The ATIK 383L+ is an 8 Megapixel camera using the Kodak KAF-8300 CCD. Over the last few months a huge amount has been written about this CCD, justifying its place in astronomer's hearts. ATIK can sum it up succinctly by saying it's a fabulous CCD with a huge number of good-sized pixels that is currently available at an irresistible price. This sensor should redefine mid-range astro-imaging, making multi-megapixel, cooled cameras much more accessible. So what of ATIK's implementation? In the past ATIK has prided itself on providing cameras with the very highest image quality but at reasonable cost- no reason to change.
ATIK has built on the success of their very highly regarded ATIK Platform 3 to support Kodak's KAF-8300. This immediately offers a huge number of advantages including the very low read-noise circuits and the reliability from using this established design. The camera can be used with either the EFW-U or the new EFW2 and Off Axis Guider. For focal ratios of f/5 and above, standard 1.25 inch filters can be used without vignetting. Faster focal ratios will need flat-field correction or 36mm filters.