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Astrel AST183-X-M-FW-7F 20.48MP Monochrome Cooled CCD Telescope Camera+Filter Wheel & 7 Filters Kit

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The AST183-X product line is based on the 20.48-megapixels monochrome Sony IMX183CLK-J CMOS Sensor and is equipped with integrated 7 position Filter-Wheel

The AST183-X Product Features

  • New concept low-vacuum CMOS sensor chamber that guarantees no-frost with -35°C DeltaT at only 2.2A of power consumption
  • Powerful 1GHz microprocessor for stand alone wire-free operation (no PC is needed)
  •  2.4 um pixel size
  • PC like use with operating system, graphic desktop, Web access, applications that can be created, installed and removed
  • Integrated WiFi connection to PC / Tablet / Smartphone
  • 8 GB (expandable up to 32 GB) internal storage plus external USB thumb drive or hard-disk
  • 2 High Speed USB ports 

      SmartCamera Approach

      ​The Astrel Instruments cameras are powered by a 1000MHz Processor with 1Gb of memory and up to 32Gb of on-board storage.

      The camera can autonomously autoguide with many commercial USB autoguider cameras and use planetarium applications to control the mount operations (alignment, goto, etc) on most commercial mounts. Many other commercial devices like motorized focusers, external filter wheels, can also be directly connected and managed autonomously by the camera.

      The Wireless mode lets the user communicate with the camera through a WiFi connection established between his Tablet / Smartphone (or of course a PC) and the camera.

      On-Camera Advanced Software

        Integrated Filter Wheel

        AST8300X Integrated Filterwheel

        The AST183-X-M-FW-7F includes an integrated 7 position filter wheel using 1.25" unmounted filters and installed 7 filter kit: LRGB Ha OIII SII

        Supported Filters

        Astrel cameras with integrated filter-wheel can be fit with filters directly during camera assembly if you require third party or your own filters installed instead.  We can directly buy and mount the filters selected by the customer.

        Cooling and Vacuum Chamber

        The sensor and the cooling chain are contained in a vacuum proof chamber: using the included vacuum pump connected to the valve on the rear of the camera body, in less than a minute the air can be pumped-out. This has 2 fundamental effects: it eliminates the possibility of frost forming inside the chamber and minimizes the convention up and down heat transfer inside the chamber, optimizing the heat removal via the cold finger and avoiding cooling of the optical window that could lead to fogging.​

        No desiccant is needed

        The base package includes

        • AST183-X-M-FW-7F camera body with WiFi antenna
        • Vacuum pump with incorporated pressure gauge, tube and joint
        • Battery power cable: power cable extension with car lighter plug
        • 7 Filter Kit: LRGB Ha OIII SII pre-installed

        Go to Support pages to read the Q&A, download Documentation and watch Video Tutorials



         Power Supply

        AC-DC wall socket 12V 3A Power Supply


        Power Supply
        Protect your instruments with its specific suitcase

        Returns Policy

        You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

        Items that have been opened, damaged or are otherwise unsaleable will be subject to a minimum 10% restocking fee, to be assessed by Telescopes Canada upon receipt of the returned goods

        You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

        If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the 'Complete Orders' link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.


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        Typographical Errors and Order Cancellations

        Telescopes Canada reserves the right to cancel an order due to an error in pricing by Telescopes Canada or one of our suppliers, equipment being no longer obtainable, or other events which are out of our control.

        Client-Initiated Cancellations

        Client-initiated order cancellations are accepted prior to delivery of the equipment to the customer, thereafter it is a return.

        Sensor Specifications

        CMOS .......... Sony IMX183CLK-J (mono)- IMX183CQJ-J (color)
        Pixel Array ... 5496 (H) × 3710 (V) pixels
        Pixel Size .... 2.4 µm
        CMOS Size ..... 13.2x8.8 mm, 15.86 mm diagonal
        Total Pixels .. ​20 Million
        Full Well ..... ~15000 e-
        Dark Current .. 0.002 e-/pixel/sec at -20°C

        Camera Characteristics

        Shutter ....... Digital or Mechanical
        Filter wheel... Integrated,7 1.25" unmounted filters + shutter
        Camera Size ... 124x124mm, 45mm body, 90mm with heat sink
        Mounting ...... M42 T-thread
        Weight ........ 850g (w/ integrated filter-wheel)
        Backfocus ..... 25 mm (including integrated filter-wheel)
        Interfaces .... wiFi, USB 2.0 Host HS x2

        Camera Performance

        A/D Converter . 12 bit
        Gain .......... variable from 0 to 27 dB
        Total Noise ... 3.1e- at gain 0, 1.5 e- at max gain (tbc)
        Binning Modes . up to 10x10
        Readout Speed . 0.5 sec per frame (bin 1)
        Max Cooling ... -35 °C ±0.1°C regulated (tbc)
        Power ......... 12VDC @ 2.2 A max (100% Peltier) (tbc)

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