Deep Sky Imager (DSI) IV - Color

$1,399.00

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The acclaimed Deep Sky Imager (DSI) camera series is BACK, and it’s more advanced than ever.  Equipped with a 16MP Panasonic CMOS image sensor, regulated two-stage thermoelectric cooler, and 3.8µm pixels, the new DSI-IV is the ideal camera for all of your astrophotography pursuits.  The low-noise, high-resolution and fast USB 3.0 readout make this camera suitable for both deep-sky and planetary imaging, making it one of the most versatile astronomy cameras available. 

Our Product #: DSI4C
Meade Product #: 633001
 

Product Description

The acclaimed Deep Sky Imager (DSI) camera series is BACK, and it’s more advanced than ever. Equipped with a 16MP Panasonic CMOS image sensor, regulated two-stage thermoelectric cooler, and 3.8µm pixels, the new DSI-IV is the ideal camera for all of your astrophotography pursuits. The low-noise, high-resolution and fast USB 3.0 readout make this camera suitable for both deep-sky and planetary imaging, making it one of the most versatile astronomy cameras available.

The DSI-IV offers immense value beyond the camera itself. It not only comes with its own high-quality, weather-resistant hard carrying case and AC power adapter, but we’ve included a new version of SkyCapture camera control software. With complete camera control for all major operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, SkyCapture can run automatic image capture sequences without the need to purchase additional software. Capture high-quality images and video of galaxies, nebulae, and other beautiful objects of the night sky with Meade's DSI-IV.

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP or later
  • CPU Requirements: Equal to Intel Core2 2.8GHz or Higher
  • Memory & USB Port: 2GB or More. USB 3.0

            Note: Development for Mac OS X compatibility is in progress. Access the latest updates from the SkyCapture Software Downloads in the Support tab.  

INCLUDED ITEMS

  • DSI IV Camera
  • M42 to 2" Nosepiece
  • AC Power Adapter (US plug only)
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • Desiccant plug
  • Meade SkyCapture Software CD
  • Hard carrying case

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Built-in USB Hub: 2 x USB 2.0 Ports
  • Power Supply: DC 5V over PC USB Port. External Power Adapter for Cooling System, DC12V, 3A
  • Software: Meade SkyCapture- v2.1 or greater
  • Product Weight: 1.51 lbs (0.69kg)
  • Product Dimensions: 8.75cm x 8.16cm x 10.49cm
  • Hard Carry Case Weight: 5.24 lbs (2.4kg)
  • Hard Case Dimensions with Camera & Accessories: 11.02" x 9.06" x 5.91" (28cm x 23cm x 15cm)

UPC 709942999396
Assembled Product Dimensions 3.4" x 3.2" x 4.1"
Assembled Product Weight 1.51 lbs.
Power Source DC 5V over PC USB Port. External Power Adapter for Cooling System, DC12V, 3A
Image Sensor MN34230PLJ CMOS (Panasonic)
Chip Dimensions 4/3“ (21.9mm diagonal) (17.6mm L x 13.3mm W)
Pixels 16 Megapixels (4640 x 3506)
Pixel Size 3.8μm x 3.8μm
A/D Conversion 12-bit
Read Noise 1.2e @30db gain
Frames per second/Resolution 23 fps at full resolution in 8-bit mode (faster when subframed)
Max Cooling 40-45C below ambient
Shutter Electronic Rolling Shutter
Minimum Exposure Time 0.15ms
Maximum Exposure Time 3,600s
Mounting Type M42x0.75 or 2" Nosepiece
Interface Type USB 2.0 or 3.0
Back Focus Distance 17.5mm
Image Format JPEG, BITMAP, FITS
Video Format SER, AVI
Binning 1x1, 2x2, 3x3
Spectral Range 405-690nm (with IR-cut filter)
Operating Temperature -10C ~ 50C
Storage Temperature -20C ~ 60C
Operating Humidity 30% ~ 80%
Product Dimensions 8.75cm x 8.16cm x 10.49cm)
Product Weight 1.51 lbs (.69 kg)

Tech Details

Reviews

Review by:
Purchased this camera along with a QHY163M to do a direct comparison. It was interesting since I was expecting the 163 to be the runaway winner but I was very impressed by the DSIIV. The noise quality and dark frames at 10 minutes at similar gain and offsets were about the same between the two. Maybe the smoothness was a hair better on the DSI. It also cooled better to a lower differential temperature from ambient than the 163. I was originally concerned with the drivers for the DSI since I had read that some people had issues with the performance related to the drivers or the lack of working drivers. The latest versions updated on their site, in my case, with a T430 Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 pro worked without a hitch first time. I had more issues with setup with the 163 but cleared that up quickly. Through this testing I had used SGP and it worked well with only one lock up during an extended focusing session plus an odd one time white multi-banded screen capture but may be due to a power glitch. The reason I did not keep it was purely a personal decision plus I had an issue with the 163 which completely failed and had to have it replaced. I was not sure how the return would work or how long but felt I was committed to the 163 for getting it replaced which I did and the replacement was even better than the original. Regardless I could not wait since the return period for the DSI was near so I sent it back before the time elapsed. One other great aspect of the DSI was that it was much quieter than the 163. The only real downside I noticed was that it was much heavier than the 163 BUT it felt like it was much more solidly built (thicker frame) than the 163. If you are a Hyperstar user, the QHY is lighter and smaller footprint but maybe the amount would be negligible. I am not a Hyperstar user so that could be debatable. One last was that it came in a "Pelican" style case and that was kinda nice to see on a unit at its price point.

If I had it over to do, I just may have kept the DSIIV... it was that good. (Posted on 9/9/2019)
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Supplied Accessories

DSI IV Camera M42 to 2" Nosepiece AC Power Adapter (US plug only) USB 3.0 cable Desiccant plug Meade SkyCapture Software CD Hard carrying case