Moravian Instruments G2 CCD
Every year you can come and see some of these great Moravian Instruments CCD cameras that we would usually showcase at the International Astronomy Show, the European Astrofest, the Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival and other local events. The international Astronomy Show usually take place in the beginning or middle of October at Stonleigh Park (near Leamington Spa, Warwich and Coventry), the European Astrofest in the beginning of February at the Kensington Town Hall and the Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival at the "The Observatory Science Center" (former Royal Observatory).
G2 cameras were designed for demanding scientific applications and for high-end astrophotography. Very high quantum efficiency (more than 85% in the case of G2-3200 camera) allows capturing of very faint objects. High quality electronics provides uniform images without artifacts and the read noise is limited by the CCD detectors themselves. Regulated cooling of CCD up to 50ºC below ambient temperature significantly reduces detector dark current. Cameras have integrated filter wheel with 5 positions for 1.25" filters in threated cells or with 6 positions for glass-only filters and mechanical shutter.
G2-0400, G2-1600 and G2-3200 cameras with non-ABG Kodak KAF CCD chips are suitable for scientific applications, requiring both high quantum efficiency and linear response to light.
G2-2000 and G2-4000 cameras with Kodak KAI CCD chips with ABG are suitable for astrophotography—anti-blooming of KAI CCDs eliminates charge blooming when bright stars appear in the field of view.
G2-8300 is our bestseller camera with Kodak KAF CCD with ABG, also suitable for astrophotography, especially in combination with telescopes with shorter focal length due to small pixels and large resolution. Not surprisingly most of the published photos were made by these cameras. It is also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by Nik Szymanek in his Review written for the Astronomy Now magazine. Read it here: Review of G2-8300 by Nik Szymanek