The software you need depends on your camera CCD
The video CCD can be used with a monitor or a PCThe 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 powerThe 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.
All components of the slim USB camera can be easily replaced.
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
To control this camera and display the image on a PC, you need special software.
The 1-CCD Laue x-ray or neutron camera
The NeutronOptics 1-CCD Laue Camera is usually preferred to the older 2-CCD camera, since it is less expensive, simpler to operate, and usually faster, since it uses a larger CCD to image a smaller, but still sufficient area of 120x100mm. To control this camera and display the image on a PC, you need special software (included with the camera).
The 2-CCD Laue x-ray or neutron camera
The NeutronOptics 2-CCD 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 New Macro x-ray or neutron cameraOur new macro camera provides 1:1 macro imaging, where the object is the same size as the CCD. The resolution of small objects 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.
Any of our high resolution CCD units can be used, or even an ordinary Nikon or Canon SLR camera.
The Old Macro x-ray or neutron cameraOur old macro camera provided magnified images of small objects, with a resolution 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.
Our old 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.