ATIK Horizon II Color CMOS Astronomy Camera

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A3-ATK0189
  • Live continuous stacking.
  • Flexible histogram control, including auto-stretch functions.
  • Live YouTube broadcast integration.
  • Interactive session replay.
  • Focus assist and monitoring tools.
  • Save to FITs, PNG, JPG and TIFF formats.
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ATIK Horizon II Color CMOS Astronomy Camera

The ATIK Horizon II Color CMOS Astronomy Camera maintains the core elements of the initial Horizon and is suitable for astrophotography in deep sky, planetary, or EAA imaging (Electronically-Assisted Astronomy).

Horizon II's versatile 16 MP CMOS sensor has a 21.9 mm diagonal and uses a variety of modes: Normal, PowerSave, and Fast. It can produce the highest quality images in PowerSave mode and has an increased frame rate in Fast mode. The 16 MP sensor delivers an exceptionally low read noise of ~1e- and incredibly fast read speeds. There is a 256 MB DDR3 image buffer. Frame rates of 8 fps are available in Fast mode, 100 fps when sub-framing, and up to 300 fps when used with Dusk software.

The Horizon II is housed in Atik's 4-Series camera. Known for power and adaptability, it has a cylindrical shell with a 74 mm (2.91-inch) diameter and is 130 mm (5.12-inches) long, making it compatible with HyperStar systems from 8-inch aperture telescopes. This increase in housing size supports a huge cooling delta of Neg 40-degrees C below ambient temperature. The additional cooling keeps thermal noise under control.

Compatible with Atik Infinity live stacking software. You will receive incredible views of the night sky in a near real-time environment. This makes it a breeze for video astronomers, public outreach programs, and folks new to astrophotography. With On-the-fly image processing you will be up-and-running quickly, minimizing the learning curve generally experienced, while still delivering the advanced functions needed to ensure you are always in control as you slew across the sky.

  • Live continuous stacking.
  • Flexible histogram control, including auto-stretch functions.
  • Live YouTube broadcast integration.
  • Interactive session replay.
  • Focus assist and monitoring tools.
  • Save to FITs, PNG, JPG and TIFF formats.

The Horizon II is also fully compatible with Atik's Artemis Capture and Dusk imaging software which gives you full control over your imaging. Also supplied is a full ASCOM driver so you're free to use it with your preferred astroimaging software. When used with Dusk, the Horizon II can not only be used as a cooled deep-sky imaging camera, but can also be used for high-speed planetary imaging with frame rates reaching 300 frames per second using the ROI function.

Amp Glow Control: The Horizon II benefits from a built-in 256 MB DDR3 image buffer to remove amp glow and other artifacts. These issues are caused by data transfers over USB2. The buffer will also prevent issues with dropped frames as it performs the other tasks simultaneously. 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.

Atik has an advanced understanding of sealing techniques. This understanding allows them to create a condensation free environment, and it means your desiccant lasts much longer between recharges. Using the same quartz fused cover glass as their 383L+ camera to prevent condensation forming on the outside of the glass when the camera's cooled, the added level of performance and reliability allows you to spend less time maintaining your equipment, and more time imaging with it.

SPECIFICATIONS

ADC12 bit
Back Focus13 mm
Camera ConnectionFemale M42x0.75
Color or MonoColor
CooledCooled
Dark Current0.016 eNeg/ pix/ s at Neg10 degrees C
Delta T40C
Dynamic Range12 Stops
Free ShippingYes
Full Rez Frame Rate8fps
Full Well20ke
Max Frame Rate300fps
Mega Pixels16.3 MP
MP13 to 20 MP
Peak QE60%
Pixel Array4644 x 3506
Pixel Size3.8 microns
PortUSB 3.0
PS3 Microns or Smaller
Read Noise1e
Sensor Diagonal22.1 mm
Sensor TypeCMOS
SensorPanasonic MN34230 4/3"
Free ShippingYes