Whether you’re brand new to astrophotography and looking to learn the basics, or a seasoned pro after some new tips, we have a number of tutorials to help you along the way. We regularly add new videos and are always open to your suggestions, so why not get in touch through our Twitter or Facebook accounts with any topics you’d like to see us cover? You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss a new one.
Autoguiding and Sequencing in Capture
This video shows how to use Capture for autoguiding and image sequencing. This is a real imaging session using a refractor on a G11 mount with Atik 16IC guide camera and Atik 314L+ imaging camera.
Atik Horizon II
Atik’s CEO, Steve Chambers, and Production Manager, Rui Tripa, discuss the Horizon II, the follow up to the first Atik CMOS Camera developed for deep sky astrophotography.
Whilst maintaining the core elements of the initial horizon such as its 16MP CMOS sensor with a 21.9mm diagonal, its evolution comes in its variety. Now offering three modes – Normal, PowerSave, and Fast – the Horizon II can produce the highest quality images in PowerSave mode and boasts an increased frame rate in Fast mode.
The Atik 16200
Atik’s CEO, Steve Chambers, and Production Manager, Rui Tripa, discuss the Atik 16200.
This camera boasts an APS-H size sensor with a 35mm diagonal in a new case design. The 6µm pixel sensor makes it suitable for a large range of telescopes. The large format size of the camera makes it ideal for astrophotographers looking to capture widefield views of the night sky and zoom in on deep sky regions of interest.
The Atik 460EX
Watch Atik CEO, Steve Chambers, and Production Manager, Rui Tripa, discuss the Atik 460EX.
Utilising a Sony ICX694 sensor complete with EXview technology for outstanding Quantum Efficiency and generous sky coverage, the 460EX is also one of the most versatile astrophotography cameras around, well-suited to a large range of telescopes ranging from the amateur to the professional.
The Atik 383L+
Watch Atik CEO, Steve Chambers, and Production Manager, Rui Tripa, discuss the Atik 383L+. A dream combination of low-noise electronics and a scientific grade sensor at a fantastic price, whether you are an established imager or just starting, this camera is a great choice.
CMOS or CCD
With the introduction of our first CMOS camera, the Atik Horizon, you might be wondering whether that or a CCD based camera would be better for your astrophotography. This video covers some of the main things to consider when making the decision.
Choosing a Camera
If you’re struggling to choose between cameras, here are some of the key considerations to take into account to help you find the perfect camera for you. You might also like to take a look at our written guide on choosing between a mono or one-shot colour camera.
Connecting Astrophotography Equipment
This tutorial will help you understand the different methods available for connecting a camera to your telescope, as well as how to add in additional pieces of equipment such as filter wheels and off-axis guiders. It also discusses some of the issues surrounding backfocus requirements, and how guiding corrections are sent back to the mount.
Four Part Getting Started Tutorial
If you have just got, or are thinking about getting an Atik camera, this series of 4 videos should help you understand the basics.
Part One – Unboxing the Camera and Installing the Software
Part Two – Making a Pinhole Lens to Practice with the Camera
Part Three – An Introduction to Using Artemis Capture
Part Four – Cooling and Shutting Down the Camera
Identifying Dust and Basic Camera Cleaning
The way dust appears in your flats can give a good indication of where it is in your optical train. This video explains the basics of identifying dust and how to clean your optical window – one of the most common places for dust to gather.
Recharging Your Desiccant Tablets
Once you’ve had your camera for a few years, you might find your desiccant tablets need recharging. Here’s how:
An Introduction to Debayering
Not sure where to start with debayering images from your one-shot colour camera? Check out our introductory tutorial to help you get started. It covers debayering in Astroart, Maxim DL, Artemis Capture and Dawn.
Explore and compare the difference between CMOS and CCD sensors
Steve Chambers answers your questions surrounding the differences between CMOS and CCD sensors. We cover subjects from amp glow and sensor gain to well depth and narrowband performance.
The differences between CCD and CMOS calibration files
Steve Chambers explores and compares the differences between CCD and CMOS calibration files using on screen demonstrations. This includes: Bias Frames, Glow, Dark Frames, and Flat Fields.
What is a CCD Sensor?
Naturally we spend a lot of time talking about CCD Cameras, but what actually is a CCD image sensor and why do we use them in our products? Steve Chambers explains.
Noise in CCD Cameras
When we’re imaging the night sky with a cooled CCD camera, we’re looking to get the best possible signal to noise ratio we can to create clear and detailed images. There are three main types of noise associated with CCDs, and we’ve taken a closer look at what each them is, where they come from and what we do to minimise them in our cameras and in our images.