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Altair Hypercam IMX224, IMX174 and IMX178 USB3.0 astronomy and microscopy cameras.

Altair Hypercam IMX224, IMX174 and IMX178 USB3.0 astronomy and microscopy cameras.
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Altair Astro launches the new Hypercam range of high speed USB3.0 astronomy and microscopy imaging cameras.

The Altair Hypercam platform is designed to get the best quality output from the camera sensor, with an emphasis on stability and less dropped frames at high capture speeds, as well as less noise at high USB3.0 speeds. As with the GPCAM V2 platform the special onboard memory keeps dropped frames to a minimum.

A wide variety of adaptor solutions are possible, and a guide port is included, so you can take advantage of these performance sensors for guiding if you wish. Long or short high speed exposures are possible and all major astronomy file formats are supported. Deepsky video astronomy or EAA benefit from the live stacking features in AltairCapture and SharpCap.

The Hypercam IMX224 Colour was developed with a focus on high speed planetary imaging and video astronomy/EAA without the need for filters. The IMX224 Sensor is one of the most sensitive colour CMOS sensors ever made, with incredibly low read noise. The Hypercam IMX174 Mono was designed with a particular focus on solar imaging. The internal cooling fan and heatsink keep the sensor and electronics cool to improve reliability in the hottest solar imaging conditions, because as any experienced solar imager will tell you, camera can get "glitchy" at these temperatures.

The Hypercam IMX178 Colour features the Sony IMX178 sensor, which is particularily attractive for Electronically Assisted Astronomy / Video Astronomy because of it's high 6.3 Megapixel resolution and high sensitivity thanks to Sony's STARVIS back-illumination technology. The IMX178 has the lowest amp glow of any Sony sensor we've tried so far and read noise is very low. The Dark Field Subtraction in AltairCapture is extremely effective at removing noise. The camera is also capable of high speed planetary and lunar imaging at any resolution with Region Of Interest (ROI).

The Hypercam IMX174 has very high dynamic range, which, for Hydrogen Alpha imaging allows you to capture faint prominences as well as Chromosphere detail with the Daystar Quark. Full disc images are also possible with the Lunt 60mm solar scopes. A global shutter gives distortion free images without smearing associated with high speed CCD cameras.
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