Since 1993, Apogee Imaging Systems has been supplying cooled CCD cameras to astronomers around the world. Our cameras are now used in more than 50 countries, from world-class professional observatories to backyard domes where "amateurs" add discovery after discovery every day. Over the years, we have kept track of every suggested improvement that we could add to the cameras to bring our technology to the next level. We have packed Alta® and Ascent® with as much of your wish lists as possible. With Alta, we aimed at the highest performance; with Ascent, we aimed at higher speeds and more accessible pricing.
Astronomy is the foundation of our business.
You'll see us in Sky&Telescope (PDF), in Physics Today, and at American Astronomical Society meetings. And you'll see new astronomy products added all the time. Our cameras have been used for high-end astronomical applications like capturing the first images of optical counterparts of gamma ray bursts, plus thousands of discoveries of comets, near-Earth asteroids, and extra-solar planets.
At the top end, back-illuminated CCDs have long been the workhorses of the astronomy community. Their exceptional sensitivity makes them ideal for minimizing exposure time and maximizing signal-to-noise in low light applications like astronomy. For astrophotography, Kodak's new large format sensors provide very high detail over a large field-of-view, at a whole new range in affordability.
For those just getting started, our new Ascent Series provides a wide variety of surprisingly low-priced choices.
M31 by Adam Block and Tim Puckett, using Alta U9000 and Televue 127is telescope. Visit the Image Gallery for more extraordinary images taken with Apogee cameras.