SBIG – Latest Products. SBIG – Latest Products. Overview: Unlike many of our competitors, SBIG remains committed to designing integrated SYSTEMS for imaging: Camera, Filter Wheel, Guider, AO, Software – all designed to work together. SBIG – Latest Products. ST- i Autoguider and Planet Cam.
Unlike many of our competitors, SBIG remains committed to designing integrated SYSTEMS for imaging: Camera, Filter Wheel, Guider, AO, Software – all designed to work together.
The ST-i features:
• Eyepiece size body (1.25" diameter)• Low cost• Lightweight - only 2.2 oz.• Standard Guider Output Port• Front end threaded for standard 1.25" filters
• Powered from USB 2.0 port• 16 bit A/D• Low noise, high sensitivity CCD• Monochrome or Color• Mechanical shutter for automatic dark frames• Electronic shutter for short exposures• Up to 21 frames per second in focus mode• CCDOPS version 5 Software Included• Planet MasterTM Software Included• CCDSoftV5 Software Included
• Carrying case, USB and Tracking cables
Guider for STF with OAG-8300
Separate Scope as Guider or Planetary Camera
2 Shutters are better than one!Benefit of a mechanical shutter – no hot pixels to “guide” on
2 sec. Image without dark frame 2 sec. Image with dark subtracted
Kit includes: ST-i, C-mount adapter, Kowa 100mm f/2.8 lens,lens hood, mounting rings and universal base plate
Kowa 100mm f/2.8 lens has locking aperture and focus rings.The entire guiding system is 6.5” long and weighs only 12 ounces
When used as an electronic finder scope, the ST-i Guider Kit with automatic dark frame subtraction is capable of detecting stars as faint as 13th magnitude in 10 seconds, and 15th magnitude in 30 seconds!
ST-i with OAG attached to STF with filter wheel
Converts STF Cameras to
Essentially a Self-Guiding system with the guider in front of the filter wheel
ST-i orientation can be rotated 90 degrees
Planetary Images taken with ST-i
Optional internal RGB + BVI Filters(ST-402 only)
Mars image taken with ST-402 + CFW402 through C-14
Independent testing by a third party of the read noise and total system noise of the ST-8300 and several competitor’s cameras published the following:
STF SeriesCamera System
5 and 8 PositionFilter Wheels and custom OAG
Rugged, high quality construction
Body machined from solid block of aluminum
Proven shutter, reliable operation
Even-illumination, short back-focus
Better cooling than cameras costing much more
Max delta -40C, Regulated delta -36C
Nikon and Canon EOS Lens Adapters designed to work with or without the filter wheel attached to camera
Large Pick-Off Mirror
Relay Optics with 0.7X Focal reduction effectively doubles the guider’s field of view
List Price $795
Pick-Off Mirror on SBIG OAG-8300
Typical size of pick-off prism on other high quality OAGs
SBIG STL Threaded Aperture T-Thread Aperture
Star field image taken with ST-i through OAG-8300
SBIG STT and STXL CAMERA SYSTEMS
STT Series Camera System
Micron-Precision Filter Wheelwith Built-in Self-Guiding CCD
STXL Series Camera System
Micron-Precision Filter Wheelwith Built-in Self-Guiding CCD
The STT and STXL share some common design features:
All STT and STXL cameras have water cooling capability if needed
Not an expensive add-on
STT and STXL Cameras have both Ethernet and USB 2.0
Built-in web server allows control over a network or internet and wireless control
Self-Guiding in Front of the Filters:
Micron-Precision Filter Positioning
The STT filter wheel is designed to provide a new level of accuracy when taking flats through filters
When taking flat field frames the flat field frame must show exactly the same optical characteristics to be effective
The STT and STXL filter wheels reposition filters to within 5 microns every time
Allows extremely accurate flat field frames even after rotating the filter wheel several times, or even after a loss of power.
The light frame at top left, taken with an STT andthe new filter wheel, shows a large opaque spot caused by debris intentionally stuck on a clear filter. The filter wheel was rotated several times, then the clear filter was re-positioned, and a flat field image was taken through the same dirty filter.
The image at bottom left shows the result afterapplying the flat field image to the original light frame. We measured this positional accuracy to be better than 5.4 microns, or better than a single pixel using the STT-8300.
Twilight Flat fromIris / Leaf shutter
Twilight Flat from SBIGEven-Illumination Shutter
SBIG’s new STT-8300, the first high speed 8300 camera with user-selectable automatic image processing! These 30 second dark frames were taken at room temperature to accentuate the number of warm pixels. The first frame is unprocessed,
the second frame has a medium filter, and the third frame the most aggressive filter.
Each shows fewer bright pixels and each has correspondingly lower noise in the image.
The user can select from
eight levels of filter
strength to suit his needs.
STT, STXL and STX Cameras have built-in pre-flash capability to help manage RBI
KAI-0340, 648 x 486 pixels @ 7.4u List Price $495
The STT uses the same efficient pin fin heat sink design as the STX series cameras to achieve the most efficient use of space and weight while maximizing the cooling capability of the camera.
The STT prototypes achieved an average temperature delta of
approximately -50C in less than five minutes and a max of -57C in less than ten minutes.
The STXL also uses the same efficient pin fin heat sink design as the STX.
The STXL achieves a temperature delta of
-50C in less than three minutes and a max of -60C in less than five.
STX model pioneered the pin-fin array for more efficient cooling
STX is also water cooling ready
Ethernet and USB 2.0 Interface
Control the STX over a network without installing drivers
Compatible with wireless iPad application
FW5-STX holds 5 x 65mm square filters – sized to allow full illumination of the built-in guider. Carousel is interchangeable with FW7-STX
FW7-STX holds 7 x 50mm square filters – covers 16803 CCD but not the built-in guide chip. Use remote guide head with this configuration for narrowband and photometry.
Even-illumination shutter designed specifically for the STX-16803 camera
No problem with iris type uneven pattern when taking twilight flats
STX Remote Guide Head with KAI-0340
Guide externally through a separate guide scope or
Guide through an Off-Axis guider such as the Monster MOAG
Controls an AO-X
Same CCD as the internal guider and in the ST-i:
KAI-0340, 648 x 486 pixels @ 7.4u List Price $795
Guiding in front of filters with the STX-16803
Add Astrodon Monster MOAG and Remote Guide Head
AO-8T for the STT
Same as the AO-8 with different backplate
List Price $795
New Ultra-Thin Design
Faster moves than previous design
Designed for: STX-16803
About 1” thick for minimizes backfocus
Target release date:
List Price TBD
Actual double star images taken with SBIG AO off (left) and AO on (right)AO produces brighter, better resolved star imagesTaken through a 20” RC on a Paramount in New Mexico
List Price $2195
No computer or laptop required to autoguide
List Price $995
Fixed mounting – stares at Polaris
Calculates seeing and continuously outputs data
Based on ST-402ME Electronics and sensor
List Price $2850
Typical Set-up For Separate Guiding with an Autoguider
Artificial StarGenerator (LED)
Differential guiding, 3 x 30 minute exposures, co-added WITHOUT registration
We are now shipping the vast majority of all orders within a matter of days of receipt.
STX and STXL cameras as well as some STT cameras are produced every 30 days in Santa Barbara.
Due to our relationship with Aplegen, we are taking a very aggressive approach to development in the next 12 months.
We are evaluating more opportunities for new developments than ever before.