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Explore Scientific 16MP Deep Sky Astro Camera

Explore Scientific 16MP Deep Sky Astro Camera
 Explore Scientific 16MP Deep Sky Astro CameraExplore Scientific 16MP Deep Sky Astro Camera 
Price:  £1,036.00(Inc. 20% VAT)

Model:  0510500
Brand:  Explore Scientific



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High resolution deep sky camera with large Panasonic CMOS sensor and active cooling.

Enter the world of astrophotography now. With the new EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC DEEP SKY ASTRO camera you get a modern complete package for the intuative shooting of astrophotos and videos. Finally, an easy-to-use camera for capturing galaxies, star clusters, the moon and even planets with high resolution and low sensor noise. Thanks to the fast USB 3.0 computer interface, all image data is transferred within a few seconds. Long waiting times are now history.

Simply connect the camera to your telescope using the T2 female thread (M42.0.75mm) or the supplied 2" (50.8mm) plug-in adapter and after installing the drivers and the included EXPLORE Capture recording and editing software, you are ready to take the first real astro photos with a highly specialized camera for your application.

The EXPLORE Capture Pro software included in delivery not only offers the basic functions required for image and video capture, but also many helpful special functions for image post-processing and camera setup. Functions such as live image display, exposure settings, white balance, dark image print, stacking, timelapse recording and much more can be configured individually. Especially the very sophisticated software makes your entry into astrophotography really easy. With the automatic settings you can produce absolutely presentable results without any previous knowledge. If you like, simply switch off the automatic settings and gradually dare to adjust the individual professional settings.

The new EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC DEEP SKY camera has a highly sensitive and very low-noise Panasonic CMOS sensor which is additionally cooled down to 40°C below ambient temperature by the two-stage thermoelectric cooling. In contrast to normal DSLR cameras, this guarantees much lower noise and fewer hot pixels in your shots. The images are not only much sharper and more brilliant, but also contain more usable image information. Through the controlled setting of the desired camera temperature, the creation of dark frames under reproducible shooting conditions is possible at any time. The large-format CMOS sensor with 21.9mm diagonal also allows large image fields and simplifies the adjustment and centering of objects considerably.

The camera has a built-in USB hub with 2 x USB2.0 ports at the rear. Connect your additional autoguider camera or motor focus etc. via a short USB cable and reduce the risk of cable spaghetti and cable breaks. Separate cable connections between your accessories and your computer are no longer necessary.

A sturdy hard case for the camera plus accessories is also included.

Important Note: Don't get confused by the megapixel data and the contrary price structure. In the field of astronomy, the key criterion is not the sensor resolution but the maximum light sensitivity. The main goal is to capture as much light as possible in a short time.

Field of view for different focal lengths in arc minutes and degrees:

400 mm - 151´x 114´ (2.5 x 1.9 degrees)
500 mm - 121´x 91´ (2.0 x 1.5 degrees)
600 mm - 101´x 76´ (1.7 x 1.3 degrees)
700 mm - 86´x 65´ (1.4 x 1.1 degrees)
800 mm - 76´x 57´ (1.3 x 0.9 degrees)
900 mm - 67´x 51´ (1.1 x 1.9 degrees)
1000 mm - 61´x 46´ (1.0 x 0.8 degrees)
1250 mm - 48´x 37´ (0.8 x 0.6 degrees)
1500 mm - 40´x 30´ (0.7 x 0.5 degrees)
1750 mm - 35´x 26´ (0.6 x 0.4 degrees)
2000 mm - 30´x 23´ (0.5 x 0.4 degrees)


Camera type: ASTRO Camera 16.0MP ATR3CMOS16000KPA
Data output: single pictures and video
Image Sensor: Panasonic NM34230PLI CMOS Color Sensor
Adjustable resolution: 4648x3506 / 2304x1750 / 1536x1168
Adjustable binning: 1x1 / 2x2 / 3x3
Frame rate per second (FBS): 22.5 / 43 / 48
Physical sensor size in pixels: 4648 x 3506
Megapixel: 16 MP
Sensor size: 17.6 x 13.3 mm (4/3 inch)
Pixel size: 3.8 µm x 3.8 µm
Bit depth: 12 Bit
Backfocus: 17.5 mm
Shutter Type: rolling shutter
Internal camera memory: DDR 3 RAM
Thermoelectric cooling with fan: yes, up to 40°C below ambient temperature
Adjustable exposure times: 150µs to 60min
Operating temperature: -10 to +50°C (30-80% RLH)
Cable length USB 3.0: 150cm
DC cable length power supply: 200cm
CNC machined aluminium housing
Camera diameter: 80mm; length: 102mm
Camera weight: 0.53 kg
Camera connection diameter: 2.0 inch ( 50.8mm)
Camera connection thread: T2 (M42x0,75mm)
Filter thread: Yes, 2.0 inch in receptacle
Camera connection to PC: USB 3.0
Built-in USB hub with 2 x USB 2.0 ports
Power supply: Power supply 12 Volt 3,0 Ampere included
Software: EXPLORE Capture included
Camera driver and ASCOM driver included
Operating system: WINDOWS 7, 8 and 10
PC requirements: CPU Intel Core2 2.8Ghz or higher / 2 GB Ram / USB 3.0



Telescope adaptor T2 thread to 2.0" (50,8mm)

USB 3.0 connection cable 150cm

Power supply 230V/12V3.0A

Dust cap

Software CD

Hard case

Instruction manual

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The delivery times for most items is 1 - 2 days but again, please double check stock levels on important orders before placing an order via the website.

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Please note that if you are wanting to take advantage of our Saturday and Sunday timed services or next day pre 12 or pre 10:30 services, you MUST check that the stock is here at the shop before placing orders. Also, orders using the Saturday and Sunday services must be placed before 1pm the previous working day. Also, please remember to check that the stock is here at the shop before placing orders. If the stock is not at the shop, we won't be able to ship on any of the timed services. 

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If you have any questions regarding stock levels or delivery, please get in touch.

Zygo Interferometer Testing For ED Refractor Telescopes!

We are extremely pleased to announce our Zygo Interferometer is now installed and ready for use! Our experienced staff can test refractor lenses up to 120mm aperture and provide a comprehensive 2 page report showing the optical quality and Strehl ratio, plus much more information. We are using the very latest Zygo MX software to provide a more detailed report compared to other standard reports.


The interferometer is essentially a measuring instrument. Within the interferometer is a calibrated laser that is pointed through the optical test surface, then onto a high quality reference sphere, then back through the test subject then to an internal camera which gives us the measurement on the screen. From this, we can adjust the position of the test optic and the reference sphere to obtain a perfectly calibrated system. The more central the laser to the test optic and then on return, the better and more accurate reading and measurement we can take. This takes a lot of adjustment to get the best results from the optical surface. Once the measurement has been taken, we are provided with a series of results that show the optical quality of the surface plus other information. Continue reading for an explanation of the individual values and you can also see a test report that was done on one of our RVO Horizon 60 OTAs. 

We are offering certain telescopes with a Zygo test at an extra cost. Mainly ED doublets and triplets. All available telescopes with a Zygo test report are listed here. Just select Zygo Test Report from the drop down box at the top of the listing and we will test the optics in house and provide a full 2 page report with your scope. This will show you the optical quality of your telescope optics. We can also offer this service on your refractor telescope. Please get in touch for more details about this. 

At Rother Valley Optics, one thing we pride ourselves on is customer service and quality of our equipment. When we test your telescope, we will ensure that it is of the highest quality otherwise, we will reject the scope under our strict quality control and test another model for your peace of mind. One of the main values to look at when testing a refractor is the Strehl ratio. The higher this number, the higher quality lens you have. At Rother Valley Optics, we will guarantee the highest possible Strehl ratio for your telescope.  We will aim to provide 0.95 Strehl or higher on Takahashi, RVO Horizon, William Optics and many more! Generally, the higher the Strehl ratio, the lower the Astigmatism and Coma meaning a better image quality from your instrument. 

Other measurements such as the PV and RMS are important too. With these measurements, the lower the number the better as it shows less curvature on the lens. The flatter an optical lens, the better it will perform. The PV rating (Peak To Valley) is a measurement from the highest point (Peak) to the lowest point (Valley). From this we get the RMS (Root, Mean, Square). This is a similar figure to the PV and measured exactly the same way. The RMS is basically an average height difference from the PV so again, the lower the better. As you can see form the example below, we measured an RMS of just 0.027 wave which is a very good value.

We also measure the Power with our systems which is essentially the error from the reference sphere to the test optic. The reference sphere we use on our system is a very high quality sphere so the closer to zero the Power, the less error between the 2 elements thus ensuring a higher quality optical surface. 

You will also see some more values such as Astigmatism and Coma. Again, these are measured by the interferometer when we take measurements of the optical surface after adjustment. These are values which ideally would be at 0 but as our test optics are all curved lenses, there will always be astigmatism and coma present. The lower the number, the less of these aberations you will effectively see but with most refractors, you can buy field flatteners which will compensate for the coma anyway. The astigmatisms value is explaining the error between the symmetrical curvature of the lens. Basically, no lens will be perfectly symmetrical, the lower the astigmatism, the more symmetrical the lens surface is. 

Once the Zygo test report has been completed, the optical alignment is thoroughly tested and tuned to ensure they are spot on before they leave us. 

All available telescopes are on the website at the link below and ones we've tested already that are available straight away are also listed.

Here is an example of the test what we provide. This was a test on one of our Horizon 60 ED OTA's.

For any questions about this amazing new service, please either call 01909774369 or email


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