sCMOS range: Balor, Marana, Zyla and Neo cameras for Physics & Astronomy

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sCMOS range: Balor, Marana, Zyla and Neo cameras for Physics & Astronomy

# Andor_sCMOS

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  • Extremely low read noise down to 0,9 electrons (much lower than comparable CCD cameras)
  • High resolution cameras ranging from 4.2 MP up to 16.9 MP and pixel sizes between 6,5 µm and 12 µm
  • No mechanical shutter (electronic only)
  • Quantum efficiency up to 95%
  • High frame rates (up to 100 fps) at full frame
  • Higher frame rates possible through ROI selection
  • High dynamic range of up to 53.000 : 1
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Have they updated their cameras to be compatible with already existing software or are they still requiring you to use their proprietary software?
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Andor Technology’s sCMOS camera series (Balor, Marana, Neo, Zyla)

Andor’s scientific CMOS (sCMOS) cameras represent a breakthrough technology based on next-generation CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) design and fabrication techniques. Because of their special characteristics - extremely low read noise and fast frame rates - they are ideal camera solutions for various applications in physics and astronomy.

The Balor, Marana, Neo and Zyla sCMOS cameras are specifically designed to provide the highest level of sensitivity (i.e., front and back-illuminated sensors). In contrast to previous CMOS or CCD technologies, these cameras offer maximum sensitivity, resolution, speed, and field of view at the same time. In addition, the sensors of the Balor, Marana and Neo can be cooled down to -30°C, -45°C or -40°C, thanks to the vacuum sensor enclosure technology.

Furthermore, Andor’s Balor, Zyla 5.5 and Neo 5.5 cameras allow to select rolling as well as global shutter modes, whereas global shutter is similar to a ‘snapshot mode’.

Balor - Andor’s game-changing, very large area sCMOS camera for Astronomy

Balor features an enhanced FoV 16.9 Megapixel, 70mm diagonal front-illuminated sensor, coupled with high speed and low read noise capability. The Balor sCMOS has a read out rate of 18.5ms, offering 54 fps at full frame and read noise of <3 electrons.


The Marana utilizes back-illuminated sCMOS sensors with 4,2 Megapixels and a quantum efficiency of up to 95%. This camera model is available with sensors of 11 µm and 6,5 µm pixel size. One of the sensor options also features UV opimization with high sensitivities in the wavelength range between 250-400 nm.


The Neo 5.5 low-noise sCMOS camera is based on a front-illuminated sensor with 5,5 MP and a pixel size of 6,5 µm.The Neo is a unique –40°C vacuum cooled platform, which allows to reach extremely low dark noise levels of ~0,007 e-/pix/s. Furthermore, it offers rolling as well as global shutter mode (“snapshot mode”) and frame rates of up to 100 fps at full frame.


The Zyla sCMOS cameras, with read noise of only 0,9 electrons, can provide 100 fps (via CameraLink connectivity) at full frame (higher frame rates possible by using ROIs). The Zyla is available with two front-illuminated sensor formats: 5,5 Megapixel and 4,2 Megapixel with pixel sizes of 6,5 µm. The Zyla 5.5 offers rolling and true global shutter functionality, whereas the Zyla 4.2+ has rolling shutter only, but provides a higher quantum efficiency of 82% peak QE.

Typical Applications:

  • Space Debris Tracking, SSA, NEOs,
  • Solar Astronomy,
  • Photometry,
  • X-Ray Astronomy,
  • Exoplanet Studies,
  • Synchroton Facilities,
  • High-Speed Spectroscopy (e.g., Marana and Zyla for Multi-Track and Hyperspectral Imaging)

Further information about Andor’s sCMOS camera solutionss can be found on Andor Technology's website.

Please note: We offer ANDOR cameras exclusively for astronomical applications and satellite tracking. This is in response to requests from companies, institutes and amateur astronomers to integrate these high-quality special cameras into telescope systems and observing stations.

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Please note that additional information and spec sheets are available in the “downloads” section.

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SKU (#) Andor_sCMOS
Sensor Typ Front and Back-Illuminated sCMOS
Sensor Size 16.6 x 14.0 mm bzw 13.3 x 13.3 mm (Zyla) | 16.6 x 14.0 mm (Neo) | 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm bzw. 13.3 mm x 13.3 mm (Marana) | 49.5 x 49.2 mm (Balor)
A/D Conversion 12bit and/or 16bit (depending on model)
Peak QE up to 95%
Dynamic Range (HDR) up to 53.000 : 1
Read Noise (RMS) down to 0.9 electrons
Maximum Frame Rate up to 100 fps (full frame)
Cooling down to -45°C
Shutter No mechanical shutter (only electronic)

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Christoph Kaltseis 244/09/2021 02/09/202111:34
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Merope Ghost
Der Stern Merope in den Plejaden hat nahe am Stern einen sehr netten kleinen Nebel; Wenn alles passt und Seeing kann immer besser sein, hier bei 2,1" im Mittel kann man mit einem Hobby Teleskop schon Details erhaschen. Hier mit dem C14 Edge HD f10.85 = 3852mm Brennweite und 0,33" Pixel Scale als LRGB;
  • Top Kamera in allen Belangen und Verarbeitung!
  • nichts!
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Christoph Kaltseis 132/05/2020 12/05/202008:11
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M42 - Der Kern aufgelöst
Protoplanets made visible in the heart of Orion (Andor Marana w. C14 Edge HD/f10.85 = 0.34“ arcsec)

such kind of data set rested in my dreams since long.time. An ideal number of UHC-L frames, balanced w. RGB and an impeccable camera - what a dream come true. This is true "Lucky-imaging"
Each subframe is just signal - no noise at all. Fast changing air transparency really was my problem during these nights. Countless subframes needed to be inspected/measured individually for best selection.

FWHM weighting of Green and Blue are very similar, w. Red being added more prominently. UHC-L subframes are balanced between Blue/Green and Red. The result is a proof that the mechanical backfocus of my setup is an ever so tiny bit too long (maybe 0.2/0.3 mm). I will still need to change this.
But still! This camera is a monster. All usable datasets are within a range of 0.4 FWHM.
Special mention should be made of the HDR of the Andor Marana. The seeing was okay, because 3852mm focal length at -6 degrees Dec: is not a state were one could say : I'll take a quick picture now.
I have already taken pictures of the M42 at 2700mm with 11 and 6 micron, but the Marana is really extraordinary at this focal length when comparing my older results. The Baader UHC-L filter was used for 7.5 min. The balance of the Baader RGB is proprietory.

Now this is the deepest heart of Orion - and a living heart as well. It beats silently for eternity. Have a nice weekend – Christoph
  • Top quality and QE - Deep Sky Camera
  • nothing
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Christoph Kaltseis 330/11/2020 26/11/202008:24
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NGC2392 - Andor Marana im HDR Mode
Lucky Imaging ist eine Erscheinung die sich in den letzten Jahren ausgebreitet hat. Für mich ist in dem Zusammenhang die Auflösung in Kombination mit dem Signal wichtig. Die Marana 4BV6X hat eine extrem hohe QE und im HDR Modus viel Dynamik. Das Ergebnis mit dem Baader UHC und dem B Filter als Bicolor Bild. Auflösung und Dynamik als Ziel = Details im Eskimo Nebel. Belichtet wurden ja 10sec im Einzelbild und die besten 92 habe ich zu dem Bild verrechnet- NB.: Kein Schmalband im Einsatz!
Optik: C14 Edge HD f10.85 = 0,34" Pixel Abbildung, 10 Micron GM2000HPS...
  • Extreme Leistung und Qualität, absolutes Highend Werkzeug!
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