iNOVA PLA-C2 Color CCD Camera w/Sony ICX098BQ

From planetary/solar imaging to autoguiding.
Sony Super HAD ICX098BQ – 5.6µ x 5.6µ Color CCD Sensor.




iNova PLA-C2




New Sony Super HAD The PLA-C2 Color CCD Camera is a multi-purpose camera capable of planetary/solar imaging to autoguiding. It includes a 1/4″ Sony ICX098BQ sensor (640×480 pixel array) with very high quantum efficiency. A high frame rate of 60fps enables you to “freeze-frame” a planetary or daytime solar image to keep only the best frames

Due to its excellent sensitivity, for the whole visible spectrum, this camera is ideally suited for planetary/solar imaging. It provides 2×2 hardware binning (640 x 480) to get a 5.6µm square pixel to be able to detect a faint star for autoguiding.



Technical specifications
  • Sony HAD ICX098BQ 1/4″
  • 640×480
  • 5.6µ x 5.6µ
  • Yes
  • Yes 
  • 12bit
  • 60 FPS
  • 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)
  • CCD 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

60 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

    Motorised 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 portC mount to T2 female adapter


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