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QSI 683wsg Cooled Monochrome CCD Camera with Internal 5-Position Color Filter Wheel

SKU: QSI-683WSG

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QSI 683wsg Cooled Mono CCD Imaging Camera



The 683wsg, as with all QSI 600 series cameras, delivers up to 8 MHz dual read rates with high speed USB 2.0 and full 16-bit output for superior quality images featuring high frame rates, exceptionally wide dynamic range, excellent linearity, and extremely low noise. Regulated cooling down to over 45ºC, or 50ºC with an optional Liquid Heat Exchanger, is achieved via custom two-stage TEC.



All QSI 600 Series cameras utilize High Speed USB 2.0 port (USB 1.1 compatible) for connection to the host computer and imaging application software. Read and transfer time for an entire 2048 x 2048 image frame is typically approximately 1/2 second in High Speed mode and less than 7 seconds in High Quality mode. The frame rate can be further increased by reading just a portion of the image (ROI) or with flexible on-chip binning.



These compact QSI 600 Series cameras provide outstanding image performance with incredible power efficiency in an attractive package. Several upgrade options help to protect your investment. Your highest expectations will be easily surpassed by the sophisticated engineering and impressive fit, finish and attention to detail displayed by this camera.



QSI 683wsg Monochrome CCD Camera Features



Kodak KAF-8300 CCD Sensor: QSI 683wg monochrome cameras utilize the popular 8.3 megapixel full frame KAF-8300 CCD image sensor with micro lens as well as anti-blooming protection technology. The KAF-8300 contains a 2758 x 2208 photoactive pixel array with 5.4 µm square pixels. This sensor features an over 60% peak QE, and a dynamic range of more than 70db. It uses a genuine two-phase charge transfer technology with a transparent gate to considerably enhance optical response in comparison to standard front illuminated full frame sensors.



Mechanical Shutter: Both electronic and mechanical shutters are included with the QSI 683wsg camera. When running with an interline transfer CCD sensor, the electronic shutter is responsible for actually making the exposure, not the mechanical shutter. The mechanical shutter's job is to cover the CCD and simplify production of Dark and Bias frames for future image processing.



WSG Body & Integrated Filter Wheel: In order to make room for an internal five position color filter wheel while providing an integrated guide port, the QSI 690 uses a WSG camera body. Engineered with extensive use of sophisticated CAD-CAM design tools, the QSI 600 Series camera body is CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminum alloy. The finely finished anodized body components are assembled with corrosion resistant stainless steel hardware throughout. The standard filter wheel accepts standard threaded 1.25" filters*.



Integrated Guide Port (IGP): The QSI 660wsg's Integrated Guider Port functions by taking a portion of the light from your main telescope and redirecting it via a pick-off prism to a separate guide camera attached to the top of the WSG cover.



The Integrated Guider Port solves a number of the problems associated with other common guiding solutions. In one of the images to your left you will see a camera with the red arrows that represent the portion of the light redirected to the guide camera. The light enters the camera, strikes the pick-off prism positioned in front of the built-in 5-position color filter wheel and is reflected upward at 90 degree angle into the guide camera attached on top. By picking off the light for guiding from in front of the filters and mechanical shutter, you’re able to utilize all the light from your guide star for guiding. No light is lost by first passing through a red, green blue or narrowband filter, guaranteeing the highest possible signal to noise ratio (SNR) for your guide stars. You can guide even while the shutter is closed.



The pick-off prism measures 1/2" square and is ideally positioned near the internal filter wheel just outside of the main sensor's field of view. This enables support of large sensor guide cameras while prohibiting any vignetting of the main sensor even when very fast optical systems are involved.



High Quality Read Mode: High Quality (HQ) Read Mode enables the lowest possible noise but also requires more time to read the image from the sensor. With High Speed (HS) Read Noise, the sensor image is read at a 8 million pixels per second (8 MHz) rate, supporting up to 15 fps frame rates based on the camera model, ROI, and binning.



USB 2.0 and Full 16-Bit Output: A pixel depth of a full 16-bits per pixels enables extremely smooth color and gray scale transitions as well as the lowest noise.



Selectable ROI and Binning: All QSI cameras allow the highest flexibility in framing your subject by offering selectable Region of Interest (ROI) and binning.



Output Hardware Trigger: QSI cameras can output a hardware signal out of the Control Port to trigger an external event such as a strobe.



Regulated Cooling: Successful long exposure imaging depends on CCD cooling. Sensor cooling significantly reduces the dark current and the consequent thermal noise in an image, making long exposures realistic.



QSI 600 Series cameras use a very efficient thermo-electric cooler (TEC) which relies on the 'Peltier Effect' to cool the CCD. When power is applied to a TEC, one side of the device gets cold and other side gets hot, essentially pumping heat from the cold side to the hot side. All QSI 600 Series cameras employ a two-stage TEC to increase the differential cooling effect. The more power applied to the TEC, the greater the differential cooling and the colder the CCD can get. The heat pumped from the CCD, as well as the power dissipated by the TEC, creates a significant amount of excess heat that must be removed from the camera. The back of a QSI 600 Series camera acts as a large heatsink with cooling fins machined directly into the body. Two automatically controlled cooling fans force air through these fins. The movement of air through the cooling fins greatly increases the amount of heat removed from the camera. Keep in mind that the lowest temperature that the CCD can be cooled is limited by the ambient air temperature and the speed of the cooling fans. Achieving very low temperatures is easy when imaging outdoors during cooler weather. If it is particularly cold you may not even need to turn the fans on, but if it is too warm you may need the help of Liquid-Assisted Cooling, which is available optionally.



Power Efficiency: Power efficiency is one of the hallmarks of QSI 600 Series cameras. Fully configured WS cameras operate via a 12v DC power supply and consume under 24 watts at full cooling with the filter wheel moving and both fans working at maximum. Power consumption for other camera model configurations can be as low as 5 watts. An approved 12 volt DC power supply with an input voltage range of 90-240V, 50-60HZ is included with each camera.



Notification: Both visual and audible notification is built into all 600 Series cameras. A multi-color LED status display provides visual indication of the various states of camera operation. The behavior of the indicator is configurable and can be disabled by user command. A unique internal beeper provides audible feedback of camera operation and status. Like the visual display, the beeper can be configured and disabled by the user.



QSI 683WSG Monochrome Camera Body Specifications



  • Body Type: Integrated Guider Port Enclosure

  • Shutter: Mechanical (Sensor has electronic shutter)

  • Minimum Exposure: 0.03 seconds

  • Maximum Exposure: 240 minutes

  • Internal Filter Wheel: 5 positions for 1.25" threaded filters (upgradeable to 31mm)

  • Integral Guider Port: Yes

  • Dimensions: 4.45” width x 4.45” height x 3.08” depth (add 0.23” for T-mount)

  • Weight: 46 oz. (1300 g)

  • Thermoelectric CCD Cooling: Temperature regulation +/- 0.1°C, @ 0°C to -40°C CCD temperature

  • Cooling in Free Air, Fans @ Full Speed: Typically 40°C below ambient air with 85% cooling power

  • Liquid Cooling (Optional) - Fans Off: Typically 45°C below circulating liquid with 85% cooling power (adds 0.75" to camera depth)

  • Cooling Fan Control: Intelligent, user configurable
  • Read Rate: User selectable High Quality mode at 800KHz, High Speed mode at 8MHz

  • Camera Gain: User selectable High Gain 0.13 e-/ADU (default), Low Gain 0.28 e-/ADU

  • Digital Resolution: 16 bits in both High Quality and High Speed modes

  • Total System Read Noise: <4 electrons RMS (typically <3.5 e- RMS, CCD specification limited) in High Quality mode (typically <7 e- RMS (CCD specification limited) in High Speed mode

  • Pixel Dark Current: <0.002 electrons per second at -10°C

  • Full Image Read and Download Time: Typically <16 seconds (host computer dependent) in High Quality Mode (800KHz), <2 seconds in High Speed Mode (8MHz), Image download times will be reduced with binning and/or subframe (ROI)

  • Binning Modes: Symmetrical and Asymmetrical binning up to 9 pixels horizontally or vertically

  • Status and Notification: User configurable multi-color LED status indicator and multi-function audible beeper. Over-temperature and high/low voltage alarms.

  • Power Consumption: 12v, 2A (24 watts) at max cooling, max fans and filter moving (25 AC watts max with included 90-240V AC power supply)

  • Operating Environment: Temperature: -20°C to 30°C, Humidity 10% to 90% non-condensing

  • Computer Connectivity: USB 2.0 High Speed (USB 1.1 compatible)

  • Other Ports: Optically isolated 4 channel control port for telescope guiding or input/output shutter trigger (See API Reference Manual for details)

  • Included T Mounting Adapter: 42x0.75 mm t-thread

  • Nosepiece: T-Adapter to 2"




KAF-8300 CCD Imaging Sensor Specifications



  • CCD Sensor: Kodak KAF-8300 Monochrome

  • CCD Architecture: Full Frame

  • Microlens: Yes

  • Anti-blooming: Yes - 1000x suppression

  • Imager Size (WxH): 17.96mm x 13.52mm

  • Active Pixel Array (WxH): 3326 x 2504

  • Pixel Size: 5.4 µm x 5.4 µm

  • Pixel Full Well Depth: 25,500 e-

  • Absolute Quantum Efficiency Peak: 57%
  • Quantum Efficiency at 400 nm: 38%

  • Pixel Dark Current: <0.002 electrons per second at -10°C

  • Intrinsic Read Noise: 8 electrons RMS

  • Dynamic Range: 70db




Available Upgrades:



All of the upgrades listed below can be found to your left in the "Accessories" section. Please make sure to add them to your cart, along with this camera, in order to take advantage of the savings. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the High Point team by chat, email, or phone. Thanks.



1. Camera control software is not included with this camera, since many people already have software they prefer. If you do not purchase the Maxim LE upgrade offered to your left at the time of camera purchase ($149), you will need to have your own camera control software.



2. *You can upgrade to a 5-Position Filter Wheel that accepts 31mm unmounted filters for $50 as long as you make this choice at the same time you purchase your camera. If you opt for the standard 1.25" filter wheel now but decide to use 31mm unmounted filters at a later time, you will need to purchase the appropriate retaining screws to accommodate the depth of your filters, and doing so will allow the standard filter wheel to accept 31mm unmounted filters.



3. This camera has standard t-threads on the faceplate, and comes with a T-mount adapter and a 2" nosepiece. If you need 2.156" threads, with a 2.156 adapter and 2" nosepiece, you can upgrade at the time of your camera purchase for $149, which saves you $100 over buying the 2.156" camera mounting package at a later time.

Description
Description

QSI 683wsg Cooled Mono CCD Imaging Camera

The 683wsg, as with all QSI 600 series cameras, delivers up to 8 MHz dual read rates with high speed USB 2.0 and full 16-bit output for superior quality images featuring high frame rates, exceptionally wide dynamic range, excellent linearity, and extremely low noise. Regulated cooling down to over 45ºC, or 50ºC with an optional Liquid Heat Exchanger, is achieved via custom two-stage TEC.

All QSI 600 Series cameras utilize High Speed USB 2.0 port (USB 1.1 compatible) for connection to the host computer and imaging application software. Read and transfer time for an entire 2048 x 2048 image frame is typically approximately 1/2 second in High Speed mode and less than 7 seconds in High Quality mode. The frame rate can be further increased by reading just a portion of the image (ROI) or with flexible on-chip binning.

These compact QSI 600 Series cameras provide outstanding image performance with incredible power efficiency in an attractive package. Several upgrade options help to protect your investment. Your highest expectations will be easily surpassed by the sophisticated engineering and impressive fit, finish and attention to detail displayed by this camera.

QSI 683wsg Monochrome CCD Camera Features

Kodak KAF-8300 CCD Sensor: QSI 683wg monochrome cameras utilize the popular 8.3 megapixel full frame KAF-8300 CCD image sensor with micro lens as well as anti-blooming protection technology. The KAF-8300 contains a 2758 x 2208 photoactive pixel array with 5.4 µm square pixels. This sensor features an over 60% peak QE, and a dynamic range of more than 70db. It uses a genuine two-phase charge transfer technology with a transparent gate to considerably enhance optical response in comparison to standard front illuminated full frame sensors.

Mechanical Shutter: Both electronic and mechanical shutters are included with the QSI 683wsg camera. When running with an interline transfer CCD sensor, the electronic shutter is responsible for actually making the exposure, not the mechanical shutter. The mechanical shutter's job is to cover the CCD and simplify production of Dark and Bias frames for future image processing.

WSG Body & Integrated Filter Wheel: In order to make room for an internal five position color filter wheel while providing an integrated guide port, the QSI 690 uses a WSG camera body. Engineered with extensive use of sophisticated CAD-CAM design tools, the QSI 600 Series camera body is CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminum alloy. The finely finished anodized body components are assembled with corrosion resistant stainless steel hardware throughout. The standard filter wheel accepts standard threaded 1.25" filters*.

Integrated Guide Port (IGP): The QSI 660wsg's Integrated Guider Port functions by taking a portion of the light from your main telescope and redirecting it via a pick-off prism to a separate guide camera attached to the top of the WSG cover.

The Integrated Guider Port solves a number of the problems associated with other common guiding solutions. In one of the images to your left you will see a camera with the red arrows that represent the portion of the light redirected to the guide camera. The light enters the camera, strikes the pick-off prism positioned in front of the built-in 5-position color filter wheel and is reflected upward at 90 degree angle into the guide camera attached on top. By picking off the light for guiding from in front of the filters and mechanical shutter, you’re able to utilize all the light from your guide star for guiding. No light is lost by first passing through a red, green blue or narrowband filter, guaranteeing the highest possible signal to noise ratio (SNR) for your guide stars. You can guide even while the shutter is closed.

The pick-off prism measures 1/2" square and is ideally positioned near the internal filter wheel just outside of the main sensor's field of view. This enables support of large sensor guide cameras while prohibiting any vignetting of the main sensor even when very fast optical systems are involved.

High Quality Read Mode: High Quality (HQ) Read Mode enables the lowest possible noise but also requires more time to read the image from the sensor. With High Speed (HS) Read Noise, the sensor image is read at a 8 million pixels per second (8 MHz) rate, supporting up to 15 fps frame rates based on the camera model, ROI, and binning.

USB 2.0 and Full 16-Bit Output: A pixel depth of a full 16-bits per pixels enables extremely smooth color and gray scale transitions as well as the lowest noise.

Selectable ROI and Binning: All QSI cameras allow the highest flexibility in framing your subject by offering selectable Region of Interest (ROI) and binning.

Output Hardware Trigger: QSI cameras can output a hardware signal out of the Control Port to trigger an external event such as a strobe.

Regulated Cooling: Successful long exposure imaging depends on CCD cooling. Sensor cooling significantly reduces the dark current and the consequent thermal noise in an image, making long exposures realistic.

QSI 600 Series cameras use a very efficient thermo-electric cooler (TEC) which relies on the 'Peltier Effect' to cool the CCD. When power is applied to a TEC, one side of the device gets cold and other side gets hot, essentially pumping heat from the cold side to the hot side. All QSI 600 Series cameras employ a two-stage TEC to increase the differential cooling effect. The more power applied to the TEC, the greater the differential cooling and the colder the CCD can get. The heat pumped from the CCD, as well as the power dissipated by the TEC, creates a significant amount of excess heat that must be removed from the camera. The back of a QSI 600 Series camera acts as a large heatsink with cooling fins machined directly into the body. Two automatically controlled cooling fans force air through these fins. The movement of air through the cooling fins greatly increases the amount of heat removed from the camera. Keep in mind that the lowest temperature that the CCD can be cooled is limited by the ambient air temperature and the speed of the cooling fans. Achieving very low temperatures is easy when imaging outdoors during cooler weather. If it is particularly cold you may not even need to turn the fans on, but if it is too warm you may need the help of Liquid-Assisted Cooling, which is available optionally.

Power Efficiency: Power efficiency is one of the hallmarks of QSI 600 Series cameras. Fully configured WS cameras operate via a 12v DC power supply and consume under 24 watts at full cooling with the filter wheel moving and both fans working at maximum. Power consumption for other camera model configurations can be as low as 5 watts. An approved 12 volt DC power supply with an input voltage range of 90-240V, 50-60HZ is included with each camera.

Notification: Both visual and audible notification is built into all 600 Series cameras. A multi-color LED status display provides visual indication of the various states of camera operation. The behavior of the indicator is configurable and can be disabled by user command. A unique internal beeper provides audible feedback of camera operation and status. Like the visual display, the beeper can be configured and disabled by the user.

QSI 683WSG Monochrome Camera Body Specifications

  • Body Type: Integrated Guider Port Enclosure
  • Shutter: Mechanical (Sensor has electronic shutter)
  • Minimum Exposure: 0.03 seconds
  • Maximum Exposure: 240 minutes
  • Internal Filter Wheel: 5 positions for 1.25" threaded filters (upgradeable to 31mm)
  • Integral Guider Port: Yes
  • Dimensions: 4.45” width x 4.45” height x 3.08” depth (add 0.23” for T-mount)
  • Weight: 46 oz. (1300 g)
  • Thermoelectric CCD Cooling: Temperature regulation +/- 0.1°C, @ 0°C to -40°C CCD temperature
  • Cooling in Free Air, Fans @ Full Speed: Typically 40°C below ambient air with 85% cooling power
  • Liquid Cooling (Optional) - Fans Off: Typically 45°C below circulating liquid with 85% cooling power (adds 0.75" to camera depth)
  • Cooling Fan Control: Intelligent, user configurable
  • Read Rate: User selectable High Quality mode at 800KHz, High Speed mode at 8MHz
  • Camera Gain: User selectable High Gain 0.13 e-/ADU (default), Low Gain 0.28 e-/ADU
  • Digital Resolution: 16 bits in both High Quality and High Speed modes
  • Total System Read Noise: <4 electrons RMS (typically <3.5 e- RMS, CCD specification limited) in High Quality mode (typically <7 e- RMS (CCD specification limited) in High Speed mode
  • Pixel Dark Current: <0.002 electrons per second at -10°C
  • Full Image Read and Download Time: Typically <16 seconds (host computer dependent) in High Quality Mode (800KHz), <2 seconds in High Speed Mode (8MHz), Image download times will be reduced with binning and/or subframe (ROI)
  • Binning Modes: Symmetrical and Asymmetrical binning up to 9 pixels horizontally or vertically
  • Status and Notification: User configurable multi-color LED status indicator and multi-function audible beeper. Over-temperature and high/low voltage alarms.
  • Power Consumption: 12v, 2A (24 watts) at max cooling, max fans and filter moving (25 AC watts max with included 90-240V AC power supply)
  • Operating Environment: Temperature: -20°C to 30°C, Humidity 10% to 90% non-condensing
  • Computer Connectivity: USB 2.0 High Speed (USB 1.1 compatible)
  • Other Ports: Optically isolated 4 channel control port for telescope guiding or input/output shutter trigger (See API Reference Manual for details)
  • Included T Mounting Adapter: 42x0.75 mm t-thread
  • Nosepiece: T-Adapter to 2"


KAF-8300 CCD Imaging Sensor Specifications

  • CCD Sensor: Kodak KAF-8300 Monochrome
  • CCD Architecture: Full Frame
  • Microlens: Yes
  • Anti-blooming: Yes - 1000x suppression
  • Imager Size (WxH): 17.96mm x 13.52mm
  • Active Pixel Array (WxH): 3326 x 2504
  • Pixel Size: 5.4 µm x 5.4 µm
  • Pixel Full Well Depth: 25,500 e-
  • Absolute Quantum Efficiency Peak: 57%
  • Quantum Efficiency at 400 nm: 38%
  • Pixel Dark Current: <0.002 electrons per second at -10°C
  • Intrinsic Read Noise: 8 electrons RMS
  • Dynamic Range: 70db


Available Upgrades:

All of the upgrades listed below can be found to your left in the "Accessories" section. Please make sure to add them to your cart, along with this camera, in order to take advantage of the savings. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the High Point team by chat, email, or phone. Thanks.

1. Camera control software is not included with this camera, since many people already have software they prefer. If you do not purchase the Maxim LE upgrade offered to your left at the time of camera purchase ($149), you will need to have your own camera control software.

2. *You can upgrade to a 5-Position Filter Wheel that accepts 31mm unmounted filters for $50 as long as you make this choice at the same time you purchase your camera. If you opt for the standard 1.25" filter wheel now but decide to use 31mm unmounted filters at a later time, you will need to purchase the appropriate retaining screws to accommodate the depth of your filters, and doing so will allow the standard filter wheel to accept 31mm unmounted filters.

3. This camera has standard t-threads on the faceplate, and comes with a T-mount adapter and a 2" nosepiece. If you need 2.156" threads, with a 2.156 adapter and 2" nosepiece, you can upgrade at the time of your camera purchase for $149, which saves you $100 over buying the 2.156" camera mounting package at a later time.

Specifications
Specifications
Model Number 683WSG
Color or Monochrome Camera? Monochrome
Imaging Camera Series QSI 683
Camera Sensor Manufacturer ON Semiconductor
Sensor Model KAF-8300
Sensor Type CCD
Pixel Array & Resolution 3326 x 2504 (8.3 MP)
Pixel Size in Microns 5.4
Native Bit Depth 16
Minimum Exposure 0.03 sec
Maximum Exposure 240 min
Computer Interface USB 2.0
Camera Dimensions 4.45" x 4.45" x 2.5"
Camera Weight (lb.) 2.5
Warranty One (1) Year
What's in the Box?
What's in the Box?
  • QSI 683wsg Camera Body with Mechanical Shutter and Guide Port
  • Integrated 5-Position Color Filter Wheel
  • T-Mount to 2" Nosepiece
  • T-Mount Adapter
  • 12VDC/90-240 VAC Power Supply
  • 10 ft. USB 2.0 Cable
  • 10 ft. Guider Cable
  • QSI Software Installation CD-ROM
  • Drivers for Maxim DL/CCD and CCD Soft
  • ActiveX Developer’s Toolkit
  • Custom Fit Pelican Storage Case
Files
Files
  • QSI 683 8.3 MP Cooled Monochrome CCD Astronomy Camera
  • QSI 583 and 683 CCD Cameras
  • 5-Position 1.25" Color Filter Wheel
  • KAF-8300 CCD Sensor QE
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