The Orion StarShoot G16 Deep Space Mono Imaging Camera offers incredible sensitivity in a large format, cooled CMOS camera. It is based around the Panasonic MN34230 4/3" 12-bit monochrome chip, with 3.8 micron pixels, 60% QE, and a massive 4640x3506 pixel array. Exposures range from 0.15ms - 3600 seconds, and up to 22 fps at full frame (up to 90+ fps when sub framed). This means you can shoot planets as well as nebulae.
Orion's G16 Color version of this camera may offer a tad more convenience because it is a one-shot color camera, but make no mistake -- this G16 Mono is ~3x more sensitive due to the nature of a monochrome chip. Every pixel sees every photon of light and the difference is clear. Use color filters in front, either directly threaded onto the 2" nosepiece, or through a filter wheel such as the StarShoot 2" Motorized Filter Wheel. This allows you to do advanced tri-color RGB imaging which produces a full color photograph. The results are stunning - more than you will ever get with a one-shot color camera with similar exposures.
The StarShoot G16 features a two-stage regulated thermo-electric cooler with fan, capable of reaching ~40° C below ambient, which dramatically reduces noise. The USB 3.0 interface provides exceptionally fast frame rates and downloads. Power for the camera electronics comes from the USB port and the TE cooler is powered by an included AC adapter.
A 2" nosepiece is included, and you'll find 42mm t-thread cut into the front housing, so you can attach the G16 camera to most all telescope configurations, including filter wheels, coma correctors, flatteners, and off-axis guiders. With a built in two-port USB 2.0 hub, your filter wheel and guidescope camera can be wired directly to the G16. This means you'll only have the one USB cable running to your laptop, making cable management much less of a headache!
Compatible with Win 7/8/10, the camera includes a hard case, along with free control and image acquisition software. Best of all, the G16 is ASCOM compatible, meaning you can use most dedicated astro-imaging software on the market to unlock the full potential of your new StarShoot G16 Mono camera!
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