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#1 leartech


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:04 PM

I've looked at FLEA, Imaging source, etc...
I'd like to know what the people who actually have these or something better think, along with recommendations.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:28 PM

ICX618 cameras are for planetary imaging. USB2 TIS DMK21AU618 or GigE/Firewire 800 Flea3 will give you nearly the same thing. For lunar/solar closeups faster Flea3 will be... faster :)

Very good lunar/solar camera - PGR Chameleon (now cheap on ebay). Or faster GigE/Firewire 800 version as Flea3 (or also Basler Ace model if you are in Europe).

More generic Solar System cameras are starting to show up. e2v sapphire based cameras (PGR Blackfly, IDS Imaging cameras, Ximea xiQ USB3) are quite cheap, while they can do planetary and lunar/solar imaging at quite good level. IDS is also one of the first (or first) to offer cameras with newer and better e2v ruby sensors.

#3 flava


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:53 PM

I got the Basler ACE640 (with the ICX618) and the IDS UEye "Ruby".
The results are quite close, with IDS being a bit better, I think it"s becauts the E2V Ruby sensonr is more sensitive than the ICX618. The IDS is better suited for lunar or solar imaging because of the size of the sensor (1280x1024).
Down side, the IDS is alost twice the price...

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 05:04 PM

Ruby costs more, but gives more. The Sapphire line isn't that much bad, while the price is low. GigE/USB3 cams cheaper that USB2 TIS cameras (or almost as cheap as NexImage 5 in Europe :D)

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