Apollo-M MINI USB3.0 Mono Camera (IMX429)

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Focus on Solar imaging!

Apollo series is the world’s first camera line designed specifically for solar photography, named after Apollo.

The Apollo series features Sony sensors with global shutters and a focus on monochrome sensors.

Now, we lanuch 4 models of Apollo cameras:

Apollo-M MAX (IMX432), 1.1 inch sensor, monochrome.

Apollo-M MINI (IMX429), 2/3 inch sensor, monochrome.

Apollo-M (IMX174) , 1/1.2 inch sensor, monochrome.

Apollo-C (IMX174) , 1/1.2 inch sensor, color.

* Notice: Solar camera requires energy rejection and light reducer, such like Baader film or Herschel wedge. Please DO NOT use it directly imaging the Sun.  


Product Description

Apollo-M MINI is a solar camera developed by Player One Astronomy, which adopts the Sony IMX429 2/3” format monochrome sensor. The 4.5um pixel size accommodates a well depth of 24.8Ke with a total of 2.8MP  (the resolution is 1944*1472), and the diagonal is 11mm.

Pregius Technology

Apollo-M MINI (IMX429) is based on Pregius 3rd Generation. According to the introduction of technical documents, pixel size of 3rd Gen usually is 4.5um, and full well is 25Ke.


Apollo-M MINI (IMX429) has 2/3″ format, this size is between IMX178 and IMX174.

Pixel size

4.5um pixel size is smaller than IMX174 camera, which means it can works provide higher resolution in same focal length.

HCG mode

Apollo-M MINI has HCG mode, when Gain>71 HCG will open automatically.


With global shutter, Apollo-M MINI are very suitable for sun and space station imaging. 4.5um pixel size and resolution 1944*1472, very easy to get high resolution images of the Sun.

Recommended accessories:

ACS (Active Cooling System)

ACS is a external air-cooled system, designed for solar and big format planetary cameras which already has PCS (Passive Cooling System). ACS can provide much better temperature control. When camera has PCS + ACS, temperature is only 7℃ higher than ambient, camera body is a little warm but won’t hot! ACS is not only can be used in daylight for solar imaging, it also could be used in night for DSO lucky imaging.

For better contrast, Player One Photosphere 10nm filter will be a good choice.

Photosphere in white light


Chromosphere in H-Alpha


introduce new 1.25″ ERF filter for Quark Chromosphere (Ha verstion) , intend to reject energy and extend life time of your Quark.

With Lunt or other solar telescopes, Apollo-M MINI also can provide very good performance @ f15-f20 focal ratio.

Apollo-M MINI users:

Akihiro Yamazaki : CFF200mm (F8), PowerMate 4x, Daystar ION (0.5A), Player One Apollo-M MINI

Akihiro Yamazaki : CFF200mm (F8), PowerMate 4x, Daystar ION (0.5A), Player One Apollo-M MINI, 20sec x 4pics (Mosaic)

Akihiro Yamazaki : CFF200mm (F8), PowerMate 4x, Player One Apollo-M MINI

Andrea Cuozzo : acro 70/500, Daystar Quark, Apollo-M MINI

Khisamutdinov Maksim : LX200 16″, Apollo-M MINI.

Reference setup:LXY80APO F6, Quark Chromosphere, Apollo-M MINI.


With Daystar Quark (4.2X version), we found that if use Bin2 mode, 4.5um become 9um, both full-well and brightness will increase 4X.

In 16bit RAW data, BIN2 mode can provide real 14bit data, it’s a big advantages in imaging and post-processing.



The naming of Player One Astronomy cameras is unique. Solar camera line, named after Apollo, the god of the sun. The suffix of the name describes the camera’s biggest feature.


Drivers and softwares download:

Manuals download:

Cutting-edge Design

The planetary cameras developed by Player One Astronomy uses a scientific and technological regular hexagon to construct the main body line, supplemented by round chamfers to achieve both rigidity and flexibility. The positive orange, which is imply solar, is matched with the low-key and steady black, and the super-fine frosting process on the entire surface makes the camera look luxurious and cool, highlighting the style of high-end players, can’t take my eyes off 😀

2nd Gen – Sensor Tilt Plate

When taking solar photograph with prominence telescope, the Newton ring is annoying. Smoother solar image without Newton ring could be taken by adjusting the focal plate. Get a much smaller field curvature of the telescope.

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


Passive Cooling System

Solar cameras working in daylight, temperature could be much higher than night. Heat of global shutter sensors will be a problem, especially some big format like IMX432. Player One add a new feature called Passive Cooling System to conduct the heat from the sensor out.



256M DDR3 Cache

Player One Astronomy cameras are the first one who adpots the DDR3 cache in all planetary cameras in the world! It helps stabilize and secure data transmission, it effectively avoids frame dropping and greatly reduces readnoise.

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.

DPS technology

The planetary cameras from Player One Astronomy have DPS (Dead Pixel Suppression) technology. The DPS is anaylse many dark frames to find out thoes fixed abnormal pixel and record the map in camera memory. In imaging, each exposure frames, thoes position of dead pixels will be given a median value according to the active pixels around that abnormal pixel.

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.

Data Port

When the camera is connected to the USB3.0 interface and full-resolution preview is used, it can reach 84 FPS in RAW8 mode (12bit ADC). 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.

Use the ST4 guide cable to connect the camera and the AUTO GUIDE port of the equatorial mount to do guiding.


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:

After many rigorous readout noise tests, this camera can reach a low readout noise of 1.45e at a gain of 380.

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

QE Curve

Absolute Peak Value is about 79%.

HCG  Mode

The Apollo-M MINI camera has a unique HCG mode. The HCG mode can greatly reduce the readout noise and retain the same high dynamic range as the low gain.

Mechanical Drawing


SONY IMX429 2/3" CMOS (mono)



Total Pixels

2.8 Mega Pixels

Max Resolution


Pixel Size


Chip Size


Frame Rate



Global shutter

Exposure Range


Readout Noise


QE Peak


Full Well

25k e


12 bit

Data Port



1.25″ / M42X0.75

Back Focal Length


Protective Window

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





Resolution and FPS

Under USB3.0 mode
Resolution 12bit ADC
1944×1472 84FPS
More resolution options could be setup in capture softewares!

Purchase Option


Software & Manual

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

Warranty & Shipping Policy

Payment method

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Shipping and Delivery

Shipping Fee:

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  • Usually 7-14 days.
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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 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 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:

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× 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.
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× 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.

3 reviews for Apollo-M MINI USB3.0 Mono Camera (IMX429)

  1. Adam Smith

    Since I got my Apollo MAX cam, I really think you are a great supplier in camera market. When I save more money, I will buy MINI for white light, do I need to buy a photosphere filter too?

    • Player One Astronomy

      We recommend to add photosphere filter for white light, it can give better contrast.

  2. Robert M Cargill (verified owner)

    This is a great camera ( Apollo M Mini 429) for doing solar work, I’ll try it for lunar in the near future, easy to download the drivers and the necessary files to get the camera to run, ( windows 10 ) I use the latest version of SharpCap Pro, I use this camera with my Coronado 60mm MaxII solar scope with fantastic results, the 4.5um pixel size is just right for the FL of 400mm and use the Televue 2.5 PowerMate barlow lens, great results @ 1000mm FL, the FPS will vary by the resolution size, at times I can get up to 193 FPS or sometimes 25 FPS, The tilt plate is a nice added feature, the camera and cooler showed up as promised, no damage to either product, the box for the camera is a nice touch, looks great..Overall I give this camera 2 thumbs up!!!

  3. Robert M Cargill (verified owner)

    As promised , I got the chance to use this Apollo M mini 429 twice on the moon, one using my C-8″ SCT and a friend let me use his C-9.25″ SCT also, needless to say this camera is for solar work, well it does a Great job on the moon too!!

    This camera works well with the Televue 2.5x PowerMate barlow lens for lunar & solar work with the SCT’s and refractors

    With the upcoming solar eclipse, this camera will be on my Coronado 60mm solar max II telescope for prime focus!!

    I let my friend borrow this camera for his testing with his Televue refractor for the upcoming solar eclipse, he liked it so much, he bought one and likes the camera just as much as I do!!

    Too bad I cant post the pictures here, would be a good selling point for future buyers!!

    I still give this camera 2 thumbs up!!

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