Atik Infinity Colour Camera - Information

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On this page, I present some information about my Atik Infinity Colour* camera (received used on November 25, 2017). Possibly, these are useful for others who want to acquire this camera as well...

See also page Atik Infinity Colour Camera - Experiences, Atik Infinity Colour Camera - Software, Atik Infinity Colour Camera - Field of View, and Atik Infinity Colour Camera - Gallery.

Notes

The Atik Infinity Colour camera is originally sold with the following accessories:

I bought the camera used at Teleskop-Leasing, instead of leasing it at first. They also supplied an adapter cable for the power supply that can be screwed into the camera und thus prevents the power cable from being removed inadvertently. This was a frequent source of criticism that I read on the Internet. I hope that the adapter will help prevent power interruptions.

The basic data was taken from the Atik Website.

*) Usually, I would write "Color", because I try to use American English, but Atik is a company located in the UK, and therefore it's "Colour"...

 

Look

Unboxing...

Note: Since this is a used camera, the package may not be in its original state...

Package and delivery note

Package opened, camera box and quickstart guide moved to top

Ditto

Camera box and quickstart notes

Camera box opened, the packing list lies on top

Then the software CD and the Quickstart guide come...

After removing the plastic cover, you can see the camera

View of camera and cables (the original bags are gone...)

Everything taken out of the box; at the bottom right you can see the additional cable adapter for the power supply

 

Everything without box ...

 

Look of the Camera

Size Comparison with Sony RX100 M1

Sony RX100 M1 and Atik Infinity

Ditto

Ditto

Adapter Cable for the Power Cable

The adapter cable can be screwed into the power connector of the Atik Infinity camera, whereas the original power cable cannot. The plug of the original power cable sits fairly loose in the power connnector and can easily be removed inadvertently.

Teleskop-Leasing added the adapter cable to the package to fight one often stated criticism, namely that the power cable gets loose when the camera is moved by the mount and thus, the recording is interrupted. I do not understand with Atik cannot deliver the camera with a "screw in" power cable. That's probably a matter of pennies...

Because of the length of the plug of the power supply cable, the plug sits firmly in the mating connector of the adapter cable. Here you do not have to worry that the connection gets loose easily.

 

Look at Different Telescopes

Heritage 100P on Star Discovery AZ GoTo Mount

The Atik Infinity can be operated, from a purely technical point of view, at the Heritage 100P. But unfortunately, this combination does not work as such, because I cannot get into focus with the camera. But with a Barlow lens or a focal extender this is possible (tested with 2 x versions; not shown).

View of the complete equipment including the power pack (for the mount and the camera) and a laptop computer (for running the Atik Infinity software)

Explorer 150PDS on Star Discovery AZ GoTo Mount

Top left and center view of the complete equipment including the power pack (for the mount and the camera) and a laptop computer (for running the Atik Infinity software)

 

Basic Data of the Atik Infinity Camera

 

Visited Sky Objects

So far, I have visited (and documented...) the following sky objects with the Atik Infinity:

 

First Photo Attempts

Notes: On this page, I only count those attempts where I actually took photos. On page "Experiences", I count all of my attempts and therefore differently... I also do not show all of my attempts here, see the page mentioned for more attempts.

First Attempts

The following very first photos with the Atik Infinity camera were taken with the Heritage 100P on the Star Discovery GoTo mount (Nov 29, 2017). It turned out that unfortunately I was not able to get into focus with this telescope.

    

M 57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra), unprocessed

 

M 57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra), post-processed

 

M 15 (Pegasus), unprocessed

 

M 15 (Pegasus), post-processed

Second Attempts (December 7, 2017)

During my second attempts, I used a cheap 2 x Barlow lens and a not so cheap Explore Scientific 2 x Focal Extender, and came into focus with both, but probably did not focus the telescope properly (which regrettably has no dual speed transmission...).

With Barlow Lens

         

M 57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, more "aggressively" post-processed

   

M 15 (Pegasus), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, more "aggressively" post-processed

   

M 56 (Lyra), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, more "aggressively" post-processed

   

M 27 (Dumbbell Nebula in Vulpecula), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, more "aggressively" post-processed

I created the "more aggressive" versions later, therefore the sections are different. The Barlow lens versions show vignetting in the original files.

With Focal Extender

         

M 57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, more "aggressively" post-processed

   

M 15 (Pegasus), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, more "aggressively" post-processed

   

M 56 (Lyra), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, more "aggressively" post-processed

   

M 27 (Dumbbell Nebula in Vulpecula), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, more "aggressively" post-processed

I created the "more aggressive" versions later, therefore the sections are different. Overall, the quality of the photos with focal extender is better, but they still are not really sharp. Presumably, I did not focus the telescope properly.

Third Attempts (December 31, 2017)

Photos taken with Explorer 150PDS on Star Discovery AZ GoTo mount:

    

Photo: My test equipment

 

Chart: Locations of the sky objects M 15, M 27, M 56, M 57, and M 71 (larger chart)

The Photos

   

M 15 (Pegasus), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

   

M 56 (Lyra), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

         

M 57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, differently post-processed

   

M 27 (Dumbbell Nebula in Vulpecula), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, differently post-processed

   

M 71 (Sagitta), unprocessed

 

Ditto, post-processed

 

Ditto, post-processed and sharpened

Fourth Attempts

Photos taken with Skymax-127 and 2 x focal reducer plus 25 mm extension tube (results theoretically in about 3 x reduction, practically in about 2,31 x reduction) on Star Discovery AZ GoTo mount:

    

M 45 (Taurus), center, unprocessed

 

M 45 (Taurus), center, post-processed

 

M 31 and M 32 (top left, Andromeda), unprocessed

 

M 31 and M 32 (top left, Andromeda), post-processed

The following photos were created later from recordings:

    

M 45 (Taurus), center, from recording, unprocessed

 

M 45 (Taurus), center, from recording, processed

 

M 31 and M 32 (top left, Andromeda), from recording, processed

 

M 31 and M 32 (top left, Andromeda), from recording, processed, darker variant

 

This more "aggressive" variant was started with auto-contrast and then changed slightly in the darks to make the background darker. As a result, the core is more washed out, but the fine structures are better to recognize, if one looks at the large version.

I found a similar version on astrojedi's blog, so I tried again and processed more "aggresively" to get closer to its result.

M 31 and M 32 (top left, Andromeda), from recording, processed, more "aggressive" variant

 

M 31 and M 32 (top left, Andromeda), from further recording, processed

 

M 31 and M 32 (top left, Andromeda), from yet another recording, processed

Note that these photos show the complete image and that the large versions are in original size. This is due to the fact that the sky objects are extended - even beyond the field of view.

 

Preliminary Conclusions

Heritage 100P, Explorer 150PDS

As a "minimal info" I can pass on that I cannot directly use the Atik Infinity camera on my Heritage 100P, because the camera does not come into focus, that is, it delivers only blurry images. However, with a Barlow lens or a focal length extender, the focus point can be moved in the desired direction, namely outwards. Depending on the magnification factor (1.5 x, 2 x or 3 x), the focal length is extended accordingly, which might be quite an advantage. But this also reduces the aperture ratio, thus requiring longer exposure times. The results achieved with the Heritage 100P with a focal length extender can, however, only be called "poor"...

The camera can be used directly at the Explorer 150PDS, and the achieved results are also much better than those achieved with the Heritage 100P. With appropriate post-processing, they seem to be no longer far away from what can be achieved with my equipment - they are also, at least in part, comparable to those of the eVscope.

Skymax-127, Skymax-102

Now it is all about detail improvements and trying out the camera with other telescopes. I tested the camera already briefly with the Skymax-127 and a 2 x focal reducer plus extension tube. Further tests are needed, als well as tests with the Skymax-102.

A First Statement...

Even with the initial poor results, I was already able to "see" more objects with the camera than I was previously able to find purely visually. In that sense, I was already satisfied with the camera at the beginning, now I am even more so.

Positive Aspects of "Quick-and-Dirty Astronomy Photography"

I would also like to point out a few more positive aspects of "quick-and-dirty astronomy photography," which apply to "sub-optimal" photos in general, too. Firstly, I can "see" objects with the camera, which I am not able to find for a number of reasons when observing visually. Even though the telescope tube was sitting on the GoTo mount, I was often not able to find some of the objects when observing visually, assuming that the objects were (mostly) correctly accessed. Thus, the camera can lead to the feeling of small successes, instead of frustration and disappointment.

Secondly, I can use the camera to save an image of the observed sky object, which at least, helps me afterwards to identify it, in the case that I am not quite sure that I actually have found it. And the image also shows certain object features that I normally cannot remember and quickly forget after observing. Later, you can find something like "a faint glow" or "nice" in my notes, which tells you close to nothing. Even a tiny and blurry photo contains more information that I can use in my recordings than such "overall" remarks.

 

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