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Atik - Infinity Sony ICX825 Monochrome CCD Video Camera

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The Atik Infinity features the same incredible Sony ICX825 sensor with EXview HAD CCD II™ technology as the Atik 414EX for outstanding sensitivity and low noise, but uses custom control electronics engineered for optimum near-live view display. This combination brings the wonders of the deep sky closer to the observer than ever, making objects that would normally be too faint for an eyepiece appear in outstanding detail.

SKU: ATK0144
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Atik Infinity Sony ICX825 Monochrome CCD Video Camera

The Atik Infinity features the same incredible Sony ICX825 sensor with EXview HAD CCD II™ technology as the Atik 414EX for outstanding sensitivity and low noise, but uses custom control electronics engineered for optimum near-live view display. This combination brings the wonders of the deep sky closer to the observer than ever, making objects that would normally be too faint for an eyepiece appear in outstanding detail.

Enter the Atik Infinity! From the start, this camera was designed to be used by the beginner. It’s sensitive enough to be capable of displaying images of the brightest objects in just a few seconds. Not only that, but the brand new software allows for real time stacking, so if you’re doing very short exposures (let’s say 5 seconds), the first image will look noisy, but the second image will look much better, the third even better, and so on. The software is even smart enough to detect and adjust for field rotation. No Polar alignment needed! No precise tracking needed, either! If your drive is so bad that not even 5 seconds exposures are guaranteed, the software will detect a trailed image and won’t add it to the stack. Even lower-end telescope drives will now be able to do imaging.

 

Why video astronomy?

It’s always been Atik's goal to make astrophotography accessible to as many people as possible, bringing quality without compromise to the novice and professional alike. They also believe in the power of astrophotography to provide incredible insights into the night-sky that just aren’t possible with visual observation.

But Atik also recognises that a lot of people want to see the wonders of the deep sky without the long exposures and post-processing involved with astrophotography. The Infinity makes these objects observable in near real-time, and allows this experience to be shared with family and friends.

Although objects in our solar system can be observed using webcams, deep sky video astronomy still faces a number of challenges, from the detection of incredibly faint signals to reducing background noise. Atik has taken their experience of meeting these challenges in astrophotography and adapted them for video astronomy.

As well as seeing objects too faint for an eyepiece, a huge benefit of video astronomy is that it can show you those objects in colour. Atik will be releasing the Infinity with the option of either a mono or a one-shot colour sensor. Mono is ideal for those whose ultimate priority is sensitivity, while the OSC option allows you to see colours that the human eye alone isn’t sensitive enough to detect.

 

A New Design

This is a very different type of camera for Atik. It still features a standard 12V power requirement and USB connection, but they've moved to a slim rectangular design to keep the body close to the scope. The Infinity also features an ST4 guider port so it can double up as a high-end guide camera.

Another notable different with the Infinity is that it is uncooled. The thermal noise from the ICX825 sensor is so low at short exposures that it can be successfully managed through the custom control software.

In addition, all Atik Cameras come with a screw-in power connector, so you dont have to worry about lose connections. 

 

Custom Software

To get the absolute best performance from the Infinity, Atik has created a custom software application designed and optimised specifically for video astronomy. The favourite features include continuous live-stacking, intelligent histogram function and mode selection to switch easily between finding and viewing objects.

Atik still in the process of testing the camera and developing our software, but will be releasing the results of the initial sessions with the Infinity over the coming weeks so you can see first-hand why we’re so excited about it.

 In addition, all Atik Cameras come with a screw-in power connector, so you dont have to worry about lose connections. 

 

Specifications

Name Atik - Infinity Sony ICX825 Monochrome CCD Video Camera
Manufacturer Atik Cameras
Model ATK0144
CCD Sensor Sony - ICX825
ADC (analog to digital converter) 16 bit
Autofocus System Yes
Backfocus Distance 13mm
Computer Interface USB 2.0 High Speed and ST4 compatible guide port
Cooling passive
Exposure Compensation -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Length (Min) 1/1000 s
Exposure Length (Max) 120 s
Metering Range EV -3.0 - EV 20.0
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Pixel Size 6.45 µM x 6.45 µM
Power 12v DC 1A
Read Noise 6e- typical value
Movie Metering Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Movie Audio AAC LC, AC3, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +3 m
Viewfinder Eyepoint 23.00 mm
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.78x

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