ATIK 428 EX Monochrome and Colour CCD Camera

The Atik 428EX uses Sonys 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. Its 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.

Technical Specs:

Sensor Type: CCD - Sony ICX674
Horizontal Resolution: 1932 pixels
Vertical Resolution: 1452 pixels
Pixel Size: 4.54 M x 4.54 M
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=-25C
Weight: approx. 400 gr

£1,455.00

ATIK 314L+ Filter Wheel and Filters Package

Package comprises ATIk 314L+ monochrome CCD Camera with 7 Position USB Filter Wheel and a set of Baader 1.25" LRGB Filters

£2,098.00

ATIK 383L Imaging Bundle

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.

£1,575.00

ATIK 383L 8.3 MP CCD Camera

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
astronomers hearts. We can sum it up succinctly by saying its 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
more accessible.
So what of Atiks 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
Kodaks 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.
FEATURES
8.3 Million 5.4m square pixels for
high resolution imaging.
Ultra low read noise for great
sensitivity.
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.
READ NOISE
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.

Technical Specs:

Sensor Type CCD Kodak KAF 8300 17.6mm x 13.52mm
Horizontal Resolution 3362 pixels
Vertical Resolution 2504 pixels
Pixel Size 5.40 M x 5.40 M
ADC 16 bit
Readout Noise Typical 7 e-
Interface USB 2.0 High Speed
Power 12v DC
Maximum Exposure Length Unlimited
Cooling Thermoelectric with T=-40C max, set point controller
Weight 500 gram
IMAGE DOWNLOAD TIMES.
Binning Resolution Pixel Size (m) 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
Subframe
1x1 100x100 5.4 0.69 0.32

Dawn Image processing and Image Capture Software

ATIK 314L Plus

The new ATIK 314L features various differences to the existing 314L camera.

Including:

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 -27C below ambient. This will allow the sensor to work always below 0C, even in very hot summer nights.

No external boxes. The entire regulation system is built into the camera, and its 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.

It features

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 -25C 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 450 Monochrome and Colour CCD Camera

The Atik 450 is the first camera available to astronomers that uses Sonys excellent ICX655
5MP sensor. This is one of the latest generation of Sony devices, and shows the results of
Sonys continued development to drive down thermal and read noise, while providing an increasing
number of pixels and good quantum efficiencies. The 5MP sensor is an ideal match
to shorter focal length refractors and HyperStar systems, giving DSLR levels of resolution in a
camera optimised for deep-sky astrophotography.
The Atik-4 Series cameras are a development of the 3-Series cameras, featuring a narrower
body. These are particularly suitable if the camera is to be placed in front of the telescope in
HyperStar or Fastar systems, as well as on custom-designed systems that need a narrow-bodied
CCD camera. The cameras feature setpoint cooling to make taking matching dark frames
a snap, and simple 12V power requirement to facilitate field operation.

The Atik 450 is a perfect match for short focal lengths. HyperStar/Fastar systems and small refractors with focal reducers are among the
instruments of choice for this camera.
The two pictures on the right demonstrate the type of result that can be achieved with relatively
short exposures. Subframes of 180 and 120 seconds were used.
Featuring the narrowest body in its class, the Atik 450 is one of the lightest cameras as well. But dont think there was a compromise regarding
cooling performance or stability.
The cooler module has been engineered for low power use, making your field sessions last longer. Also, the desiccant port is now easily accessible
from the exterior.

The Atik 450 comes with Atiks renowned Capture application which provides a simple and intuitive yet powerful way to acquire images. Tools include a focus assistance readout, image sequencer, guide camera control and integration with Atik filter wheels. Capture aims to take the stress out of imaging, making your time at the telescope more enjoyable. If you require compatibility with other software there are plugins for MaxIm DL, Astroart
and CCDSoft, as well as a full ASCOM driver.

Also included is Dawn, Atiks new image-processing software.
Like ATIK cameras, it was designed from the ground
up to be powerful yet easy to use. It allows a sequence of image-processing steps to be represented in the form of a pictorial workflow which can be created with a few mouse clicks and can then be executed very easily for repeatable and speedy results.

Technical Specs:

Sensor Type Sony ICX655
Horizontal Resolution 2448 pixels
Vertical Resolution 2050 pixels
Pixel Size 3.45x3.45 m
ADC 16 bit
Readout noise Typical 5e-
Interface Mini-USB 2.0
Power 12V DC, 1A
Cooler Regulated, T= -30oC max
Weight 400g
Dimensions 60x121mm

ATIK 420 monochrome and Colour CCD Camera

The Atik 420 is the first camera in its class to offer high performance regulated cooling, low
power consumption and narrow body all in one. It is particularly well matched with the 6 and
8 inch HyperStar systems, where the narrow body and low heat dissipation make a difference,
or with short focal length refractors, providing a very fast, high definition wide field of view.
And without the price tag.
The Atik 4-Series cameras are a development of the 3-Series cameras, featuring a narrower
body. These are particularly suitable if the camera is to be placed in front of the telescope in
HyperStar or Fastar systems, as well as on custom-designed systems that need a narrow-bodied
CCD camera. The cameras feature setpoint cooling to make taking matching dark frames
a snap, and simple 12V power requirement to facilitate field operation.

The Atik 420 is a perfect match for short focal lengths. HyperStar/Fastar systems and small refractors with focal reducers are among the instruments of choice for this camera. The picture on the right demonstrates the type of result
that can be achieved with relatively short exposures. Subframes of 120 seconds were used.
Featuring the narrowest body in its class, the Atik 450 is one of the lightest cameras as well. But dont think there was a compromise regarding
cooling performance or stability.

The cooler module has been engineered for low power use, making your field sessions last longer. Also, the desiccant port is now easily accessible
from the exterior.

The Atik 420 comes with Atiks renowned Capture application which provides a simple and intuitive yet powerful way to acquire images. Tools include a focus assistance readout, image sequencer, guide camera control and integration with Atik filter wheels. Capture aims to take the stress out of imaging, making your time at the telescope more enjoyable. If you require compatibility with other software there are plugins for MaxIm DL, Astroart
and CCDSoft, as well as a full ASCOM driver.
Also included is Dawn, Atiks new image-processing software.
Like ATIK cameras, it was designed from the ground
up to be powerful yet easy to use. It allows a sequence of image-processing steps to be represented in the form of a pictorial workflow which can be created with a few mouse clicks and can then be executed very easily for repeatable and speedy results.

Technical Specs:

Sensor Type Sony ICX274
Horizontal Resolution 1620 pixels
Vertical Resolution 1220 pixels
Pixel Size 4.4x4.4 m
ADC 16 bit
Readout noise Typical 4e-
Interface Mini-USB 2.0
Power 12V DC, 1A
Cooler Regulated, T= -30oC max
Weight 400g

£2,165.00

ATIK 383L with EFW2 Filter Wheel Package

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.

£475.00

ATIK Titan Dual Purpose CCD Camera

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

Technical Specs:

Sensor: Sony ICX 424
Resolution: 659 x 494
Pixel Size: 7.4um
ADC: 16 Bit
Readout Noise: 5e
Interface: USB
Power: 12vdc .55amps
Cooling: Thermoelectric -20 degrees C
Weight: 350g
Guide Port: ST-4 Compatible

ATIK 320E CCD Camera

The new Atik 320E is a 2 million pixel camera offers you the opportunity to take stunning
wide field images of the sky at high resolution. As the Atik 314E, its relatively small pixels
make it ideally suited to the popular short focal length refractors. The sheer number of
pixels allows very high resolution images to be taken which will look great on the web or
printed out at A4 and greater sizes.
Like its siblings the Atik 314E and Atik 314L+ it is based on the highly regarded Atik 3 series
platform which gives the lowest read noise of any camera currently available to amateur
astronomers. The platform features USB 2.0 interface for fast readout, highly efficient
cooling and low weight.
FEATURES
2 Million 4.4uM square pixels for
high resolution imaging.
Ultra low read noise for great
sensitivity.
Lightweight in order not to cause
flexure of the telescope focuser
tube.
High efficient cooling to 25 degrees
below ambient.
Great software for image
acquisition and pre processing.
The Atik 314E is available in monochrome or as a one shot color. All of this is being offered
at a great price which can be enhanced still further by combing the Atik320E with our Auto
Guider offer or the half priced filter wheel offer.

Technical Specs:

Sensor Type CCD - Sony ICX-274
Horizontal Resolution 1620 pixels
Vertical Resolution 1220 pixels
Pixel Size 4.40 M x 4.40 M
ADC 16 bit
Readout Noise Typical 3 e-
Interface USB 2.0 High Speed
Power 12v DC 0.8A
Maximum Exposure Length Unlimited
Minimum Exposure Length 1/1000 s
Guide Port ST-4 compatible
Cooling Thermoelectric with T=-25C, switchable on/off by software
Weight 350 gram

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