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e2v Ruby sensor in first planetary tests

Very sensitive CMOS sensors from e2v enter Solar System imaging

Some time ago I wrote about e2v ruby line of CMOS sensors that were supposed to hit the market this year. First test cameras with one of those ruby sensors have already reached Solar System photographers. Cameras are tested by Airylab and Torsten - FireCapture creator (the app now supports also IDS cameras).

Those cameras use EV76C661 sensors - one of two ruby sensors announced. This one offers global and rolling shutter (global is safer for imaging unsteady objects, but has higher read noise) as well excellent sensitivity - higher than nearly all sensors used since today.

Second sensor EV76C660 didn't entered camera tests yet. It will offer only rolling shutter but also even higher QE (around +10% more) and even lower read noise. Time will tell how it will perform in cameras but it may be next break point for Solar System imaging. Enormous jump in infrared sensitivity will allow much easier methane band or Venus night side imaging as well it may allow many new infrared imaging - like lunar petrographic imaging or Uranus rings imaging in methane band - at 889 nm.

Prices for the currently tested cameras aren't yet known. Cheapest will be the USB2 version. There are also faster USB3 and GigE versions planned.


Astronomy and Astrophotography, 29 July 2012,

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