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.
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.
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.
The Atik 450 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 their 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.
- Sensor Type: Sony ICX655
- Horizontal Resolution: 2448 pixels
- Vertical Resolution: 2050 pixels
- Pixel Size: 3.45x3.45 µm
- ADC: 16 bit
- Readout noise: Typical 5e-
- Interface: Mini-USB 2.0
- Power: 12V DC, 1A
- Cooler: Regulated, T = -30°C max
- Weight: 400g
- Dimensions: 60x121mm