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Cameras for Astronomy

Andor's product portfolio incorporates a range of high performance detector solutions for Astronomy, from fast time resolution EMCCDs and sCMOS cameras to slow scan, very large area back-illuminated CCDs. Crucially, Andor’s unparalleled commitment to superb quality and ease of maintenance is designed to maximize your observing time and to minimize cost of ownership.

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Large Area CCDs for Astronomy

Andor’s innovative approach to ultra-high performance has delivered iKon-XL, a very large area CCD platform that uniquely cools a back-illuminated 16.8 MP sensor to -100°C. The 4 MP iKon-L camera has long been the mainstay detector for many observing projects, including SuperWasp and Next Generation Transit Survey exoplanet programs.

  • 16.8 Megapixel back-illuminated CCDs (e2v)
  • TE cooling to -100 °C - NO liquid nitrogen or cryo-cooling
  • Near Infra-Red optimization - dwarf star detection
  • 18-bit Extended Dynamic Range technology

Key Application: Exoplanet detection (Transit and Radial Velocimetry), Wide Field Spectroscopic Survey, Photometry, Supernova detection.

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EMCCDs for Fast Time Resolution

Featuring single photon sensitivity, TE cooling to -100 °C and > 95% QE, the iXon EMCCD range has been central to many demanding observing initiatives, such as the RAVEN ‘Multi-Object Adaptive Optics’ system at the Subaru Telescope (Hawaii), CHIMERA, the Caltech high speed multi-color camera for detecting transiting objects in the Kuiper Belt, and SOFIA (pictured).

Key Applications: Wavefront sensors, High time resolution astrophysics,
Speckle/Lucky imaging and Transit surveys.

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sCMOS for Fast Time Resolution

Including the new Marana back-illuminated solution, scientific CMOS (sCMOS) technology is especially relevant for fast time resolution astronomy, combining high resolution / large field of view coverage of the sky with very fast time resolution, yet without sacrificing ultra-low noise performance. We are currently developing a next-generation, very large area sCMOS camera – enquire for further details!

Key Applications: Solar astronomy, Near Earth Object detection,
Space debris tracking, Transit surveys and Wavefront sensors

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Apogee High-Resolution CCD Range

Andor’s Apogee Camera Range presents a wide selection of ‘mid-range’ full frame and interline cooled CCD options, offering high resolution imaging solutions across a variety of budget levels.

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Which Astronomy camera do I need?

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.

Alternatively, contact our Astronomy specialists and let them know what it is you're looking for. Decision Illustration