Andor | Cameras for Astronomy

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 the slow scan, very large area 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.

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
  • 18-bit Extended Dynamic Range technology

Key Applications: Wide field spectroscopic survey, Deep space observation, Exoplanet detection & Radial velocimetry, Large sky surveys and NEO 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).

  • Single photon sensitivity
  • Quantum efficiency > 95%
  • Up to 1 Megapixel
  • 26 - 515 full frames per second

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

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sCMOS for Fast Time Resolution

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!

  • Extremely low noise down to 0.9 e-
  • Rapid frame rates up to 100 fps (full frame)
  • High resolution up to 5.5 Megapixel
  • Wide dynamic range up to 33,000:1

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.

  • Up to 16 Megapixel cooled to 50 °C below ambient
  • USB 2.0 connectivity and Ethernet connectivity
  • Full range of filters, filter wheels and adapters
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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.