The Alphea allsky camera is the best option for an amateur astronomer who is looking to keep an eye on their nigh sky to keep their equipment safe from dangerous weather. Its high images quality and wide field of view allow the capture of slow objects such as satellite trails or Aurora as as well as fast one including fireballs.
The purpose of the all-sky camera is to perform All or Full Sky surveillance of the night or day sky, continuously. These systems make it observe the sky for different purposes like:
- Defense and military
- Weather sciences
It is possible to assess, in real-time, the night sky quality, and to record fast phenomena (meteors and fireballs) or slower (satellites, rockets, noctilucent clouds, zodiacal light, aurora, airglow ….).
This color or monochrome all sky camera can be used for different applications such as recording:
- meteors and fireballs
- satellite passes
- noctilucent clouds
- zodiacal light
We have Prepared a webpage with a selection of live Alpha and Omega live feeds: click here
Professional and Scientific Recommendations
- For more professional observatories, defense and military applications, we recommend the Omea all-sky camera
- For advanced scientific applications, we highly recommend the EUDA all-sky camera
Available Alphea Allsy Camera Variants
|Detector resolution||Field of view||Pixel Scale||Daylight
|ALPHEA 6ML||Monochrome||4.5 Million pixels||3100 x 2100 pixels||180° x 130°||3.3 arcmin/pix||Yes|
|ALPHEA 6CL||Color||4.5 Million pixels||3100 x 2100 pixels||180° x 130°||3.3 arcmin/pix||Yes|
|ALPHEA 6MW||Monochrome||2.7 Million pixels||3100 x 2100 pixels||180° x 180°||5.4 arcmin/pix||Yes|
|ALPHEA 6CW||Color||2.7 Million pixels||3100 x 2100 pixels||180° x 180°||5.4 arcmin/pix||Yes|
|ALPHEA 3MW||Monochrome||5.5 Million pixels||3000 x 3000 pixels||180° x 180°||3.3 arcmin/pix||Yes|
|ALPHEA 3CW||Color||5.5 Million pixels||3000 x 3000 pixels||180° x 180°||3.3 arcmin/pix||Yes|
|Field of view||
180° x 180 ° or 180° x 130°
See the images above to assess this performance
|Camera resolution||ALPHEA 6xx - 3100 x 2100 (6 million pixels) 2.4 x 2.4 µm pixel
ALPHEA 3xx - 3000 x 3000 (9 million pixels) 2.4 x 2.4 µm pixel
All Backside illuminated CMOS sensor (BSI) Ultra low readout noise.
No mechanical shutter ALPHA 6xx/3xx: rolling shutter
|ADC resolution||ALPHEA 6xx : 14 bits ALPHEA 3xx :12 bits|
|Video stream||(USB 2.0) ALPHA 6xx : 7 fps and ALPHA 3xx :3 fpsAVI output or snap image mode|
|Exposure time||From 32µs to many hours of exposure (all-sky mode, typically 30s to 60s)|
|Gain||Variable (from 1e- / ADU down to 0.05 e- / ADU)|
|Gamma||Tunable +50 units to -50 units|
|Cooling||Passive from camera body dissipation, no active cooling|
|Image download time||< 20 ms|
|Control software||ALCOR SYSTEM Windows AllSky software supplied at no additional costs, SDK on request|
|Operating system||Windows (Seven, 8, 10) 32 & 64bitsLinux (contact us, SDK available)|
|To PC interface||USB 2.0 / 20 m length cable, perfectly reliable operation. Ethernet link on request.|
|Top dome heater||Manual enable/disable operation from the user, some watts are injected to remove dew.|
|Power supply||PC powered, 24V and 0.1A|
|Daylight imaging||ALPHA 6xx/3xx Capable|
|Auto-iris||None, fixed F/1.6 lens
Day operation possible with ALPHA 6xx/3xx with lowest gain and exposure time (32µs)
|Focus adjustment||None, factory-tuned|
|Other information||Tight to bad weather conditions (rain/snow), anodized aluminum casing, acrylic dome, watertight connectors / IP67 protection|
|Dimensions||125mm diameter, 120 mm height|
|Operating temperature range||from -40°C to +45°C|
- Alphea allsky camera user manual: download
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