An ideal today's camera for solar imaging?

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An ideal today's camera for solar imaging?

Post by Valery » Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:52 am

I believe that this camera is ideal solution for high speed ultra narrow solar imaging at larger scale.

http://www.hamamatsu.com/eu/en/product/ ... 8466209816

Interesting, how much does such a camera costs?


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Re: An ideal today's camera for solar imaging?

Post by GuillermoBarrancos » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:50 pm

Seems to be a Research grade camera and only on sale by Research Equipment specialist stores and prices only on enquiry.

Tells me it ain´t going to be cheap. Gives me the feeling we are looking at FLI like prices the least.

(could be wrong ofcourse, but Research grade usually equals to very expensive)

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Post by michael.h.f.wilkinson » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:46 pm

Sounds good, but also expensive. Quite big pixel size (6.5 micron). Value for money, it would need to be very good indeed to beat the IMX174 chip
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Post by GuillermoBarrancos » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:28 pm

I have send a price enquiry to Hamatsu, just for the fun of it and see if we get into mortgage price territory or not.

It seems it was forwarded to a Japanese email address, so I guess we won´t get an answer until tomorrow earliest.

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Post by fjabet » Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:05 pm

I work with this type of sCMOS, but with Andor and BAE Fairchild sensors, Genika supports them. Prices are somewhere about 25K€ to start with.
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Post by swisswalter » Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:46 am

Hi Valery

quite heavy for solar gear
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Re: An ideal today's camera for solar imaging?

Post by Valery » Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:56 am

swisswalter wrote:Hi Valery

quite heavy for solar gear

Hi Walter,

Too bad it costs soooo much. Really heavy.

Better to focus at new cameras with IMX174 chip.


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Re: An ideal today's camera for solar imaging?

Post by GuillermoBarrancos » Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:42 pm

I have just been called by a Hamamatsu representative from Sweden (Nordic Department).

They only sell these cameras to Companies and institutions (Universities, etc) and are not allowed to sell to private persons as of this moment.
The price of this camera (low cost version you linked in OP) is around 90.000 SEK ex.VAT, which translates to roughly €9800,- (or $11000,-).
So Yeah... right into FLI cameras territory. Expensive!

He said, they are mostly used in Biological Applications today, but that they are actually currrently in negiotiations with a University that wants to use this camera in an Astronomy Project. :)

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Re: An ideal today's camera for solar imaging?

Post by mdwmark » Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:13 am

Well, when I went up to the Photonics West show. I talked to Point Gray about what camera would be good for amateurs solar imaging. He said, new in the Blackfly GiGE cameras is the BFLY-PGE-2356C/M-C. It uses the Sony IMX249 chip and is similar to the Sony IMX174 but runs slower(30 frames/sec). They plan to add this camera chip to the USB 3 models soon at the same price range as the Blackfly. The Blackfly camera is in the $400-$500 range. The USB 3 , IMX174 camera is around $900.
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Re: An ideal today's camera for solar imaging?

Post by GreatAttractor » Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:56 am

That's excellent news. I'm considering IMX249 as my next sensor and I'd very much prefer a USB3 version.
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