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.
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 60 0C 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; Interline transfer sensors with fast electronic shuttering and inherent anti-blooming; 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).
The Apogee Aspen camera series are available with a wide variety of CCD sensors for diverse applications: from 1024 x 1024 format to high resolution 16.8 megapixel format, with support for interline, and both front and back-illuminated full frame CCDs. Here we show the relative sizes of the sensor range available.
Back-illuminated CCDs are typically used for very low light applications due to their high quantum efficiency (QE). The UV enhanced versions of the back-illuminated CCDs have the highest QE in the UV. Back-illuminated CCDs have the highest QE in the near-IR, but are subject to etaloning in this wavelength regime (fringing caused by internal reflections). Kodak micro-lensed Blue Plus CCDs (ME suffix on the sensor part number) also have high peak QE, but much less overall QE than the back-illuminated CCDs. Interline transfer CCDs can typically achieve higher frame rates and offer electronic shuttering capability, thus do not necessarily require electromechanical shutters. Large pixel CCDs generally offer the highest dynamic range.
The following Accessories are available for Apogee Aspen cameras:
AFW50-9R - 9 position filter wheel, round 50mm filters, USB 2.0
AFW50-7S - 7 position filter wheel, square 50mm filters, USB 2.0
AFW50-10S - 10 position filter wheel, square 50mm filters, USB 2.0
AFW31-17R - 17 position filter wheel, round 31mm filters, USB 2.0
XU-RECR/TRANS USB 2.0 - USB 2.0 fibre optic extender. Transmitter and Receiver, including 2 power supplies
Please click here to access the range of available filters
Please click here to access the range of available faceplate, lens mount and slip fit telescope adapters.
Below are detailed mechanical drawings for the standard Apogee Aspen Series camera configurations. Contact an Andor sales representative to discuss custom mechanical interfacing.
Software and SDK Installer for 32-bit applications (includes drivers for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows)
Note: It is recommended that when updating the driver, that you update firmware as well if your version is different than the latest version listed here. See readme. Due to installer incompatibility issues v3 software must be manually uninstalled first, before upgrading to v5 software.
Please refer to our Apogee Camera Installation Guide for more details. Software Driver Documentation
Linux driver support updates
The Random Factory maintains and supports all Apogee systems with Linux drivers. Contact Dave Mills at:
The Random Factory
3233 N Six Bar Spur
Tucson AZ 85745
tel: +1 520 822 5221
fax: +1 520 822 5223
ASCOM Camera and Filter Wheel Driver - Release 5.5.4
For more information on ASCOM please visit: ascom-standards.org
Apogee Camera Control Demo
Basic, unsupported acquisition application, recommended ONLY for use when testing and demonstrating Apogee cameras. Compatible with Apogee filter wheels.
*Please note you must install the Apogee SDK prior to running Apogee Camera Control Demo*
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