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The Atik GP is a great camera to record planets and the Moon in high resolution!
Its compact size and light weight make it a joy to use on telescopes large and small. The sensor used is the fantastically sensitive 1.3 million pixel ICX445 EXview II CCD from Sony. The GP is capable of up to 30 frames per second and will download both 8bit data with the convenience of saving to standard video avi file format, or 12bit for full dynamic range images as Tif and Fits format. When used with the included GPAcquire software the camera is fully configurable with gain, region of interest, data format and a myriad of other settings enabling optimal planetary, solar and lunar imaging (Note: observe or photograph the Sun ALWAYS with the right protection filters!).
Data can be save direct to disk or initially to memory to optimise frame rates with slightly slower hardware. The advanced passive cooling allows images up to several seconds to be collected, ideal for guiding (note: for autoguide use, we suggest you the monochrome version of the GP camera). The camera is fully compatible with existing Atik software so can be used with our (included) Capture software as well as plug ins for Maxim DL, AstroArt, and more though the ASCOM camera interface. Controlled this way it behaves much the same as our bigger cameras and will allow binning and sub framing.
Guiding corrections are passed to the mount using an ASCOM interface. But it does require that the mount is ASCOM compatible and linked to the computer.
Included in the box:
camera body with 1.25'' adapter
1.8 metre USB cable
CD-ROM with drivers, software and user's manual (PDF)
Capture software is included for camera control and data acquisition, and plug-ins are included to allow use with Astroart and Maxim DL.
System requirements: Pentium IV PC with 512MB RAM, Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 (not RT), CD-ROM drive and USB 2.0 port.
|Use||Planetary + autoguide|
|Type:||Non cooled CCD camera|
|Sensor||Sony ICX445 EXview HAD II CCD|
|Resolution||1296 x 964|
|Sensor dimensions (mm)||4.9 x 3.6|
|Sensor diagonal (mm)||6.1|
|Pixels dimensions (µm)||3.75|
|A/D converter||12 bit|
|Readout Noise (e-)||Non dichiarato - not declared|
|ST4 integrated autoguide port||No|
|Telescope interface||Female T thread (42x0,75)|
|PC connection||USB 2.0|