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Every photon counts...
Welcome to the Moravian Instruments web site devoted to CCD cameras for low light imaging in astronomy and microscopy.



SH2-308 nebula in the constellation Canis Major

G4-16000 camera with Halpha and OIII narrow-band filters on TEC160 telescope

Total exposure time 89 hours

Authors: Laurent Bourgon, Jean-Claude Canonne, Nicolas Outters, Philippe Bernhard and Didier Chaplain

M16 “Eagle Nebula”
 The stream of amazing images from CielBoreal and CielAustral groups apparently never dries. The latest one shows the M16 star cluster and nebula, nicknamed the “Eagle Nebula”. This object become particularly famous when the detailed Hubble Space Telescope image of the nebula center, called “Pillars of Creation”, was published. (more...)
M31 Great Andromeda Galaxy
 Southern skies are probably richer than our northern ones. Northern hemisphere astronomers cannot see Magellan Clouds, Omega Centauri and other famous objects. But at last we at northern hemisphere can see the Great Andromeda galaxy. M31 galaxy in Andromeda is our own Milky Way galaxy sibling and both galaxies comprise a dominant, most massive pair of the local galaxy group. But the M31 holds another record – it is the most distant object, which light can be spotted by naked eye. (more...)
What is new in SIPS v3.9
 New SIPS version brings numerous minor changes and improvements, some of which considerably enhance user's convenience and program reliability. Ability to automatically connect to predefined camera, introduced in SIPS v3.7, is now extended to all devices controlled by SIPS (telescopes, focusers, domes, ...). However, the most important change remains invisible to the users — new SIPS redefined the telescope driver interface to make host PC and telescope controller communication more efficient and less bandwidth demanding. (more...)
CTB-1 supernova remnant
 We have another rare “cosmic bubble” to show, but this time it is a remnant of ancient supernova explosion. The nebula is designated CTB-1 and is located in the constellation Cassiopeia. We not only never seen this bubble before, we were even not aware of its existence until Martin Myslivec send us this image, despite the object appears as big as full Moon on the sky. (more...)
SH2 308 nebula
 SH2 308 nebula (also known as Sharpless 308 or LBN 1052) in the constellation Canis Major is an example of “space bubble”, created by intense radiation of bright, hot Wolf-Rayet central star (another such object is for instance NGC7635 “Bubble nebula” in the constellation Cassiopeia). (more...)
CCD over-scan region configuration tool
 CCD sensors are manufactured with total number of pixels somewhat greater than useful number of pixels comprising image. By default, camera returns only image pixels. But some users may appreciate full image, including shielded pixels outside of the image area (called over-scan regions). Over-scan regions may be useful for some specialized image processing etc. despite they are always cropped from final image. (more...)
G3 Mark II cameras
 G3 CCD cameras offer all essential astronomical camera features like great sensitivity, low noise, efficient and regulated cooling, robust design, rich set of accessories and software support and especially large sensor area for affordable price. And Mark II series of G3 cameras inherits all these features, but brings some significant enhancements, like much faster download speeds and adjustable (tiltable) telescope adapters. (more...)
G4 Mark II cameras
 G4 Mark II cameras inherited all proven design concepts and features from the previous generation, like precise electronics providing uniform frames and extremely low read noise, efficient regulated CCD cooling, reliable mechanical shutter, modular mechanical construction ensuring compatibility with wide variety of accessories including off-axis guider adapters, external filter wheels, Ethernet adapters, guiding cameras etc. But Mark II cameras bring some important enhancements, like much faster download speeds and adjustable (tiltable) telescope adapters. (more...)
G2 Mark II cameras
 The cooled G2 series Mark II CCD cameras were developed for imaging under extremely low-light conditions in astronomy, microscopy and similar areas. Design of this series inherits from earlier G2 Mark I cameras but brings some significant enhancements. G2 cameras employ precise electronics providing uniform frames and extremely low read noise limited only by CCD detector itself. Modular mechanical construction allows various camera variants to be combined with rich set of accessories, including telescope adapters, off-axis guider adapters, internal or external filter wheels, Ethernet adapters, guiding cameras etc. (more...)
Gx Cameras Mark II
 Gx series of cooled astronomical cameras evolved through many revisions, each bringing improvements, new features or just more aesthetic design. We are proud these cameras are now used to capture state-of-the-art astrophotographs (just see our Gallery section) as well as to acquire professional-grade research data. Now we introduce redesigned cameras with important enhancements, so they deserve denotation Mark II. (more...)
G4 cameras on the BART telescope
 CCD cameras caused revolution in astronomy. Despite amateur astronomers use them mainly to capture images of deep-sky objects in unprecedented details, CCD cameras are behind the inflation of our knowledge of the laws ruling the Universe, which we witness in recent years. (more...)
The Gx CCD camera drivers for INDILIB
 Standardized software interfaces bring the possibility to use various devices in many programs, providing device manufactures as well as software developers implement particular standard. ASCOM standard for CCD cameras and other astronomy equipment is widely used within the Windows operating system, while a new INDILIB initiative stars to appear as emerging standard in the world of Linux-based operating systems. Libraries and drivers supporting this standard are now available for all CCD cameras of the Gx series, connected through both USB and Ethernet. (more...)
Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter — Standard, Mini and Micro versions
 Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter allows connection of Gx series cameras (models G0 to G4) to the control computer using Ethernet interface and TCP/IP protocol stack (this means over Local or Wide Area Networks). Single Gx Camera Ethernet Adapter contains four USB 2.0 ports and allows connection of up to four Gx cameras at the same time (regardless of the specific series, cameras can be freely combined). (more...)
What can 64 bit operating system do and which driver versions to choose?
 “64 bits” is a new marketing buzz-word in the world of mobile phones and tablets, but it is rather common in the world of Personal Computers. Despite the 64 bit systems are available for many years, especially recently number of newly installed 32 bit systems sharply declines and 64 bit systems dominate. Surprisingly, general understanding what does it mean is very low and particularly baffling is the fact, that 64 bit operating system is (fortunately) perfectly capable to run 32 bit applications. The answer to the question which driver version (32 bit or 64 bit) to install requires understanding of a few concepts. (more...)
External filter wheels for Gx CCD cameras
 The ability to capture individual exposures through various filters is one of the key features of the cooled CCD cameras, regardless if being used for scientific research or for astronomical photography. This is why the Gx CCD cameras were designed to include the filter wheel inside the camera head and to integrate filter wheel control into camera control from the beginning. When more than 5 or 6 filters are necessary or the filter wheel has to be used with G4 camera, the filter wheel is too large to be placed inside the camera head. External filter wheel is then the only option. (more...)
Back focal distances of Gx cameras
 Gx CCD cameras are available in many variants. There are small guiding and planetary G0 and G1 cameras, cooled G2 series, large format G3 and G4 series. G2, G3 and G4 cameras are provided without filter wheel and with internal or external filter wheel. These variants have different mechanical dimensions and naturally offer different back focal distance. (more...)
Moravian Instruments is now ISO9001 certified company
 Moravian Instruments quality management system successfully passed the certification, which confirmed that it complies to ISO9001:2001 standards. (more...)
 
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