Atik 450M Monochrome CCD Camera - Sony ICX655
The Atik 450 is the first camera available to astronomers that uses Sony’s excellent ICX655 5MP sensor. This is one of the latest generation of Sony devices, and shows the results of Sony’s 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.
Featuring the narrowest body in its class, the Atik 450 is one of the lightest cameras as well. But don’t 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.
Included With The Atik 400 Series CCD Camera
The Atik 420 comes with Atik’s 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, Atik’s new image-processing software. Like our 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.
About the Sony ICX655 Sensor.
In addition to the existing needs for even higher resolution in compact consumer digital still cameras, there are now increasing needs for improved high-ISO sensitivity and higher dynamic range.
Sony has now developed two new CCDs that, while maintaining high picture quality by taking advantage of Sony’s unique fine pixel fabrication technologies, achieve further miniaturization, higher resolution, and superb image sensor characteristics as well. These are the ICX665/675 Series 1.68 μm unit pixel CCDs and the ICX637CQZ, which features the industry’s smallest unit pixel with a size of only 1.66 μm.
- Diagonal 7.705 mm (Type 1/2.3) 10.17M effective pixels
- Pixel size: 1.68 μm unit pixel
- Six-field readout
- Horizontal divided into thirds output
- Horizontal 3-phase drive (ICX675 Series: horizontal 2-phase drive)
Atik Product Number: 450M