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New product release - Mini wheel with guider port
We are pleased to announce a new 5 position 'mini filter wheel' with integrated guider port. The mini wheel is only 150mm in diameter and can accept carousels with 1.25" threaded filters or 36mm unmounted filters. Front and back T2 thread adaptors are standard.
New product release - a 9.2 megapixel version of the H694 camera
The very popular H694 and H694C cameras now have an even higher resolution sister - the H814. This new version boasts 9.19 million pixels in a 12.5 x 10mm array. Each pixel is 3.69uM square. More details to follow soon.
New product release - the 'Oculus' All-sky camera
The Oculus is a 180 degree coverage all-sky camera module, based on a 'SuperStar' camera core. It offers a high quality, low noise image, for sky conditions monitoring and meteor watches etc. The Oculus is provided with a replaceable, scratch-resistant, polycarbonate viewing dome and a satin anodised aluminium body. The camera is USB powered, but an additional 12v anti-dew heater input is also provided. More data and images at the Oculus webpage.
Meteor near Orion (70% size)
New signed camera drivers for Windows 8 (and 7)
Windows 8 tries to enforce driver signing for connected hardware, so it can be difficult to set up the older unsigned camera drivers. We now have a complete signed driver installer on our Downloads page.
Starlight Xpress change of ownership.
On Tuesday, July 17th, the company Starlight Xpress Ltd was bought by the management and is now fully owned by Terry Platt, Michael Hattey, Gill Hattey and Richard Austin. The holding company is called SX Imaging Ltd, but Starlight Xpress Ltd will continue to trade with no change to its constitution. We believe that this will be a positive change and will result in a wider range of high quality imaging products being offered by our company. A link to the official announcement is given here.
Starlight Xpress is moving to new premises!
After 21 years at our old address, we have decided to move to a larger and more modern factory. The new address is just a couple of miles south of Foxley Green farm, at Unit 3 in the Brooklands business park, but offers 3 times the floor space and a more pleasant working environment. Please address any mail to our new address below.
Our new address is:
Starlight Xpress Ltd, Unit 3, Brooklands Farm, Bottle Lane, Binfield, Berks., RG42 5QX
Tel: +44 (0)1184026898
Exciting new Sony chip based cameras:
Four new Exview SXVR cameras were on show at AstroFest this year. The H674 and H674C are 2.83 megapixel versions of the H9 and H9C and the H694 / H694C are 6.1 megapixel versions with larger 15.9mm diagonal CCDs. Both mono cameras have an excellent QE of approx. 77% peak and are very sensitive at H-alpha (QE = 66% at 656nm). As usual, the legendary low dark signal of Sony chips eliminates the need for dark frames in most circumstances. These cameras are now released and are available to order from our distributors.
New ASCOM and 64bits drivers:
Version 1012 of the filter wheel ASCOM driver and control software (now updated for Ascom 6 and 64 bit Windows).
Version 1020 of the filter wheel firmware (Beta test to fix 64 bit start-up problem)
A full release version of the 64 bit camera driver with dual camera support and other improvements. (Version date March 2011)
New products releases:
A 1.4 megapixel guider, also well suited to high res. Lunar and Planetary imaging.
An ideal low cost colour imager for beginners and mobile users.