Orion StarShoot Deep-Space and Solar System Imagers

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Orion StarShoot Color Imagers
Orion will be shipping their new StarShoot Deep-Space Color Imager and StarShoot Solar System Color Imager in Nov 2005. These new products offer a lot of features at an entry level price. Both imagers will include a copy of MaxIm DL Essentials Edition to control the cameras, capture and process images.

Orion StarShoot Deep-Space Color Imager


 StarShoot Deep-Space CCD Color Imager Specifications
 CCD Sensor  Sony® ExView HAD™ ICX259AK Color
 CCD Sensor size  1/3"
 Pixel array  752 x 582 (437,664 total)
 No. exposures for full-color image  1
 Exposure range  .002 sec to 9.3 hrs
 A/D conversion  16 bit
 Thermoelectric cooling (TEC)  Yes
 Gain controlr  +10db
 IR filter  Yes
 Oversampling (increases S/N)  2x
 Autoguider capability  Yes
 USB connectionr  2.0 high speed

Orion's webpage for the StarShoot Deep-Space Color Imager

Orion StarShoot Solar System Color Imager


 StarShoot Solar System Color Imager Specifications
 Sensor  Color CMOS progressive scan
 Sensor size  1/3"
 Resolution  VGA 640 x 480
 No. exposures for full-color image  1
 Exposure range  .001 sec to 0.5 sec
 Video frame rate  Up to 30 fps
 A/D conversion  8 bit
 IR filter  Yes
 USB connection  2.0 or 1.1

Orion StarShoot Image Gallery

If you have a StarShoot, you can post your images at the new image gallery: http://www.skyinsight.com/starshoot/images/

Discussion Groups

Join the discussion on these new imagers here:

Orion StarShoot vs Meade Deep Sky Imager Comparison

  Orion StarShoot Meade Deep Sky Imager Meade Deep Sky Imager Pro
CCD Sensor Sony® ExView HAD™ ICX259AK Color Sony Super HAD ICX404AK Color Sony EXView HAD ICX254AL
CCD Sensor size 1/3" 1/3" 1/3"
Chip size 6.00mm x 4.96mm
Pixel size 6.5 microns x 6.25 microns see note 9.6 microns (W) x 7.5 microns (H) 9.6 microns (W) x 7.5 microns (H)
Pixel array 752 x 582 (437,664 total) 510 x 492 pixels (250,000 pixels) 510 x 492 pixels (250,000 pixels)
No. exposures for full-color image 1 1 4
Exposure range .002 sec to 9.3 hrs 1/10,000 of a second to one hour 1/10,000 of a second to one hour
A/D conversion 16 bit 16-bit 16-bit
Thermoelectric cooling (TEC) Yes No No
Gain controlr +10db    
IR filter Yes Yes No
Oversampling (increases S/N) 2x    
Autoguider capability Yes Yes Yes
Mutliple camera support ? Yes (with latest software update) Yes
USB connectionr 2.0 high speed USB 2.0 High Speed and 1.1 USB 2.0 High Speed and 1.1
Size / Weight of product   3.25" x 3.25" x 1.25" / 10 oz. 3.25" x 3.25" x 1.25"/ 10 oz.


Stark Labs currently offers two pieces of software for amateur astrophotographers.

  • Nebulosity
    • Nebulosity is a capture and processing application aimed at deep-sky imaging with SAC cameras and the Orion StarShoot Deep Space imager. Nebulosity is included with SAC cameras and is an alternative to the software provided with the StarShoot.
  • Craterlet
    • Craterlet is a capture application for the Orion StarShoot Solar System imager and for other cameras compatible with DirectX9 and WDM. It provides streaming to AVI and still capture.

Website: http://home.earthlink.net/~starklabs/index.htm


Pixel Size

From: Craig Stark
Date: Tue Oct 4, 2005

The "chip size" on the Sony PDF is a bit of a misnomer. Take the 6mm spec and then take the 6.4um spec -- .0065 * 795 = 5.16mm not 6mm. Here, the "chip" isn't the optical area. The real size of the imaging area 4.9 x 3.6mm -- the same as for the DSI, the SAC8, the MX5, and other "Type 1/3" CCDs.