Mallincam Universe II CCD Camera

Mallincam Universe II CCD Camera

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The MallinCam Universe II represents excellence in design and research in a color CCD camera that is capable of live continuous video output with a maximum download time of one second per frame. The Universe is a CCD imager, where the software acquires an image for display, manipulation and saving on a computer. The camera also acts as a video system through the supplied MallinCam software, continuously displaying and updating an image frame at every exposure. The New MallinCam II employs new, updated electronics, making it possible to use a smaller external case and improved cooling system. Amp glow has been further reduced, to offer a cleaner, low noise, 'near-live' image.

The New MallinCam II has been fitted with a whisper-quiet, high velocity fan in the camera body, offering stable cooling. The LED status light has been eliminated, in order that long exposures be not compromised by lamp glow. The new aircraft-grade aluminum camera body makes the MallinCam Universe II more compact, permitting use with Hyperstar systems, for example. Amp glow has been further reduced. The cooling chamber has been improved, resulting in better thermal stability. A new optical window design and new silicon seals make this camera a premium imaging and near-live video observation camera.

The camera is USB 2.0 controlled, and the image is also transferred through the same USB 2 connection. A deep cooling system with a premium, argon gas-filled, sealed sensor chamber allows cooling to as low as 45°C below ambient, to ensure the lowest dark current possible. In many instances a dark frame is not necessarily required. The MallinCam Universe II CCD system has variable gain (to quite high levels), an ultra high dynamic range and a high signal-to-noise ratio.

At the heart of the Universe is a Class 0 scientific grade Sony ICX413AQ-S large APS-C class sensor, with a diagonal dimension of 28.4 mm. The sensor size is 25.10mm by 17.64mm. The 6.11 million, large 7.8 X 7.8 micron pixels fill an array size of 3032 X 2016. The MallinCam UNIVERSE can be switched from color mode to monochrome with a click of the mouse. Binning modes of 1x1, 2x2, 3x3 and 4x4 in color operation are available, to increase sensitivity and change sampling/resolution. The frame crop feature permits real time, on-the-fly focusing. Live processing is conducted with such features as full Histogram adjustment, Gamma adjustment, Contrast adjustment, Auto White Balance or manual RGB Color Balance, Stacking feature, Dark Field Correction on the fly, and more. Works with Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10, in 32 or 64 bit versions.

The MallinCam Universe II--and its predecessor, the Universe Classic--has the largest sensor among near real-time 'video' imaging cameras on the market. The camera will excel in delivering live color images.

Comes complete with a 5 meter (15 feet) USB cable, 2" threaded adapter, a 1.25" converter allowing the use of an optional 1.25" eyepiece adapter, 110 volts AC to 12 volts DC power supply, and driver and software on a USB key. An optional 0.5X focal reducer is available, as well as an optional spacer that screws directly to the camera body, using the 'T' mount system.

An optional 0.5x focal reducer is available and sold separately.

In the Box:

Every MallinCam Universe II camera system comes complete with:

  • Universe II camera body
  • 5 meter (16') USB 2.0 cable
  • T-mount to 2" adapter
  • 110V AC to 12V, 2.5 amps DC power supply
  • Driver, software and manual on a USB Key
  • MallinCam Universe II: 748 grams (1.1 pounds)

Selected Software Features

  • Live Histogram
  • Gain Adjustment
  • Live Stacking Feature, Mean and Average selectable
  • Batch Image saving
  • Live Dark Field Correction
  • Sharpness Adjustments for Razor sharp Live Image
  • Cross Hair
  • Auto White Balance
  • Manual White Balance
  • And more!

Computer Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows (32-bit & 64-bit) Vista/7/8/10
  • USB 2.0 port


  • Sensor:APS-C 1.8" Sony ICX413AQ-S Interline Color CCD
  • Pixel array: 6.1 Megapixels, 3032x2014
  • Pixel size: 7.8 X 7.8 microns
  • No Infrared filter
  • Full Color Binning: 1x1, 2x2, 3x3 4x4
  • High Performance Peltier Cooling & Fan to -45C
  • Adjustable Gain for variable sensitivity
  • Hardware Black Level
  • Live Constant Color View in any Binning Mode
  • Black aluminum construction
  • 100% Real time Deep Sky Viewing or Imaging
  • Backfocus: 17.5mm
  • M42x0.75 T-threaded
  • Weight: 748g (26 oz)