Moravian Instruments: Global shutter CMOS 4112 × 3008 pixels, USB 3.0 interface
The cooled C2 series global shutter CMOS cameras were developed for imaging under extremely low-light conditions in astronomy, microscopy and similar areas. Mechanical design of this series inherits from earlier CCD-based G2 Mark II cameras, which makes the C2 series fully compatible with vast range of telescope adapters, off-axis guider adapters, internal or external filter wheels, Camera Ethernet adapters, guiding cameras etc.
The ACTIVELY COOLED C2 series CMOS cameras are equipped with SONY IMX GLOBAL SHUTTER CMOS detectors with 3.45 x 3.45 μm square pixels. All used sensors utilize global electronic shutter. This means every pixel within the image is exposed at the same time, as opposed to rolling shutter sensors, which exposes individual lines one after another.There is no difference for long exposures of static objects, but imaging of moving objects using short exposure time using rolling shutter leads to image shape distortions.
One of the benefits of the C2 series is the MECHANICAL SHUTTER function, so that you don’t have to close the telescope to be able to take darks. This is especially handy and important if you are running a remote controlled telescope.
The C2 series CMOS cameras were developed for imaging under extremely low-light conditions in astronomy, microscopy and similar areas. Mechanical design of this series inherits from earlier CCD-based G2 Mark II cameras, which makes the C2 series fully compatible with a vast range of telescope adapters, off-axis guider adapters, internal or external filter wheels, Camera Ethernet adapters, guiding cameras etc.
With proper image calibration, C2 cameras provide surprisingly good results in deep-sky imaging. The used CMOS sensors response to light is linear up to very close to saturation point, so, C2 cameras can be used for scientific applications like variable star research, too.
C2 cameras with Sony IMX sensors supporting 12-bit digitization only:
As the 12-bit read mode is always used for long-exposure applications (astronomical photography, scientific research) and all other parameters being the same (sensor size, resolution, pixels size, noise, …), lower price of these cameras may be then very attractive.
Developed and manufactured in Europe to highest standards.
Sensor: Sony IMX253 Monochrome CMOS
Colour filter: Bayer mask
Resolution: 4112 x 3008 pixels
Pixel Size: 3.45 x 3.45 µm
Imaging Area: 14.19 x 10.38 mm
Diagonal size: 17.58 mm
Interface: USB 3.0
Download time: appr. 0.05s with USB3.0 host
Cooling: active cooling, max. ~42 °C below ambient
Internal Mechanical Shutter: yes, blade shutter
Internal Filter Wheel: Optional
External Filter Wheel: Optional
Compatibility with OAG & Standard Adapters: yes
Autoguider Port: No
Available on back order
C2 Camera Overview
C2 camera head is designed to be easily used with a set of accessories to fulfill various observing needs. Camera head itself is manufactured in two different variants:
- Camera with Internal filter wheel.
- Camera with control port for External filter wheel. This model allows attachment of several variants of external filter wheels with various number of filter positions and sizes.