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Mars-C USB3.0 Color Camera (IMX462)

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Planetary camera Mars-C (IMX462) technical details

Product Description

Mars-C is a planetary camera developed by Player One Astronomy, which adopts the Sony IMX462 1/2.8” format sensor. The 2.9um pixel size accommodates a well depth of 12ke with a total of 2.1MP  (the resolution is 1944*1096), and the diagonal is 6.46 mm.

Planetary camera Mars-C (IMX462)

The naming of Player One Astronomy cameras is unique. For example, we name the planetary cameras after planets (They are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, Earth is not included). The size of each planet to a certain extent represents the size of camera sensors. We will name Saturn with a 1-inch sensor camera, and for Mars, we will name it with a ½.8 inch sensor camera. All names will be engraved on the housing of the cameras.

Planetary camera Mars-C Highlights

Mars-C has super high sensitivity and ultra-low readout noise. All of these features provide users with excellent performance for planetary imaging, like Mars, Jupiter, Saturn,  as well as solar and lunar imaging.

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The fun thing is, with the strong ability in capturing infrared lights and the super-high sensitivity, the Mars-C camera can be used as a monochrome camera with an IR850 filter or CH4 filter to capture infrared lights.

Connecting the Mars-C camera to a telescope with a 1.25″ T-Mount, or adding a Barlow lens between the camera and a telescope to extend the focal length for more details.

 

With a CS lens attached to the Mars-C camera, it can be used as an all-day camera or meteor monitoring camera.

Features:

 

Cutting-edge Design

The planetary cameras developed by Player One Astronomy use a scientific and technological regular hexagon to construct the main body line, supplemented by round chamfers to achieve both rigidity and flexibility. The positive red, which is like a summer fire, 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 ; D

 

Sensor Tilt Plate

When taking solar photography with a prominence telescope, the Newton ring is annoying. A smoother solar image without a Newton ring could be taken by adjusting the focal plate. Besides, when you use a planetary camera for deep-sky lucky imaging, if you find the surrounding stars are not perfect, you can adjust the sensor tilt plate to obtain a flatter image field. 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.

256M DDR3 Cache

Player One Astronomy cameras are the first ones who adopt the DDR3 cache in all planetary cameras in the world! It helps stabilize and secure data transmission, effectively avoids frame dropping, and greatly reduces read noise.

With the DDR3 cache, the Mars-C camera does not have high demands on computing needs any longer, it will still have 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 ensure 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 a full-resolution preview is used, it can reach 136 FPS in RAW8 mode (10bit ADC), and the frame rate in RAW16 mode (12bit ADC) is 64 frames per second. 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 the guiding.

 

 

Planetary camera Mars-C 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 Mars-C camera can reach a low readout noise of 0.73e at a gain of 350 and around 0.7e at a gain of 400.

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

HCG  Mode

The Mars-C camera has a unique HCG mode, which will automatically turn on when the camera gain setting is ≥80. The HCG mode can greatly reduce the readout noise and retain the same high dynamic range as the low gain.

 QE Curve

The QE curve of the Mars-C camera is unique. The sensitivity reaches its peak at 800-850nm, and the RGB is gathered together, which has very strong infrared sensitivity.

Planetary camera Mars-C Mechanical Drawing

Sensor

SONY IMX462 1/2.8" CMOS (color)

Diagonal

6.5mm

Total Pixels

2.1 Mega Pixels

Max Resolution

1944×1096

Pixel Size

2.9μm

Chip Size

5.6mm×3.2mm

Frame Rate

136FPS(10bit)

Shutter

Rolling shutter

Exposure Range

32μs-2000s

Readout Noise

2.6e~0.7e

QE Peak

≈80%

Full Well

12k e

ADC

12 bit

Data Port

USB3.0/USB2.0

Adapter

1.25″ / M42X0.75

Back Focal Length

12.5mm

Protective Window

AR coating

Diameter

66mm

Weight

180g

Resolution and FPS

Under USB3.0 mode
Resolution 12bit ADC 10bit ADC
1944×1096 62.5 FPS 136 FPS
1920×1080 63.5 FPS 138 FPS
1280×720 94.1 FPS 205 FPS
800×600 112.4 FPS 245 FPS
640×480 139.3 FPS 304 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.

2 reviews for Mars-C USB3.0 Color Camera (IMX462)

  1. Len North (verified owner)

    Thank you for your email, but mostly for the beautiful Player One Mars-C Camera. I am using it with SharpCap Pro V4 and it is simple and delightful to use.
    Delivery was extremely fast and I received it in less than a week.
    Kind regards for an excellent camera and delivery

    • MoonPrince

      Hi Len. Thank you so much to tell us your impression. We will keep working on improving quality and service. Have a nice day!

  2. Swan.R

    I got a Neptune-C II, and I recommend my friend to buy a Mars-C. Because Neptune is a little out of his ability. He really exciting when open the box. The outlooks is so awesome, he can’t wait for imaging now.

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