Specifically designed for astro-imaging, the Starlight Xpress Trius SX-56 16.7MP Full-Frame Monochrome CCD Imaging Camera is outfitted with a large-format high-resolution square KAF-16803 35x35mm format CCD sensor that delivers stunning resolutions of up to 4096x4096, with good quantum efficiency across the entire visible spectrum peaking at 58% at 530nm. An onboard temperature-monitoring chip and 3-stage thermoelectric Peltier cooler, capable of cooling the camera up to 81°F (45°C) below ambient air temperature, ensure the imaging system continues to work efficiently, while its argon-filled aluminum housing and micro lenses maintain a moisture-free environment with maximum light transmission. A multi-coated synthetic sapphire input window with an extremely high thermal conductivity eliminates the need for a window heater, by drawing waste heat from the camera body to the entire window surface. A stepper-driven roller blind shutter offers extremely uniform illumination of the sensor, even at 0.1 second exposure time. Its built-in LED flood illuminator eliminates trapped electrons from previous images (RBI) to ensure each exposure is as perfect as it can be.
A USB 2.0 interface allows you to download 16.7MP full-resolution images to your Windows computer in 6.5 seconds. The housing also sports three mini-B USB ports that act as a USB hub and allow you to connect peripherals and accessories—such as a guide camera, filter wheel, and electric focuser—and control them all, plus the camera, via the single tethered cable to your computer that greatly reduces cable tangle. Additionally, there is a dedicated ST4 autoguider port.
This compact and lightweight imager comes with an array of cables for power and peripheral connections. It is designed for larger rigs and accessories and comes outfitted with 72mmx1 mounting threads that allow you to screw the camera directly on the back of the Starlight Xpress Maxi filter wheel, Takahashi telescopes and other large-format accessories, adapters, and extension tubes. Alignment screws are provided for adjusting the chip so that it is perfectly parallel to the focal plane, with a generous back focus distance.
- Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8
- At least one USB 2.0 port
- At least 4Gb of memory
- Graphics card capable of displaying an image in a minimum of 1600x1200 and 32-bit color to view the finished images onscreen
- 1-3GHz processor speed is ideal
- Not designed for USB1.1 and will cause inferior results