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Update on the SXVR-H18
Written by Richie Jarvis   
Saturday, 17 July 2010 21:13

I've recent acquired a new CCD camera.  Things are going well with it, and over the coming months you'll start to see alot more output from the H18.  You can find out more about the SXVR-H18 at the Starlight Xpress website: http://www.starlight-xpress.co.uk/products_files/SXVR-H18/SXVR-H18.htm

So whats it like?  For the techs out there, its a Kodak KAF8300 chip based camera.  8.3 mega-pixels, 3346x2504, monochrome CCD in an array size of 17.96 x 13.52mm.  The pixels are 5.4uM in size.  It has a peltier cooler and internal fan.  It also allows the temperature of the device to be specified, which is a good thing as this chip is rather noisy.  Luckily, dark frames deal with this problem very well, and the temperature setting means only one or two sets of darks are needed.

For the non-techs out there, it rocks :)  Read on to find out more!

 
First Light with the SXVR-H18
Written by Richie Jarvis   
Friday, 25 June 2010 20:01

Crescent Nebula - Taken with the SXVR-H18

Just got my hands on a new toy to play with.  The Starlight Xpress SXVR-H18 is one of the new generation of camera using the Kodak KAF 8300 chip.  Its a bit noisier than the H9, but has 8 times the number of pixels in double the area.  Oh, and a shutter :)

First light was the other night - the Crescent Nebula was the target.  I captured 16x300 second Ha subs and 10xOiii subs.

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