I was lucky enough to get a chance to briefly beta test a new G3-16200 CCD camera from Moravian Instruments. I’ve had the camera already for couple of months before I ever got a chance to do a first light test under a real (clear) sky. The first thing I always do with a new CCD toy is to measure the readout noise. The measurement shown below was done at -25 degrees Celsius in bin 1×1 mode. Since I have zero free time to write a comprehensive article on equipment review, I will just publish few images that I was recently asked for (e.g. a dark frame – 600 seconds long, cooled down to -20).
CCD Camera Measurement:
Gain = 0.58
Readout Noise = 9.83e-
Total System Noise = 13.97e-
IMPORTANT! The camera was equipped with a ENG-grade class of CCD chip.
Because of the size of the chip (format 5:4, APS-H size 4540 pixels to 3640 pixels of square 6.0um = 27.24mm x 21.84mm) I assume it will be a successfull follower of the famous KAF-8300 chip.
Unfortunatelly, I have only one image out so far made with this CCD: