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Opticstar PX-125C
Auto-Guider and Planetary Imaging camera
Opticstar PX-125C
The PX-125C shown front and back.
  • Sensor: 1/3" Aptina AR0130 Colour CMOS
  • Sensor Resolution: 1280(H) x 960(V)
  • Sensitivity: 5.5 V/lux-sec @ 550nm
  • Frame Rate: 28 FPS @ 1280x960
  • USB 2.0 Powered
  • Hardware Gain
  • No Infra Red filter
  • Robust aluminium alloy body
  • Suitable for Planetary, Lunar, Solar imaging & Guiding
  • Auto guider port (ST4)
  • Bundled Software:
    • OpticstarSky
    • PHD Guiding
    • ASCOM support
    • DirectShow support
    • TWAIN support
  • Computer Requirements:
    • Microsoft Windows (32-bit & 64-bit) Vista/7/8/10
    • USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 compatible)
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Package includes:
  • Opticstar PX-125C colour video camera.
  • USB 2.0 cable.
  • Autoguide cable.
  • Camera software on CD.
  • Quick Set-up Guide.
Optional Accessories
Opticstar 1.25" Infra Red block filter. + £24.95
USB 2.0 repeater with 5m extension cable. + £14.95
Order No. Price (inc_VAT) Shipping Delivery click to purchase
OSRPX125C £ 129.00 £ 6.00
Opticstar PX-125 User Manual
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Outline
The PX-125C is the ideal colour video and single frame camera that combines high frame rates with high sensitivity and a built-in ST4 auto-guide port.

The PX-125C is very well suited for planetary, Lunar and Solar imaging with an appropriate Solar filter. The camera has been designed to come in focus even with telescopes with short focal travel including the Coronado PST without the need for a barlow that reduces the field of view.

The PX-125C is well suited for capturing critical type targets including the International Space Station due to its very low noise characteristics and high Gain while retaining the necessary high S/N ratios.

The camera is also well suited for industrial inspection and microscopy applications. Noise reduction, Gain and Region of Interest (ROI) are all features implemented in the hardware to deliver exceptional performance with frame rates of up to 28fps at 1280x960 resolution.

Opticstar PX-125C dimensions.
Opticstar PX-125 dimensions.

PX-125C OpticstarSky - Camera Control Software
The camera is bundled with the OpticstarSky application software for capturing and storing images and video. The software also includes dark frame support and extensive image processing functionality including image stacking.

Third Party Software Support
Optionally, the camera can be used with third party application software that support Microsoft’s DirectShow standard. Support is also included for the TWAIN communication protocol that allows third party application software to import images from digital devices such as the PX-125.

ASCOM Support
PHD Guiding software is bundled with the camera that allows the PX-125 to be used as an auto-guider. Auto-guiding is supported through the ASCOM software standard ensuring wide support by third party applications.

Connectivity
The camera requires a USB2.0 port to operate and is USB3.0 compatible.

Aptina AR0130 Colour CMOS Quantum Efficiency.
Aptina AR0130 Colour CMOS Quantum Efficiency.

Specification
Model Opticstar PX-125C
Sensor Aptina AR0130
Optical Format 1/3" CMOS colour sensor
Resolution 1280(W) x 960(H)
Pixel Size 3.75µm x 3.75µm
Data format 8-bit or 12-bit
Sensitivity 5.5 v/Lux-sec at 550nm (Gain off)
Colour Bayer RGB Mosaic 24-bit (3 x 8-bit) Uncompressed output
Frame Rate 28fps @ 1280x960
30fps @ 640x480
Shutter Electronic Rolling
Window glass Clear, no Infra Red cut-off
Exposure Time Automatic or Manual; 0.4ms to 15s
ADC 12-bit
Gain in hardware, user selectable from 0% to >100% boost
Computer Interface USB 2.0 (USB 3.0 compatible)
Power Requirement USB 2.0 Bus Power
Mounting to telescope C-mount to 1.25" nosepiece included (threaded for filters)
Mounting to lens C to T-thread, M42 x 0.75
Mounting to microscope C to 23mm, C to 30mm, C to 30.5mm
Weight 70 grams
Operation Temperature -10°C to 50°C
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C
Operating Humidity 30 to 80%RH
Strage Humidity 10 to 60%RH
Bundled software OpticstarSky, PHD Guiding, ASCOM, DirectShow, Twain, Drivers for Microsoft Windows (64-bit & 32-bt) Vista/7/8/10
Data Format AVI video with or wihthout MPEG compression, BMP, TIFF, JPEG, etc
Operating System Microsoft Windows (64-bit & 32-bit) Vista/7/8/10
All information correct at the time of writing.

Opticstar PX-125, PX-75 & PX-35 Sample Images
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Sample image. Sample image.
The Sun.
Captured by Gary Palmer, Wales.
Opticstar PX-125C
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The Sun.
Captured by Gary Palmer, Wales.
Opticstar PX-125C
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Sample image. Sample image.
Jupiter.
Captured by S. Ota, Japan.
Opticstar PX-35C COOLAIR
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Jupiter.
Captured by S. Ota, Japan.
Opticstar PX-35C COOLAIR
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Sample image. Sample image.
Jupiter (4 image sequence).
Captured by S. Ota, Japan.
Opticstar PX-35C COOLAIR
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Jupiter.
Captured by K., Japan.
Opticstar PX-35C COOLAIR
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Sample image. Sample image.
The Moon.
Captured by Naoki Yokoo, Japan.
Opticstar PX-75C
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The Moon.
Captured by Naoki Yokoo, Japan.
Opticstar PX-75C
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Sample image. Sample image.
The Moon.
Captured by Naoki Yokoo, Japan.
Opticstar PX-75C
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The Moon.
Captured by Naoki Yokoo, Japan.
Opticstar PX-75C
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