The 2017 Round-Up

By Jo on

So here we are again, the most wonderful time of the year. Even astronomers need a little break every so often, so we’ll be shutting our doors and enjoying the festive period with our friends and loved ones.

Our support service will be closed from 22nd December until the 8th January. As soon as we’re back, we’ll get back up to full speed as quickly as possible, so please be patient while we catch up with your enquiries.

That said some of us will be filtering back from the 2nd, so for anything that can’t wait the extra week, please email and we’ll do our best to help.

2017 Recap

This always seems a good time to reflect on the last twelve months, so let’s take a little look at what we got up to this year. Not only have we released one, but two 16MP cameras in 2017, including our new Atik Horizon. As you probably know by now, this is our first CMOS-sensor camera, and we’ve been thrilled with the results we’ve been getting.

But that’s not to forget the Atik 16200 that began shipping in the first part of the year. There have been some stunning images created with it, like Phil Shepherd’s first light of M101 that contained a wonderful 101 PGC objects. To complement the Atik 16200, we also now have the Atik EFW3 7-position large format filter wheel, due to start shipping imminently.

After a slight hiatus, the Atik Astrophotography Competition is also back up and running, with some incredible prizes on offer this year. Not only will the winner receive a brand new Atik Horizon camera, they will also get a stay at the fantastic Les Granges astronomy holiday venue. For more information, see our competition page, and enter now for your chance to win.

Talking of giving things away, we also opened up our Infinity software not just to our new Horizon, but also our entire 4-Series range. This is now included in our core software download, and we’ve had some wonderful feedback from our Infinity 4-Series beta testers.

So, what’s next?

We can’t give too much away about what we’re planning for the next year, but you can believe us when we say it’s set to be an exciting one.

One thing we can tell you is that we’ve begun working on an imaging app for mobile and tablet. We currently have a version that can connect to a camera through Atik Air and take marvellous pictures of our brightly flashing Christmas tree. It’s early days, but drawing an image on the tablet means we’ve already jumped one of the first major hurdles. We’re hoping to make our way swiftly over the next ones early in the new year.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and plenty of clear skies.

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