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Andor iKon-XL 230

Andor’s iKon-XL is a thermoelectrically (TE) cooled, very large area CCD camera platform, accommodating large field of view sensors that are ideally suited to long exposure astronomy applications. Using the unique, patent-pending ColdSpace™ technology, the ultrasensitive iKon-XL is capable of TE cooling a 16.8 Megapixel sensor (e2v back-illuminated) down to -100 °C, avoiding the requirement for liquid nitrogen or unreliable cryo coolers. The iKon-XL also uses an exclusive Extended Dynamic Range technology, facilitating lowest noise and maximum well depth within one scan, complemented by up to 18-bit digitization capability. Flexible connectivity is standard through either USB 3.0 or a long distance direct fibre optic interface.

The iKon-XL 230 model uses the e2v CCD230-84 back-illuminated sensor, offering a very large 61.4 x 61.4 mm imaging area from a 4096 x 4112 array format and 15 µm pixel size

  • – 100 °C TE cooled large area sensors
  • NO liquid nitrogen, NO cryo-cooler
  • Extended Dynamic Range (18-bit)
  • e2v CCD230-84 sensor


  • Thermoelectric Cooling to -100°C (Liquid/Water) – Patent-pending ColdSpace™ very large area TE cooling technology avoids need for liquid nitrogen or unreliable cryo coolers. Minimization of darkcurrent to below the zodiacal background.
  • 61.4 x 61.4 mm sensor – Very large field of view from 16.8 Megapixel, 15 µm pixel pitch sensor.
  • Extended Dynamic Range – Unique method to achieve lowest noise and maximum well depth within one scan. Supplemented by up to 18-bit digitization.
  • Peak QE over 95% – High photon collection efficiency for maximising SNR.
  • Low noise readout – Intelligent low-noise electronics offer the most ‘silent’ system noise available from the 230-84 sensor.
  • UltraVac™ – Critical for sustained vacuum integrity and to maintain unequalled cooling and QE performance, year after year.
  • ‘Deep Cooled’ and ‘Compact’ versions – ‘Deep Cooled’ for -100 °C water/liquid (no air cooling). ‘Compact’ for smaller form factor and combined -80 °C water liquid; -60 °C air cooled.
  • Fibre-optic or USB 3.0 interface flexibility – Built-in robust plug and play interface options as standard. Fibre optic for long distance solution.
  • Balanced Quad-port readout – Tracking stability to ensure all readout circuits experience same temperature and operating conditions, yielding well balanced quadrants. Optional (software selected) single port readout mode.
  • Multiple readout speeds, up to 4 MHz – Slower readout for lowest noise, faster speeds for more rapid readout and focusing.