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...

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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.

Atik Infinity with Focal Reducer and Extension Sleeve

TS 2 x Focal Reducer and 2.5 cm Extension Tube

TS focal reducer 2 x (right) and extension tube (left)

TS 2 x Focal Reducer Fitted to Atik Infinity

Attached to the Skymax-102 (not tested yet in practice - only at the Skymax-127)

TS 2 x Focal Reducer and 2.5 cm Extension Tube Fitted to Atik Infinity

 

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)

Skymax-102 on Star Discovery AZ GoTo Mount

The Atik Infinity can be operated at the Skymax-102. But because of the long focal length of the Skymax-102 and its small aperture ratio (1300 mm, f/12.7), a focal reducer is advisable (see above). I have not tested this combination yet. Here the camera is shown without a focal reducer!

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)

Skymax-127 on Star Discovery AZ GoTo Mount

The Atik Infinity can be operated at the Skymax-127. But because of the long focal length of the Skymax-127 and its small aperture ratio (1500 mm, f/11.8), a focal reducer is advisable (see above). I tested this combination with a 2 x TS focal reducer plus a 2.5 cm extension tube (nominally 3 x, but 2.31 x in practice). Here the camera is shown without a focal reducer!

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 show successful first photo attempts. On page First Experiences, I present all of my first attempts, whereas on page Gallery, I will collect and present the in my opinion best photos.

Attempts on 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)

 

M 56 (Lyra)

 

M 57 (Ring nebula in Lyra)

   

M 27 (Dumbbell nebula in Vulpecula)

 

Ditto, alternative processing

 

M 71 (Sagitta)

Attempts on January 14, 2018

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

 

M 31 and M 32 (top left, Andromeda)

 

M 45 (Taurus), created from recording

    

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

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.

Attempts on February 12, 2018

The following photos were taken with the Explorer 150PDS on the Star Discovery AZ GoTo mount (with StarSense module):

         

M 35 (Gemini)

 

M 42 (Orion)

 

M 42 (Orion), alternative processing

         

M 36 (Auriga)

 

M 37 (Auriga)

 

M 38 (Auriga)

Attempts on February 21, 2018

The following photos were taken with the Explorer 150PDS on the Star Discovery AZ GoTo mount (with StarSense module):

         

M 35 (Gemini)

 

M 42/43

 

M 42/43, alternative processing

             

Nearly Half Moon

 

 

 

 

 

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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