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Altair GPCAM2 130 Mono Guide / Imaging / EAA Camera

Altair GPCAM2 130 Mono Guide / Imaging / EAA Camera
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The Altair GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono camera has the sought after Aptina AR0130 CMOS sensor, with higher sensitivity of about 78% QE.
 
SPECIAL OFFER! FREE 1 year SharpCap PRO License with this camera! Click here for more SC PRO feature info. Just download the latest SharpCap and connect your camera, register when the screen pops up and off you go. 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 here to take advantage of this special offer.
 
Very high sensitivity in the far red / NIR region makes the GPCAM2 AR0130 especially good for solar imaging with the Daystar Quark other Hydrogen Alpha filters. This high red sensitivity makes it a great choice for Astro Video or EAA use.
 
The form factor is ideal for the Daystar Quark. GPCAM fits direct to the Daystar Interference Eliminator and the 1.25" nosepiece screws into the other side, which goes into the Quark. Simple and easy to use. Keep it assembled and just pop it in and go!
 
Onboard buffering gives USB data transfer speeds significantly higher than the GPCAM1 series, pushing the USB2.0 format to the limit, yet within a stable envelope. This almost completely eliminates dropped frames, corrupted video, and enables faster more consistent frame rates, even with less powerful notebook computers.
 
The GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono camera can be used for any type of imaging you care to try, such as solar, planetary, lunar “lucky” imaging, and even long exposure deepsky photography. Of course video astronomy is easy with the incredible sensitivity of approx. 78% QE. Time-lapse all-sky imaging (with the optional meteor lens) is fully supported in both AltairCapture and SharpCap software.
 
The camera has an ST4 auto-guiding port, and can be used to auto-guide with mounts from all the major manufacturers supporting ST4 format, such as iOptron, Celestron and Skywatcher.
 
The casing has an external heatsink surface, which dissipates heat generated by the electronics, reducing thermal noise.
 
The USB2.0 connector is the high strength type - the highest quality component of it's type on the market. This is much more reliable than the micro-USB connectors found on smartphones (we all know how those loosen up over a short time!).
 
You would be hard-pressed to find a more versatile small-format colour astronomy imaging camera with this price and features. And what's more, you get UK/EU based warranty support, plus the Altair Camera Google User Group for all your technical questions - a great place to share tips and techniques to get the best out of your camera.
 
Here's a YouTube video review by AstroBackyard:
 
 
 

The GPCAM cameras can be fully controlled in AltairCapture and SharpCap to output uncompressed .AVI and .SER video files for solar system "lucky" imaging, as well as all common still image formats such as .JPEG .PNG .TIF .BMP, to mention just a few. The GPCAM supports 8bit or 12bit output. The 12 bit output mode can be used for deep sky imaging with less frames needing to be stacked and a wider pixel intensity range, or for high dynamic range solar and lunar imaging where bit depth improves tonal range. The AR0130 sensor is extremely sensitive in the NIR region and can be used very effectively with IR Pass filters such as the Altair Planet Killer series, for solar and lunar imaging in mono mode. Simply attach the IR pass filter to the front of the 1.25" nosepiece.

What’s different about the "Purple casing" GPCAM2 platform compared to the blue casing GPCAM1 platform? You’ll notice the GPCAM2 casing is larger than the GPCAM. This is to house larger electronics boards which support trigger mode and frame buffering as well as to increase the surface area for cooling. The GPCAM2 platform supports “Trigger Mode” to make long exposures of over 5 seconds easier to control. With most cameras, in normal video mode, you have to wait for an exposure to complete before the camera will accept, say a command to abort the frame, for say clouds, aircraft, or an alignment issue, like kicking the tripod and so-on, or for routine changes in gain, exposure time, , re-aligning or refocusing on the object. For long exposures, normal video mode is inconvenient, especially for video astronomy and deep-sky imaging, however in Trigger mode, you can stop the camera instantly (even if you are half way through a long 30 second exposure) change the settings, and re-start the camera looping again. The GPCAM2 also has an improved onboard frame buffer to improve data transfer stability at high frame rates (to reduce dropped frames) and to increase compatibility with a wider range of PCs. The improved buffers give a more consistent data transfer rate over USB2.0 and USB3.0 buses on laptops and desktop PCs. 
 
Some interesting features of the AR0130 Mono sensor, aside from increased overall sensitivity compares to the MT9M034 sensor in the GPCAM1, is a very high response in the red region of the spectrum making the camera very sensitive to red light for Hydrogen Alpha solar imaging and in the NIR / IR region which enables the camera to be used with an Altair Planet Killer IR Pass filter for high contrast lunar imaging.
 
The GPCAM 130 is more sensitive than the 120-Series cameras:
 
GPCAM130 is more sensitive than the 120 series cameras
 
Included in the box:
 
ALTAIRGP130M-BASIC Package:
  1. Camera body.
  2. 2m High-speed USB2.0 A male to B male cable.
  3. 1.5m ST4 guide cable.
  4. 1.25 inch x 20mm nosepiece with female 1.25" filter thread on the front.
  5. CS-Mount adapter with built-in Clear Optical Window, AR coatings. (Attached at factory but removable).
  6. Plastic dust cap 1.25".
ALTAIRGP130M-FULL Package:
  1. Camera body.
  2. 2m High-speed USB2.0 A male to B male cable.
  3. 1.5m ST4 guide cable.
  4. 1.25 inch x 20mm nosepiece with female 1.25" filter thread on the front.
  5. CS-Mount adapter with built-in Clear Optical Window, AR coatings. (Attached at factory but removable).
  6. CS-Mount adapter with built-in UV-IR Blocking Filter, AR coated. (Removable).
  7. Plastic dust cap 1.25".
  8. 2.1mm F1.6 150 degree FOV wide angle Meteor lens and dust caps.
  9. C-Mount 5mm extension adapter for C-Mount lenses requiring 17.5mm back-focus.
Please 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 cameras.altairastro.com (launches new window)
 
Sensor & performance specifications:
 
ALTAIRGP130M: APTINA AR0130 MONO CMOS sensor
Sensor Size: 1/3" (4.8x3.6mm)
Exposure duration shortest/longest:
0.115ms (0.000115 secs) / 800 secs 13.33mins (trigger mode)
0.115ms (0.000115 secs) / 5000ms (5 secs) (video mode) 
Bit depth: 8bit & 12bit mode switchable
Pixel size microns: 3.75x3.75 um
Resolution in pixels: 1280x960
Recording System: Still Picture and Video
Region of Interest (ROI) support: Yes, in SharpCap & AltairCapture
Approx. Max frame rates (assuming computer Bus and Hard Drive operating at full bandwidth)*:
8 bit mode:
1280x960 - 27-30fps
640x480 - 55fps ROI mode
320x240 - 104fps ROI mode
12 bit mode - approx 50% of above.
* Based on average user reports. May be revised with more data. Shorter exposure durations yield faster frame rates. An expensive PC does not guarantee a fast frame rate.
Sensor QE / Quantum Efficiency: Approx. 78%
Gain Sensitivity: 6.5V/ lux-sec
Dynamic Range: 82dB
SNR Maximum: 44dB
Readout: Progressive Scan
Shutter: Electronic Rolling Shutter
 
Software & OS support:
Drivers & software download (Windows only): cameras.altairastro.com (launches new window)
Driver support: PHD2, AltairCapture, SharpCap, (Windows DirectShow)
AltairCapture OS support: Win XP (32bit), Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10 (32 & 64 bit)
USB Port & Cable: USB2.0, 2m cable (USB3.0 port compatible).
ST4 Port & Cable: Standard ST4 Opto-Isolated, 1.5m cable, iOptron, Celestron, Skywatcher SynScan GOTO.
 
Camera Format:
Cooling: Air-Cooled large surface area camera body.
Camera body length: 70 mm total length including CS-Mount and 5mm extension ring.
Camera body weight: 90 g
AR-coated UV/IR blocking filter  wavelength transmission 380-650nm.
AR-coated clear optical window wavelength transmission: 350-1050nm.
 
Back-focus & Adapter compatibility:
Optical Window is removable to reveal female C-Mount thread
Camera body thread: C/CS-Mount female allows direct attachment of CS-Mount lens or C-Mount lens with 5mm extension.
C-Mount lens adapter: Included, terminates in female thread connecting to camera body.
C-Mount lens compatibility: C-Mount male threaded lens with 17.526 mm back-focus (or flange-distance) requirement.
C-mount lens compatibility: C-Mount male threaded lens with 12.526 mm back-focus (or flange-distance) requirement.
Astro filter thread adapter: Included, 1.25" OD, Female thread
Pushfit Barrel OD: Standard Astro format 1.25” OD eyepiece-barrel
Sensor surface distance from flat end of C-Mount adapter: 17.58 mm
Sensor surface distance from flat end of 20mm 1.25” Astro adapter: 37.58 mm
 
Operating environment conditions:
Power consumption:
Standby 0.315w
Running 0.875w
Max operating temp: 50 °C
Lowest operating temp: -10 °C
Max operating humidity: 80 % RH
Power source in Volts: 5V DC (via USB cable)
Windows PC Hardware Requirements:
Minimum CPU: Equal to Intel Core2 2.8GHz or Higher
Minimum Memory: 2GB or More
USB port: USB2.0 High-speed Port
Monitor Display: 17" or Larger
 
Software delivery: Downloaded online at cameras.altairastro.com and saved to hard drive.
 
Warranty: 2 years manufacturer warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
 
Optional Accessories: 
Altair Astro 1.25" Premium CLS-CCD Filter with UV/IR Block & AR Coating (Code: F125CLSCCD) for imaging emission nebulae in light polluted urban enivonments.
Altair Astro Planet-Killer 685nm Premium IR Pass Filter with AR Coating (Code: F125IRP685CCD) to reduce seeing effects for shaper lunar solar and planetary imaging.
 
Warranty: 2 years manufacturer warranty against defects in materials and worksmanship.
 
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The casing has an external heatsink surface, which dissipates heat generated by the electronics, reducing thermal noise.
 
The USB2.0 connector is the high strength type - the highest quality component of it's type on the market. This is much more reliable than the micro-USB connectors found on smartphones (we all know how those loosen up over a short time!).

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Customer feedback

Customer Reviews

  • Author: andrew hart
    As promised here's that review! I mainly use the mono for imaging the moon from London. I had the original camera and this one is faster. noise level is lower so I can sharpen up more, and it's more sensitive so I can now image at a few less milliseconds with higher gain. The overall result is definitely sharper. (I'm trying 12 bit too which makes it easier to process).
  • Author: CH_Rowe
    This is a very good guide camera for my C11 and OAG, it picks stars up easily and PHD setup takes a minute. Very good price.
  • Author: Peter Crafton
    Firstly, Just to say thanks for the free lens after I broke mine by dropping it, you guys were great!

    I've got two of these for all-sky meteor and ISS imaging and theyre very sensitive. Even small meteors are no problem with this camera.

    The software is great and I can leave it running all night and come back to a nice AVI to watch in the morning.

    I also really like the new time-stamp feature on the videos for us meteor hunters.

    Thanks ! Pete

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