star magnitude to the minimum guide star brightness. Starlight Xpress has also redesigned the boards so that a standard ST4 guide port is in the back for the camera body.

Main features:

31.8mm diameter body, in compact and solid aluminum construction, allows it to insert into any 31.8mm eyepiece holder, without additional adapters.
Large imaging area (6.45mm x 4.75mm) lets you find guide star easily thanks to a wide field of view.
With a very high 77% QE and large pixels, the Lodestar X2 is very sensible and, combined with the incredibly low noise, finding a guide star is easier.
Full size ST4 (RJ12) autoguider port.
Powered by the USB of your computer so you don't need extra power supply.

To the left, 10 second exposure of M31 with original Lodestar. To the right 10 seconds with Lodestar X2.

Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 monochrome camera: scope of delivery

Lodestar X2 camera
USB cable
ST4 autoguide cable
CD-ROM with driver and software

Technical specifications

Type: Cooled CCD camera
Sensor Monochrome
Sensor ICX829AL
Resolution 752 x 580
Sensor dimensions (mm) 6.4mm x 4.75mm
Sensor diagonal (mm) 8.0
Pixels dimensions (µm) 8.2 micron
A/D converter 16 bit
Cooling No
Readout Noise (e-) 6e
ST4 integrated autoguide port Yes
Telescope interface 31,8mm eyepiece holder
PC connection USB 2.0
Power USB powered
Backfocus (mm) No
Weight (gr.) 85 gr.

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