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Apollo-M MAX Pro USB3.0 Mono Cooled Camera (IMX432)

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Features:

DSO cooled camera line is the most advanced product line in Player One history. We start the project from 2021, through a lot of modify and rebuild we made this final version. It brings our newest technology and design to everyone, we are very proud to introduce this camera line.

Power supply is not include in camera package, high quality 12V 5A power supply link: https://player-one-astronomy.com/product/12v-5a-power-supply-dc5-5-x-2-1mm/

Drivers and softwares download: http://player-one-astronomy.com/service/software/

Manuals download: http://player-one-astronomy.com/service/manuals/

Setup tutorial (Demonstrate with Ares-C Pro):

Product Description

Apollo-M MAX Pro (IMX432) camera is developed by Player One Astronomy, a real cooled camera for solar imaging. Apollo-M MAX Pro camera, which adopts Sony IMX432 1.1” format monochrome sensor. The 9um pixel size accommodates a well depth of 100Ke with a total of 1.7MP (the resolution is 1608*1104), and the diagonal is 17.5mm.

STARVIS Technology

Apollo-M MAX Pro (IMX432) based on Sony Pregius 3rd Gen technology, it is global shutter technology used in CMOS sensors.

Format

Apollo-M MAX Pro (IMX432) has 1.1″ format, it is the biggest sensor in entire solar camera series currently, this size is quite big for imaging.

Pixel size

9um pixel size is 1.5 times bigger than IMX174 camera, which means it can works at longer focal ratio, such as SCT + Daystar filter(with 4.2X) .

Highlights

Cutting-edge Design

The Apollo-M MAX Pro cooled camera using same design as Ares cooled series, but a little difference! With a round body, a golden and black color scheme, and using carbon fiber to keep weight down and cutting-edge outlook. We also integrated the sensor tilter plate and anti-dew PCB board. This series of designs makes the camera not only light and cool, but also functional!

Front 3P and Rear 4P tilter plate

When shooting deep sky objects, the sensor tilt plate can be used to adjust the sensor tilt angle to make the stars at the corners more rounded. Apollo-M MAX Pro camera provide both front and Rear tilter plate fulfill all usage scenarios.

Front 3P tilter plate is the default part on camera, we believe most users has experience with this before. it works well in a lot of basic scenarios.

Rear 4P tilter plate is an alternate part for camera, when use filter wheel/filter drawer and OAG with fixed angel, it is necessary. And it is also convenient for RASA users to adjust the sensor tilt angel.

The built-in high-density sponge shading pad can block the light from the side slits without any side leakage.

Carbon fiber and light weight

The Apollo-M MAX Pro uses a carbon fiber in camera hausing and has been optimized for weight reduction in its structural design. The camera weighs only 420 grams, making it one of the lightest models on the market.

Deep Cooling

Player One cooled camera series use 2 Stage TEC Cooling unit, after improved the structure design to reject the heat back to camera chamber, Camera Delta-T can reach 35-40℃.

Anti-Dew heater

In the design of lightweight cooled cameras, Player One still pursuing the perfection, any necessary features must have, especially anti-dew system, is the problem that a lot of small cooled cameras ignored.

Full well

100Ke full well, is 3 times bigger than IMX174. This feature will bring some new possibility in imaging. What we can imagine is HDR the Sun and prominence, or maybe the bright and dark side of the Moon.

HCG and Noise

HCG mode will automatic open when Gain ≥145, readout noise will drop to 4.6e. And dynamic range will rise to 12 drops again.

At 380 gain, readout noise of Apollo-M MAX (IMX432) camera is 2.6e, it is lower than IMX174. And full well will still bigger than IMX174.

Amp-Glow performance

Apollo-M MAX Pro is not a non-amp-glow camera, but it’s amp-glow is very smooth, we believe it will be easier to be calibrated. In solar imaging, it won’t be a problem at all.

300s@gain=0, offset=10, -10 degree, Dark frame of Apollo-M MAX Pro camera: DOWNLOAD

Preview of Dark frame: Exposure=300s, gain=0, offset=10, temp=-10℃   STF auto-Stretch in Pixinsight 1.86

 

512MB DDR3 Cache

As an improvement, DDR3 cache in cooled cameras are increased to 512MB. It helps stabilize and secure data transmission, it effectively avoids frame dropping and greatly reduces readout noise.

With the DDR3 cache, the camera does not have high demands on computing needs any longer, it will still has excellent performance even if it is connected to a USB 2.0 port.

Type-C Data port and Power port

Back piece of cooled camera has 2 Type-C data port and 12V DC 5.5×2.1mm power port.

Main data port support USB3.0 protocol, the camera can run 126fps under RAW8 mode. Type-C port is easier to plug in when assemble the imaging equipment in night.

When recording images, since the actual writing speed will be affected by the writing speed of the hard disk itself, when the hard disk writing speed is slow, the recording may not reach the theoretical speed. It is recommended that you use a high-quality solid state drive to record data to give full play to the performance of the camera.

The camera has 12V DC5.5*2.1mm port to provide enough power to TEC cooling system. If you don’t need to power up cooling, only need to connect the main Type-C port, the camera will works as a uncooled camera.

Standard Cable Usage

Cooling System and Anti-Dew Heater

In ASCOM window, we provide 3 adjustable parameters: Target temperature, Fan Speed and Anti-Dew power.

Standard Delta-T : 35℃-40℃(Long exposure mode), 30℃(Video mode), when ambient temp 30℃, fan speed 100%, dew heater 1%.

Recommend Delta-T settings: 30-35℃ below ambient, fan speed 50-70%, dew heater 10%, power consumption 40- 60%.

The rotation speed of cooling fan is also adjustable, the default value is 50% speed.

Dew problem is the biggest enemy in astro imaging, the camera integrated anti-dew heater in front of the camera. The heat power is adjustable.

Overvoltage and overcurrent protection mechanism

Player One cameras produced by the number one player ensures the safety of your camera and other equipment through overvoltage and overcurrent protection mechanisms.

Performance

HCG open at gain=145.

Readout Noise

Regarding readout noise, we solemnly promise that all values are obtained from actual tests.  And for users, you could use Sharpcap 4 for testing. SC4 has a function called Sensor Analysis, provide a very simple way to test readout noise.

We wrote a tutorial on our website: https://player-one-astronomy.com/service/manuals/

If you are interested in readout noise testing, you may try it yourself, which is very simple.

Dark current

The dark current is 0.3e/s/pix at -20℃, and 0.39e/s/pix at 0℃.

Relative QE Curve

Mechanical Drawing

BFL Solutions

Following is some recommend 55mm BFL solution for this camera. If don’t consider about BFL, the connection way is various.

Package List

Users work:

Apollo-M MAX original data, used for in-depth understanding of the shooting effect of the camera.

https://player-one-astronomy.com/download/Dark%20Frames/2023-08-11-ES127%2BQUARK%2BApollo-M%20MAX%20PRO-gain145-0degree.zip

Sensor

New SONY IMX432 1.1" CMOS (mono)

Diagonal

17.5mm

Total Pixels

1.7 Mega Pixels

Max Resolution

1608×1104

Pixel Size

9μm

Chip Size

14.5mm×9.9mm

Frame Rate

126FPS(12bit)

Shutter

Global shutter

Exposure Range

32μs-2000s

Readout Noise

22.9e~2.6e

Full Well

100k e

QE Peak

≈79%

ADC

12 bit

Cooling Syetem

High quality 2 stage TEC cooling Componet

Cooler Power Consumption

12V – 3A Max

Delta T

35°C-40°C (below ambient)

Working Temperature and Humidity

Working Temperature: -10°C—60°C
Working Relative Humidity: 0%—80%

Protective Window

D32*2MM High Quality AR Plus (Anti Reflection) Multi-Layer Coating

Data Port

USB3.0/USB2.0

Adapter

1.25″ / M42X0.75

Back Focal Length

17.5mm

Diameter

78mm

Weight

420g

Resolution and FPS

Under USB3.0 mode
Resolution 12bit ADC
1608×1104 126FPS
More resolution options could be setup in capture softewares!

Lightweight Mono Option

Camera, Camera+Phoenix Wheel8x1.25+FHD-OAG MINI

Software & Manual

Before the first usage of this product read Manuals and install correct Drivers and Softwares.

Warranty & Shipping Policy

Payment method

We provide Paypal and Paypal checkout on our website.

Shipping and Delivery

Shipping Fee:

  • Amount >= 299USD : free express shipping
  • Amount < 299USD : 29.9USD for express shipping

Shipping Services:

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If customer wants to designate a shipping company or has special requirement, please send an email to support@player-one-astronomy.com and tell us your detailed requirement.

Shipping time:

  • Usually 7-14 days.
  • Tracking number will be updated in 3 days after paid.

For orders from areas where transportation is not easy, such as islands, town in mountainous regions, delivery time will be slightly longer.

Please send an email to support@player-one-astronomy.com immediately, if the following occurs:

  • Shipping delayed or has some abnormal information.
  • The packing is badly damaged on arrival, take pictures and do not sign.

Tax

  • The price on our website without tax.
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  • Those fees possibly will be collected at the time of delivery by courier.

For best experiences, we recommend customers to purchase our products form local dealers.

After-sales Service

Warranty Policy

2-year free warranty (time start from delivered) for Player One products. If the product has any issue, please send the image or video and description to support@player-one-astronomy.com for further check to confirm.

  • Purchase from Player One official online store, we will provide warranty service directly.
  • Purchase form dealer, we will provide warranty service through dealer.

Repair in warranty, customer only pay the shipping fee of shipping back the product to us or dealer, and no other extra fees.

Replacement Policy

You can request our Replacement Service:
√ Within 30 calendar days of receiving the product if the product does not match the original description of the product in one or more significant respects.
√ Within 30 calendar days of receiving the product if the product suffers performance failure.

Please contact our After-Sales team by email to support@player-one-astronomy.com within 30 calendar days of receiving the products. Player One shall be responsible for the two-way replacement freight for any products sent in for replacement due to performance faults.

Warranty and Replacement Policy Exceptions:

× Warranty service time or replacement service time expired.
× Legal proof-of-purchase, receipts, or invoices are not provided, or are reasonably believed to have been forged or tampered with.
× A product sent to Player One for replacement does not include all original accessories, attachments and packaging, or contains items damaged by user error.
× A product is found to have no defects after all appropriate tests are conducted by Player One.
× Any fault or damage of the product is caused by unauthorized use or modification of the product, including exposure to moisture, entry of foreign bodies (water, oil, sand, etc.) or improper installation or operation.
× Product labels or serial numbers show signs of tampering or alteration.
× Damage is caused by uncontrollable external factors, including falling down, fires, floods, or lightning strikes, etc.
× Proof of damage during transit issued by the carrier cannot be provided.
× Other circumstances stated in this policy.

In those situations, repair the product might have extra cost, we will estimate cost and email customer to know the information before send product back.

1 review for Apollo-M MAX Pro USB3.0 Mono Cooled Camera (IMX432)

  1. Robert M Cargill (verified owner)

    At first, I was looking at this camera to do lunar work with it, However this camera works good for not only for lunar but works good for solar as well..

    For lunar work..I was able to use a Celestron 11″ SCT 2800mm FL, needless to say was very impressive with the results
    Then added a Televue 2.5 PowerMate barlow lens with this combination!!

    Now for solar work..I used my Coronado 60mm MaxII single stack refractor, with out the 2.5 barlow lens would be severely undersampling, but add the barlow lens and the sampling is acceptable, at the time I was photographing the sun in May 2024, There was a HUGE group of sunspots causing the Aurora Borealis, caught one major CEM..

    And now for the mechanical side of the camera..The look and feel of this camera is done very well, has a built-in tilt adjustment, comes with all the necessary equipment to get the camera hooked up and start shooting, also comes with another tilt-plate, has a built-in dew heater..

    The appearance of the camera is professional looking and the box looks very well too..
    The color pattern is good and easy to recognize the brand name..

    Software control..
    I use SharpCap Pro to control Player One cameras I have..
    For this particular model, Apollo-M MAX Pro USB3.0 Mono Cooled Camera (IMX432) works very good with SharpCap Pro, the fan speed & the built-in dew ARE adjustable from low to high, nice option too, cooling the sensor down to 0c takes no time at all, and especially during solar work, when its hot outside, getting to the upper 90’s here in Texas

    Ordering from the website is easy and fast shipping too!!
    With all the bells and whistles on this camera, one would expect to cost more, but being under $800 is a very good deal to buy, since another brand does not have an option like this camera from Player One offers

    Bottom line..This is a must buy for this camera, I give this camera 2 thumbs up
    Robert Cargill

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