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UKAI Kit Review : Atik One 6.0 Camera Bundle
« on: 12:01:57, 17 January, 2015 »
Atik One 6.0 Camera Bundle Review

1. Camera & Guide Camera statistics

2. The Packages

3. Fitting the filters

4. Fitting the Off Axis Guiding module
5. The Atik GP CCD Camera
6. Phil's 1st Light - Messier 1, the Crab Nebula
7. Phil's 2nd Light - Horse head Nebula
8. Roger's setup

9. Roger's 1st light - Rosette Nebula

10. Roger's 2nd light - Horse Head Nebula
11. Things we liked
12. Things we didn't like

13. Conclusion
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1. Camera & Guide Camera statistics
« Reply #1 on: 19:34:14, 15 February, 2015 »
1. Camera & Guide Camera statistics

Atik One 6.0 ( Atik 468 + Off axis guider + Atik GP guider)
Sensor TypeSony ICX694/5
Resolution2750x2200 pixels
Pixel Size4.54x4.54 um
ADC16 bit
Readout Noise (typical)5 e-
InterfaceUSB 2.0
Power12V DC 2A
Maximum ExposureUnlimited
Minimum Exposure1/1000s
CoolingThermoelectric
  Delta T = -38C
WeightApprox. 990g
Backfocus (no adapter)24mm
Backfocus (T-thread)28mm
Filesize11.5MB

 
Atik GP Guide Camera

Resolution1296 x 964 pixels
Pixel size3.75
ADC12 bit
File Size~2.4MB


Retail Price

The Atik One 6.0 bundle, including the OAG and the GP, can be purchased in the UK for around £2,390 (Approx. 3,295 Euros)

Atik suppliers can be located from their website at http://www.atik-cameras.com/where-to-buy-atik-cameras/


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2. The Packages
« Reply #2 on: 19:49:42, 15 February, 2015 »
2. The Packages
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3. Fitting the filters
« Reply #3 on: 19:51:49, 15 February, 2015 »
3. Fitting the filters

 
Using one of the supplied Hex wrenches, remove the 4 hex-headed screws from the four corners of the front of the camera housing.
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3. Fitting the filters continued
« Reply #4 on: 19:55:56, 15 February, 2015 »
NOTE: The CCD chip for the main camera is housed in a sealed unit, but care still needs to be taken NOT to touch the window covering it.

Also, be careful  not to pull the wires too much once the case is open as the connector from the filterwheel to the main board is fairly short.
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3. Fitting the filters continued
« Reply #5 on: 19:59:07, 15 February, 2015 »
To remove the filterwheel, the centre hex-headed bolt is removed, along with the circular roller bearing.

NOTE: Carefully remove the wheel from the motor housing, which will then reveal another circular roller bearing.
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3. Fitting the filters continued
« Reply #6 on: 20:09:48, 15 February, 2015 »
Fit each filter into the wheel with the numbering on it.

Note: Each filter is numbered from 1 - 5
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3. Fitting the filters continued
« Reply #7 on: 20:12:19, 15 February, 2015 »
Place the filterwheel into the motor housing & back onto the central pivot, making sure one rollar bearing is on the underside & the other is on the facing side between the wheel & the aluminium face plate.
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3. Fitting the filters continued
« Reply #8 on: 20:14:14, 15 February, 2015 »
Finally, refit the housing  MAKING SURE YOU DO NOT TRAP ANY WIRES
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4. Fitting the Off Axis Guiding module
« Reply #9 on: 20:26:02, 15 February, 2015 »
4. Fitting the Off Axis Guiding module

The way in which the OAG fits onto the face plate is unique these days as it is bolted on and therefore reduces the overall "thickness" of the camera arrangement. Also, it is very rigid as it is held in place by 3 x hex-headed bolts.

First, remove the threaded nose piece using one of the wrench keys provided. The screws can be put in one of the small plastic bags which originally contained the longer screws.

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4. Fitting the Off Axis Guiding module continued
« Reply #10 on: 20:36:43, 15 February, 2015 »
The components of the Off Axis Guider are :

- The off-axis body, prism & helical focuser (Upper left)

- Atik GP Camera (lower left)

- 2" Push-fit nose cone, with capability of using 2" screw-in filter (upper right)
  (Note: the flange on this nose piece is slightly thinner than that which comes with the Atik 468 to shorten the distance slightly)

- longer hex-headed screws + hex wrench (lower right)
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4. Fitting the Off Axis Guiding module continued
« Reply #11 on: 20:42:59, 15 February, 2015 »
Fit the OAG assembly onto the camera face plate using 3 supplied longer hex-headed screws
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5. The Atik GP CCD Camera
« Reply #12 on: 20:54:39, 15 February, 2015 »
5. The Atik GP CCD Camera

The GP camera is a mono CCD capable of downloading up to 30 frames per second all the way to an exposure of a few seconds which is more than adequate to allow this camera to guide.

It does not have a native ST4 interface but can be used with any ASCOM compliant software to allow pulseguiding via the telescope interface.

It connects to the Atik One 6.0 camera body via a short Mini-B plug ->
Standard-A plug cable. This also supplies the power to the GP camera.

The camera screws directly onto the top of the OAG helical focuser.

The GP is a very small & tidy package (the final image is it next to a 2 pence piece!) :


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6. Phil's First Light - Messier 1, the Crab Nebula
« Reply #13 on: 21:57:26, 15 February, 2015 »
6. Phil's First Light - Messier 1, the Crab Nebula

Image details: 11 x 600s exposures, guided with Atik GP via the attached OAG, using a Schuler Ha 1.25" filter
Scope : 8" Ikharus Ritchey Chretien truss-type scope, 1600mm focal length
Mount : iOptron CEM60-EC
Processed : Pixinsight - calibrated, stacked, slight Deconvolution, slight ACDNR & cropped. Resized to 800x800 for here

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7. Phil's 2nd Light - Horsehead Nebula
« Reply #14 on: 22:01:26, 15 February, 2015 »
7. Phil's 2nd Light - Horsehead Nebula

Image details: 5 x 900s exposures, guided with Atik GP via the attached OAG, using a Schuler Ha 1.25" filter
Scope : 8" Ikharus Ritchey Chretien truss-type scope, 1600mm focal length
Mount : iOptron CEM60-EC
Processed : Pixinsight - calibrated, stacked, slight ACDNR & cropped. Resized to 800x800 for here
Comments : guiding was a little eratic due to wind conditions
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