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Astrel AST8300-X-M-FW 8.3MP Monochrome Cooled CCD Telescope Camera + Filter Wheel & Vacuum Chamber

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The AST8300-X is based on the 8.3-megapixels monochrome KAF-8300 CCD Sensor and is equipped with integrated 7 position Filter-Wheel (filters not included)

The AST8300-X Product Features

  • New concept low-vacuum CCD sensor chamber that guarantees no-frost with -35°C DeltaT at only 2.4A of power consumption
  • Powerful 1GHz microprocessor for stand alone wire-free operation (no PC is needed)
  • 5.4 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 HS USB ports, controlled +12V DC output power (flatbox controller)

     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.

    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.

    AST8300X Integrated Filterwheel


    The AST8300-X includes an integrated 7 position filter wheel using 1.25" unmounted filters.

    The AST8300-X-7F consists on a complete kit with the filter wheel fully equipped with LRGB + Ha + OIII +SII filter set already mounted.  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.​

    The base package includes

    • AST8300-X camera body with WiFi antenna
    • Vacuum pump with incorporated pressure gauge, tube and joint
    • Battery power cable: power cable extension with car lighter plug

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



    Filters Astronomik Integrated filter wheel

    Select up to 7 filters for the integrated filter wheel


    Power Supply
    AC-DC wall socket 12V 3A Power Supply


    Power Supply
    Protect your instruments with its specific suitcase plug

    Camera AST8300-B-M-FW AST8300-X-M-FW AST8300-X-M-FW-7F
    Sensor KAF8300 (Mono) KAF8300 (Mono) KAF8300 (Mono)
    Pixel Array (pixels) 3326 x 2504 3326 x 2504 3326 x 2504
    Sensor Size (mm) 17.96 x 13.52 17.96 x 13.52 17.96 x 13.52
    User Interface WiFi, ETH, Touch-LCD WiFi WiFi
    I/O Ports USB HS x 2, I2C, SPI USB HS x 2 USB HS x 2
    Sensor Vacuum Chamber Yes Yes Yes
    Max Delta-T Cooling -42 °C -35 °C -35 °C
    Filter-Wheel 7F- Integrated 7F - Integrated 7F - Integrated
    Filters Kit As accessories As accessories 7 Filters Included
    Flat Box Controller As accessories Integrated Integrated
    Internal Storage 8GB (Exp to 32GB) 8GB (Exp to 32GB) 8GB (Exp to 32GB)
    Protective Suitcase Included As accessories As accessories

    Sensor Specifications

    CCD .......... On-Semi(Kodak) KAF-8300 (mono)
    Pixel Array ... 3326 x 2504 pixels
    CCD Size ...... 18 x 13.5 mm
    Total Pixels .. ​8.3 Million
    Full Well ..... ~25500 e-
    Dark Current .. 0.015e-/pixel/sec at -20°C
    Anti-blooming .. 1000X

    Camera Characteristics

    Shutter ....... Mechanical
    Filter wheel... Integrated,7 1.25" unmounted filters
    Camera Size ... 124x124mm, 45mm body 90mm heat sink
    Mounting ...... M42 T-thread
    Weight ........ 850g (w/ integrated filter-wheel)
    Backfocus ..... 16 mm (including integrated filter-wheel)
    Interfaces .... USB 2.0 Host HS x2, 12V out flatbox controller

    Camera Performance

    Sampling Mode . Digital multi-sample CDS
    A/D Converter . 16 bit
    Gain .......... 0.95 e-/ADU (first samples)
    Total Noise ... 7.5e- rms typ (first samples)
    Binning Modes . up to 10x10
    Readout Speed . 270 Kpxls/sec (about 30 sec)
    Max Cooling ... -35 °C ±0.1°C regulated
    Power ......... 12VDC @ 2.4 A max (operational at 100% Peltier)

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