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Altair Hypercam 183C USB3.0 Colour Deepsky Camera

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The Altair Hypercam IMX183 is a 20-megapixel USB astronomy camera, featuring amp glow reduction and low read noise, which produces extremely smooth, detailed images.

Key Features: Altair Hypercam 183C USB3.0 Colour Deepsky Camera

  • 1" diagonal (15.86 mm) SONY Exmor R Back Side Illuminated IMX183 Colour CMOS sensor
  • 20-megapixel resolution with 5440 x 3648 active pixels in a 16.05 mm x 12.61 mm array
  • Extremely low read noise enabling deepsky lucky imaging and very smooth image quality
  • Amp glow reduction technology on-board reduces amp glow, reduces noise, and increases contrast
  • High Dynamic Range with 12 bit ADC to 16 bit output .FITS files in RAW mode, for beautiful deepsky images
  • Up to 17.5 Frames per second video in full 20-megapixel resolution

Easier than a DSLR and no ‘astro modding’ required: Hypercam is much easier to use and focus than a DSLR, thanks to the live preview mode in AltairCapture and SharpCap software. You can see a tiny star clearly in real-time, because there is no video compression. Unlike a DSLR, there's no need to modify your camera to capture detail in red hydrogen wavelengths, because it has no red blocking filter in the way. There are no clumsy power connectors, no mirror to lock up, and a ‘true’ RAW mode output. You get what this Sony sensor sees.

Low read noise. The Sony IMX183 CMOS sensor has very low read noise, wide dynamic range, and high sensitivity. The IMX183 ExmorR rated Back Illuminated Sensor has high-sensitivity, low dark current, no smear, and excellent anti-blooming characteristics. BSI technology moves the sensor circuitry behind the pixel, so unlike conventional sensors the light path is not blocked, resulting in higher efficiency.

Try deep-sky ‘lucky’ imaging. Stacked short exposures take advantage of high resolution sensors with low read noise, reducing atmospheric aberrations and tracking errors or wind vibration. The more frames you stack, the smoother the image becomes, and the higher the dynamic range. Long cumulative exposure times of many hours can be achieved with modest equipment. The result is a smoother, sharper image, while suppressing any residual amp glow.

Great for refractors. With a pixel size of 2.4um, and a sensor size of 16.05 x 12.61 mm, the Hypercam IMX183C is best suited for imaging at F7 or faster speeds, and performs extremely well with an Altair refractor, or a 0.8sx focal reducer.

Video Astronomy/EAA Friendly. The Hypercam IMX183 sensor is not only desirable for Deepsky Imaging - it's also great for Video Astronomy or ‘EAA’ Electronically Assisted Astronomy. All thanks to the 20-megapixel resolution, high sensitivity, and amp glow reduction technology. What's more you can use the Live Stacking features in the AltairCapture software or SharpCap PRO. Time-lapse all-sky imaging or video is easy with a DSLR lens and optional Hypercam Lens Adapters (product code: CLA-EOS or CLA-NIKON).

SPECIAL OFFER! FREE 1 YEAR SharCap PRO License with all Altair Hypercam 183C Cameras! Click here for more SC PRO feature info . Just download the latest SharpCap, connect your camera, register when the screen pops up and sign up for your free license. Sharpcap PRO has the amazingly accurate guidescope polar alignment routine, focus assistance, live flat field subtraction and many more great features to make deepsky, EAA or solar system imaging that much easier. Download SharpCap now to take advantage of this special offer.

Included in your purchase:

  • Camera body with internal cooling fan, heat-sink, and front female M42x0.75mm T-Thread interface (17.5 mm backfocus)
  • 1.8 m High-speed USB3.0 cable
  • 1.5 m ST4 guide cable
  • 2" OD Nosepiece with standard 2" M48 x 0.75 mm filter thread on the front. (code ALTAIRH-2IN)
  • C-Mount insert ring (for C-Mount lenses requiring 17.5 mm back-focus) is included
  • Built-in UV-IR Blocking Filter, AR coatings. (Removable for sensor cleaning)
  • Plastic screw-on dust cap
  • Allen key for removing the C-Thread insert

Note: This camera does not come with software in the box. To operate the camera you will need to download the latest camera drivers at .

Sensor & performance specifications:

  • ALTAIRH183C: SONY Exmor R BSI IMX178 Colour CMOS sensor
  • Sensor Size: 1" diagonal (15.86 mm)
  • Exposure duration shortest/longest: 0.264 ms (0.000264 secs) / 5 secs (Video Mode) 0.264 ms (0.000264 secs) / 1000 secs (16.66mins) (Trigger Mode)
  • Bit depth: 8 bit & 12 bit mode switchable
  • Pixel size microns: 2.4 x 2.4 um
  • Resolution in pixels: 5440 x 3648
  • Recording System: Still Picture and Video
  • Region of Interest (ROI) support: Available
  • Approx. Max frame rates* (assuming computer Bus operating at full bandwidth):
    • 8 bit mode:
      • 5440 x 3648 1735FPS
      • 2736 x 1824 50FPS ROI
      • 1824 x 1216 60FPS ROI
    • 12 bit mode:
      • Approx 60% - 98% of above
  • Sensor QE / Quantum Efficiency: ALTAIRH183C: N/A
  • Gain Sensitivity: ALTAIRH183C: 462 mv
  • Dynamic Range: ALTAIRH183C: N/A
  • SNR Maximum: ALTAIRH183C: N/A
  • Readout: Progressive Scan
  • Shutter: Electronic Rolling Shutter

* 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 because PC bus and main board architecture vary.

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