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Apogee Aspen

Apogee Aspen is the newest design innovation in the Apogee CCD range, ideal for demanding physical science and astronomy usage. Apogee Aspen increases cooling performance, improves stray light baffling, adds a network interface with a built-in web server, and sets a new standard in shutter longevity. The Aspen’s cooling performance down to 60°C below ambient offers low darkcurrent contribution, ensuring optimal signal to noise for long exposure applications such as astronomy.

  • Programmable cooling down to 60 °C below ambient
  • USB 2.0 and Ethernet interface
  • Range of sensors up to 16.8 Megapixel
  • 16-Bit digitization
  • High longevity shutter (> 5 million cycles)
  • Subarray readout


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Ideally suited to challenging astronomy and physical science imaging applications, the Apogee Aspen family offers a range of popular full frame and interline CCD sensors, within a camera platform that is designed to push performance. Thermoelectric cooling down to 60ºC below ambient ensures optimal sensitivity for long exposure applications. The simple convenience of a USB 2.0 interface is accompanied by an Ethernet network interface with a built-in web server. The Apogee Aspen also utilizes a new extremely high reliability shutter, specified for > 5 million shutter cycles.

Apogee Aspen cameras are available with a wide variety of sensors, including: Back-illuminated sensors with very high quantum efficiency, some with sensitivity in the deep UV; Front-illuminated CCDs with high sensitivity in the near-IR without etaloning and a range of resolution options up to 16.8 Megapixel (CG16M model).

High resolution sensors - Sensors up to 16.8 Megapixel, offering large field of view at high resolution

Ethernet interface with built-in web server - Remote access and control over the Internet, via standard web browser

USB 2.0 interface - Direct ‘Plug and Play’ simplicity of USB 2.0 or Ethernet with built-in web server

High Dynamic Range - Large pixel sensor variants offer extended intrascene quantification of weak and bright objects

16-bit digitization - High photometric accuracy

High longevity shutter - Shutter during readout and take dark reference frames - 35 or 63mm. Specified for > 5 million cycles

Programmable I/O port - Synchronization with intricate experimental set-ups

Remote triggering - LVTTL input allows exposure to start within 25 microseconds of rising edge of trigger

Focusing mode - Faster readout option, ideal for focus optimization

Upgrades/Accessories

XU-RECR/TRANS USB 2.0 - USB 2.0 fibre optic extender. Transmitter and Receiver, including 2 power supplies

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