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January 6, 2014 - QSI Announces New 600 Series and RS Series Cameras with Sony Sensors up to 9.2mp

Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc. today announced the availability of new models with Sony EXview HAD CCD II image sensors to their award-winning QSI 600 Series and RS Series deep cooled CCD cameras.

New QSI 600 Series Models for astronomy and low light applications

New QSI RS Series Models for life science and research applications

Sony EXview HAD CCD II sensors are recognized for their extraordinarily low dark current and high sensitivity.  With quantum efficiency above 70%, read noise of 5e- RMS, and dark current accumulation of 0.002e- per pixel per second, these new Sony EXview HAD CCD II sensors offer groundbreaking performance for a wide variety of astronomical, life science and scientific imaging applications.

The QSI 690, 660 and 628 cameras offer dual read rates up to 8 MHz with high-speed USB 2.0 and full 16-bit pixel depth allowing them to produce high quality images with high frame rates, extremely wide dynamic range, excellent linearity and exceptionally low noise.

The QSI RS 9.2, RS 6.1, and RS 2.8 have AR coated fused silica windows for maximum transmission of light from 300 to 1100nm.  Electronic input and output triggers with latency as low as 5µsec allow precise exposure timing and triggering of external events such as strobes. RS 9.2, RS 6.1, RS 4.2, RS 2.8 and RS 2.0 models support Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) exposure mode for flow visualization with two exposures as close together as 100µsec.

Cooling on the new QSI camera models is achieved with a custom 2-stage thermoelectric cooler (TEC) providing regulated cooling to greater than 40C below ambient, or greater than 45C with the optional Liquid Heat Exchanger.

QSI cameras are renowned for providing exceptionally low noise and wide dynamic range.  QSI cameras are relied upon today by leading commercial organizations, universities and government research labs around the world.  QSI’s proprietary ResearchSpec™ profiling includes Photon Transfer Curve (PTC) and FFT analysis of every camera to ensure the highest possible image quality, performance and reliability.  All QSI’s world-class scientific cameras are proudly designed and manufactured in the United States.

QSI 600 Series cameras can be easily attached to a wide variety of telescopes, microscopes and other instruments.  Even with the mechanical shutter and available internal 5 or 8-position color filter wheel, careful mechanical design and minimal back focus allows the use of DSLR lenses using the available Nikon F-mount and Canon EOS lens adapters.

The QSI 600 Series offers extensive software support including all major Windows and Apple Macintosh astronomy applications, plus open-source microscopy software Micro-Manger, LabVIEW™ and a MATLAB® Image Acquisition Toolbox Driver.  Windows COM and Linux application programming interfaces (API) are included with all QSI 600 and RS Series cameras enabling users to write custom camera control applications.

The superb imaging performance of QSI 600 Series cameras is wrapped in an attractive and compact design with outstanding power efficiency. The refined engineering and impressive fit, finish and attention to detail are designed to exceed the highest expectations.

Introductory prices for the new 600 Series models with Sony sensors begin as low as $2,895 making them an exceptional value for a 16-bit, deep cooled scientific camera.  OEM configurations are available.  Resellers inquiries are invited.

Additional information about QSI 600 and RS Series cameras can be found at http://www.QSImaging.com/products.html.


January 15, 2013 - QSI Announces RS Series of Deep Cooled CCD Cameras
Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc. today announced the addition of the QSI RS Series of deep cooled CCD cameras to their award-winning family of scientific cameras.

The QSI RS Series features a broad range of full-frame and interline transfer CCDs from 768x512 pixels up to 8.3MP. A variety of options and accessories are available making the RS Series ideal for a wide variety of life science and research applications including Fluorescent Microscopy, Gel Documentation (Geldoc), Chemiluminescence, Spectroscopy, drug discovery and protein analysis.

Dual read rates of up to 8 MHz with high-speed USB 2.0, deep cooling to greater than 45C below ambient and full 16-bit pixel depth allow QSI RS Series cameras to produce high quality images with high frame rates, extremely wide dynamic range, excellent linearity and exceptionally low noise.

RS series cameras are available with no-coverglass CCDs and fused silica windows for maximum transmission across a broad spectrum of light, from as low as 240nm in the ultraviolet (UV) through the visual band up to 1100nm in the near infrared (NIR). Electronic input and output triggers with latency as low as 5µsec allow precise exposure timing and triggering of external events such as strobes. RS 4.2 and RS 2.0 models support Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) exposure mode for flow visualization with two exposures as close together as 100µsec.

Cooling on the RS Series is achieved with a custom 2-stage thermoelectric cooler (TEC) providing regulated cooling to greater than 45C below ambient, or greater than 50C with the optional Liquid Heat Exchanger.

QSI cameras are renowned for providing exceptionally low noise and wide dynamic range. QSI cameras are relied upon today by leading commercial organizations, universities and government research labs around the world. QSI’s proprietary ResearchSpec™ profiling includes full Photon Transfer Curve (PTC) and FFT analysis of every camera to ensure the highest possible image quality, performance and reliability.

All QSI’s world-class scientific cameras are proudly designed and manufactured in the United States. QSI’s headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in southern Mississippi, not far from New Orleans and NASA Stennis Space Center.

QSI RS Series cameras can easily be attached to a wide variety of microscopes and other instruments. Even with the mechanical shutter and available internal 5 or 8-position color filter wheel, careful mechanical design and minimal back focus allows the use of DSLR lenses using the available Nikon F-mount and Canon EOS lens adapters. Standard C-mount and T-mount adapters are also available.

The QSI RS Series offers extensive software support including camera control with LabVIEW™ and a MATLAB Image Acquisition Toolbox Driver. Windows COM and Linux application programming interfaces (API) are included with all QSI RS Series cameras enabling users to write custom camera control applications.

QSI RS Series cameras represent an exceptional value for a 16-bit, deep cooled scientific camera. OEM configurations are available. Reseller inquiries are invited.

Learn more about the QSI RS Series>>
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July 24, 2012 - QSI 583wsg selected as a Star Product for 2012 by Astronomy Magazine.
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April 14, 2011 - QSI Announces 600 Series Cameras with High Speed Download
Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc. today announced the new 600 Series line of 16-bit cooled scientific cameras incorporating a wide variety of full-frame and interline transfer CCD image sensors from 0.4mp to 8.3mp. 600 Series cameras are based on the award-winning mechanical design of the QSI 500 Series but with all new electronics adding a High Speed download mode, greater cooling, and an optional internal 8-position Color Filter Wheel.

1) Dual Read Rates --
600 Series cameras offer dual read rates optimized for a wide range of medical, scientific and astronomical applications. The High Quality mode, which is about 50% faster than the 500 Series, is designed for applications where achieving the highest possible Signal to Noise Ratio is paramount. High Speed mode of approximately 8 million pixels per second supports applications requiring a higher frame rate. This allows the new 8.3mp 683 to download a full-frame bin 1x1 16-bit images in slightly more than one second. The QSI 620 and 640 with interline transfer sensors, allow ROI reads at multiple frames per second.

2) Greater Cooling --
QSI 600 Series cameras have a new cooling subsystem with a custom 2-stage TEC that yields regulated cooling of greater than 45C below the ambient temperature. This allows 600 Series cameras to achieve a regulated temperature of -20C even in typical office/lab environments or in embedded systems. Astronomers also benefit, especially those in the hot southwest and humid southeast where night time temperatures may stay above 80F.

3) Integrated 8-position Color Filter Wheel --
QSI 600 Series cameras have an available 5 or 8-position Color Filter Wheel. Either filter wheel offers automated filter selection through a wide variety of camera control applications and QSI's Windows COM and Linux API's.

QSI cooled CCD cameras are designed to produce high quality images with extremely wide dynamic range, excellent linearity and exceptionally low noise.

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Dec. 12, 2009 - QSI 583 Selected by Sky & Telescope Magazine as a Hot Product for 2010
See the full report on the "Reviews" page>>
Learn more about the Award Winning QSI 583>>

Nov. 15, 2009 - QSI 583 Awarded the Stellar Performer for 2009 by AstroPhoto Insight

Throughout the year AstroPhoto Insight Magazine salutes products, services and industry leaders which have helped to advance the science and art form of astrophotography with the AstroPhoto Insight Stellar Performer Award. Through technical innovation, scientific contribution and industry advancing design, award recipients have provided their expertise to benefit of astrophotography hobbyists. The Stellar Performer Award honors their mentorship and contributions. The final selection is made by AstroPhoto Insight Magazine editors and advisors.
See the full report on the "Reviews" page>>

Learn more about the Award Winning QSI 583>>

Dec. 12, 2008 - QSI 500 Series WSG models with Integrated Guider Port selected by
Sky & Telescope Magazine as a Hot Product for 2009

Learn more about the Award Winning QSI WSG models>>

October 14, 2008 - QSI Announces 500 Series Cameras with Integrated Off-Axis Guider
Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc. today announced the addition of an integrated Off-Axis Guider (OAG) option to the 500 Series line of cooled scientific CCD cameras. The built-in OAG allows astrophotographers to guide using the light from the main telescope while picking off the light from the guide star in front of the filters.

The QSI 500 Series "wsg" models solve the problems with other guiding solutions by integrating a precision off-axis guider directly into the camera body with the pick-off prism positioned in front of the integrated color filter wheel – right where it belongs.

Never Struggle With Finding a Guide Star

One of the main challenges when using a camera with an internal guide chip is to find a star bright enough to guide by within the limited field of view of the internal guide sensor. When shooting through red, green or blue filters, ⅔ of the available light is blocked by the filter and not transmitted to the internal guider chip, guaranteeing lower signal-to-noise stars for guiding. This problem is compounded with narrowband filters where as little as 1% of the total light from a star reaches the guide chip. By positioning the pick-off prism in front of the filters, you always have all the star's light available for guiding.

Integrated OAG Supports Fast Optical Systems

By integrating the off-axis guider into the camera, the pick-off prism can be positioned very close to the internal filter wheel adding minimal backfocus and eliminating any possibility of flexure or rotation compared to a traditional OAG. The large ½" square pick-off prism is optimally positioned close to the internal filter wheel, supporting the use of guide cameras with large sensors, while preventing any vignetting of the main sensor even with very fast optical systems.

Flexible Guide Camera Options

The OAG built into 500 Series "wsg" models is designed to support many popular guide camera with 12.5mm of back focus or less. Guide cameras can be attached using C-mount or T-mount threads. The end result is a rigid, easily focused camera system that will not move or flex while your mount tracks the apparent motion of the night sky.

The "wsg" option is available on all 500 Series models including the 3.2mp QSI 532wsg with the KAF-3200ME sensor and the 4.2mp QSI 540wsg with the KAI-04022. An upgrade option is available for current QSI 500 Series camera owners. Like all QSI 500 Series camera, the "wsg" models offer high sensitivity, exceptionally low noise and precisely regulated cooling in a compact design with impressive fit and attention to detail that will surpass your highest expectations.

Learn more about QSI 500 Series "wsg" models with integrated OAG>>


June 9, 2008
- QSI Announces the 4.2mp QSI 540 and 540c Cooled CCD Cameras
Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc. today announced the addition of the QSI 540 and single-shot color 540c to the highly regarded QSI 500 Series family of 16-bit scientific CCD cameras. The QSI 540 employs the 4.2 megapixel Kodak KAI-04022 interline transfer sensor with microlens technology.  The compact design of the QSI 500 Series allows the 540 to set a new benchmark for size and cost in a high performance, full-featured scientific CCD camera with this large 4.2mp sensor.

A total of five configurations of the monochrome QSI 540 and color 540c are available.  The slim body QSI 540i and 540ci utilize the electronic shutter built into the KAI-04022 image sensor to control exposures.  Shutter timing is very precise and can range from 100µs up to 240 minutes.  The 540s and 540cs incorporate the optional internal mechanical shutter in the mid-size body to simplify the creation of calibration frames.  The full-size 540ws adds a 5-position internal color filter wheel that holds standard 1 ¼” filters.

The increased field of view, high quantum efficiency, wide dynamic range, linear response to light and exceptionally low noise contribute to make the QSI 540i and 540c extremely well suited to a broad range of demanding astronomical, scientific, medical and industrial imaging applications. Additional details are available here:

Learn more about the QSI 540>>
Learn more about the QSI 540c>>


June 7, 2008 - Craig Stark Reviews the QSI 520ci
Craig Stark, Ph.D., is the developer of PHD Guiding and Nebulosity. Craig did a thorough technical review of the single-shot color QSI 520ci in the latest issue of AstroPhoto Insight Magazine. The review also includes some head-to-head comparisons with his own camera from another manufacturer that uses the same sensor.

Here are some of Craig's conclusions:

"To me, something that is brilliantly engineered is a work of art. In this respect, the QSI 500 series is a work of art... The camera is engineered and built like a racecar and performs like one too."

"Probably the most telling statement I can make about the 500 series cameras is that when I reviewed one, I didn't own one. After reviewing one, I do."

Read more highlights from Craig's review on the 500 Series Review Page>>
To read Craig Stark's full review of the QSI 520ci, visit the AstroPhoto Insight web site>>
to download the June/July issue.


January 31 , 2008 - Richard Berry Reviews the QSI 532
Richard Berry wrote an in-depth review of the QSI 532ws which was published in the February 2008 issue of Astronomy Technology Today. Richard Berry is the author or co-author of numerous astronomy books including, The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing, Build Your Own Telescope, and Discover the Stars. Richard was also a former Editor of Astronomy magazine and helped popularize amateur CCD astronomy in the 1990's with The CCD Camera Cookbook.

Here are a couple highlights pulled from Richard Berry's review.

“After working with the evaluation QSI 532ws for another ten weeks,
I ordered one for myself
.”

“What impressed me in looking over the mass of data I collected is that the QSI 532ws’ images are exceptionally clean and free of readout artifacts.… the QSI 532ws’ bias frames looked so close to ideal that I was amazed… I can say that for all practical intents and purposes, the test QSI 532ws bias frames are textbook perfect.”

“I was impressed with the high sensitivity, the clean bias frames, the low dark current, the uniformity of the CCD’s response to light, and the smooth, reliable operation of the shutter and filter wheel.  My overall assessment is that QSI 532ws is a laboratory-quality camera that’s an outstanding value for amateur astronomers who demand top-notch imaging performance.”

Download Richard Berry's complete review of the QSI 532>>
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Upcoming Events

 

The Arizona Science & Astronomy Expo (ASAE) is a 2-day event featuring exhibits from Government, Educational, and Commercial vendors. It takes place November 1-2, 2014 at the Tuscon Convention Center in Tucson, AZ. The show includes lectures by well-known professional astronomers and astronauts. The Southwest Astrophotography seminar takes place Immediately before ASAE on October 29-31, 2014.
Visit the ASAE web site for full details>>

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Recent Events

The 23rd Annual Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show (NEAF) was held outside New York City in Suffern, NY, April 12-13, 2014. NEAF is the premier astronomy expo in the U.S. QSI also exhibited at the Imaging Conference (NEAIC) held immediately before NEAF April 10-11, 2014.

NorthEast Astronomy Forum
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Established in 1993 by the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC), Nightfall is now hosted by the Riverside Astronomical Society, Inc. (RAS). This autumn star party is unique among star parties because it takes place at a desert resort hotel (Palm Canyon Resort in Borrego Springs) that creates a dark, red-light only environment throughout its hotel property and RV park for three nights. As part of an IDA recognized International Dark Sky Community, the skies are beautifully dark yet there’s a hardware store, grocery store, and restaurants just down the street. Kevin Nelson from QSI will be speaking at the event. Come out and join us October 31 to November 3rd, 2013.
Visit the Nightfall web site for full details>>

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Nightfall Star Party
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Billed as, "The Greatest Gathering of astrophotographers under one roof," the 8th annual Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) is held at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California October 11-13, 2013. Join over 250 of the world's most accomplished astrophotographers for three intensive days that feature techniques from the leading experts, over 30 exhibitors offering the latest tehnology and a chance to to network and form friendships that will propel your images to new heights.
Visit the AIC web site for full details>>

Advanced Imaging Conference
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Southern California Astronomy Expo (SCAE). The 2013 SCAE show is presented by Oceanside Photo and Telescope on July 13, 2013 at the beautiful OPT Showroom in downtown Oceanside, CA. Many of the biggest and best manufacturers of astronomy equipment exhibit at SCAE 2013 to demonstrate their products. Admission is free.

Southern California Astronomy Expo
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UK Astronomers Ltd in association with Sky at Night Magazine are hosting the International Astronomy Show to be held May 17-18, 2013 in the heart of England at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre just outside Leamington Spa and Coventry, UK. The show will feature up to 40 astronomy dealers and specialists plus a series of talks by some of the country's best known speakers, with some live demonstrations to add to the fun.

International Astronomy Show
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The fourth annual Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show (PATS) is at the Pasadena Convention Center, September 22-23, 2012, in Pasadena, California with a one-day imaging conference on Friday, September 21st. Hosted by the organizers of RTMC, this international conference, exhibition and workshop is the largest astronomy show on the west coast.
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Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show (PATS)
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Neuroscience 2011 is the premier venue for neuroscientists from around the world to debut cutting-edge research on the brain and nervous system. More than 31,000 attendees attended the 41st Annual Meeting held November 12-16, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.
Visit the Society for Neuroscience web site for full details>>

Neuroscience 2011
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Midwest Astro-Imaging Conference. The 2010 Midwest Astro-Imaging Conference (MAIC), hosted by AstroPhoto Insight Magazine, took place on July 23-24, 2010 at the NIU Hoffman Estates Meeting Center. The facility has an auditorium that seats 243 for general sessions, and classrooms for break-out sessions and vendor exhibits. NIU Hoffman Estates is located only 20 minutes from O'Hare International Airport.

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Symposium on Telescope Science held in Big Bear Lake, May 11-13, 2010. The purpose of the joint meeting with the Center for Backyard Astrophysis (CBA) is to provide a forum for astronomical researchers of all levels who are interested in providing or using astronomical measurements from electronic instruments to plan, discuss and share their work within the astronomical community.

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In conjunction with Ian King Imaging, QSI exhibited at AstroFest 2010 held February 5-6 at the Kensington Conference & Events Centre in London, U.K.
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AstroFest 2010
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