iNOVA PLB-Cx (color) w/Aptina MT9M034

From lunar/solar & deepsky imaging to autoguiding.
Aptina MT9M034 – 1.2Mpx CMOS monochrome and color sensor.



iNova PLB-Mx2



New Aptina MT9M034 CMOS (1280 x 960 pixel array) with a very high quantum efficiency from the visible spectrum to the near infrared (IR) region.

Ideally suited for lunar/solar high resolution imaging, and deepsky imaging, thanks to an excellent sensitivity from the visible spectral range to the near infrared region, with a very low electronic noise which allows long exposure times.

Provides 2×2 hardware binning (512 x 384) to get a 9.3µm square pixel to be able to detect a faint star for autoguiding.

C-mount thread (this standard allows users to take different kinds of adapters like 1.25” eyepiece holder, camera objective lens with step down ring).

Technical specifications
  • Aptina MT9M034 1/3″
  • 1280*960
  • 3.75µm x 3.75µm
  • Yes
  • Yes 
  • 10/12bit
  • Up to 24 FPS at full resolution
  • From 0.1ms to infinity
  • USB2.0
  • For filter wheel control, focusing motors control, and telescope mount control (ASCOM V6)
  • BMP, AVI (8bit), FITS (8/16 bit) et SER (8/16bit) which can be read directly with main softwares like RegiStax V6.1, Avistacker V2, AutoStakkert V2
  • ASCOM V6 Plugin available and tested with PHDGuiding V1.14, AstroArt V4 & V5, MaximDL V5, Prism and all softwares using ASCOM protocol
  • 50 x 50 x 40mm
  • 170g (6 oz)
  • CMOS Sensor
  • CCD Matrix (L*H)
  • Pixel size 
  • Hardware binning 2×2
  • Hardware ROI (region of interest)
  • A/D converter
  • Frame rate(8/12bit)
  • Exposure time
  • Interface 
  • Communication port
  • Format
  • Dimensions
  • Weight
Software and compatibility

Windows XP SP3, Vista, W7, 8, 8.1 x86/x64

Compliant with Microsoft Directshow

The SDK is available on request for programming (Microsoft C# or C++).


Linux drivers are available.


Drivers are not available but it is possible to run i-Nova cameras in emulation Windows mode with Bootcamp.


Frame rate (FPS) at full resolution:



Frame Rate

34 FPS
68 FPS
43 FPS
82 FPS
104 FPS
119 FPS
200 FPS


Included accessories

C mount to 1.25’’ adapter

USB2 cable for PC connection

Software pack including:

  • PLxCapture control and acquisition specific software and conversion format utility (video)
  • ASCOM plugin

New software releases are available for download from FTP site



Autoguiding cable RJ12 connector for ST4 port

Peltier cooling system kit with or w/o temperature regulation

Recommended accessories

Motorized filter wheel – 5 or 8 positions provided with ASCOM plugin

Electronic viewfinder: C/CS mount objective lens, FL from 2.1mm (150° fov) to 25mm (11° fov)

GPS module with USB2.0 port

C mount to T2 female adapter

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