The software you need depends on your camera CCD

The video CCD can be used with a monitor or a PC

The advantage of the Watec video CCD is that you can display the image in real time on a simple TV monitor over an extension cable or eventually a wireless-video transmitter. The camera integrates the image over the set exposure time, but outputs a real-time video signal. The exposure is controlled by a small box via a 3-metre 16-wire cable. We can no longer supply extensions for this controller cable, but once the exposure is set, the controller may remain near the camera. Otherwise we can supply a wireless exposure controller

To record and analyse the image on a PC, a video frame grabber is needed, such as the USB-2 EzCAP device supplied with the camera. You will then need the following software (included with the camera) to capture digital images from the video CCD.

The slim USB CCD requires no control box or power

The slim USB CCD uses a single 10m USB cable (supplied with the camera) for power as well as 16-bit image collection and exposure control. You need a computer to display real-time images, not a TV monitor, but the slim USB CCD has much higher grey-scale resolution as well as being a little more efficient. It has the same spatial resolution and costs the same as the video CCD.

To control this camera and display the image on a PC, you need special software (included with the camera).

The high resolution CCD is for more serious imaging

The high resolution USB CCD provides a choice of resolution depending on the chosenCCD.

To control this camera and display the image on a PC, you need special software (included with the camera).

The Macro x-ray or neutron camera

Our macro camera provides magnified images of small objects, with a resolution that is limited only by the resolution of the scintillator. It is supplied with standard x-ray and neutron scintillators that can be interchanged easily; high resolution scintillators must be obtained separately.

The Macro camera can also be supplied with various CCD units. The basic camera comes with the slim USB CCD, but a cooled version can be supplied for long exposures. Indeed, any of our high resolution CCD's can be supplied with the Macro camera.

Our original Macro camera was supplied with the cooled Mammut CCD (shown), and special software must be used with that camera. Those instructions also describe how to set up the camera, even if your camera uses instead the slim CCD or the hi-res CCD.

The Laue x-ray or neutron camera


The NeutronOptics Laue Camera uses twin CCD units to increase efficiency, extend the image field, and avoid the shadow from the central collimator. The separate images are automatically stitched together using free ImageJ software to produce a single 160x120mm image.

The prototype EMCCD neutron camera

We developed a prototype Electron-Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) neutron camera using the Andor Luca EMCCD unit, and developed software for neutron imaging with it. We include it here for completeness, though we no longer market this camera.