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New TIS GigE Cameras with ICX445 and ICX618 CCDs

The Imaging Source released few days ago a new line of GigE cameras that includes two popular in astrophotography CCDs: ICX445 and ICX618 - in DMK 23G445 and DMK 23G618. There is also ICX274 based model, but that sensor is older and has lower sensitivity than the other models.

DMK 23G445 and DMK 23G618

GigE cameras are connected to an Ethernet card. If the card supports 1 gigabit/s transfers (and not for example 100Mbit/s in cheaper models) then you can achieve much higher framerates than with USB2.

Please note that those cameras have been presented on TIS main page, and not on the astronomical one. Some tests are required to judge their performance in planetary, lunar and solar photography. High framerates may lead to artifacts.

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Astronomy and Astrophotography, 9 May 2012, Piotr Maliński

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