It houses a 16 MP sensor with exceptionally low read noise and incredibly fast read speeds. With our signature ATIK blend of form and function, the ATIK Horizon provides a sensitive, high megapixel sensor at a competitive price point. This makes it a great option if you’re looking to upgrade from DSLR, or have a system that would benefit from shorter exposure times.
With extensive experience in both hardware and software design, the ATIK Horizon turns our expertise to the world of deep-sky optimized CMOS cameras. Already known for our low-noise electronics, the Horizon has our lowest read noise yet, just ~1e- at high gain settings. The 3.8 um pixel size is an excellent match for shorter focal lengths and camera lenses; great news if you’re looking for a wide field of view.
Mechanically, the Horizon is based on our established 4-Series cameras, known for their power and adaptability. With a cylindrical case measuring 74 mm in diameter and 130 mm in length, it’s compatible with HyperStar systems from 8-inch. The slight size increase on the 4-Series is to house a huge cooling delta of Neg.40-degrees C below ambient. This keeps thermal noise under control, wherever in the world your image from.
The ATIK Horizon is natively compatible with our Infinity live stacking software to give you incredible views of the night sky in a near real-time environment. Not only is this great for video astronomers and public outreach, it also makes getting into astrophotography a breeze. Our on-the-fly image processing gets you up and running quickly, minimizing the learning curve many people experience. However, our advanced functions ensure you are always in control as you steer your way through the night sky.
The Horizon is also fully compatible with our renowned Artemis Capture imaging software that gives you full control over your imaging. We also supply a full ASCOM driver so you’re free to use it with your preferred astroimaging software.
From the outset, the Horizon has benefited from a built-in 256 mb DDR3 image buffer to remove amp glow and other artifacts caused by data transfer over USB2, all while preventing issues with dropped frames. This makes for a seamless and fast imaging experience, whether you’re taking advantage of the flexibility and low cable weight of USB2, or the fast speeds of USB3.
Our experience of working with demanding scientific applications has given us an advanced understanding of sealing techniques. This understanding allows us to create a condensation free environment and means your desiccant lasts much longer between recharges. We’re using the same quartz fused cover glass as our ATIK 383L+ camera to prevent condensation forming on the outside of the glass when the camera’s cooled. This added level of performance and reliability means you can spend less time maintaining your equipment, and more time imaging with it.