About this product
Part Number: ATK0144
Now shipping with a new screw-in cable connector for improved stability
The Infinity is Atik's first CCD camera optimised for video astronomy.
Video astronomy is a challenging and rewarding field that sits between visual astronomy and conventional astroimaging and requires a camera that is both fast and sensitive. Conventional approaches include adapting security cameras or guide-cameras but both have their limitations. This is where the Atik Infinity comes in.
It features the same remarkable Sony ICX825 sensor with EXview HAD CCD II™ technology as the popular Atik 414EX so delivers outstanding sensitivity and low noise, but uses custom control electronics engineered for optimum near-live view display. This combination brings the wonders of deep-sky targets closer to the observer than ever, objects normally too faint for an eyepiece appear in remarkable detail.
Based on a high-end 16-bit camera Atik developed for microscopy and inspection applications, the Infinity is a no compromise solution for capturing high quality images at live-view frame rates. Not only can you explore the faint wonders of the night sky in detail unmatched by an eyepiece, you can also share the views with others.
Mono or Colour?
The Atik Infinity is available with a mono or colour sensor. Those wanting maximum detail will favour the mono sensor for it’s higher sensitivity whereas the colour sensor will suit those who want to explore the universe in colour, beyond the sensitivity of the unaided human eye.
New Body Design
The Infinity is a new type of camera for Atik with a slim rectangular design to keep the body close to the scope. It features a standard 12v power requirement and USB as well as an ST4 guider port so it can also be used as a high-end guide camera.
The Infinity is also uncooled - the thermal noise is so low at short exposures it can be successfully managed through Atik's custom control software.
For optimum performance Atik have created a custom software application designed and optimised for video astronomy. Some of the best features include continuous live stacking, intelligent histogram functions and mode selection to easily switch between finding and viewing objects.
- Simple intuitive interface!
- Live continuous stacking, including hot pixel removal and ‘bad’ image discard.
- Focus tools and monitoring.
- Flexible histogram adjustments, including auto-stretch function.
- Save to FITs, PNG and JPG formats.
- One-click broadcast straight to YouTube.
- Whole session replay feature.
The Infinity is also compatible with Atik's existing software packages, including their renowned Artemis Capture image acquisition software, making it well suited to high-end guiding and entry-level imaging.
Public Outreach & Education
The Infinity is an excellent camera for public outreach or education. It allows faint deep-sky targets to be seen in amazing detail by all involved, whether at the telescope itself or through Atik's integrated broadcasting features which enable you to share your views of the night sky with others. Sound recording and live chat enables you to talk and interact with your audience and a list of available broadcasts within Atik's software means you’ll never miss a session.
Clouds might alter your plans but Atik's session replay and post-broadcast features allow you to review and share your sessions, whatever the weather, whatever the time.
Field of View Simulator
Draft specifications - subject to change.
|Sensor Type ||CCD - Sony ICX825 |
|Horizontal Resolution ||1392 pixels |
|Vertical Resolution ||1040 pixels |
|Pixel Size ||6.45 µM x 6.45 µM |
|ADC ||16 bit |
|Readout Noise ||6e- typical value |
|Speed ||2-3 Frames per sec |
|Interface ||USB 2.0 High Speed + ST4 guide port |
|Power ||12v DC 1A |
|Cooling ||Ambient air cooling |
|Maximum Exposure Length ||Unlimited |
|Minimum Exposure Length ||1/1000 s |
|Backfocus ||13mm |
|Average Rating (1 Review): |High expectations, disappointing experience
Thursday, 7 January 2021 | Les
Purchased this camera from FLO in December 2018, with the expectation and ambition to really getting more from my observing sessions, allowing the sensitivity of a camera to enhance the limitations of my eyes. Like most of us, I have struggled at times to be able to see the visual details of DSO, so the use of a high spec camera to aide my eyes, and after reading reviews and watching a number of videos of this camera in use, I thought this would be the ideal camera for me.
I only really got around to using the camera from September 2020, and despite some, decent results, notably M27 the Dumbbell nebula, and M57 the Ring nebula, and recently M42 the Orion nebula, most other objects have been very difficult to resolve, with poor and disappointing results.
To try and improve results, I have added Narrowband and Broadband filters, hoping these would improve (M27,M42,M57 all benefited from these additions), however, despite the use of the broadband filter, even M31 Andromeda was a struggle to resolve.
I had been using this camera with a Celestron C11 XLT, with f6.3 reducer, and even recently add a William Optics Zenthstar 73, hoping this would maybe be a better match, but like the C11, other than a wider field of view, the results again have been very disappointing.
Even when saving the images for post processing, the detail, even with 100's of fits files, the final output has not been great.
Talking about this as a open reach option, I would not like to be the person demonstrating to a group of the public, swinging between objects from my experience, other than those already mentioned, would be very difficult to convince a member of the public, the very poor hazy smudge on the screen was any better that a view through the eyepiece, particularly galaxy's, so would not recommend this camera for that purpose.
The particular issue with Galaxies is the stretching of the blacks making the image very noisy, as can be see in the examples on the Atik infinity page. Galaxies were also my key object of interest, so this make sit more disappointing.
I am so disappointed about this review, I really wanted to say great things about the camera as I really wanted to get more out of my observing, but this camera is making my viewing more complex and frustrating and the thought of video astronomy and running live sessions, which is what I was looking to do, is almost impossible.
So I think my next step is to look for an alternative one shot colour camera for DSO and forget the video astronomy option.
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