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BRAND NEW, NEVER USED, STILL IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING.
SBIG STT-8300 & Self-Adjusting Filter Wheel FW6-STT Plus all wires , manuals, and software that came from SBIG and MORE- All neatly packaged in the original Pelican Custom Case.Includes 8 Brand New Never Used Baader Filters: Baader OIII Narrowband (2459433); Baader H-alpha (2459431); Baader S II Narrowband (2459432); Baader UV/IR-Cut / L (2459421); Baader rGb CCD-Filter Green (2459422G); Baader Rgb CCD-Filter Red (2459422R); Baader rgB CCD-Filter Blue (2459422B); Baader RGB-C Clear Focusing (2459423)Also includes Baader 2" T-2 Nosepiece and Baader MPCC Mark III Coma Corrector, and 1.25" extension piece.
I purchased this package for $5400 with the intent to build my own observatory, but financing fell through and this set in my closet untouched. 

About SBIG STT-8300M

The SBIG STT-8300M Camera with Standard Filter Wheel Pro Package is based on Kodak's KAF-8300, 8.3 megapixels, full frame CCD. This CCD array has 3326 x 2504 pixels at 5.4 microns making it ideal for both short fast optics in high resolution (unbinned) mode and for longer focal lengths it can be binned 2 x 2 or 3 x 3. The CCD has both antiblooming and micro lens technology to improve the effective Quantum Efficiency of the sensor. As a result it can be used in a wide variety of optical configurations.

A filter wheel is designed for STT-8300 sets it apart from other designs. The carousel holds eight 36 mm filters and inserts are available for 1.25" and 31 mm filters. The second unique feature of the STT filter wheel is a positive centering mechanism that precisely re-positions and firmly holds filters in the same position over the CCD no matter how many times the carousel is moved. In the test of the new design, the re-positioning of filters was accurate to better than one pixel (5.4 microns) using an STT-8300 after several complete rotations of the filter carousel. This degree of precision means that flat fields taken after the filter has moved and returned are accurate virtually to the level of a single pixel.

SBIG STT-8300M Features

  • Camera, Autoguider and Filter Wheel now fully integrated with tracking sensor in front of filters. No separate guider required
  • New Micron-Precision filter wheel provides unmatched flat field accuracy for high end imaging and high precision photometry
  • Lightning fast downloads less than 1 second full-frame
  • Superior two-stage cooling to -55 deg C ambient with air only
  • Built-in frost detection
  • User Selectable Internal Image Processing
  • USB 2.0 and Ethernet connectivity for remote observatories

THE SBIG STT-8300 CCD CAMERA

The new STT series cameras are SBIG's latest mid-sized cameras with unparalleled features and specifications, including:

  • Ethernet and USB 2.0 Interface
  • Built-in Web Server
  • Low Noise 10MHz Readout (<1 sec downloads)
  • High Precision 8-Position Filter Wheel
  • Self-Guiding CCD in Front of Filters
  • Even-Illumination Photometric Shutter
  • 2-Stage Cooling Delta to -55C
  • Liquid Cooling Ready
  • Twin Variable Speed Fans
  • MAR coated Sapphire Chamber Window
  • Built-in Frost Detection System
  • Built-in RBI Pre-Flash
  • 12VDC Operation
  • Internal Power Management System
  • External Triggers In/Out
  • Full Frame Image Buffer
  • Remote Guide Head Option
  • High Accuracy Temperature control
  • User Rechargeable Desiccant Plug
  • Internal Image Processing (User Selectable)
  • Status, Power and Relay Indicators
  • AO-8 Adaptive Optics Option

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. This type of heat sink is more expensive than typical parallel fin heat sinks, but the results speak for themselves. The STT prototypes achieved an average temperature delta greater than -50C in 5 minutes and a max of -57C in less than ten.

Since its founding, SBIGs mechanical shutters have been designed for highly reliable, even-illumination, of the sensor even at short exposures. Even-illumination is especially critical when taking flat fields with exposures of less than a second or even several seconds. This is very common when taking sky flats. 

SBIGs new STT-8300, the first high speed 8300 camera with user-selectable automatic image processing! Thirty second dark frames were taken at room temperature to accentuate the number of warm pixels. In sample images the first frame is unprocessed, the second frame has a medium filter, and the third frame the most aggressive filter. The result of each image 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.

SBIG STT-8300 CAMERA COMPONENTS

  • Class 1 KAF-8300 CCD
  • Rugged machined camera body with rack handles and 2 nosepiece
  • Internal, even-illumination, mechanical shutter
  • 15 foot USB cable (third party USB extenders available)
  • Telescope interface cable (for guiding)
  • Universal 100-240VAC Power supply
  • SBIGs CCDOPS version 5 camera control software
  • Plano All Weather case
  • Two Year Warranty Parts and Labor on the camera other than the CCD
  • One Year Warranty Parts and Labor on the CCD
  • Demo CD-ROM with sample images and software

ABOUT THE KODAK KAF-8300 SENSOR

The Kodak KAF-8300 Image Sensor is a 22.5mm diagonal (Four Thirds Format) high performance monochrome full frame CCD (charge-coupled device) image sensor designed for a wide range of image sensing applications including digital imaging.

Each pixel contains blooming protection by means of a lateral overflow drain thereby preventing image corruption during high light level conditions.

KODAK KAF-8300 IMAGING SENSOR FEATURES

  • High Resolution - High Dynamic Range - Low Noise Architecture
  • Photography, Industrial Imaging and Medical Imaging Applications
  • Absolute Quantum Efficiency - Peak: 57% 400nm: 38%
  • Dark Current Doubling - 5.8 C
  • Imager Size - 17.96mm x 13.52mm
  • Anti-Blooming - Yes (1000x)

OPT Product Number: SB-STT-8300M

SPECIFICATIONS

Binning Modes1x1 and 2x2 and 3x3 and 9x9Camera Cooling TypeOptionalCamera SeriesSBIG STTCCD ClassClass 1ConditionNewDark Current10CDimensions4.9" x 4.9" x 2.9"Free ShippingYesFull Well Capacity~25500 electronsIntegrated GuiderIntegrated GuiderInterfaceUSB 2.0ManufacturerSBIGMaximum Exposure Time3600 secondsMinimum Exposure Time0.12 secondsModel8300Operating System CompatibilityLinux (3rd Party) & Mac & WindowsPixel Array3326 x 2504Pixel Size5.4 x 5.4Quantum EfficiencyPeak: 57% 400nm: 38%Sensor Diagonal22mm & UpSensor ManufacturerTruesense formerly KodakSensor TypeMonochrome (B&W)Shutter TypeMechanicalSingle or Dual SensorSingleWarranty2 Year Warranty

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