Altair Hypercam 183C V2 USB3.0 Colour Deepsky Imaging / EAA Camera


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Altair Hypercam 183C V2 USB3.0 Colour Deepsky Imaging / EAA Camera

The Hypercam 183C Colour camera is the thinkers’ alternative to a DSLR camera when it comes to astro-imaging.
It has a 20mp Sony IMX183 sensor, featuring amp glow reduction and high sensitivity for extremely smooth, detailed images.
The IMX183 is one of the most sensitive Back Side Illuminated BSI sensors available, with incredibly low read noise.

Version 2 has the following additional features:

  • Temperature sensor, with data available in realtime.
  • ROI (Region of Interest) for cropped higher speed solar, lunar and planetary imaging.
  • 4K Mode (cropped).
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Easier than a DSLR and no “astro modding” required: Hypercam is much easier to use and focus than a DSLR, thanks to the live preview mode in AltairCapture and SharpCap software. You can see a tiny star clearly in real-time, because there is no video compression. Unlike a DSLR, there’s no need to modify your camera to capture detail in red hydrogen wavelengths, because it has no red blocking filter in the way. There are no clumsy power connectors, no mirror to lock up, and a “true” RAW mode output. You get what this Sony sensor sees.
Low read noise. The Sony IMX183 CMOS sensor has very low read noise, wide dynamic range, and high sensitivity. The IMX183 ExmorR rated Back Illuminated Sensor has high-sensitivty, low dark current, no smear, and excellent anti-blooming charateristics. BSI technology moves the sensor circuitry behind the pixel, so unlike conventional sensors the light path is not blocked, resulting in higher efficiency.
Try deep-sky “lucky” imaging. Short exposures stacked take advantage of high resolution sensors with low read noise, reducing atmospheric aberrations and tracking errors or wind vibration. The more frames you stack, the smoother the image becomes, and the higher the dymanic range. Long cumulative exposure times of many hours can be achieved with modest equipment. The result is a smoother, sharper image, while suppressing any residual amp glow.
Great for refractors. With a pixel size of 2.4um, and a sensor size of 16.05 x 12.61mm, the Hypercam IMX183C is best suited for imaging at F7 or faster speeds, and performs extremely well an Altair refractor, and say an 0.8sx focal reducer.
Video Astronomy/EAA Friendly. The Hypercam IMX183 sensor is not only desirable for Deepsky Imaging – it’s also great for Video Astronomy or “EAA” Electronically Assisted Astronomy. All thanks to the 20mp resolution, high sensitivity, and amp glow reduction technology. What’s more you can use the Live Stacking features in the AltairCapture software or SharpCap PRO. Time-lapse all-sky imaging or video is easy with a DSLR lens and optional Hypercam Lens Adapters (product code: CLA-EOS or CLA-NIKON).
To sum it up, the most desirable features of the Hypercam IMX183 camera are:
  • 1″ diagonal (15.86mm) SONY Exmor R Back Side Illuminated IMX183 Color CMOS sensor
  • 20mp resolution with 5440 x 3648 active pixels in a 16.05mm x 12.61mm array
  • Extremely low read noise enabling deepsky lucky imaging and very smooth image quality.
  • Amp glow reduction technology onboard reduces amp glow, reduces noise, and increases contrast.
  • High Dynamic Range with 12 bit ADC to 16bit output .FITS files in RAW mode, for beautiful deepsky images.
  • Up to 17.5 Frames per second video in full 20mp resolution.

Included in the box:

Camera body with internal cooling fan, heat-sink, and front female M42x0.75mm T-Thread interface (17.5mm backfocus).

  • 1.8m High-speed USB3.0 cable.
  • 1.5m ST4 guide cable.
  • 2″ OD Nosepiece with standard 2″ M48x0.75mm filter thread on the front. (code ALTAIRH-2IN).C-Mount insert ring (for C-Mount lenses requiring 17.5mm back-focus) is included.
    Built-in UV-IR Blocking Filter, AR coatings. (Removable for sensor cleaning).
  • Plastic screw-on dust cap.
  • Allen key for removing the C-Thread insert.
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 (opens new window)

Sensor & performance specifications:

ALTAIRH183C: SONY Exmor R BSI IMX183 Color CMOS sensor
Sensor Size: 1″ diagonal (15.86mm)
Exposure duration shortest/longest: 0.264 ms (0.000264 secs) / 5 secs (Video Mode)
0.264 ms (0.000264 secs) / 1000 secs (Trigger Mode)
Bit depth: 8bit & 12bit mode switchable
Pixel size microns: 2.4 x 2.4 um
Resolution in pixels: 5440×3648
Recording System: Still Picture and Video
Region of Interest (ROI) support: Unavailable
Approx. Max frame rates (assuming computer Bus operating at full bandwidth)*:
8bit mode:
5440×3648 17.5FPS
2736×1824 50FPS
1824×1216 60FPS
12bit mode:
Approx. 60% ~98% of above
Stock No: ALTAIRH183C2