SBIG STF-8300M self-guiding 8.3 MP mono | off-axis | filter wheel | ST-i color guider package


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This specially-priced SBIG 8.3 megapixel CCD camera, off-axis guider, filter wheel, monochrome autoguider package for deep sky and lunar/planetary astrophotography will save you hundreds of dollars over the cost of buying the components separately . . .
Our Product #: STFPAK2M
SBIG Product #: 80-12061-001

Product Description

This SBIG STF-8300M/OAG/FW/ST-i monochrome package is a complete and well-balanced camera/guider package designed to work perfectly together for serious deep space tri-color imaging with virtually any telescope and equatorial mount that has an autoguider input. The package price saves you hundreds of dollars over the cost of buying the four components separately.

This SBIG imaging package consists of a second-generation 8.3 megapixel SBIG monochrome STF-8300M CCD camera, a five-position SBIG FW5-8300 filter wheel, an SBIG OAG-8300 wide field off-axis guider body, and an SBIG ST-i monochrome planet cam for guiding. Simply add your choice of optional 36mm LRBG or narrowband (H-alpha, Oxygen III, and Sulfur II) filters to the filter wheel for tri-color imaging and you are ready to go. An added bonus is that the ST-i planet cam can also be used on its own in your scope for serious monochrome lunar and planetary imaging.

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Tech Details

Pixel Array 3326 x 2504 pixels
Pixel Size 5.4 x 5.4 microns
Warranty 1 year


Review by:
I own and use this exact package. I think the newest version would be the SFF or something. it might be a little better if not more expensive.

I have used this camera to make pretty pictures and do work on exoplanet light curves. The Thermo Electric Cooler does a great job in Oklahoma of getting the temp down to -25. There is very little noise in the main camera.

The ST-i camera is a very good guider, mostly because it has an internall shutter. With a guide cam, you need to use dark frames to get rid of the noise because the star images will be pretty low SNR. The guider does not have cooling, so noise can fool the camera into guiding on a hot pixel instead of your star.

I would warn you if you have a long focal ratio scope like f/7 or f/10, you will have a harder time finding bright guide stars. However if you do, they will stay locked on very well. Also because of the OAG you will not have any flexure between the main scope and a guide camera, so you will get better results.

The ST-i also does very well in service as a planetary camera. I've taken some okay pictures of Jupiter and Saturn with it. (Posted on 1/2/2019)
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