Revolution Imager R2 Colour Astro Video Camera Kit
Revolution Imager R2 fits any standard 1.25″ focuser and lets you see much fainter objects than the human eye ever could. This is a powerful and complete system, with 7″ colour monitor, R2 imager, advanced multi-part 1.25″ adapter and focal reducer system, IR block filter plus (NEW) USB (5v) – 12v converter cable and (NEW) USB Video Grabber.
We can’t import or ship Lithium Ion batteries legally, so now supply a USB (5v) to 12v converter cable that allows you to power the imager from a standard 2A+ USB mobile ‘phone charger or power bank. You can also use a 12 volt DC centre positive 2.1mm/5.5mm supply as used by many mounts and cameras.
Astronomy Magazine’s 2016 Star Product and Sky & Telescopes 2017 Hot Product! This year the Revolution Imager was Astronomy Magazine’s only camera to receive a star product award and one of Sky and Telescope’s Hot Products for 2017!
Now with the R2, all you have to do is make some simple connections and you can use the power of modern technology to see (on the included colour monitor) the mountains, valleys and seas of the Moon. Easily change the exposure of the video camera and seamlessly go to seeing the reds and greens of Nebulosity or even the spiral arms of The Whirlpool Galaxy. All from your backyard using the amazing sensitivity of the most modern Sony imaging chip and built in live automated video processing. You will be blown away at what even the most modest tracking telescopes will show you in just a few seconds of exposure!
This newest version, Revolution Imager R2, has an easier menu to operate, better contrast control, better gain control and finer image processing on board. This new version does a maximum of 5.12 second exposure and stacks up to 6 images internally instead of 5.
The Revolution Imager includes everything you need to get up-and-running and get the most out of your existing telescope. Included are:
- Portable 7″ colour monitor.
- 0.5x (variable system) Focal Reducer – to dramatically widen and brighten the field of view.
- UV/IR filter.
- Hand-held remote control to control the camera.
- Shock-proof carry case.
- All required cables.
- 5 Volt to 12 Volt converter cable (needs 2A+ standard USB socket from charger or power bank)
- USB Video Capture Dongle
The newest version of the R2 comes with a HD UHTC wired remote that allows left, right and scrolling up through all menus when in CVBS mode. Using the 2 included AA batteries, navigating to the exposure is easy and maintains complete hands-free operation of the camera during a long exposure!
For more information on using the R2, take a look at the following resources:
1) How to assemble the system
After unpacking you will need to identify the following pieces.
- Revolution Camera
- 7″ Colour Monitor
- 1.25″ Adapter
- 0.5x (variable) Reducer
- UV/IR cut filter
- Umbilical Cable including wired remote
- 5V to 12V converter cable (needs 2A+ standard USB socket on charger or power bank)
- USB Video Capture Dongle
Here’s how to assemble the pieces:
- Step 1 – Attach white coax cable with wired remote to BNC jack on back of camera
- Step 2 – Attach round power cord to back of camera. (note there are 2 round power cords, one end goes to the rechargeable battery, the other in the back of the camera, be sure the round power cord after it splits in two goes into the camera)
- Step 3 – Since you have probably discovered the other round power cord that is on the single end of the Y split, this is the one that plugs into the mains PSU or battery cable
- Step 4 – Back to the other end of the Y of the umbilical cord you will find a multi-prong cable that must line up with the receiving end of the cable that comes from the 7” Colour Monitor. Attach these cables, carefully lining up the pins to each other.
- Step 5 – Remove the lens cap from the Revolution Camera and screw the 1.25” adapter into the opening
You are now ready to go explore the universe!
Insert the Camera into any 1.25” telescope, if your telescope can track the stars by counteracting the Earth’s rotation you will be able to take longer exposures to see fainter objects! Turn the power, use the wired remote to navigate the camera’s menu for longer or shorter exposures to see fainter detail than your eye ever could. Take a look at the “How Do I?” menu for a guide on how to set these options
2) R2 Quick Start Guide
You can download the Quick Start Guide Here