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Outstanding European designed & built, top of the line CCD cameras for serious astronomy, microscopy and other low-light applications. Established in 1991 they deleloped and shipped their first astronomy specific camera design (G2-0400) in 2005. Today you can enjoy the shear quality of build both mechanically and electronically produced to an exacting high quality and high resolution images from their newer scientific value grade cameras. Moravian Instruments are at the leading edge. While the likes of FLI, SBIG, QSI and others compromise quality these with lower-cost Chinese manufacture to meet growing competition in low-budget performance CCD cameras, the highly acclaimed and consistently proven performance of Moravians Gx series cameras maintain the integrity and expectations of hi-end CCD imaging, multi-stage cooling, low noise performance and practical robust build design to satisfy the most discriminating amateur astronomer or research scientist. See G2-8300 review from Astronomy Now here
 

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Designed and built in Europe, Moravian Instruments CCD cameras are designed with maximum image quality in mind. Camera electronics ensure read out of the image with noise limited by the CCD chip itself. Camera bodies are compact and robust, CNC manufactured from solid aluminium. G2 and G3 series of cameras are powered from single regulated 12V DC supply, G1 cameras are powered directly from the USB line. Embedded inside G2 and G3 cameras are mechanical shutter and filter wheel. These cameras can also cool the CCD detector up to 50C below ambient temperature.

Comparing apples with what appears to be apples is not a simple case of which CCD imaging chip used. The KAF8300 with micro-lens technology is a typical example of a CCD used in a variety of cameras today. What matters more so is how they are designed (wired) into the post processing circuitry including layout and separation within the camera housing to yield the best possible low noise hi end signal performance as the engineers at Moravian have demonstrated. Moreover, buying a camera with an internal filter wheel that can use highest quality (lower priced) 1.25" filters provides a true saving over others that need larger filters with external filter wheels for LRGB colour imaging.

Moravian use the finest CCD detectors and design the camera electronics for maximum performance to suit Moravian use the finest CCD detectors and design the camera electronics for maximum performance to suit Moravian Instruments High Grade CCD
Moravian Instrument use the finest hand selected CCD detectors and design their camera electronics for maximum output performance

Updates for Moravian CD camera customers

New version 2.4.2 of the SIPS software package available in both 32 bit and 64 bit variant

Off-Axis Guider adapters for G3 and G4 CCD cameras

First light report on the G4-1600 on Cloudy Nights

ASCOM drivers for G1, G2, G3 and G4 CCD cameras available for download

G2-1600 CCD camera at BOOTES-1B GRB optical counterparts follow-up telescope

New adapter for Canon EOS bayonet capable to hold DSLR Clip-filters

Updated G2/G3/G4 CCD camera drivers for MaxIm DL and AstroArt available for download

***For these and other latest updates please visit the Moravian Instruments website ***

 


Super Large format G4 CCD cameras

Cooled CCD cameras of G4 series contain detectors with 36 × 36 mm area, which is 50% more than photographic “full-frame” format. G4 camera dimensions are the same like dimensions of G3 series, with the exception of camera head thickness—G4 cameras are somewhat slimmer, because they do not contain internal filter wheel. Also camera handling, software control, power supply and connection to the host PC using fast USB 2.0 interface is the same like in the case of G3 cameras. Filter wheel for 50 × 50 mm square filters (round filters of 50 mm diameter cause vignetting on such large CCD chips) cannot be placed inside the camera head due to limited space. But it is possible to connect external filter wheel for 5 large filters to the G4 camera, the camera head already contains connector for external filter wheel control.

Moravian G4-16000 CCD camera
Model Color mask CCD chip Resolution Pixel size Image area Download time
G4-9000 no KAF-09000 3072 × 3072 12 × 12 μm 36.9 × 36.9 mm ~ 12.5 s
G4-16000 no KAF-16803 4096 × 4096 9 × 9 μm 36.9 × 36.9 mm ~ 22 s
 

 

Available by special order. Call for a quote.

 


Large format G3 CCD cameras

G3 cameras are capable to use large CCD detectors up to 24 × 36 mm. Precisely regulated and efficient cooling of the CCD more than 50C below ambient temperature allows quality image calibration. There are mechanical shutter and filter wheel with 5 positions for 2 inch filters inside the camera head, so these cameras can be used in unattended, robotic setups.

CCD chips Kodak KAF with linear response to light are suitable for scientific applications. Large area of these detectors fits long focal length of big telescopes. Large pixels ensure high image dynamic range.

Astrophotographers appreciate Kodak KAI detectors with ABG and electronic shutters. Anti-blooming ensures round images of bright stars, which cannot be avoided especially on wide-field images. Electronic shutter then allows short exposure times, necessary e.g. for capturing of fast moving objects.

Moravian Instruments G3 series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model CCD ABG Color mask Resolution Pixel size Chip area
 
G3-01000 KAF1001E no none 1024 × 1024 24 × 24 μm 24.6 × 24.6 mm
G3-11000 KAI11002 yes none 4032 × 2688 9 × 9 μm 36.3 × 24.2 mm
G3-11000C KAI11002 yes RGBG (Bayer) 4032 × 2688 9 × 9 μm 36.3 × 24.2 mm
G3-16200 KAF-16200 2800× none 4540 × 3640 6 × 6 μm 27.2 × 21.8 mm
G3-16200C KAF-16200 2800× RGBG (Bayer) 4540 × 3640 6 × 6 μm 27.2 × 21.8 mm

 

Available by special order. Call or e-mail for a quote.


G3 camera configuration chart

 


Universal cooled G2 CCD cameras

G2 cameras were designed for demanding scientific applications and for high-end astrophotography. Very high quantum efficiency (more than 85% in the case of G2-3200 camera) allows capturing of very faint objects. High quality electronics provides uniform images without artefacts and the read noise is limited by the CCD detectors themselves. Regulated cooling of CCD up to 50ºC below ambient temperature significantly reduces detector dark current. Cameras have integrated filter wheel with 5 positions for 1.25" filters in threaded cells or with 6 positions for glass-only filters and mechanical shutter.

G2 cameras with Kodak KAF CCD chips are suitable for scientific applications, requiring both high quantum efficiency and linear response to light.

G2 cameras with Kodak KAI CCD chips are suitable for astrophotography—anti-blooming of KAI CCDs eliminates charge blooming when bright stars appear in the field of view and electronic shutter allows capturing of bright objects like the Moon and planets.

Moravian Instruments G2 series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model CCD ABG Color mask Resolution Pixel size Chip area
 
G2-0402 KAF0402ME no none 768 × 512 9 × 9 μm 6.9 × 4.6 mm
G2-1600 KAF1603ME no none 1536 × 1024 9 × 9 μm 13.8 × 9.2 mm
G2-3200 KAF3200ME no none 2184 × 1472 6.8 × 6.8 μm 14.9 × 10.0 mm
G2-8300 KAF8300 yes none 3358 × 2536 5.4 × 5.4 μm 18.1 × 13.7 mm
G2-8300C KAF8300 yes RGBG (Bayer) 3358 × 2536 5.4 × 5.4 μm 18.1 × 13.7 mm
G2-2000 KAI2020 yes none 1604 × 1204 7.4 × 7.4 μm 11.8 × 8.9 mm
G2-2000C KAI2020 yes RGBG (Bayer) 1604 × 1204 7.4 × 7.4 μm 11.8 × 8.9 mm
G2-4000 KAI4022 yes none 2056 × 2062 7.4 × 7.4 μm 15.2 × 15.2 mm
G2-4000C KAI4022 yes RGBG (Bayer) 2056 × 2062 7.4 × 7.4 μm 15.2 × 15.2 mm


G2-8300 with 10 or 12 position wheel and G1 auto-guider - G2 camera with internal filter wheel

 

1.) G2 camera head with internal filter wheel.
2.) G2 camera head without internal filter wheel, ready for attaching of external filter wheel.
3.) G0 Guider camera.
4.) G1 Guider camera.
5.) External filter wheel.
6.) Off-axis guider adapter, optionally with M42 × 0.75 thread (T-thread) or M48 × 0.75 thread.
7.) Thin spacer. Camera with internal filter wheel and this spacer has the same back focal distance as camera with external filter wheel.
8.) Thick spacer. Camera without internal filter wheel and this spacer has the same back focal distance as camera with external filter wheel.
9.) Nikon bayonet adapter for Nikon compatible lenses.
Canon EOS bayonet adapter for Canon compatible lenses.
10.)T-thread (M42 × 0.75) adapter.
11.) 2-inch barrel adapter.
12.) Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter allows connection of up to 4 Gx cameras of any type on the one side and 1 Gbps
13.) Ethernet on the other side. This adapter allows access to connected Gx cameras using routable TCP/IP protocol over practically unlimited distance.
14.) The whole system is controlled from a host PC.
 

 

 

 


Guiding and imaging G1 CCD cameras

G1 CCD cameras are ideally suited for imaging of Moon, planets and bright deep-sky objects. High sensitivity, low noise, fast image download, electronic shutter and integrated “autoguider” port also allow G1 cameras to guide astronomical telescope mounts. Thank to their capability to integrate light can G1 cameras guide the mount also using dim stars, invisible for common TV and web cameras. Robust construction, small dimensions, easy manipulation and powerful software make G1 cameras ideally suited for beginning astrophotographers.

G1 cameras use Sony ICX CCD detectors with progressive read. All models are available in both monochrome and color versions.

Moravian Instruments G1 series

G1 camera above

Model CCD ABG Color mask Resolution Pixel size Chip area
 
G0-0300 ICX424AL yes none 656 × 494 7.4 × 7.4 μm 4.9 × 3.7 mm
G1-0300 ICX424AL yes none 656 × 494 7.4 × 7.4 μm 4.9 × 3.7 mm
G1-0300C ICX424AQ yes RGBG (Bayer) 656 × 494 7.4 × 7.4 μm 4.9 × 3.7 mm
G1-0800 ICX204AL yes none 1032 × 778 4.65 × 4.65 μm 4.8 × 3.6 mm
G1-1200 ICX445AL   none 1296 x 966 3.75 x 3.75 μm 4.9 x 3.6 mm
G1-1200C ICX445AQ     1296 x 966 3.75 x 3.75μm 4.9 x 3.6 mm
G1-0800C ICX204AK yes RGBG (Bayer) 1032 × 778 4.65 × 4.65 μm 4.8 × 3.6 mm
G1-1400 ICX285AL yes none 1392 × 1040 6.45 × 6.45 μm 9.0 × 6.7 mm
G1-1400C ICX285AQ yes RGBG (Bayer) 1392 × 1040 6.45 × 6.45 μm 9.0 × 6.7 mm
G1-2000 ICX274AL yes none 1628 × 1236 4.4 × 4.4 μm 7.2 × 5.4 mm
G1-2000C ICX274AQ yes RGBG (Bayer) 1628 × 1236 4.4 × 4.4 μm 7.2 × 5.4 mm

 

Camera handling and image processing software SIPS

SIPS (Scientific Image Processing System) is a powerful software package for camera control and image processing.

  • Complete control of both imaging and guiding cameras, filter wheel handling and sequential exposures.

  • Image native format is FITS, export to PNG, JPG, TIFF, GIF formats, recording of AVI sequences.

  • Advanced automatic guiding with sub-pixel precision.

  • Simple as well as complex image calibration, handling of whole sets of images at once.

  • Automatic registration and stacking of images.

  • Image basic operations (adding, median, ...), advanced multi-pass debayer processing of images taken by colour CCD detectors.

  • Astrometric image reduction.

  • Telescope mount control.

  • Data read from GPS receivers, synchronization of location and observing time.

  • … and many more functions.

SIPS software package is available for download for free from this www site. Also available are Gx camera drivers for MaxIm DL and AstroArt software packages.

 

Moravian peltier cooled advance level CCD camera packages

Each superior quality Moravian CCD camera kit comes in a high quality pre-formed padded, lockable compact carry case for secure transport and storage.

Each kit includes the camera, Australian mains power lead, fully regulated DC power supply, USB cable and applications CD containing camera driver and advanced SIPS application software and instruction manual.

Cameras are fully warranted by the manufacturer Moravian Instruments Inc and Astro Shop including full local technical support and advice.

AUTHORISED SERVICE AGENT
No need to send your camera overseas for out of warranty repair or upgrades. Astro Shop are authorised service agents for Moravian Instruments in Asia Pacific and we can carry out all repairs, annual servicing and upgrades locally and affordably to ensure your camera continues to provide years of outstanding performance.


Gx Camera pricing guide

 

Smart buyers understand that pricing can vary due to Australian dollar exchange rate fluctuations (either up or down) at different times. So to provide you the best price possible so please call or e-mail. Delivery times are generally 3- 6 weeks on average depending on current in-house available stocks. You can also get a general idea of pricing by visiting the Moravian Instruments website **note their prices are listed in EURO**

CONTACT US FOR A QUOTE

 

Model

CCD

inch

pixel-x

pixel-y

pixel

CCD-w

CCD-h

Area

Mask

ADC

Filter wheel

Guider port

um

mm

mm

mm^2

G0 G0-0300 ICX424AL 1/3 640 480 7.4 4.7 3.6 16.8 mono 16-bit -- yes
G0-0300C ICX424Aq 1/3 640 480 7.4 4.7 3.6 16.8 colour 16-bit -- yes
G0-0800 ICX204AL 1/3 1024 768 4.65 4.8 3.6 17.0 mono 16-bit -- yes
G0-0800 ICX204AK 1/3 1024 768 4.65 4.8 3.6 17.0 colour 16-bit -- yes
G0-2000 ICX274AL 1/2 1600 1200 4.4 7.0 5.3 37.2 mono 16-bit -- yes
G0-2000C ICX274AQ 1/2 1600 1200 4.4 7.0 5.3 37.2 colour 16-bit -- yes
 

G1

G1-0300

ICX424AL

1/3

640

480

7.4

4.7

3.6

16.8

mono

16-bit

--

yes

G1-0300C

ICX424AQ

1/3

640

480

7.4

4.7

3.6

16.8

colour

16-bit

--

yes

G1-0800

ICX204AL

1/3

1024

768

4.65

4.8

3.6

17.0

mono

16-bit

--

yes

G1-0800C

ICX204AK

1/3

1024

768

4.65

4.8

3.6

17.0

colour

16-bit

--

yes

G1-1200 ICX445AL 1/3 1296 966 3.75 4.9 3.6 17.6 mono 16-bit -- yes
G1-1200C ICX445AQ 1/3 1296 966 3.75 4.9 3.6 17.6 colour 16-bit -- yes

G1-1400

ICX285AL

2/3

1392

1040

6.45

9.0

6.7

60.2

mono

16-bit

--

yes

G1-1400C

ICX285AQ

2/3

1392

1040

6.45

9.0

6.7

60.2

colour

16-bit

--

yes

G1-2000

ICX274AL

1/2

1600

1200

4.4

7.0

5.3

37.2

mono

16-bit

--

yes

G1-2000C

ICX274AQ

1/2

1600

1200

4.4

7.0

5.3

37.2

colour

16-bit

--

yes

 

G2

G2-0402

KAF-0402ME

768

512

9

6.9

4.6

31.9

mono

16-bit

--

--

G2-0402FW

KAF-0402ME

768

512

9

6.9

4.6

31.9

mono

16-bit

yes

--

G2-1600

KAF-1603ME

1536

1024

9

13.8

9.2

127.4

mono

16-bit

--

--

G2-1600FW

KAF-1603ME

1536

1024

9

13.8

9.2

127.4

mono

16-bit

yes

--

G2-3200

KAF-3200ME

2184

1472

6.8

14.9

10.0

148.7

mono

16-bit

--

--

G2-3200FW

KAF-3200ME

2184

1472

6.8

14.9

10.0

148.7

mono

16-bit

yes

--

G2-8300

KAF-8300

3358

2536

5.4

18.1

13.7

248.3

mono

16-bit

--

--

G2-8300FW

KAF-8300

3358

2536

5.4

18.1

13.7

248.3

mono

16-bit

yes

--

G2-8300C

KAF-8300

3358

2536

5.4

18.1

13.7

248.3

colour

16-bit

--

--

G2-2000

KAI-2020

1604

1204

7.4

11.9

8.9

105.8

mono

16-bit

--

--

G2-2000FW

KAI-2020

1604

1204

7.4

11.9

8.9

105.8

mono

16-bit

yes

--

G2-2000C

KAI-2020

1604

1204

7.4

11.9

8.9

105.8

colour

16-bit

--

--

G2-4000

KAI-4022

2056

2062

7.4

15.2

15.3

232.2

mono

16-bit

--

--

G2-4000FW

KAI-4022

2056

2062

7.4

15.2

15.3

232.2

mono

16-bit

yes

--

G2-4000C

KAI-4022

2056

2062

7.4

15.2

15.3

232.2

colour

16-bit

--

--

G2-1400

ICX285AL

2/3

1392

1040

6.45

9.0

6.7

60.2

mono

16-bit

--

--

G2-1400FW

ICX285AL

2/3

1392

1040

6.45

9.0

6.7

60.2

mono

16-bit

yes

--

G2-1400C

ICX285AQ

2/3

1392

1040

6.45

9.0

6.7

60.2

colour

16-bit

--

--

 

G3

G3-11000

KAI-11002 C1

4032

2688

9

36.3

24.2

877.9

mono

16-bit

--

--

G3-11000FW

KAI-11002 C1

4032

2688

9

36.3

24.2

877.9

mono

16-bit

yes

--

G3-11000C

KAI-11002 C1

4032

2688

9

36.3

24.2

877.9

colour

16-bit

--

--

G3-11000

KAI-11002 C2

4032

2688

9

36.3

24.2

877.9

mono

16-bit

--

--

G3-11000FW

KAI-11002 C2

4032

2688

9

36.3

24.2

877.9

mono

16-bit

yes

--

G3-11000C

KAI-11002 C2

4032

2688

9

36.3

24.2

877.9

colour

16-bit

--

--

G3-01000

KAF-1001E

1024

1024

24

24.6

24.6

604.0

mono

16-bit

--

--

G3-01000FW

KAF-1001E

1024

1024

24

24.6

24.6

604.0

mono

16-bit

yes

--

G3-16200 KAF-16200 4540 3640 mono
G3-16200C KAF-16200 4540 3640 colour
 
G4 G4-09000 KAF-9000 3072 3072 12 36.9 36.9 1359.0 mono 16-bit --
G4-16803 KAF-16803 4096 4096 9 36.9 36.9 1359.0 mono 16-bit --
 
External Low Profile Filter Wheels available for G2, G3 and G4 CCD cameras
EFW2S-10 10 position external wheel for G2 cameras. Intended for D36mm filters without cells. Filter wheel diameter is 184 mm. Shipped with the camera only. Compatible with off axis guider. 
EFW2S-12 12 position external wheel for G2 cameras. Intended for filters in standard 1.25" threaded cells or 31mm glass-only filters. Filter wheel diameter is 184 mm. Shipped with the camera only. Compatible with off axis guider.
EFW2S-7 7 position external wheel for G2 cameras. Intended for filters in standard 2" threaded cells or 50mm glass-only filters. Filter wheel diameter is 184 mm. Shipped with the camera only. Compatible with off axis guider.
EFW3S-7 7 position external wheel for G3 cameras. Intended for filters in standard 2" threaded cells or 50mm glass-only filters. Filter wheel diameter is 184 mm. Shipped with the camera only.
EFW4L-7 7 position external wheel for G4 cameras. Intended for square 50x50mm filters. Filter wheel diameter is 226 mm. Shipped with the camera only.
EFW4M-5 5 position external filter wheel for G4 cameras. Intended for square 50x50mm filters. Filter wheel diameter is 190 mm. Shipped with the camera only.
FW-4L-9 9 position external filter wheel for G4 cameras. Intended for filters in standard 2" threaded cells or 50mm glass-only filters. Filter wheel diameter is 226 mm. Shipped with the camera only.

LIQUID COOLED MODELS ALSO AVAILABLE

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