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Neptune-M USB3.0 Mono Camera (IMX178)

(2 customer reviews)

$349.00 $329.00

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The Neptune series is a 1/2-inch format planetary camera series for the top player. It is larger than 1/3-inch and has a higher resolution, and is more suitable for astronomy enthusiasts.

The main hit of the Neptune series is Neptune-C II, yes, you read it right. We directly released the second-generation Neptune model on the grounds that the plan could not keep up with the changes.

Beside the brightest star Neptune-C II, we also grandly launch other two highly praised models Neptune-C and Neptune-M.

Product Description

Neptune-M is a planetary camera developed by Player One Astronomy, which adopts the Sony IMX178 1/1.8” format sensor. The 2.4um pixel size accommodates a well depth of 15ke with a total of 6.4MP  (the resolution is 3096*2078), and the diagonal is 9mm.

We need Neptune-M (IMX178 mono sensor), because IMX464 only has color type. For many enthusiasts, without monochrome camera, a lot of shooting flexibility will be vanished, so Neptune-M is to make up for this.

Highlights

With a 1/1.8 inch sensor, the Neptune series are very suitable for sun and moon mosaic photography.

Connecting the Neptune-C camera to a telescope with an 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 on the Neptune-C camera,it can be used as an all-day camera or meteor monitoring camera.

Features:

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 Neptune, we will named it with  a 1/1.8 inch senor camera. All names will be engraved on the housing of the cameras.

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

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

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 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 😀

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. 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 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 60 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 Neptune-C camera can reach a low readout noise of 1.34e at a gain of 350.

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

QE Curve

HCG  Mode

The Neptune camera has a unique HCG mode, which will automatically turn on when the camera gain setting is >30. The HCG mode can greatly reduce the readout noise and retain the same high dynamic range as the low gain.

Mechanical Drawing

Sensor

SONY IMX178 1/1.8" CMOS (mono)

Diagonal

9mm

Total Pixels

6.4 Mega Pixels

Max Resolution

3096×2078

Pixel Size

2.4μm

Chip Size

7.4mm×5.0mm

Frame Rate

60FPS(10bit)

Shutter

Rolling shutter

Exposure Range

32μs-2000s

Readout Noise

2.2e~1.3e

QE Peak

≈80%

Full Well

15k e

ADC

14 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 10bit ADC
3096×2078 60 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 Neptune-M USB3.0 Mono Camera (IMX178)

  1. Robert Berta

    Very impressive camera. I have a very expensive full frame mono camera with motorized filter wheel for DS plus another one shot color CCD camera that is also expensive. I needed a solar camera with high resolution and decided to get the mono version. The small pixel size is great for high resoluton and the DDR 256 mb is a game changer. For solar Ha astrophotography the ability to adjust the tilt of the nose to eliminate newton rings is another game changer.
    I didn’t give the last 5th star because while very impressive an supplied with a set of allen wrenches, a really nice blower device, and the USB cable and autoguide cable….they neglected to include either instructions or the links to their web site to download the drivers and various software.

    • MoonPrince

      Hi Robert, thanks for leave us a message. Your suggestion is important, we need to notice users to download all drivers and softwares from our website.

  2. Swan.R

    This is the one of my favorite camera, Nep-M. Very stable in imaging. And I used it for some solar imaging, tilt plate works well. DDR buffer is really an great upgrade.

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