Supposedly a new astrocam from Altair as far as I can tell. Can only find it for sale from their own webshop and not much to read about the camera or the sensor elsewhere at the moment that I have found.
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Posted 19 January 2020 - 03:34 PM
ToupTek has had that sensor available for a little while in a microscope camera package (Touptek makes the Altair camera). I does sound like an interesting option to the Panasonic chip.
The Altair version (Altair offers a unique body with the ToupTek electronics) should (based on my experience and that of others) be a nice solid camera. It will be fun to see if someone can do a side by side comparison with a similar camera using the Panasonic sensor.
Posted 24 January 2020 - 08:05 AM
Altair do seem to be moving pretty fast on new stuff.
I've been following this on Facebook and the Astrostace channel too where she's done a quick preview video: https://www.youtube....h?v=4h-pk-34UBc
(US friends this is a Birmingham UK accent!)
Allegedly this camera doesn't need darkframe calibration although Altair say in their Facebook group it would be better with darks. I can't find the exact comment but buried somewhere in here: https://www.facebook...s/altairastro/
Anyway the upshot is they're saying it's good for beginner or those new to image processing or perhaps those who don't like to spend time on it (me basically!).
I'm due to visit their shop next week in Aylsham to pick up a Bahtinov mask the owner kindly made for me, and to stop at the butcher on Red Lion street (amazing pies and so-on!) so I'll ask to have a look at one if they have one to show me.
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