ATIK 414EX Color CCD Camera
The Atik 414EX is a worthy successor to the 314L+, one of the best cameras for astrophotography in the industry. Includes the new ICX825 sensor, the much anticipated replacement for the highly esteemed ICX285. The same EXview HAD CCD II employed on the 428EX, 460EX, and 490EX is also used on the 414EX. This coupled with a larger pixel size gives this camera greater sensitivity than anything that could previously be acquired in this price range.
In comparison with the 314L+ at 650nm, the 414EX is 60% more sensitive. Actually, the 414EX has greater sensitivity than the already impressive 460EX, making this the ideal camera for the imaging aficionado with budget constraints.
However, the 414EX's sensitivity isn't its only outstanding feature. Its cooler is regulated, allowing your image calibration to remain consistent, and has the ability to comfortably achieve -30ºC below ambient. With regards to calibration, for the majority of applications, the camera has a dark noise so low that dark frames become an option instead of a requirement, allowing you to spend more time on imaging.
The Atik 414EX's compact size makes it usable with Fastar/ Hyperstar configurations with absolutely no obstruction even on the 6" model. Stress on the corrector plate is kept a minimum due to the light weight of the camera.
ATIK 414EX Color CCD Camera Specifications...
- CCD Sensor: Sony ICX825
- Horizontal Resolution: 1392 pixels
- Vertical Resolution: 1040 pixels
- Pixel Size: 6.45µm x 6.45µm
- ADC: 16 bit
- Readout Noise: 5e- typical value
- Interface: Mini USB 2.0 High Speed
- Power: 12v DC 1A
- Minimum Exposure Time: 0.001 seconds
- Maximum Exposure Time: Unlimited
- Cooling: Thermoelectric set point with max ΔT=>-30°C
- Back Focus: 13mm
- Weight: 14 oz.
ATIK Product Number: 414EX-C
- Additional Information
SKU A3-414EX-C Manufacturer ATIK Color or B&W? Color Series Atik 400 Pixel Size 5-7 Microns Warranty 1 Year Warranty Sensor Manufacturer Sony Sensor Model ICX825 Pixel Size in Micrometers 6.45 x 6.45 Pixel Array 1392 x 1040 Minimum Exposure Time 0.001 seconds Maximum Exposure Time Unlimited Interface USB 2.0 Operating System Compatibility Windows Camera Cooling Type Thermo-electric Cooling (TEC) Camera Weight 14 oz.
- Included Items
- ATIK 414EX Color CCD Camera
- 1.25" Adapter
- 3 m USB Cable
- 1.8 m Battery Power Connector
- CD-Rom with Drivers, Software & User's Manual
- Quickstart Guide
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsI am just starting at astrophotography and I will be using this with a 127 mm TS refractor, Celestron auto guider on a CGEM mount. Does this camera and software work like the Atik infinity software and camera in that this takes high resolution video then stacks it to make an image? Other than the computer do I need anything else of can I start using this right out of the box?Question by: Steve on Aug 23, 2016 8:02:00 PMHello,
Thank you for asking this question.
The 414EX will not have the same download rate as the Infinity, meaning it will not be able to continually stack the frames to reduce noise in the image. However it does have unlimited exposure times, so it will be a nice camera for doing dim, deep space.
If you are just getting into astro-photography or doing outreach, the Inifinity would be a great choice because it quickly shows detail in brighter objects that do not require long exposure times live on your computer.
Both cameras come with the software to run them and a 1.25" nosepiece adapter that would replace any existing 1.25" eyepiece.
Answer by: Tony Tardich (Admin) on Aug 24, 2016 10:52:00 AMAtik 414ex.--one thing , my budget would be stretched by buying the color model let alone the mono with the filters and filter wheel . Is there much difference between my Canon T3i dslr and the color 414ex for I see it has the bayer matrix on the sensor. Also will my IDAS 2" LPS filter fit on this camera
Question by: Gary Ingersoll on May 5, 2015 10:27:00 PMThere is a big difference in sensitivity and noise. The Atik 414EX has ~77% QE and your Canon DSLR has ~30-35% QE. Also, the Atik has 6.45 micron pixels vs. 4.3 micron. This leads to a sensitivity difference of ~5x even before the lower read noise, higher dynamic range and lower dark current of the CCD camera are factored in.
The Canon's sensor is larger and has more pixel resolution, but the Atik easily wins the "quality over quantity" argument.
This camera has a T thread on the end and a 1.25" nosepiece included. You would need to buy a $20 OS-A2T or similar nosepiece adapter and then you could use a 2" LPS filter.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on May 7, 2015 1:45:00 PM
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