This is the top of the range camera available from Atik. The result of extensive design and development it offers a huge 35mm format sensor. This is the camera for the uncompromising user looking to create stunning high resolution images. The camera does benefit from a telescope with a large flat field, 2” or un-mounted filters, and a powerful computer to process images 22MB each. The results can easily be printed out at A3 size or beyond or enjoyed at the computer
Common features of the Atik 4000 and Atik 11000
While the other cameras in the Atik range use Sony sensors these camera have the large format Kodak devices. These have gained a great reputation in astrophotography and offer qualities not available in the Sony range of smaller sized devices. To get the most out of the Kodak chips does require a complex camera. This is especially true regarding cooling. The Kodak chips require dark frames to be used to calibrate images and these must be taken at the same temperature as the image. In order to facilitate this, the cameras provide full, set point, temperature regulation. The cooling is provided by a two stage Peltier element and a fan to drive air over the internal cooling fins to dissipate waste heat. This can typically provide 33 degrees of cooling which for the majority of situations will be enough. For more demanding use, water can be pumped though the camera’s internal heat exchanger. When water assistance is used the maximum amount of cooling is dependant of the temperature of the water, being approx 45 degrees with tap water.
With such potent cooling hot pixels and thermal noise is reduced but it important to avoid condensation on the sensor or the front of the camera. A high efficiency desiccant is used to dry the air around the CCD to prevent this form of condensation. To help prevent condensation on the front of the cameras they have heater elements to gently warm the window. The power supplied to this heater is controllable through software to enable it to be adapted to the environment and conditions.
Other features of the camera are bang up to date to offer the user a simple and straight forward way of taking great pictures. The cameras are fully compatible with our existing and highly regarded Capture software as well as Astro Art, Maxim DL and CCD Soft through the use of the supplied plug ins.
- Camera body;
- 3m USB cable
- Universal (96-240V AC) power supply
- 1.8m battery plug adapter
- High quality Pelican case
- CD-ROM with drivers and manual
- Quickstart guide on paper
The Atik 460EX the next step in the astronomical CCD revolution. Featuring the latest generation
Sony™ EXview HAD CCD II™ technology in an area over twice as large than before.
This camera has an outstanding Quantum Efficiency, very low noise and excellent thermal management.
This model is an ideal match to telescopes commonly used by amateurs, up to bigger SCT’s and RC’s. It’s excellent sensitivity makes it one of the best cameras for deep-sky astrophotography, with unrivalled flexibility.
The Atik-4 Series cameras are a development of the renowned 3-Series cameras, featuring better cooling and narrower body. They benefit from set point cooling to make taking matching dark frames a snap, and simple 12V power requirement to facilitate field operation. The impressive sensitivity, great cooling and narrow profile, make the Atik Series 4 outstanding CCD cameras to use on modern telescopes, including Hyperstar/Fastar systems.
The Atik 460EX is the new standard for high performance. It’s excellent sensitivity provides impressive performance in both narrowband and LRGB techniques. “Faint fuzzies” are not so faint anymore and stay within reach of the amateur
astronomer, even with smaller instruments.
The 460EX is a state of the art camera engineered for you. Featuring the narrowest body in its
class, the Atik 460EX is one of the lightest cameras as well. But don’t think there was a compromise regarding cooling performance or
stability. Also, the sensor diagonal is big enough to satisfy the need for bigger sky coverage, but small enough to allow the use of 1.25” filters, even with fast f/2 systems.
Sensor Type Sony ICX694
Horizontal Resolution 2750 pixels
Vertical Resolution 2200 pixels
Pixel Size 4.54x4.54 μm
ADC 16 bit
Readout noise Typical 5e-
Interface Mini-USB 2.0
Power 12V DC, 1A
Cooler Regulated, ΔT= -25oC max
ATIK 383L CCD Camera with 7 Position USB Motorised Filter Wheel and Baader 36mm Filters
The Atik 428EX uses Sony’s state of the art ICX674 2.8MP sensor. Featuring the latest generation EXview technology, this camera has an outstanding Quantum Efficiency, very low noise and excellent thermal management. This model is an ideal match to telescopes commonly used by amateurs. It’s excellent sensitivity makes it one of the best cameras for deep-sky astrophotography, surpassing its forerunner, the acclaimed ICX285.
The Atik-4 Series cameras are a development of the 3-Series cameras, featuring better cooling and narrower body. They benefit from setpoint cooling to make taking matching dark frames a snap, and simple 12V power requirement to facilitate field operation. The impressive sensitivity, great cooling and narrow profile, make the Atik Series 4 outstanding CCD cameras to use on modern telescopes, including Hyperstar/Fastar systems.
What's included in the box?
camera body with 1.25'' adapter
3-metre USB cable
1.8-metre battery power connector
CD-ROM with drivers, software and user's manual (PDF)
Quickstart guide (paper).
Our highly-acclaimed Capture software is included for camera control and data acquisition, and plug-ins are included to allow use with Astroart and Maxim DL.
System requirements: Pentium III PC with 128MB RAM, Windows XP/Vista/Win7, CD-ROM drive and USB 2.0 port.
Sensor Type: CCD - Sony ICX674
Horizontal Resolution: 1932 pixels
Vertical Resolution: 1452 pixels
Pixel Size: 4.54 µM x 4.54 µM
ADC: 16 bit
Readout Noise: 5e- typical value
Interface: Mini-USB 2.0 High Speed
Power: 12v DC 1A
Maximum Exposure Length: Unlimited
Minimum Exposure Length: 1/1000 s
Cooling: Termoelectric set point with max ΔT=-25°C
Weight: approx. 400 gr
Package comprises ATIk 314L+ monochrome CCD Camera with 7 Position USB Filter Wheel and a set of Baader 1.25" LRGB Filters
ATIK 383L 8.3mp Monochrome CCD Camera with 5 position USB filter wheel and Baader 2" LRGB Filters.
Guaranteed no vignetting with the 2" filters.
The new Atik 383L+ is an 8 Megapixel pixel camera using the Kodak KAF 8300 CCD. Over the
last few months a huge amount has been written about this CCD justifying its place in
astronomer’s hearts. We can sum it up succinctly by saying it’s a fabulous CCD with a huge
number of good sized pixels that is currently available at an irresistible price. This sensor
should redefine mid range astro-imaging making multi-megapixel, cooled, cameras much
So what of Atik’s implementation? In the past Atik has prided itself on providing cameras
with the very highest image quality but at reasonable cost: we see no reason to change.
We have built on the success of our very highly regarded Atik 314 platform to support
Kodak’s KAF 8300. This immediately offers a huge number of advantages including the very
low read noise circuits and the reliability from using this established design.
• 8.3 Million 5.4ìm square pixels for
high resolution imaging.
• Ultra low read noise for great
• Lightweight - no flexure of the
telescope focuser tube.
• Highly efficient set point cooling to
40 degrees max below ambient.
• Great software for image
acquisition and pre-processing.
DIGITISATION AND IMAGE QUALITY
The key to any high quality camera is to convert the light collected by the sensor into digital
information while ensuring that as little noise is added as possible, and the digital image
truly reflects the light collected. This might appear complex to judge but fortunately there
are three simple tests which show how well the camera performs against these criteria.
Every camera will add some noise to
its images. The challenge is to add as
little as possible. To determine read
noise we simply look at the standard
deviation of pixel values in a bias
frame. This gives read noise in AD
units. Converting to electrons allows
comparison with other cameras. The
conversion factor for the Atik383L+ is
shown opposite to be 2.83 ADU per
electron. Using this, the read noise
of the Aik383L+ is 7.0 electrons. We
are unaware of any KAF 8300 based
camera giving a lower read noise.
Sensor Type CCD – Kodak KAF 8300 17.6mm x 13.52mm
Horizontal Resolution 3362 pixels
Vertical Resolution 2504 pixels
Pixel Size 5.40 ìM x 5.40 ìM
ADC 16 bit
Readout Noise Typical 7 e-
Interface USB 2.0 High Speed
Power 12v DC
Maximum Exposure Length Unlimited
Cooling Thermoelectric with ÄT=-40°C max, set point controller
Weight 500 gram
IMAGE DOWNLOAD TIMES.
Binning Resolution Pixel Size (ìm) Normal (Sec) Preview (Sec)
1x1 3326x2504 5.4 10.5 6
2x2 1663x1252 10.8 4.1 2.5
3x3 1108x834 16.2 2.6 1.6
4x4 831x626 21.6 1.9 1.1
1x1 100x100 5.4 0.69 0.32
Dawn Image processing and Image Capture Software
The new ATIK 314L features various differences to the existing 314L camera.
Temperature regulated cooling, with set point capability. This means you can now select a temperature, and the camera cooling regulator will maintain the temperature at the set point.
Slightly improved cooling capacity. The 314L+ can reach -27ºC below ambient. This will allow the sensor to work always below 0ºC, even in very hot summer nights.
No external boxes. The entire regulation system is built into the camera, and it’s controlled by the software.
The Atik 314L+ maintains the ultra low noise levels of the 314L, as well as the compactness.
The new ATIK 314L is based on the excellent Sony 285 CCD but sets new standard in performance and specification.
USB 2.0 performance - High speed downloads, with 1M pixels/second readout speed, with a 2M pixel/s preview mode
Extremely low noise electronics - Readout noise is the lowest possible. 4e
Compact and lightweight circular cases - Less stress on your focuser, symmetric shape, fork mounts can be used without a problem, as well as Starizona's Hyperstar system.
Low power requirements - 12V, 0.8A. Extra life from your batteries means longer imaging sessions in the field.
Highly efficient cooling - Delivers -25ºC cooling difference from ambient temperature. Reduces noise in your images dramatically, making dark frames unnecessary.
Weighing very little and with a small and low profile round case this camera is suitable for use on a wide variety of scopes from small aperture short focal elngth APO refractors through to large aperture long focal length instruments.
The high QE and very low Read and Dark noise combine to give superb sensitivity and dynamic range without the need to take dark frames.
All prices below are for ATIK 314L Plus Cameras
ATIK 383L with EFW-2 Filter wheel complete with carry case with custom cut foam.
Can be used with 1.25" filters down to F5 with only minimal vignetting.
The Titan is the exciting new dual purpose cooled CCD camera from ATIK.
It features a cooled Sony ICX 424 659 x 494 Sensor that can also operate at 15 frames per second in high speed mode.
The high frame rate gives the imager the opportunity to capture fleeting moments of high quality seeing and combined with the 16 bit digitisation and very low nosie will provide excellent lunar and planetary imaging.
Conversely the -20 degrees C cooling and high sensitivity of the Sony 424 sensor coupleed with very low (5e) read noise makes this camera a very capable deep sky tool capable of very long and dep exposures.
In addition the Titan would also make an ultra fast autoguider.
Included is the full featured Dawn software for image processing and camera control/image aquisition.
Available in colour or monochrome
Sensor: Sony ICX 424
Resolution: 659 x 494
Pixel Size: 7.4um
ADC: 16 Bit
Readout Noise: 5e
Power: 12vdc .55amps
Cooling: Thermoelectric -20 degrees C
Guide Port: ST-4 Compatible
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