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The Hubble non-contact colorimeter (also sold as the Sencore OTC-1000) is a surprisingly affordable high-end color analyzer for professionals, pro-sumers, and dedicated amateurs.
The Hubble is an all metal machined tube approximately 8-inches long and 3-inches in diameter with a high-quality lens on one end and a USB connection on the other. Inside the sealed tube are filters that transform the light entering through the lens into a spectral profile that closely conforms to the CIE Standard Observer. The filtered light falls onto photo-sensitive diodes. Electronics within the unit interpret the electrical output of these diodes to calculate the color of the image being measured. This information is then passed through the USB cable to the PC, where ChromaPure displays the data in standard xyY format.
Advantages of this design
This design offers several advantages over the more common and less expensive contact colorimeters:
The size of the Hubble allows it to use relatively large photo sensitive diodes. Coupled with this are the custom optics that span the entire diameter of the tube. The lens focuses all of the collected light onto the diodes. The result is extremely effective low-light sensitivity. The Hubble will read down to 0.001 fL. This is ten-times the sensitivity of the Chroma 5 and sixty-times the sensitivity of the EyeOne Pro!
Because the filters are installed in a sealed environment, they are not subject to the same type of degradation in performance over time that is typical of less expensive contact meters.
The speed at which the Hubble reads light and color is astonishing. Readings, even at low light levels, are nearly instantaneous.
The non-contact design means that the readings will not be affected by the heat a display might emit (plasmas are especially prone to this), nor is there any danger of damaging the delicate surface of a flat panel. Also, because of the very cool laser aiming device built-in to the unit, you can precisely aim the Hubble and even take readings off the screen of a front projector from very near the normal viewing distance.
Finally, every Hubble we sell is first meticulously individually calibrated by us using a reference 5nm spectroradiometer to optimize its performance for a variety of different types of displays. For more information about how this works, please see the Chroma 5 PRO page. This ensures that the Hubble's color performance is near-reference quality.
This device offers world-class low-light performance, excellent speed, and near-reference color accuracy all at a price that is thousands of dollars less expensive than rival designs.
Can my Hubble / OCT1000 be recalibrated?
Yes. For the same modest fee, your Hubble or Sencore OCT1000 can (and should) be periodically recalibrated to ensure it retains its initial accuracy. This service eliminates the problems associated with exposure to the elements over time. We recommend doing this yearly. Contact us for pricing at email@example.com. You pay for shipping to us and we pay for shipping back to you.
Repeatability (Measured against source of standard spectral radiance, Illuminant A, with no mount or dismount).
For best accuracy, we recommend calibrating front projectors by taking readings directly off the screen. The Hubble comes with a built-in tripod mount. Our universal front projection kit is not needed.
The Hubble kit as shipped contains:
The Hubble Colorimeter with carrying case
20' USB cable
ChromaPure video calibration software on CD
Certificate of calibration that shows the offsets that were applied to all available operating modes
For your convenience we offer a simple calibration DVD that includes all of the test patterns that you'll need to perform a complete calibration of your display. This DVD is offered free as a complementary download.
1. Download the .zip file to your PC.
2. Unzip the contents, which is an .iso DVD image file, to your hard drive.
3. Double-click the .iso file.
4. If you have DVD burning software (e.g., Nero Burning ROM), the file will open.
Set the image type to DVD (not CD) if necessary.
5. Insert a blank, writable DVD into your DVD burner, and then burn the image.
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