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Author Topic: UKAI Kit Review : Atik One 6.0 Camera Bundle  (Read 5911 times)

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8. Roger's setup
« Reply #15 on: 21:42:15, 27 February, 2015 »
8. Roger's setup

Camera mounted on a TS65Q, using a Skywatcher EQ6 Pro mount
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9. Roger's 1st light - Rosette Nebula
« Reply #16 on: 21:49:59, 27 February, 2015 »
9. Roger's 1st light - Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula
Date - 8th Feb 2015

Exposure - 6x15 Ha 8x5RGB, Flats & Bias
Filters - Baader 7Nm Ha, Baader RGB 
Mount - Eq6 Pro
Capture software - Maxim
Processed - Pixinsight


Atik One 6.0 Mono  Baader 7Nm Ha & Baader RGB.
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10. Roger's 2nd light - the Horse Head nebula
« Reply #17 on: 21:53:12, 27 February, 2015 »
10. Roger's 2nd light - the Horse Head nebula

IC434
Date - 17th Feb 2015

Exposure - 12x600 Ha, Flats & Bias
Filter - Baader 7Nm Ha
Mount - Eq6 Pro
Capture software - Maxim
Processed - Pixinsight

Atik One 6.0 Mono  Baader 7Nm Ha filter
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11. Things we liked
« Reply #18 on: 21:53:41, 27 February, 2015 »
11. Things we liked

  • Overall weight 1.2kg - seems heavy until you realise this is a camera AND filterwheel
  • Measures 120 x 120 x 58 - quite compact for a camera & filterwheel
  • Helical OAG focuser is VERY easy to use - nice & smooth - we really liked this :thumbup:
  • Filterwheel very positive - maybe disconcerning at first that there is a loud "click" at each position, but this is perfectly normal.
  • No apparent vignetting at all with 1.25" filters - as the wheel is internal, they are positioned VERY close to the chip
  • One software download package - simple & intuitive to install - this is a major plus with camera software these days :thumpup:
  • 1st time connection - all worked without issues on 2 seperate setups :thumbup:
  • GP guider seems sensitive enough to pick up a guide star at will
  • GP is powered from the camera - cuts down on extra cables
  • Small pixels which suite a short focal length scope
  • Sony chips are VERY smooth and have few hot/bad pixels - can even get away withod dark/bias frames (flats depend on dust!) :thumbup:
  • Cooling held at -25 deg C @ 86% power being applied, with an outside temperature of about 1 or 2 degrees
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12. Things we didn't like
« Reply #19 on: 21:54:06, 27 February, 2015 »
12. Things we didn't like

  • Only 5 positions for filters. LRGB take 4 leaving only maybe Ha for Narrowband
  • installing/replacing filters is fiddly. Atik do supply a tool to install from the telescope side, but over a short time, the sticky end will degrade. If opening the camera, the connecting wire between circuit board and filter motor is VERY short & risks being pulled out
  • The camera ports (USB for GP, USB to computer & 2 x power connectors) would be better if labeled - especially the power for AUX which must not exceed 2 amps.
  • No power supply is included in the package - perhaps for overseas or RoHS regulations (Restrictions of use for certain Hazzardous Substances)? All other camera manufacturers that we are aware of supply power boxes. - This is probably the only thing we didn't really like & don't fully understand  :(
  • If GP is plugged into camera, then camera needs to use a powered hub else horizontal banding was observed. For guiding, this probably wouldn't affect the performance as a guider.
  • OAG is fixed in position - not able to rotate around it's axis so could  be limited when guide stars are few.
  • Took over 3 minutes to get to temperature - this is getting "picky", but seemed ages when waiting to image
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13. Conclusion
« Reply #20 on: 21:54:35, 27 February, 2015 »
13. Conclusion


We were VERY impressed with the complete kit and the results we achieved in such a short time.

This kit is highly recommended for the serious astrophotographer and we are confident that even a beginner will be able to use the kit easily and achieve results with a minimum of a learning curve.

The pixel size of this camera is better suited to a shorter focal length scope (wider field of view) but even when used with a long focal length scope, which challenges the seeing conditions in this country with a small pixel camera, it performed admirably.

As an all-in-one camera & guiding solution it is great value for money, with the only extras being the 1.25" filters.

To make the package complete, perhaps Atik may consider providing the filters as part of the package? Only time will tell.

Reviewers:
Roger Brooker
  Scope : TS 65Q @ f/6.5 (2.23 arc seconds per pixel)
  Mount : EQ6 Pro
Phil Shepherd
  Scope : 8" Ritchey Chretien @ f/7.5 1600mm focal length (0.59 arc seconds per pixel)
  Mount : iOptron CEM60-EC
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