Altair Hypercam 178C USB3.0 Colour Guide / Imaging / EAA Camera
- Altair Astro Premium 1.25" CLS-CCD Filter with UV/IR Block & AR Coating (Code: F125CLSCCD) for imaging emission nebulae in light polluted urban environments.
- Optional 2" nosepiece with filter thread and straight sides to maintain collimation, code ALTAIRH-2IN.
Author: Jay Bolt
Excellent for planetary and lunar imaging. Can also be used for imaging DSOs with a little practice and understanding of dark frame subtraction.
Author: Wayne Edwards
This is a very good little camera for video astronomy with the live stacking mode. All my questions were answered quickly and I'm a happy customer.
Author: a renfrew
I got this for Jupiter and the moon but ended up trying deepsky too, and already have some pretty good results all round. It's a good unit and the limitation is my telescope and me not the camera. I'd prefer it came with a 2" nosepiece so ordered that too, but other than that it does the job well. The software is dead easy to use up and running in a few minutes. Good service and quick.
Author: Ian Marks
This is my first proper astro camera and it's so much easier to frame and get images than with my DSLR. The sensor isn't as big but using a reducer gets the image pretty bright in my 80ED. I've imaged Jupiter with my 127 Maksutov and 3x Barlow which showed up a lot of detail in only 300 frames out of 3000. The USB speed is very fast on this camera make sure you've got a big drive! One thing to mention - the images come out green in raw mode unless you switch to RGB not a defect apparently normal!
Author: t Cooke
The green image thing threw me too but its normal and they did a blog about it based on my questions so top marks for support. Apparently raw mode is best and changing to green later in processing. Other than that these new Sony sensors are pretty good compared to older types. The speed is quite amazing and you can easily get enough frames for a sharp image. I'm mainly imaging the moon inspired by some UK imagers with the same camera. This camera isn't the cheapest on the market but I suspect it's the same or a bit better than most of the others out there, and the build quality is certainly is the best. Good prompt answers to my questions from Nick and Ian at Altair.
Author: Rodney Baker
Echoing the above I would say this is the most fun astro purchase I've made to date.
Forgive me for saying it, but because the design is pretty distinctive the wife noticed it right away! That is the only negative I can think of.
Seriously though, great product, great support and I'm glad finally a UK company has stepped in to make something like this which really stand out from the usual stuff in design, execution and above all TECHNICAL SUPPORT.
Thanks to the good fellows at Altair. Now do I get a free T-Shirt or what? :P
Author: jennifer harding
I'm quite enjoying using this camera mainly on the moon in London from my garden with my son who has a physical handicap. It's really something we can both do together, and he loves naming craters and so-on. My job is now just focusing, the rest is all on his laptop. We of course enjoyed the whole package, telescope and everything but the camera really makes it possible. Thanks you nice people to deal with at Altair.
Author: Geoff Hartley
I've just tried this camera on the moon and I'm waiting for darker skies to try it on DSO objects too in my Wave 102 Triplet refractor which is excellent. The camera arrived quickly and safely by DPP the next day and I had it up and running in 5 minutes. The software is easy to use and it's just the processing of the video files (to get good results) which takes time. An enjoyable and interesting product to try, thanks Altair.
Author: Olly Jackson
Mine arrived the next day but was the wrong camera (the mono version). After an email to Altair the right camera arrived the next day and the wrong camera was picked up (by a separate DPD driver if you can believe the inefficiency). Anyway my point is that when things go wrong this company puts things right instantly which is frankly refreshing after the crap experiences I've had. The camera is very well packaged, and it comes with everything you need to "plug and play" except for the software which you download and install. I would prefer this was included with the camera but I was told it isn't possible to keep it current because there's a lot of changes being made. It's a fair point but it would be nice to have the CD included in case you don't have an internet connection or whatever. The camera itself is as far as I can tell very sensitive and very fast in terms of frame rate. I'm learning how to use it but I'm quite impressed with this reasonably priced camera which is so easy to use. All questions were rapidly answered by Nick at Altair and I think this is one company I'll be coming back to for more equipment in the near future. Thanks, OJ
Author: John Rees
Seeing the US dealer was away I ordered mine direct, and it arrived in 4 days by air freight for about 40 bucks delivered with a 20% discount on the UK sales Tax. When I tried it I could tell it's a quality thought out product, with good quality images and video. And what do you know? The support guys aren't speaking Chingleesh 10 out of 10 for that. I'll be trying this out more over the next few days but for now that's it from 'over the pond' good to talk guys. JR
Author: don weller
My first go at solar system imaging was with the gpcam usb2 and I thought I might as well stick to the brand. This usb3 camera is in a different league in both speed and size. If you use this in full frame mode you'd better have a big hard drive. We are talking gigs in a few seconds here. I've tried mine in 14 bit mode on deepsky and the pixel size makes it best suited to fast small refractors for that. 6.3 mp is a lot of pixels for a small price, so I'm impressed. No issues so far with the camera or software.
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