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Apogee Aspen CG16M Cooled Compact Monochrome CCD Astrophotography Camera

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Aspen CG16M
Ideally suited to challenging astronomy 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 pu...

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Ideally suited to challenging astronomy 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.

The KAF-16803 image sensor is a redesigned version of the popular KAF-16801 image sensor (4096 x 4096 pixel resolution), with enhancements that specifically target the needs of high performance digital radiography applications. Improvements include enhanced quantum efficiency for improved DQE at higher spatial frequencies, lower noise for improved contrast in areas of high density, and anti-blooming protection to prevent image bleed from over exposure in regions outside the patient.

Deep thermoelectric cooling 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. The Aspen CG16M uses a very large format 16.8 megapixel full frame sensor with microlenses and transparent gate electrodes to maximize sensitivity, as well as anti-blooming structure.

Cooling down to an incredible 60C below ambient results in a low dark current contribution.

These features make the Aspen CG16M an ideal solution for applications requiring both a large field of view and optimal signal to noise ratio, such as astrophotography and sky surveys. 


High Resolution Sensor
16.8 Megapixel sensor with 9 mm pixels delivers an exceptionally large field of view with high resolution

Programmable TE
Cooling down to 60C below ambient, Ideal for detection of weak chemiluminescence or astronomy images, enabling long exposure acquisitions with optimized signal to noise ratio

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

16-Bit digitization
High photometric accuracy

High longevity shutter
Shutter during readout and take dark reference frames - 58 mm. 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 the rising edge of the trigger

Focusing mode
Faster readout option, ideal for focus optimization

Precision locking filter wheels optional
Choose from a range of Apogee family filter wheels with up to 17 positions

Returns Policy

You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

Items that have been opened, damaged or are otherwise unsaleable will be subject to a minimum 10% restocking fee, to be assessed by Telescopes Canada upon receipt of the returned goods

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the 'Complete Orders' link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.


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CCD Sensor Kodak - KAF-16803
Antiblooming >100x
Binning Modes 1 x 1 to 8 x 4096 on chip
Cooling Maximum cooling up to 60°C below ambient temperature; -35°C at 25°C ambient Thermoelectric cooler with forced air.
Dark Current 0.0186 e-/pixel/sec
Digital Resolution 16-bit
Dynamic Range 79.9 dB (9895:1) maximum
Frame Rate 0.051 Full frame (@0.82 MHz) 0.249 Full frame (@3.99 MHz, focusing mode)
Frame Size Full frame, sub-frame
Pixel Size 9 x 9 um
Pixel Depth 94,000 e-
Quantum Efficiency 60% maximum @550 nm 41.5 % @400 nm
Read Noise 9.5 e- (RMS @ 0.82 MHz)
Sensor Size 36.8 x 36.8 mm (1359 mm sq ) 52.1 mm diagonal
Sensor Type KAF-16803 CCD (ON Semiconductor)
Temperature Stability +/- 0.1°C