Alta® F Series:
Faster readout speeds, Alta reliability

The Alta® F Series represents the next step in the evolution of the Alta line of cameras with faster readout speeds. The Alta line continues to support a wide variety of front-illuminated, back-illuminated and interline transfer CCDs. All Alta systems are backed by a 2 year warranty on the camera and a 3 year warranty on the CCD chamber integrity. Current U Series customers can easily upgrade their systems to F Series, for more information contact Apogee Customer Support.
  • 16-bit digitization
  • 32 MByte camera memory
  • Field upgradeable firmware
  • Subarray readout and fast sequencing modes
  • 32/64 bit ActiveX drivers included with every system
  • Programmable cooling to 50°C below ambient
  • General purpose programmable I/O port
  • Adjustable fan speed for low/zero vibration
  • Programmable status indicators
  • AR coated silica windows
  • Moisture free chambers
  • Precision locking filter wheels optional

System Specifications
PC InterfaceUSB 2.0
Digital Resolution16 bits
System Noise (typical)7 to 9 e- RMS
Exposure Time (typical)20 milliseconds to 183 minutes, full frame.
1 millisecond to 183 minutes, interline.
(2.56 microsecond increments)
Image Sequencing1 to 65535 image sequences under software control
Frame SizesFull frame, subframe
Cooling Thermoelectric cooler with forced air. Maximum cooling 50°C below ambient temperature.
Dark Current (typical)0.01 e-/pixel/sec (-30°C)
Temperature Stability+/- 0.1°C
Operating Environment-25° to 40°C. Relative humidity: 10 to 90% non-condensing.
Power40W maximum power with shutter open and cooling maximum. AC/DC "brick" supply with int'l AC input plug (100-240V, 50-60Hz).
Remote TriggeringLVTTL input allows exposure to start within 25 microseconds of rising edge of trigger.
Camera Head Size
D02. Low profile: D06. Aluminum, hard blue anodized. 6" x 6" x 2.5" (15 x 15 x 6.35 cm) Weight: 3.1 lb. (1.4 kg). Optional: D01 with Cmount.
Back Focal Distance
Standard: 1.025" (2.60cm).
Low profile: 0.460" (1.17cm). [optical]
3.5" bolt circle. 2" 24 TPI thread. Optional Nikon F-mount or Canon FD or EF/EOS mount.
ShutterStandard: 43mm or 63mm shutter.
Low profile: no shutter
Op. System SupportWindows, Linux
Featured AccessoriesAFW50-7S Filter Wheel, AFW50-9R Filter Wheel, AFW50-10S Filter Wheel and AFW31-17R Filter Wheel

Alta F Series 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. In general, the larger the pixel size, the higher the dynamic range. Smaller pixels (about 7 microns) are typically used for microscopy (F32; F2000; F4000); larger pixels and larger arrays are typically used for astronomy (front-illuminated F16M, F9000, F6, back-illuminated F42, F47, F230). For assistance in matching a CCD to your application and optical path, please contact an Apogee sales representative at


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