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Apogee Atla F8300 Cooled Compact Monochrome CCD Astrophotography Camera

Estimated Delivery: 7-21 Days (On Back Order - Ask Us for Details)
Alta F8300
Ideal for astronomy applications, the Apogee Alta family has been a mainstream of high end imaging for many years, offering a wide range of full frame and interline CCDs. A USB 2.0 interface offers...

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Ideal for astronomy applications, the Apogee Alta family has been a mainstream of high end imaging for many years, offering a wide range of full frame and interline CCDs. A USB 2.0 interface offers the convenience of simple, robust connection to PC.

The Alta F8300 uses a medium format 8.3 megapixel sensor, ideal for applications requiring a large field of view with a smaller pixel size. Anti-blooming structures to prevent image corruption under high light conditions. Cooling down to 50C below ambient results in a low dark current contribution 


High Resolution Sensors
8.3 Megapixel sensor with 5.4 mm pixels delivers a large field of view with high

Programmable TE cooling down to 50C below ambient
Ideal for detection of weak chemiluminescence or astronomy images, enabling long exposure acquisitions with optimized signal to noise ratio.

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 - 43 mm.

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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Typographical Errors and Order Cancellations

Telescopes Canada reserves the right to cancel an order due to an error in pricing by Telescopes Canada or one of our suppliers, equipment being no longer obtainable, or other events which are out of our control.

Client-Initiated Cancellations

Client-initiated order cancellations are accepted prior to delivery of the equipment to the customer, thereafter it is a return.
Sensor Type KAF-8300 (ON Semiconductor)
Active pixels  3326 x 2504 W x H (8.3 Megapixel)
Sensor Size 18 x 13.5 mm (243 mm2 18 x 13.5 mm (243 mm2), 22.5 mm diagonal
Pixel Size  5.4 x 5.4 mm
Pixel Well Depth  40,000 eRead Noise •3 9.9 e- (RMS @0.83 Mhz)
Pixel Binning  1 x 1 to 8 x 2504 on chip
Quantum Efficiency  30% @550nm, 60% @400nm
Cooling  Maximum cooling up to 50°C below ambient temperature; -25°C at 25°C ambient.  Thermoelectric cooler with forced air.
Temperature Stability  +/- 0.1oC
Dark Current  0.016 e- /pixel/sec
Blemish Specification  Grade S as per sensor manufacturer definition
Anti-blooming factor  >100x
Maximum Dynamic Range  75.3 dB (5839:1)
Linearity  Better than 99%
Frame Rate (fps)  0.10 Full frame (@0.83 MHz), 0.80 Full frame (@6.7 MHz, focusing mode)
Frame Sizes  Full frame, sub-frame
Digital Resolution  16-bit
Camera Window  UV-grade fused silica
Interface Options  USB 2.0
Remote Triggering  LVTTL trigger input, expose strobe output
Peripheral Communications 8 pin mini-DIN I/O connector
Image Sequencing  1 to 65535 image sequences under software control
Exposure Time  100 milliseconds to 183 minutes, (2.56 microsecond increments)