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Orion StarShoot Deep-Space CCD Color Imager II


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The Horsehead Nebula (B33), captured with the StarShoot DSCI and an Orion ED80 refractor (23x360 sec.) by Alan Smallbone.
The Orion Nebula (M42), captured with the StarShoot DSCI and a 45mm ED refractor (18x60 sec.) by Alan Smallbone. This was his first image with the StarShoot.

M51 Whilrlpool galaxy - Andre Paquette

Taken with Celestron 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain using a f/6.3 reducer. 20x120 second images combined.

Call it StarShoot: The Next Generation. Or just call it the best new affordable single-shot color CCD imaging camera on the market today. With its bigger CCD chip, improved engineering, and more efficient active cooling, the StarShoot Deep Space Color Imager II gives beginning and experienced astrophotographers alike a more powerful tool for capturing dramatic celestial images.

The StarShoot "DSCI II" enables anyone with a telescope and a computer to shoot dazzling color pictures of star clusters, nebulas, galaxies, and planets. Embedded in the newly designed machined-aluminum housing is an 8mm diagonal (Type 1/2) Sony CCD chip featuring a 752 x 582 pixel array and 8.6 x 8.3 micron pixels. The larger chip sees a wider chunk of sky and is more sensitive than its predecessor, needing less exposure time to produce gorgeous results. The camera's thermoelectric cooling (TEC) system has been improved to further reduce electronic "noise" in images. The TEC gives the StarShoot a big advantage over the competition's cam, which is uncooled. With TEC, you get better, smoother images.

The Thermoelectric Cooling Advantage - Dark Frame Photos Show the Difference
A dark frame is a picture taken with the camera completely capped so no light comes in. What you see in the dark frame is the "noise" inherent in all CCD cameras. The more noise in the camera, the more it will degrade the quality of your final image. The Orion SSDSCI II is equipped with a thermoelectric cooler (TEC) which dramatically reduces the amount of noise, as seen in these dark frames. This noise reduction significantly improves the quality of the actual celestial image.

StarShoot Deep-Space CCD Color Imager Specifications
CCD Sensor

Sony ExView HAD 429AKL Color

CCD Sensor size 1/2"

Pixel array

Pixel Size

752 x 582 (437,664 total)

8.6 x 8.3 micron

CCD chip

Single Shot Color

Exposure range .002 sec to 100 min.
A/D conversion 16 bit
Thermoelectric cooling (TEC) Yes
IR filter Yes

Autoguider capability Yes
USB connection 2.0 high speed

MaxIm DL Essentials Edition Features

The included MaxIm DL Essentials Edition software provides real-time focusing assistance, easy image capture, and powerful image combining and processing tools. It now includes more image-processing features as well as batch processing and multiple-camera support. The StarShoot is powered through your computer's high-speed USB 2.0 port via the included 10' USB 2.0 cable.

Displays target object on your PC screen
Captures multiple exposures automatically
Aligns and stacks the best images
Subtracts averaged dark frames for best image quality
Provides easy, real-time focusing assistance
Allows use of camera as autoguider (Deep Space camera)
Works with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP and USB 2.0 (only)
Much, much more!

The camera itself is powered from the USB connection to the computer. The TEC system requires external 3VDC power. The included 3VDC power supply is a high-quality plastic enclosure with a 6' long cable. It requires two D-cell batteries (not included), which will run the TEC for about 20 hours. The 3VDC power supply is far more convenient than the typical 12VDC power source required by other models it's lightweight and it's easy to carry a set of spares in your equipment case.

What are you waiting for? Imaging is the hottest trend in amateur astronomy. Get the StarShoot DSCI II and take your shot! One-year limited warranty.

Some computers have USB ports that are known to not meet the USB specification for the output voltage. These computers may not be able to run the SSDSI-2 without the use of an external powered hub. The vast majority of computers, however, do meet the proper USB specification, and should have no problems running the SSDSI-2 off of regular USB power.

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