I found a couple Mallincam HyperPlus Color cameras in storage. Anyone have experience with these?
Anyone have experience w/ Mallincam?
Posted 13 December 2019 - 08:41 AM
They are 10+ year old analog video cameras. They likely have ICX418 CCD sensors. Most sold were color. There is a built in Peltier cooler but it doesn't take the sensor down to really cold levels, it's more of a moderate cooling system that reduces read noise from both the sensor and electronics. The longer exposure levels are 7, 14, 28 and 56 seconds controlled by the switches on the side. The OSD buttons on the rear control all other aspects of the camera.
Output is an NTSC video signal (30 frames/sec) simultaneously on both the composite and S-Video connectors. The camera also requires 12v DC at about 500ma. That signal can be displayed on an analog video monitor (and older TVs) or on a PC when using a USB video frame grabber.
The optical connection is a C-mount with either (depending on the serial number) C or C/S mount spacing (12.5 or 17.5mm). They normally had a 1.25" nose piece attached to them and then inserted wherever a 1.25" eyepiece is used. You might also have a focal reducer mounted in place of the basic nose piece.
Mallincam still offers an upgrade program for these cameras. They can have full PC control options and new sensors.
On it's own right now the camera would make a fun wide field finder camera. It can be attached to a simple video monitor and just left in place to produce a continuous live image. If someone had a big investment in other analog video gear it might make sense to them (an upgrade for anyone with OC Telescope's Revolution Video imager), but overall many of the $200-500 CMOS cameras now available will do a better job on live observing.
If you want some more comments you should move this thread to the EAA forum where there are quite a few folks who had experience with these video cameras.
Edited by mclewis1, 13 December 2019 - 12:33 PM.
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Posted 12 January 2020 - 09:30 PM
If you haven't found it yet, you probably should check out the Mallincam forum at MallinCam@groups.io