DeepSky Pro 2600m monochrome camera
The new sensational SONY EXMOR IMX571 chip is used, which has ideal characteristics for astrophotography:
extreme sensitivity thanks to the backside illumination technology
very low readout noise of 0.7-3.5 e- (depending on gain setting)
very low dark current of 0.0005e- (per pixel and second, at -20°C)
no more visible amplifier glow - clean raw images
native 16 bit A/D converter
high fullwell capacity of the pixels - less burned out stars
Sensor specification IMX571:
pixel size 3.76x3.76µm
sensor size 23.48x15.67mm, 6224x4168 pixels, 26MP
Exposure times 0.1ms to 3600s
Binning modes 1x1, 2x2, 3x3
readout speeds 6.8fps@6224x4168(16bit), 14fps@6224x4168, 37fps@3104x2048, 110fps2064x1388
The manufacturer Touptek has been a proven partner for microscope cameras for a long time and delivers sophisticated software and drivers. The camera has a very good electronics built in, which brings the advantages of the sensor fully into the picture.
Gain and offset are separately adjustable to be prepared for high dynamic range as well as for lowest readout noise at short exposures. We recommend Gain zero and Offset 100 as basic settings, and in addition LowConversionGain for highest dynamic range, and HighConversionGain for high sensitivity with little dynamic range loss.
The 2-stage adjustable Peltier cooling is powerful enough to really cool a full 42 degrees below ambient - enough even for hot summer nights.
A window heater is built in, good for humid fall nights to keep the camera window from fogging up.
An external desiccant cartridge can be attached to draw moisture out of the sealed camera body.
On the back of the camera are red LEDs for status indication, and a USB hub with 2 USB2 ports, in addition to the USB3 camera port.
Connection T2 female thread with back focus to sensor 17,5mm
Our side-by-side tests with other cameras using the IMX571 show the excellent quality of the DSPro2600.
The connection with APT, SharpCap and other control programs succeeds without problems via the Ascom driver.
The included program ToupSky offers extensive functionalities and is excellent also for planetary imaging, it can display raw images also pre-debayed with correct colors (white balance).
The drivers are installed with the ToupSky software, please download Ascom and DirectShow drivers from the support folder:
Drying process to prevent icing of the sensor:
the desiccant are small silica gel beads in a small tube (included)
carefully remove the stubble at the back (otherwise the beads will roll out) and place them in a small paper boat
put the paper boat with the beads into the microwave and bake them for 4x 30 seconds
then return with the beads into the tube, and screw it to the camera (where it says: do not open).
leave the whole thing for a day - you can also plug in the camera and let it read out so that it gets a little warm and the moisture evaporates better (but do not cool it!).
Immediately after unscrewing the camera with seal on the screw cleanly close again.
Scope of delivery:
waterproof Peli Case made of impact resistant plastic
DSPro2600 monochrome camera
Power supply 100-250V/3A
Dry cartridge with silica gel
Software and driver CD