About this product
Part Number: ATK0100
The new Atik 460EX CCD camera features the new Sony ICX694 sensor with the same EXview HAD CCD II technology present in the Atik 428EX but with more than twice the number of pixels and, most importantly, over twice the image sensor area (12.49mm Horizontal x 9.99mm Vertical). It also features similar high sensitivity, excellent QE and low noise characteristics as the 428EX making it a true workhorse for narrowband and LRGB deep-sky astrophotography.
An ideal match to many of the telescopes commonly used by amateurs astro-imagers, including the larger SCT’s and RC’s. It also has one of the narrowest and lightest bodies in its class, this has been achieved without compromising cooling performance or stability. Also, the sensor diagonal is big enough to satisfy the need for greater sky coverage but small enough to allow the use of 1.25” filters, even with fast f/2 systems.
The Atik 460EX comes with Atik’s renowned Capture application which provides a simple and intuitive yet powerful way to acquire images. Tools include a focus assistance readout, image sequencer, guide camera control and integration with Atik filter wheels. Capture aims to take the stress out of imaging, making your time at the telescope more enjoyable. If you require compatibility with other software there are plugins for MaxIm DL, Astroart and CCDSoft, as well as a full ASCOM driver.
Also included is Dawn, Atik’s new image-processing software. Like our cameras, it was designed from the ground up to be powerful yet easy to use. It allows a sequence of image-processing steps to be represented in the form of a pictorial workflow which can be created with a few mouse clicks and can then be executed very easily for repeatable and speedy results.
Atik 460EX v Atik 490EX
Specifications Sensor Type
: Sony ICX694 CCDCCD Image area
: 12.49mm Horizontal x 9.99mm Vertical (15.97mm diagonal)Horizontal Resolution
: 2750 pixelsVertical Resolution
: 2200 pixelsPixel Size
: 4.54x4.54 μmADC
: 16 bitReadout noise
: Typical 5e-Interface
: Mini-USB 2.0Power
: 12V DC, 1ACooler
: Regulated, ΔT= -25oC maxWeight
Backfocus : 13mm
What's in the box?
- Camera body with 1.25'' adapter
- 3-metre USB cable
- 1.8-metre battery power connector
- CD-ROM with drivers, software and user's manual (PDF)
- Quickstart guide (paper).
A universal (110-230V) power adapter is optional.
System requirements: Pentium III PC with 128MB RAM, Windows XP/Vista/Win7, CD-ROM drive and USB 2.0 port.
|Average Rating (3 Reviews): |A nice sensor but USB 2 is so slow these days
Wednesday, 29 December 2021 | Douglas
I've had this camera for many years and have to admit it is underused compared to other cameras that I have. The positives are the very nice CCD sensor. I actually like the almost square sensor (12.5mm x 10.0mm). There is also absolutely no vignetting with 1.25 inch filters, since the size is relatively small (and almost square). The pixel size is quite reasonable at 4.54 micron. This is a bit larger than more modern cameras (which typically have pixels around 3.8 micron) but the 20% larger size is not that significant. CCD also allows "real" binning where the electrons are combined at the chip level. A big plus is that the camera has zero "amp glow" type of noise features since with CCD, the amplifier is turned off during acquisition. There is essentially no need to take "darks", which can save a lot of time and simplifies calibration. Zero amp glow has only become available very recently on CMOS sensors.
My biggest complaint about the camera is that it was designed in the days before USB 3.0 was common so the downloading of images is very slow at full resolution. This does not take up that much imaging time when the exposures are long but it makes focusing very time consuming and tedious. Real-time focusing is only possible with significant binning (which decreases image size and reduces the download time).
The traditional ATIK "long skinny" form factor of the camera has pluses and minuses. For "hyperstar" kinds of imaging, where the camera is at the front the telescope, the very narrow width is a nice feature. But for normal "back of the telescope" imaging, the camera sticks out so far that it very vulnerable to getting knocked and on a long refractor it adds considerable danger of banging into a tripod leg near the meridian.
I quite like the more recent acquisition software from ATIK called "Infinity". It is easy to use and quite flexible and intuitive.
All in all, I can only recommend this camera for those users who are really into CCD cameras for some particular reason. Since CMOS is taking over, if you really want CCD, you should buy one immediately before they become unavailable (I believe the manufacture of the sensors has stopped and ATIK is making the cameras from their stock of chips). If you like this size of monochrome sensor, I would recommend waiting until monochrome 533 chipped cameras become available (sometime in early 2022). These will have a sensor size of 11.31mm square with 3.76 micron pixels and zero amp glow.
Gain Confidence from the Experts
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 | Dennis
I am seriously into taking and gaining the best images possible from the skies on the edge of the Lake District. I nearly gave up because my results were not good enough in my opinion. I consulted with Ian King Imaging and purchased an Atik 460Ex Mono and two further telescopes. The results gained were fantastic. I sought to purchase a good OSC colour camera and again went to Ian, which resulted in me purchasing the Colour version of the Atik 460. I have it set up, calibration frames taken and I know it will bring many nights of joy. Thanks to Ian King and First Light Optics. I trust the Experts.
Superb Camera with brilliant Atik Service
Monday, 19 January 2015 | Mark
I purchased the camera in October of 2014. The results with Baader LRGB filters have been outstanding with a beautiful colour balance. At 2x2 binning the sensitivity & low noise are quite outstanding & you don't really need bias frames as the noise is very low.
The camera I purchased had a manufacturing calibration issue which was sorted very quickly by Atik UK support & their Tec support team were second to none in resolving this issue.
In summary this is a superb camera backed by world class support which you won't regret purchasing
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