The Atik Horizon is the first Atik CMOS Camera. It houses a 16MP sensor with exceptionally low read noise and incredibly fast read speeds. With our signature Atik blend of form and function, the Atik Horizon provides a sensitive, high megapixel sensor at a competitive price point. This makes it a great option if you’re looking to upgrade from DSLR, or have a 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
With extensive experience in both hardware and software design, the Atik Horizon turns our expertise to the world of deep-sky optimised CMOS cameras. Already known for our low-noise electronics, the Horizon has our lowest read noise yet – just ~1e- at high gain settings.
This is our first camera to offer adjustable gain. We’ve made a gain settings video to explain in a bit more detail how this setting works. In very simple terms, it’s similar to the volume control on a radio. By turning up the volume, you may be able to hear faint sounds better, but the loudest ones may be distorted. This is similar with imaging. By turning up the gain, it’s easier to detect faint signals, but brighter signals are more likely to oversaturate. High gain settings are excellent for narrowband imaging, which makes the mono Horizon an excellent choice if this is where your interests lie. On the other hand, low gain settings are great for high dynamic range in bright targets and for capturing things like star colour.
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 our 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 HyperStar systems from 8″. 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 our 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. Our on-the-fly image processing gets you up and running quickly, minimising the learning curve many people experience. However, our advanced functions ensure you are always in control as you steer your way through the night sky.
- 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 our renowned Artemis Capture imaging software, giving you full control over your imaging. We also supply 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.
Our experience of working with demanding scientific applications has given us an advanced understanding of sealing techniques. This understanding allows us to create a condensation free environment, and means your desiccant lasts much longer between recharges. We’re 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
- 1.8 metre battery power connector
- CD-ROM with drivers, software and user's manual (PDF)
- Quickstart Guide (paper)
- Cable post
- Desiccant port tool
Our highly acclaimed software is also available from our Downloads page.
Please note that to use the camera with our EFW3 large format filter wheel, you will require an additional Atik EFW M42 (T-thread) camera adapter.
A universal (110-230V) power adapter is optional.