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Ceres-C USB3.0 Color Camera (IMX224)

(3 customer reviews)

$179.00 $149.00

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Player One Astronomy guiding camera series, AKA Dwarf Planet Series, is design for guiding and imaging. This series including 3 sub-series, Ceres, Sedna and Xena.

Product Description

 

Ceres-C is a guiding camera developed by Player One Astronomy, which adopts the Sony IMX224/225 1/3” format sensor. The 3.75um pixel size accommodates a well depth of 19.4ke with a total of 1.2MP  (the resolution is 1304*976), and the diagonal is 6mm.

Highlights

Dwarf planet series integrated USB3.0 data port(500Mb/s), which can provide over 10 times speed than USB2.0 device(60Mb/s). Whatever you wants to do guiding or imaging, this camera series can handle it very well.

Dwarf planet camera diameter is 1.25″, it can slide in 1.25″ holder of guiding scope, makes the whole setup shorter.

 

With a 5-100MM CS lens attached on the camera, it also can be used as a guider or finder.

 

Features:

 

The naming of Player One guiding cameras is interesting. Guiding camera is smaller than planetary camera, that’s why we choose dwarf planets to name it.

The size of each dwarf planet to a certain extent represents the size of camera sensors. We will name Ceres with a 1/3″ sensor camera, and for Xena, we will name it with a 1/1.2 inch sensor camera. All names will be engraved on the housing of the cameras.

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

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

Cutting-edge Design

The guiding cameras developed by Player One Astronomy uses technological regular hexagon to construct the main body line.

DPS technology

The guiding 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 154 FPS in RAW8 mode (10bit 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.

 

Performance

 

 

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/

After many rigorous readout noise tests, the Ceres-C camera can reach a low readout noise of 0.75e at a gain of 350.

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

QE Curve

 

Mechanical Drawing

 

Sensor

Sony IMX224/225 CMOS (Color)

Diagonal

6mm

Total Pixels

1.2 Mega Pixels

Max Resolution

1304×976

Pixel Size

3.75μm

Chip Size

4.9×3.7mm

Frame Rate

154FPS(10bit)

Shutter

Rolling shutter

Exposure Range

32μs-2000s

Readout Noise

3.0e – 0.74e

QE Peak

about 80%

Full Well

19.4k e

ADC

12 bit

Data Port

USB3.0/USB2.0

Adapter

1.25″ / M28.5X0.6

Back Focal Length

7.5mm

Protective Window

AR coating

Diameter

40mm

Weight

65g

Resolution and FPS

Under USB3.0 mode
Resolution 10bit ADC
1304×976 154 FPS
More resolution options could be setup in capture softewares!

Software & Manual

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

Warrenty & Shipping Policy

Payment method

We provide Paypal payment on our website.

Shipping and Delivery

Shipping Fee:

  • Amount >= 299USD : free express shipping
  • Amount < 299USD : 20USD for express shipping

Shipping Services:

  • We usually use DHL, UPS, FedEx, TNT for shipping.
  • Make sure your email is correct, we maybe will contact with you through emails in case of emergency.

If customer wants to designate a shipping company or has special requirement, please send a 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 a email to support@player-one-astronomy.com immediately, if the following occurs:

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

Tax

  • The price on our website without tax.
  • Please note that buyers are liable to charge tax involved, such as Import tax, VAT, customs handling fee, etc.
  • Thoes 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.

Aftersales 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 confrim.

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

× Warrenty service time or replancement 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 thoes satuations, repair the product might has extra cost, we will estimate cost and email customer to know the information before send product back.

3 reviews for Ceres-C USB3.0 Color Camera (IMX224)

  1. Maunal Parker

    Woo, this camera looks great! 149USD?!!, I will buy one!!

    • Player One Astronomy

      Yes, it’s sale prive only 149USD!!

  2. Ariy Esollem

    Sounds very reasonable!! How many days ship to US?

    • Player One Astronomy

      Hi, Ariy. Usually we send the package through UPS or Fedex, will take 5-7 days to US.

  3. Astro-Master

    What’s the shipping time to Germany? I just brought a C925, I will need this one, opposition is comming.

    • Player One Astronomy

      Hi Astro-Master, About 5-7days to Germany.

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