STT-8300 and FW5 with Tele Vue NP127
STX-16803, FW7 and ST-I Guider with PlaneWave CDK24
Dual SBIG camera setup
STX-16803, FW7 and ST-I Guider with PlaneWave CDK20
STF-8300, FW5 and ST-I Guider with Meade 12"
The SBIG STX Series represents the ultimate in astronomical imaging systems. The integrated design allows the user to select either Ethernet or high speed USB 2.0 connection to the control computer. The sensor measures almost 37mm square. and has superior cooling to -50 degrees C below ambient.
The SBIG STXL series is a high performance platform supporting large format CCD sensors. Includes support for self-guiding filter wheels, and the AO-X adaptive optics accessory. The STXL-11002M uses the popular 35 mm, 11 megapixel KAI-11002 sensor. The STXL-16200 is a 16 megapixel, APS format camera. The high quantum efficiency KAF-6303E full frame sensor is especially popular for photometric measurements and high quality imaging.
The SBIG STT series is a medium size, maximum performance platform supporting high delta-T cooling, self-guiding filter wheels, and the AO-8T adaptive optics accessory. The STT-8300M includes our most popular 8 megapixel imaging sensor. The STT-3200M is our most sensitive camera, with peak quantum efficiency of 85%. The STT-1603M is the platform of choice for scientific imaging, with good quantum efficiency and larger 9 micron pixels for greater dynamic range.
The SBIG STF series provides very good cost/performance ratio with low noise and fast readout speeds. The STF series supports filter wheels and an optional off-axis guider for use with the SBIG ST-I camera. For higher cooling and adaptive optics support please see our STT camera line. The STF-402M is targeted at scientific applications includes an optional internal filter wheel supporting both photometric UBVC and LRGB imaging. The STF-1603M is essentially the same camera with a larger sensor. The STF-8300 includes the popular KAF-8300 sensor, an 8 megapixel camera with good sensitivity. The STF-3200M is the ultimate in sensitivity, with 85% peak quantum efficiency. The STF-8050 and STF-4070 are interline cameras with very strong cooling, capable of both very short and very long exposures.
The SBIG ST-I is an eyepiece-sized, USB powered camera. Available in both monochrome and color versions, the ST-I is widely used as an autoguider, and is also a capable lunar/planetary imager. Unlike most "eyepiece cameras", the ST-I includes a mechanical shutter, which allows the guiding software to subtract out hot pixels and improve guiding accuracy. A special guider kit is available, which turns the ST-I into a piggyback guider, and an off-axis guider is available for use with the SBIG STF camera series. A unique spectrograph accessory is also available.
Adaptive Optics SBIG is the market leader in Adaptive Optics tip-tilt guiding systems. Our AO-8T and AO-X units provide fast, precise positioning control without the lag, backlash, stiction, and other problems associated with telescope mounts. When operating at high rates the AO units can reduce the impact of seeing, resulting in tighter star images and higher resolution. Before and After AO Corrections For STT series cameras, use the AO-8T. For STX and STXL series cameras, use the AO-X.
SBIG has a wide range of filter wheels to support all of our cooled camera series. CFW-402 internal wheels for the STF-402 camera include both photometric and LRGB versions. FW5-8300 and FW8-8300 wheels work with our STF camera series. FW8G-STT and FW8S-STT wheels work with our STT camera series, and include mechanical detents and optional built-in self-guiding. FW8G-STXL and FW8S-STXL wheels work with our large format STXL camera series, and include mechanical detents and optional built-in self-guiding. For the largest format STX cameras, the FW7-STX and STX Guider provide filtered imaging with self-guiding, and the FW5-STX supports the internal guide sensor.
Self-guiding has long been acknowledged as the best, most accurate way to guide long exposure astrophotos, particularly with commercial telescopes. The single most common complaint however is finding bright stars when guiding through dark or narrowband filters. The SBIG guiders incorporate a KAI-0340 CCD with 640 x 480 pixels @ 7.4u in front of the filter wheel so that the guider picks off light from the guide stars before passing through the filters. This guiding CCD is the same sensor used in the ST-I autoguider. Moreover, the optical elements that transfer the light from the pick-off mirror to the CCD act as a 0.7X focal reducer. The result is a doubling of the field of view of the guiding CCD with a correspondingly greater selection of guide stars.