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Watec 910HX / RC - Latest Generation AstroVideo Camera - In Stock.

Wat-910HX/RC

Finally a new Watec entrant in the serious AstroVideo market!

Sporting the latest Sony 1/2" EXview HAD CCD II Mono sensor this camera is highly sensitive and is now the weapon of choice for amateurs specialising in Occultation and Meteor work.

We stock only the newest version of this camera, with the latest x2 sensor

Operation Manual

Specifications 

User Manual

  • CCD type: Latest Sony 1/2" EXview HAD CCD II
  • CCD Pixel data: Pixel size 8.3µm x 8.6µm
  • Image format: 752 x 580 pixels
  • CCD Size: 7.40mm (Horizontal) x 5.95mm (Vertical).
  • Spectral Response: Maximum QE of about 77% @ 620nm
  • Power requirements: Regulated 12 volts < 1A               

Available as camera only or as a Kit with mains PSU, video cable & 1.25" adapter or as complete PC Kit with a USB Video Capture device as well


Mintron 12V6HC-EX Mono Camera - from £269

MintronThe 12V6HC-EX has a 1/2" highly sensitive Sony EXview Mono CCD and accumulates light for up to two and a half seconds outputting an apparently continuous signal. All controls are on the back of the camera and can be accessed remotely, from a PC, using our cable (see accessories sub-menu below). The controls cover a wide range of shutter speeds, with digital zoom, negative image, and image flipping and masking. There are two video outputs, Svideo and BNC, Svideo being useful for imaging.

Capable of lunar & planetary work and chasing DSO's, the Mintron 12V6HC-EX is a most versatile observing camera. It can "grab" a lot of light in a short period making it excellent at meteor and guiding work. It places a low demand on the tracking accuracy of your mount. Image quality is very good with excellent control of amp glow.

 

Technical specifications

Image device 1/2" inline transfer SONY CCD
Signal system CCIR
Picture element 795(H) x 596(V)
Scanning system 2 : 1 interlace
S/N ratio More than 52dB
Resolution 600 TV-Lines
Minimum illumination
Typical 0.01 Lux @ F1.2, 5600K, 30IRE
Star light mode 0.0001 to 0.00005 Lux @ F0.8, 5600K, 10IRE
White balance ---
Gain control Selectable by OSD (On Screen Display)
Mode AGC ON / OFF /MANU
Range 0 ~ 18dB
Shutter control Selectable by OSD
Mode OFF / AUTO / MANU 1/50 ~ 1/120 000 second
Auto iris lens AES / DC
Gamma 0.45
Back light compensation ON / OFF ,48 zone, selectable by OSD
Negative image ON / OFF, Selectable by OSD
Mirror function ON / OFF, Selectable by OSD
Digital zoom 1...2x, Selectable by OSD
Masking area 4 x, Selectable by OSD
Video output signal BAS and Y/C: 1Vpp, 75 Ohm load
Lens mount C & CS acceptable
Operation temp. -20°C ~ 50°C, 85% RH
Power supply DC 12V
Power consumption 180mA
Dimensions 115mm(L), 51mm(W), 51mm(H)

What you can achieve

Lunar/planetary imaging

MoonHartwig Lüthen's work illustrates well the Mintron's all round capabilities. He has images of the moon, planets, comets & meteors, as well as deep sky objects.

Deep Sky Astronomy in a large city

Mintron GalaxyMartin Elsässer's image gallery of DSO's taken with a Mintron 12V1-EX. This page is in German, but some of the site is in English and is a goldmine!

Mintron M51In a backyard observatory on the outskirts of light polluted Munich, Ulrich Schmidbauer has created an impressive image gallery of DSO's taken with a Mintron camera on a 13 inch Newtonian Telescope, as well as creating an animated gif of asteriod 2002NY40. Visit his homepage at www.psw-muenchen.de

Guiding

Mintron GuidingKlaus-Peter Schroeder uses his Mintron with its on-board integration of images for up to 2.5 secs, for convenient guiding from a monitor, seated on a table instead of balancing precariously up a ladder by the newtonian focuser.

Mintron piggybackAnd amateur astronomer Alan Chen describes how he uses a Mintron for guiding his 12"LX200. Visit his image galleries taken with his SXV-H9C one-shot megapixel camera at www.heavenlyview.com

Standard kit contains:

  • Latest enhanced Mintron 12V6HC-EX CCD observing camera
  • 12v regulated mains supply
  • 5m RG59 screened video cable (BNC - Phono)
  • 1.25" telescope adapter with filter threads and dust cap

Complete kit contains:

  • Latest enhanced Mintron 12V6HC-EX CCD observing camera
  • 12v regulated mains supply
  • 5m RG59 screened video cable (BNC - Phono)
  • 1.25" telescope adapter with filter threads and dust cap
  • USB2 Video Capture Device
  • 5m PC Control Cable
  • Software

Mintron 62V6HP-EX Colour Camera kit - £269.00

Mintron 62v6hp

This is the colour version of the Mintron 12V6HC-EX with a 1/2" colour EXview CCD. Colour cameras are not as sensitive as their Mono equivalents, so I recommend them for larger faster scopes and brighter deep sky objects. However performance can always be enhanced by stacking frames and processing the resultant image. Other uses for the camera include Aurora work, meteors, nature & wildlife study, surveillance and solar system imaging. Kit includes power supply, telescope adapter and 5m video cable. All controls are on the back of the camera which can be controlled from a PC using our cable (see accessories sub-menu above).

Our version of this camera is supplied without an IR block filter, for enhanced sensitivity. For best colour balance use an external high quality IR block or UV/IR block filter. The lens is for illustration only and not part of the kit.

Mintron 23S85HC-EX Mono Camera Kit - £199.00 !!!

Mintron 23S85HC

This camera has a 1/3" CCD and the body is smaller and lighter than the 12V6HC-EX. It lacks the SVideo and PC ports of its bigger brother but a useful enhancement is the ability to expose for twice as long i.e. 5 seconds. It’s very well suited to portable viewing, and makes an excellent guider when used with a PC capture device. I recommend this camera for use with smaller telescopes (up to about 5" or 6") for guiding and as a video finder. Excellent performance and value for money.

Lens is not part of the kit, which includes camera, power supply, 1.25" adapter and 5m video cable.

 

Mintron 22S85HC-EX Mono Camera Kit - £249.00

Mintron 23S85HC

This Mintron camera is in many ways a simplified version of the 12V6HC-EX but with the added bonus of 5 second integration. The camera body is smaller, lighter and lacks the Svideo and PC ports of its bigger brother. A useful enhancement though is the ability to expose for twice as long i.e. 5 seconds. It’s well suited to viewing and imaging and makes an excellent guider when used with a PC capture device as the CCD used is the same as in the Starlight Xpress Lodestar. It can "grab" a lot of light in a short period making it excellent at meteor study.

Lens is not part of the kit, which includes camera, power supply, 1.25" adapter and 5m video cable.

Mintron 72S85HP-EX Colour Camera Kit - £269.00

Mintron 72S85HP

This is the colour equivalent of the Mintron 22S85HC-EX-R with a 1/2" colour EXview CCD. This is one of the most sensitive colour AstroVideo cameras available today. It can switch, either automatically or manually, between Colour and Monochrome modes to get the best views of particular objects. Performance can also be enhanced by stacking frames, then processing the resultant image. Other uses for the camera include Aurora work with fast lenses, nature & wildlife study, surveillance and solar system imaging. The kit includes power supply, telescope adapter and 5m video cable.

Our version of this camera is supplied without an IR block filter, for enhanced sensitivity. For best colour balance use an external high quality IR block or UV/IR block filter.

Watec WAT-120N+ Mono Camera Kit - limited stock available @ £599 delivered

Watec 120n+This classic camera is a supreme mono AstroVideo device. Clearly designed to achieve the best possible image quality with ultimate sensitivity and control, unfortunately when they're gone they're gone!

The camera can expose automatically up to 10 seconds whilst feeding an apparently continuous image to your screen. It also features an unlimited manual mode whereby exposures are controlled by a start / stop button, and a lunar / planetary mode with fast shutter speeds down to 1/2000 sec. The body of the camera is smaller than a 2" cube and weighs very little. A 3m cable connects it to a control pad which is extremely easy to use. Image quality is clearly superior to that of the Mintron cameras and sensitivity is much better, the only limit is your mount's tracking accuracy and local light pollution, which can be controlled by filters. With an 8"+ scope, clusters of galaxies and other exotic objects can be viewed from suburban gardens!

Watec 120N+ Kit

Our Watec kit includes everything you need to get started:

  • Watec WAT-120N+ Camera including remote control
  • Superior quality 5m RG59 screened video cable
  • C to CS lens adaptor
  • 12V regulated power supply
  • 1.25" telescope adaptor and end cap
  • Instructions and guide
  • Delivery included

We can supply Watec kits tailored to your specific requirements, please 'phone or email.

Technical specifications

Model WAT-120N+(CCIR)
Pick-up element 1/2" interline transfer CCD image sensor
Number of total pixels 795(H) x 596(V)
Number of effective pixels 752(H) x 582(V)
Unit cell size 8.6µm(H) x 8.3µm(V)
Imaging system Frame accumulation, Field readout
Synchronizing system Internal
Scanning system 2:1 interlace
Video output Composite Video, 1Vp-p, 75ohms, unbalanced
Resolution Horizontal
Vertical
570TVL (Center)
570TVL
Minimum illumination 0.00002lx F1.4
S/N More than 52dB (MGC=8dB, γ=1.0)
AE mode HIGH
SLOW
Manual
OFF (1/50), 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 sec
1, 2, 4, 8, 16. 32, 64, 128, 256 FRAME
As required exposure time(one frame) is operated by start/stop switch
MGC 8 - 38dB
Gamma characteristics γ=0.35(HI) / γ-0.45(LO) / γ=1.0(OFF)
Lens iris Video / DC (EIAJ arrangement, Auto-select), Fixed full open auto iris lens is available
Power supply DC+12V±10%
Power consumption 2.16W (180mA)
Operating temperature -10°C - +40°C
Storage temperature -30°C - +40°C
Operating / Storage humidity Less than 95% RH (Without condensation)
Lens mount CS mount
Weight Approx. 150g (Remote control: Approx 220g)
Watec Graph

What you can achieve

Watec DSOMartin Elsässer has some impressive image galleries including DSO's taken with a Watec camera and a 70mm/400mm refractor in H alpha light, as well as a gallery of large emission nebula. Much of Martin's site is in English and is a goldmine of information.


Watec WAT-902H2 Ultimate (Camera only) - £249

Watec 902H2 UltimateMin. Illumination: 0.0001 lux - f1.4 lens (AGC Hi)
High Resolution - 570 TV Lines
Compact Size: 1.8" Long w/out Lens
1/2" Mono CCD Camera
CS- Mount Lenses Or C-Mount Lenses w/5mm Adapter
S/N Ratio: More Than 50dB
Standard 1/4-20 Mounting Holes On Top & Bottom

"THE" camera for meteor, occultation and lunar impact study!


Technical specifications

Model Number Watec WAT-902H2 Ultimate
Pick-up Element 1/2" Inteline transfer CCD image sensor
Number of Effective Pixels EIA: 768(H) x 494(V) CCIR: 752(H) x 582(V)
Unit Cell Size EIA: 8.4um(H) x 9.8um(V) CCIR: 8.6um(H) x 8.3um(V)
Scanning System 2:1 Interlace
Synchronizing System Internal
Video Output 1Vp-p, 75ohm unbalanced
Horizontal Resolution 570 TV lines
Minimum Illumination 0.0001lx F1.4
Gamma Correction 0.35 (Hi), 0.45 (Lo), 1.0 (Off)
Gain Control High:5˜60dB, Low:5˜32dB, MGC:5˜60dB,
S/N Ratio 50dB
Electronic Iris EIA: OFF=1/60,1/60~1/100,000 sec. CCIR: OFF=1/50,1/50~1/100,000 sec.
Power Supply DC 12V(±10%)
Current max. 110mA
Lens mount CS-mount/C-mount (30CMA-R)
Back light compensation on/off
Dimensions 34.0 (W) x 35.0 (H) x 58.5 (D) mm
Weight approx. 98g

Accessories for AstroVideo Cameras

 

Short C mount 1.25" adapter - £19 including delivery

AdapterShort adaptor (15mm barrel) made of Anodised Aluminium and threaded for filters. Useful for reflector and most refractor owners. Used with our focal reducer needs less focuser in-travel and gives a reduction ratio of about .6x to .7x

Long C mount 1.25" adaptor - £19 including delivery

Long AdapterLonger adaptor (32mm barrel) made of Anodised Aluminium and threaded for filters. More suited for use with SCT and MCT's (long focal ratio instruments) when used with our focal reducer to give reduction of about .4x to .5x

C mount M42 lens adapter - £25 including delivery

C to M42 AdapterUse your M42 mount SLR system lenses to view and image the larger deep sky objects like M31 and M45. Just add a camera tripod to observe the night sky quickly and easily.

C Mount Canon EOS lens adapter - £55 including delivery.

C to EOS AdapterUse your Canon EOS lenses to view and image the larger deep sky objects like M31 and M45. Just add a camera tripod to observe the night sky quickly and easily.

C Mount Olympus OM lens adapter - £55 including delivery.

C to EOS AdapterUse Olympus OM (non 4/3) objectives with C-mount cameras to view and image the larger deep sky objects like M31 and M45. Just add a camera tripod to observe the night sky quickly and easily.

C Mount Pentax K lens adapter - £55 including delivery.

C to EOS AdapterUse Pentax K objectives with C-mount cameras to view and image the larger deep sky objects like M31 and M45. Just add a camera tripod to observe the night sky quickly and easily.

Low Profile T to C mount adapter - £19 including delivery

Low Profile T to C adapterAllows you to connect your Mintron, Watec or other C/CS mount camera to any scope, lens or accessory that has male T threads. Only 4mm optical depth!

Standard T to C adapter with internal 1.25 inch filter thread - £29 including delivery

Standard T to C adapterAllows you to connect to any accessory with male T threads, has insert for a 1.25 inch filter - 22mm deep

Focal Reducer (1.25") - £24 including delivery

Focal reducerWhen coupled with our short adaptor it functions as a .66x reducer. This ratio is very useful for deep sky performance with most reflectors and refractors in the F4-F6 range. Larger and slower instruments benefit most from reducing the F ratio. Adding the C/CS adaptor supplied with each video camera results in a reduction of about .6x, but requires more focuser in-travel than many instruments can deliver, without modification. High focal ratio instruments are better off with the long telescope adapter. Using the focal reducer in this situation can result in a focal reduction of around .4x. Achieving focus is not usually a problem with these instruments. F8 + telescopes are transformed for deep sky work by a large reduction in the focal ratio. Brightens images and increases field of view with all scopes. Accepts 1.25" eyepiece filters.

USB2 Video capture device & Software - £39 including delivery

Video Capture deviceCapture images to disk via a USB2 port (reduced resolution with USB1) & Windows XP, Vista & W7.

Has Composite and S-Video inputs and includes capture, stacking & processing software.

PC Control Cable for our Mintron 12V6 and 62V6 Cameras (5m) - £29

This serial (RS232) cable allows control of our Mintron 12V6 & 62V6 camera settings via your PC - supplied with software.

This cable may or may not work with older cameras or those supplied by other sellers - please enquire if in doubt.

UCF 1 Universal Contrast Filter (1.25 inch) - £19.99 including delivery

UCF 1 Contrast Filter

 

Filters for AstroVideo cameras are hard to recommend due to the relatively short exposures involved. After many tests this gentle filter has shown merit in reducing light pollution and increasing contrast on all objects. It's effective mainly in areas where the local light pollution is due to Sodium (yellowish) light. It's also been found to be effective in revealing surface features on the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as well as reducing glare when viewing the Moon.