Company History

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Quantum Scientific Imaging, or QSI, has an interesting history in the world of astronomical imaging. The company, known for its high-quality CCD and more recently CMOS cameras, carved out a significant niche in astrophotography by focusing on the needs of both advanced amateurs and professionals. QSI was founded by Neal Barry in 2006 and initially produced the 500 series of cameras which was joined by the 600 series a couple of years later.  Their cameras are renowned for their build quality, cooling efficiency, and the use of high-grade sensors, making them a preferred choice for serious astrophotographers and researchers.

After the untimely passing of QSI’s founder the company was acquired by Atik Cameras. Atik, based in the UK, is another well-respected name in the astrophotography market, known for producing astro-imaging cameras, accessories, and solutions that cater to a range of users, from beginners to advanced enthusiasts and professionals. The acquisition, which occurred in 2017, represented a significant development in the astro-imaging industry.

This acquisition was more than just a business transaction; it was a merging of expertise and technological prowess. Atik, with its own portfolio of high-performance cameras and a strong presence in the European market, saw QSI as a complementary fit. QSI’s reputation, particularly in the North American market, and their technological edge in certain types of imaging solutions, made them an attractive acquisition.

Post-acquisition, Atik aimed to leverage QSI’s technological strengths and integrate them with their own. This move was seen as beneficial for the astrophotography community, as it promised to combine the best of both companies’ technologies and expertise. For customers, this meant a broader range of products, improved technological advancements, and potentially better customer service due to the combined resources of the two entities.

The acquisition was not just about expanding business, but also about a shared vision for the future of astro-imaging. Both companies have been driven by a passion for astronomy and a commitment to providing high-quality imaging solutions to the community. The integration of QSI into Atik’s operations spurred further innovations in astro-imaging technology, benefiting a wide spectrum of astronomers and astrophotographers across the globe.

This strategic move by Atik reflects the dynamic nature of the astro-imaging industry, where technological advancements are rapid and companies continuously evolve to meet the growing and changing demands of the astronomy community. For enthusiasts, who are deeply embedded in the world of astro imaging, these developments are not just business news but are exciting indicators of the future possibilities in astronomical observation and imaging.