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The Atik Horizon is the first Atik CMOS Camera. It houses a 16MP sensor with exceptionally low read noise and incredibly fast read speeds. This makes it a great option if you’re looking to upgrade from DSLR, or have system that would benefit from shorter exposure times.
- 16MP 4/3″ CMOS sensor
- 256mb DDR3 Image Buffer
- ~1e- Read Noise
- Cooling ΔT=>-40°C
- USB 3.0
Atik is already known for low-noise electronics, the Horizon has Atik's lowest read noise yet – just ~1e- at high gain settings. The 3.8µm pixel size is an excellent match for shorter focal lengths and camera lenses; great news if you’re looking for a wide field of view.
Mechanically, the Horizon is based on Atik's estblished 4-Series cameras, known for their power and adaptability. With a cyclindrical case measuring 74mm in diameter and 130mm in length, it’s compatible with Celestron's HyperStar systems. The slight size increase on the 4-Series is to house a huge cooling delta of -40°C below ambient. This keeps thermal noise under control, wherever in the world you image from.
Advanced Hardware Deserves Advanced Software: The Atik Horizon is natively compatible with Atik's Infinity live stacking software to give you incredible views of the night sky in a near real-time environment. Not only is this great for video astronomers and public outreach, it also makes getting into astrophotography a breeze. Atik's on-the-fly image processing gets you up and running quickly, minimising the learning curve many people experience.
- 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 is also fully compatible with Atik's renowned Artemis Capture imaging software that gives you full control over your imaging. Atik also supplies a full ASCOM driver so you’re free to use it with your preferred astroimaging software.
Amp Glow Control: From the outset, the Horizon has benefited from a built-in 256mb DDR3 image buffer to remove amp glow and other artifacts caused by data transfer over USB2, all while preventing issues with dropped frames. 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's experience of working with demanding scientific applications has given them an advanced understanding of sealing techniques. This understanding allows them to create a condensation free environment, and means your desiccant lasts much longer between recharges. Atik is using the same quartz fused cover glass as our Atik 383L+ camera to prevent condensation forming on the outside of the glass when the camera’s cooled. This added level of performance and reliability means you can spend less time maintaining your equipment, and more time imaging with it.
What's in the box?
- Camera body with 2" adaptor
- USB 3.0 cable
- USB 2.0 cable
- 1.8 metre battery power connector
- CD-ROM with drivers, software and user's manual (PDF)
- Quickstart Guide (paper)
- Cable post
- Desiccant port tool
A universal (110-230V) power adapter is optional and can be found as recommended accessory.
The new Horizon II offers two additonal capture modes:
- PowerSave Mode: Allows for the highest quality images to be taken
- Fast Mode: Increases the frame rate to 8 fps (or 100 fps using subframing). The Horizon II can now be used for planetary photography.