After having imaged for 5 years with standard and modified webcams I longed for a 'real' 16-bit astro camera, but all potential candidates were way out of my financial possibilities.
So I waited and had almost given up ...

Then - it was mid October 2006 - my good friend Tom How informed that Steve Chambers had designed a new astro camera, which would be profesionally manufactured and would be available under the name ATK16IC (ATIK 16-bits Introductory Camera) and that the price would be 'interesting'.
At the Q2006 UK meeting I met with Steve Chambers, who had a pre-production version of the ATK16IC with him, so I had a close look at it.

I decided to go for the monochrome (b/w) model because of the higher sensitivity; for colour (RBG) imaging I bought a set of Astronomik LRGB type 2C Interference Filters as well as a ScopeTeknix (5 positions) filterwheel

After a long wait I finally received the camera on March 21, 2007: time to get familiar with this camera!
Here is my Tutorial how to image with this camera.

Steve Chambers showing the pre-production model at Q2006.
[Image by Paul Gordon ]
The front side of the ATK 16 IC.
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The rear side of the ATK 16 IC.
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A closer look at the CCD of the ATK16IC camera, which is protected by optical glass against dust. Should any dust migrate behind the optical glass just remove the ring holding the optical glass and turn the camera upside down, gently tap on the backside of the camera and the optical glass will fall out (so be careful !!).
Now you can reach the CCD; to clean I use Q-tips and my clip-on magnifier for visual inspection.
More about sensor cleaning
Steve Chambers recommends: To test the 16IC you could use a M42 thread camera lens stopped to f16; you can use it in daylight: just aim it at a plain surface (wall, paper etc). [As my CCD currently is clean I have not yet tested this scenario].
M67 - Open Cluster.
First Light for my ATK16IC and also my first LRGB image.
March 25, 2007 19:31 - 20:32 UT.
I selected M67 because it contains a G2V star: nice to calibrate my filters.
Imaging: William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO, f/6.8 [focal length 545 mm] with 10 cm extender, Astronomik LRGB filters; ATK16IC b/w camera, K3CCDTools.
Exposures: Luminosity 5x210 seconds; RGB 5x100 seconds; all unguided.
More images? Visit my Solar System or Deep sky pages.
2" Extender.
I bought this 2-inch extender [with an optical length of 5cm] so that I can mount my cameras in a more secure way and still reach focus when using my filterwheel and ATK16IC camera. Supplier: Teleskop-Service - Muenchen (Germany)
ATIK16IC on William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO
William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO + 2-inch 5 cm extender + Scope Teknix Filter Wheel + Astronomik LRGB Filter set + ATK16IC camera.
The felt on the filterwheel is for this
ATIK16IC on LX200 with Meade FR 3.3
LX200 10-inch f/10 + Meade Focal Reducer FR 3.3 + Scope Teknix Filter Wheel + Astronomik LRGB Filter set + ATK16IC camera
The felt on the filterwheel is for this
The distance between the far end of the LX200 and the start of the ATK16IC camera is 84.18 mm.

Active Region 1012: First SOLAR light for my ATK16IC camera.
February 14, 2009 12:03 UT.
Imaging: Coronado PST piggybacked on LX200 with Televue Powermate 2.5x and ATK16IC Deep Sky Camera, no filters.
209 exposures of 0.004 seconds.
Imaging and Processing not quite as per my Sun in Ha: Webcam Imaging and Post Processing Tutorial; the stacked output of 60 frames was saved as a FIT, loaded into Photoshop and processed with Fits Liberator, saved as TIFF.
Next: Wavelets in Registax 5 after which the final processing [colourising etc.] as described in my Ha Tutorial. Quite an interesting experience !

The ATK16IC also likes bright planets ...
March 17, 2009 22:48 - 22:55 UT.
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 2.5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250 mm].
Camera: ATK16IC; 252 exposures of 0.007 seconds, Astronomik Lum filter.
Altitude: 43 degrees.