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Review of the Orion G3 Monochrome CCD Camera

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:14 AM

Review of the Orion G3 Monochrome CCD Camera

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 07:45 PM

Thanks Barry!

Have you tried its "near realtime view" or LiveView capability? Can you comment on it?

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 01:02 PM

I'm not sure the G3 has "near realtime view", at least I don't see that description on Orion's web site. It can download a full frame in 2 seconds or so, and you can define a smaller area to limit the amount downloaded (handy for focusing).

Perhaps you are referring to one of Orion's planetary cameras?

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 05:54 PM


Yes, I am talking about G3, not el-cheapo CMOS planetary cams.
I was thinking about the "continuous looping" capability such that every 2 second (or shorter if RoI readout is used). The continuous update every X second is the actual strategy used by many long-exposure capable (high sensitive) cams for astro viewing use.

My old prediction on this cam is here in CN.

Also DSS Live can do live stacking as well.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:12 PM

Just FYI; the CCD in this camera is the same one that Meade used in its discontinued mono camera, the DSI Pro. The chip does have excellent sensitivity and low noise compared to other monochrome chips in its class. Orion added a TE cooler, which is probably a nice addition, though I haven't used it to confirm that.

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 09:07 AM

I have recently started using an Orion G3 Monochrome to study charged particle tracks. It is a great tool, and very easy to get started with and use.
But I have observed a peculiar behavior that shows up sometimes when I saturate a pixel. I saw the behavior first when doing flat fields.

At low light levels, everything was fine, but at high light intensity (~56000 counts) it appeared as if only every other row of pixels was being read out.
The intermediate rows of pixels were at dark levels (~1000 counts).
I then started using the G3 to study cosmic ray type tracks. For most tracks the images are fine, but when the pixels saturate, then every other row appears as if it were dark. Attached is an image showing two simultaneous tracks in a 5.2 second exposure. The track on the right has pixel values at ~38,000 and is registered correctly. The track on the left has pixel values of ~58,000 and is missing every other row of pixels. Note that it is not missing every other column. Just the rows.

I have heard from another G3 user that it exhibits this behavior, but no one I have spoken to knows how to correct it.

Hoping someone can help.

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