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The new Atik 383L+ is an 8 Megapixel 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 more accessible.

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--they see no reason to change. They have built on the success of the very highly regarded ATIK Platform 3 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.

The camera can be used with either the EFW-U or the new EFW2 and Off Axis Guider (coming soon). For focal ratios of f/5 and above, standard 1.25 inch filters can be used without vignetting. Faster focal ratios will need flat-field correction or 36mm filters.


  • 8.3 Million 5.4µm square pixels for high-resolution imaging
  • Ultra low read-noise for great sensitivity
  • Lightweight - no flexure of the telescope focuser tube
  • Highly efficient setpoint cooling to 40 degrees max below ambient
  • Great software for image acquisition and pre-processing
  • Memory Buffer to reduce readout artifacts
  • High-Quality mechanical shutter
  • Externally accessible dessicant plugs

What’s included in the box?

  • camera body with 2” adaptor
  • 3 meter USB cable
  • 1.8 meter battery power connector (with car lighter plug)
  • universal (110-230V) power adaptor is included
  • CD-ROM with drivers, software and user manual (PDF)
  • quick start guide (printed)

ATIK's highly acclaimed Capture software is included for camera control and data acquisition, and plug-ins are included to allow use with Astroart, CCDSoft, and MaximDL.

System requirements: Pentium II PC with 64MB RAM, Windows 98/XP/Vista, CD-ROM drive and USB 2.0 port.

Tech Specs

  • Sensor Type: CCD - KAF-8300
  • Horizontal Resolution: 3362 pixels
  • Vertical Resolution: 2504 pixels
  • Pixel Size: 5.40 µM x 5.40 µM
  • ADC: 16 bit
  • Readout Noise: 7 e-
  • Interface: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Power: 12v DC 0.55A
  • Maximum Exposure Length: Unlimited
  • Minimum Exposure Length: 3/10 s
  • Guide Port: ST-4 compatible
  • Cooling: Thermoelectric set point with max DeltaT=-40°C
  • Backfocus Distance: 17mm
  • Thread on front of camera: T-Thread (M42x0.75)
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 112mm, 79mm deep
  • Weight: approx. 700 gr