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Home Astro-Imaging CCD & CMOS Cameras Altair CCD Cameras Altair GPCAM Colour Guiding / Imaging Camera
The GPCAMAR0130C is an all-in-one General Purpose astronomy camera with a 1.2mpx COLOUR CMOS AR0130 sensor. It's the size of a small eyepiece, and weighs about 70 grams. You can image the Moon, Sun and Planets in full HD high speed video mode, or take long exposure deep-sky images. The GPCAM is great for Video Astronomy or "EAA" (Electronically Assisted Astronomy), for real-time viewing of deep-sky objects. Replace your eyepiece with a GPCAM and prepare to be amazed by the detail and colour you can see in for example, the Messier objects. An ST4 auto-guiding port is included along with all the cables and adapters you need for imaging with almost any telescope. Special voltage regulation hardware and on-board noise reduction circuitry creating less noise in long exposure mode. Non-essential circuitry is shut down during long exposures resulting in even less noise and a stronger signal. Japanese SMD boards with US made components give better reliability than older style cameras on the market.Please Download Altair Camera Drivers Here Before plugging in the camera GPCAM is perfect for autoguiding with the Altair Miniguider 60 and Starwave 50 finder/guider optical tube ranges. GPCAM fits direct to your Miniguider 60 optical tube just like a 1.25" eyepiece, and no additional adapters are required to achieve focus. Full ROI (Region Of Interest) support is included, allowing you to increase the frame rate to very high speeds by isolating planets or solar features/ The free downloadable AltairCapture software, enables recording of high speed video, timelapse video, or single frame long exposure images.
High tech CMOS colour sensor: Selected 1/3" Aptina AR0130C HD CMOS sensor with 3.75 micron pixels, high sensitivity and fast frame rate, as well as long time exposure capability. Quantum efficiency (QE) peaks at about 68% in green, which is very high for a colour sensor. Special DR-Pix Dynamic Response technology provides high colour performance in a very low light environment, required for planetary imaging, video astronomy and deepsky exposures. Why buy an Altair camera with so many brands out there?Altair cameras boast many unique features that set them apart from competing brands, a dedicated user group with unrivalled support backed by constantly evolving software and drivers. Superior construction with a CNC machined body designed for cooling and precise optical alignment. A particularly relevant difference is the USB socket, Altair cameras use an industry standard robust socket that is both secure and reliable unlike micro USB phone type sockets that are notoriously troublesome. Quality electronics: Altair Astro GPCAM PCB boards feature ESD protection (Electro-Static Discharge). All the electronic components on the PCB board are of high quality and are imported from the USA and Japan. These quality components give Altair cameras more stable performance and a longer lifespan than most other cameras, hence the two year warranty. Quality CNC machined casing: The camera casing is CNC machined accurate to thousands of an inch, therefore component fit and alignment are very accurate. An internal heat transfer structure conducts heat away from the sensor, to be radiated quickly and efficiently, resulting in a cooler sensor and lower noise. The compact slim casing is attractive for auto guiding because of the limited space when using an Off Axis Guider, Filter wheel or Guidescope. The ST4 & USB cables protrude from the back of the camera for less cable tangles. GPCAM cameras use higher quality USB connectors which will not disconnect or pull out easily. Neat cable management, strong connectors and clearance are more reasons to choose the GPCAM. The optical window: The sensor is protected by a double-side Anti Reflection (AR) coated optical window, The colour camera optical window blocks UV & IR light enabling direct use with telescopes, barlow and reducer lenses. Connecting your GPCAM to your PC and mount: A built-in ST4 auto guider port is included on the GPCAM with a 2m ST4 cable. Simply plug your GPCAM into the ST4 guide port on your mount and plug the camera into your PC. This reduces cable-clutter and there is no need for an expensive USB to autoguider converter box. Connecting your GPCAM to telescopes with filters, and C or CS-Mount lenses: The CNC machined aluminum housing has a standard 1.25 inch OD barrel to fit to almost any telescope focuser including the Altair Miniguider 60, 80, and Starwave 50mm guide scopes. A standard 1.25 inch eyepiece filter can be installed on the end of the 1.25" barrel, such as a light pollution or other special filter. The 1.25" barrel can be removed to reveal a standard CS/C-mount thread compatible with most industrial and surveillance lenses, or microscope eyepiece adapters. The GPCAM is a very flexible system compared other cameras. It allows you to swap the optical window instantly and easily, whilst avoiding touching the filter itself. A 5mm CS to C mount converter ring is also included. This allows you to attach CS-mount lenses with 12.5mm back-focus, or C-mount lenses with 17.5mm backfocus. Therefore you can experiment with a huge range of lenses, unlike other cameras which only allow the use of CS lenses. See the GPCAM system chart for more info. Software & compatibility: Note: This camera does not come with software in the box. You will need to download GP-CAM drivers and software to make it work. DO NOT PLUG IN CAMERA UNTIL YOU HAVE INSTALLED THE DRIVERS. Fully supported by the latest version of Sharpcap for still and video capture, and full control of your camera. Sharpcap supports darkframe subtraction, and live image stacking for viewing deepsky objects in real-time! AltairCapture astrophotography software supports on-the-fly darkframe subtraction, video preview, video recording, snapshot image capture, timelapse, and real 8 or 12 bit data output in .SER and .AVI video, stills or frame-stacks in .PNG, TIFF .BMP formats and more. You can control the camera frame rate, exposure time from milliseconds to minutes, colour balance, gain, gamma, live histogram manipulation (in RGB or Mono), switching between mono or colour modes, camera resolution, ROI (Region Of Interest) and a lot more. A special version of PHD2 Guiding can also be downloaded here. GPCAM is also supported in the official release of PHD2.6 ASCOM drivers available at cameras.altairastro.com. Beta drivers are available on the Altair Astro Google Group. Sensor & performance specifications:GPCAMAR0130C: Aptina AR0130 Colour CMOS sensorSensor Size: 1/3" diagonal (4.8x3.6mm)Exposure duration shortest/longest: 0.4 ms (0.0004 secs) / 800 secsBit depth: 8bit & 12bit mode switchablePixel size microns: 3.75x3.75 umResolution in pixels: 1280x960Recording System: Still Picture and VideoRegion Of Interest (ROI) support: Yes, user selectable via driver 8 bit mode:1280x960 17-26fps640x480 56-62fps ROI320x240 80-93fps ROI12 bit mode - approx 50% of above. * Based on average user reports. May be revised as we get more data. The shorter the exposure duration, the faster the frame rate. An expensive PC does not guarantee a fast frame rate. Sensor QE / Quantum Efficiency:GPCAMAR0130C: Approx. 68% peak in green lightGain Sensitivity:GPCAMAR0130C: 5.5v/lux-secDynamic Range:GPCAMAR0130C: 85.3dBSNR Maximum:GPCAMAR0130C: 44dBReadout: Progressive ScanShutter: Electronic Rolling Shutter Spectral Range & Colour Management - GPCAMAR0130C colour camera: 350-1050nm with double sided AR Coated window (removable)White balance: ROI White Balance/ Manual Temp-Tint AdjustmentColour Rendering Technique: Ultra Fine Colour Engine Software & OS support:Drivers & software download (Windows only): Download Altair Camera Drivers HereDriver support: PHD2, AltairCapture, SharpCap, (Windows DirectShow)AltairCapture OS support: Win XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10 (32 & 64 bit)USB Port & Cable: 2.0 USB, 2m cableST4 Port & Cable: Standard ST4 Opto-Isolated, 1.5m cable, iOptron, Celestron, Skywatcher SynScan GOTO. Physical characteristics:Cooling: High Performance Cooling Chassis uses telescope focuser as heat-sinkCamera body length: 63mm total length including C-Mount and 1.25" Astro barrelWeight grams: 70 g (camera net weight)Optical window built into CS Mount Adapter before 1.25" front barrel - can be removed: Colour Camera: AR-coated UV/IR blocking filter 380-650nm wavelength transmission Back-focus & Adapter compatibility:Optical Window is removable to reveal female C-Mount thread.Camera body: OD 1.25" stepped barrelCamera body thread: C/CS-Mount female allows direct attachment of CS-Mount lens or C-Mount lens with 5mm extension.C-mount lens adapter: Included, terminates in female thread.C-mount lens compatibility: C-Mount male threaded lens with 17.526 mm back-focus (or flange-distance) requirement.C-mount lens compatibility: C-Mount male threaded lens with 12.526 mm back-focus (or flange-distance) requirement.Astro filter thread adapter: Included, 1.25" OD, Female threadPushfit Barrel OD: Standard Astro format 1.25" OD eyepiece-barrelSensor surface distance from flat end of C-mount adapter: 17.58 mmSensor surface distance from flat end of 20mm 1.25 Astro adapter: 37.58 mm Operating environment conditions:Power consumption: 0.8 W (Ave. Camera running)Max operating temp: 50 °CLowest operating temp: -10 °CMax operating humidity: 80 % RHPower source in Volts: 5V DC (via USB cable) Windows PC Hardware Requirements:Minimum CPU: Equal to Intel Core2 2.8GHz or HigherMinimum Memory: 2GB or MoreUSB port: USB2.0 High-speed PortMonitor Display: 17" or LargerSoftware delivery: Downloaded online and saved to hard drive. Packaging:Protective rubber end-capPadded cardboard storage box with durable foam inserts Warranty: 2 years manufacturer warranty against defects in materials and worksmanship.