The Imaging Source DMK 31AU03.AS, 1/3 " CCD, Sony ICX204AL (progressive scan).

The Imaging Source DMK 31AU03.AS

Monochrome USB astronomy camera without IR cut filter.

  • 1/3 " CCD, Sony ICX204AL (progressive scan).
  • Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels.
  • Up to 30 FPS and 60 minutes exposure.
  • C/CS mount.
  • Software included.
 

 

High Resolution, Fast Refresh Rate

The DMK 31AU03.AS unifies three important characteristics for astrophotography: high resolution, fast refresh rate and a low price. The camera ships with IC Capture.AS, a comprehensive software package with which you can capture lossless and uncompressed images sequences and write them to disk as AVI files, or as a series of singular bitmaps.

Sony ICX204AL 1/3 " CCD Chip

The DMK 31AU03.AS ships with the monochrome Sony ICX204AL progressive scan CCD chip. With its 1/3 " format, the CCD chip produces a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. Even at very long exposure times - up to 60 minutes exposure are possible - noise is minimal. Thanks to this extremely high quality, the Sony ICX204AL CCD chip is also often used in other scientific, industrial and medical image processing applications.

No Compression, No IR Cut Filter

The DMK 31AU03.AS does not compress the video stream it outputs - the video data that is captured by the CCD chip is outputted directly by the USB connector. Similarly, the camera does not have an IR cut filter, a color filter, nor an other kind of electronic filter. The camera is, therefore, ideally suited to capturing very true-to-life images of the night sky.

High Speed Data Transfer Via USB

In order to transfer the vast amount of data created by the stream of uncompressed and lossless monochrome images to the host PC, you need a very high speed bus. Hence, the DMK 31AU03.AS is fitted with a fast USB connector.

Included Software

The DMK 31AU03.AS ships with the device driver IC WDM UVCCAM TIS and the camera control and image acquisition application IC Capture.AS. Both of these run on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit).

Software for Mac OS and Linux is available from third parties.

Technical details are subject to change
General Behavior
Video formats @ FPS1024 x 768, Y800 @ 30, 15, 7.5, 3.75 FPS
Dynamic range8 bit
Optical Interface
IR cut filterno
CCD specificationSony ICX204AL [PDF]
Typeprogressive scan
Format1/3 "
ResolutionH: 1024 pixel, V: 768 pixel
Lens mountC/CS mount
Electrical Interface
Connector typeUSB
Supply voltage4.5 VDC to 5.5 VDC (via USB cable)
Current consumptionapprox. 500 mA at 5 VDC
Mechanical Interface
DimensionsH: 50.6 mm, W: 50.6 mm, L: 50 mm
Mass265 g
Manual Adjustments
Shutter (exposure time)1/10,000 second to 60 minutes
Gain0 dB to 36 dB
Environmental
Max. temperature (operation)-5 °C to 45 °C
Max. temperature (storage)-20 °C to 60 °C
Max. humidity (operation)20 % to 80 % non-condensing
Max. humidity (storage)20 % to 95 % non-condensing