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APM Professional Telescopes

1m F/8 Ritchey Chrétien with dual Nasmyth Foci, Cape Town (South Africa)

Another large telescope for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). An 1m F/8 Alt-Az mounted Ritchey Chrétien for robotic use. It has dual Nasmyth Foci. The main telescopes used for research are located at the SAAO observing station (32°22.795’S 20°48,657’E) near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

ASA Telescopes

ASA600 with DDM200

ASA600 OTA is the perfect fit for the ASA direct drive mounts with absolute encoders. As all ASA telescopes the ASA600 is equipped with quartz glass optics from ASA.

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Overview Andor Cameras for Astronomy

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sCMOS, EMCCD and CCD Cameras for Astronomy

Andor's product portfolio incorporates a range of high-performance detector solutions for Astronomy, from faster time resolution sCMOS and EMCCD cameras to slow scan CCDs. Across each technology category, low noise floor and back-illuminated QE options are common, as are very large area sensor solutions for maximum sky coverage. Crucially, Andor’s unparalleled commitment to superb quality, vacuum innovation and ease of maintenance is instilled throughout the portfolio, intended to maximize your observing time and to minimize cost of ownership.

 
  • iKon-XL 231 CCD  - Up to 16.8 Megapixel back-illuminated CCDs, including NIR optimized, with -100 °C TE cooling.
  • iXon EMCCD series - single photon sensitivity and > 90% QE at high speed.
  • sCMOS camera series - up to 16.9 Megapixel, > 90% QE options, very high-speed readout with ultra-low noise floor.

 



 

 

Low Maintenance Astronomy

Andor’s UltraVac™ Technology is particularly relevant for astronomy applications. Cameras are often in remote unmanned observation locations and need to operate without service intervention, over long durations of time. The sustained vacuum integrity of Andor’s UltraVac™
Technology prevents the need for re-pumping and experiment down-time, resulting in higher experimental throughput, and a lower cost of ownership.
  • NO Liquid Nitrogen
  • NO Vacuum re-pump
  • NO Cryo cooler
  • NO Return to base

Astronomy - Exoplanet Discovery

One of the key goals of Exoplanet science is to discover planets similar in size and composition to Earth. Using the latest in imaging technology, planets in this size domain can be most easily discovered around M-dwarf stars. An Earth-sized exoplanet transiting an M-dwarf star causes a more significant decrease in stellar brightness than the same planet orbiting a Sun-like star. However, detecting transit signatures of planets of this kind remains challenging due to the planet’s small relative sizes and/or faint host stars, combined with limited sensitivities of existing instruments.
Andor’s large area iKon-L and iKon-XL back-illuminated CCD cameras represent ideal solutions for exoplanet science, due to the sensor’s high sensitivity, extended NIR sensitivity and high QE coverage (>90% peak QE) in combination with a low noise floor supporting high precision photometry.

Andor’s large area iKon-L and iKon-XL back-illuminated CCD cameras represent ideal solutions for exoplanet science, due to the sensor’s high sensitivity, extended NIR sensitivity and high QE coverage (>90% peak QE) in combination with a low noise floor supporting high precision photometry

Astronomy Camera Comparison Tool

The illustration below should help you to find the perfect solution for your Astronomy needs. Whether it is speed, resolution, field of view or even budget that you care most about, you can find it here. Alternatively, contact our Astronomy specialists and let them know what it is you're looking for.

 

      Andor Astronomy Camera Systems

  CCD

EMCCD

sCMOS

iKon-XL 16.8 MPx

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Dynamic Range
Back-illuminated QE
Low Noise
Resolution
FOV
Speed
Budget
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iKon-L 4.2MPx

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Dynamic Range
Back-illuminated QE
Low Noise
Resolution
FOV
Speed
Budget
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 iXon-Ultra 2 MPx

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Dynamic Range
Back-illuminated QE
Low Noise
Resolution
FOV
Speed
Budget
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Balor 16.9 MPx

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Dynamic Range
Front-illuminated QE
Low Noise
Resolution
FOV
Speed
Budget
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Marana 4.2 MPx
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Dynamic Range
Back-illuminated QE
Low Noise
Resolution
FOV
Speed
Budget
 
ZL41 Wave 5.5& 4.2 

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Dynamic Range
Front-illuminated QE
Low Noise
Resolution
FOV
Speed
Budget
 

Key Applications
  
Exoplanet Studies
Large Sky Surveys
Asteroid Observations
Photometry
Astro-Spectroscopy
X-ray Astronomy
Variable Stars
Long term Monitoring
Exoplanet Studies
Lucky Imaging
Speckle Imaging
Photometry
Guiding
Adaptive Optics
Astrophysics
Low Light Apps
   
pace Debris Tracking
Solar Astronomy
NEOs
Asteroid Observations
Guiding
Adaptive Optics
Astrophysics
X-ray Astronomy

APM Professional Telescopes

1m F/8 Ritchey Chrétien with dual Nasmyth Foci, Cape Town (South Africa)

Another large telescope for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). An 1m F/8 Alt-Az mounted Ritchey Chrétien for robotic use. It has dual Nasmyth Foci. The main telescopes used for research are located at the SAAO observing station (32°22.795’S 20°48,657’E) near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

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