Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider
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Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider

Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 is an ultra sensitive autoguider featuring a full sized RJ12 autoguider port and the Sony ICX829AL sensor.

Introducing the Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 - the latest and most sensitive compact autoguider

For years, the original Lodestar had been held in the highest regard as being the best autoguider on the market. As good at it was, the proprietary connector for the autoguider cable was something of a mechanical weak link. The innovative minds at Starlight Xpress have taken an opportunity to remove that weak link and make the Lodestar even more sensitive.

Key Features:

Big things can come in small packages and the Lodestar X2, really is no exception. This compact guide camera is packed full of great features:

  • Only 1.25 inches in diameter allows it to drop neatly into your 1.25-inch eyepiece holder - no additional adaptors required.
  • Large Imaging Area (6.45mm x 4.75mm) giving you a wide field of view to find a suitable guide star.
  • Sensitivity - with an impressive 77% QE, and large pixels, the Lodestar X2 just sucks up those photons. Sensitivity is key, but combined with the incredibly low noise of the Lodestar X2, finding a guide star has just become even easier.
  • Full size RJ12 Autoguider Port - No need to run extra cables from your computer to control your mount corrections.
  • Powered by the USB of your computer so no need to carry an extra power supply with you - one less thing to forget when you are on your way to the Star Party.
  • Compact and solid aluminium contruction.

Specifications:

  • CCD type: ICX829AL Sony Exview interline CCD with very low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.
  • CCD Full resolution Pixel data: Pixel size: 8.2uM x 8.4uM, Image format: 752 x 580 pixels
  • CCD Image area: 6.4mm (Horizontal) x 4.75mm (Vertical).
  • CCD quality: Grade 1
  • Spectral Response: QE max at 620nM (~77%), 45% at 400nM and 770nM.
  • Readout Noise: Less than 10 electrons RMS - typically only 6 electrons.
  • Full-well capacity: Greater than 50,000 e- (unbinned)
  • Anti-blooming: Overload margin greater than 1000x.
  • Dark current: Dark frame saturation time greater than 1 hour. Less than 0.1 electrons/second @ + 10C ambient.
  • Data format: 16 bits.
  • System gain: 0.4 electrons per ADU
  • Computer Interface: Built-in USB 2.0 compatible interface.
  • Image download time: Typically 0.2 seconds at full resolution using USB 2.0.
  • Power requirements: USB powered.
  • Cooling system: Ambient air cooling.
  • Size: 32 x 86mm black anodised aluminium barrel with 1-inch x 32tpi C mount thread at the CCD window end & input/output plugs at rear.
  • Weight: approx. 85g.

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Our price: $629.00

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