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Old 16-02-2008, 08:00 PM
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SBIG new range of STX CCD’s

I see from the local ATS website that SBIG will be introducing a new range of CCD’s with some quite interesting features, the STX series (pdf on ATS site). I had a look at the US SBIG website but couldn’t see the announcement or any prices.

Also, was there some talk of SBIG bringing out a new, sub $1,000 (US) stand alone auto guider some time ago?

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Old 16-02-2008, 08:39 PM
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Don't you dare, Dennis!!! We have had enough rain!!!

Look good though don' they
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Old 16-02-2008, 08:51 PM
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Will we also get new SBIG pricing or the same old pricing, i.e 6,000 to 10,000 AUD for a camera?

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Old 16-02-2008, 09:10 PM
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Don't you dare, Dennis!!! We have had enough rain!!!
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Hi Paul (Ponders)

Rest easy – it’ll be a while before the coffers are sufficiently full again to afford something of this magnitude.

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Will we also get new SBIG pricing or the same old pricing, i.e 6,000 to 10,000 AUD for a camera?
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Hi Paul (Zuts)

Well, I for one am hoping that the price/performance will improve and these should be a more affordable range for us Aussies!

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Old 17-02-2008, 04:12 PM
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While the the new STX cameras will not be cheap, the have a range of features that will be very hard to beat eg.

50 degree delta T
USB and Ethernet
fast download
multiple guiding modes
Argon purged chambers
multiple chip options

SBIG have given no indication of pricing, but I would expect it to be in the STL range...and higher for the big back-illuminated chips.

Interestingly this is the first time SBIG have gone for (Marconi) back-illuminated chips. With +94% QE + self guide and adaptive optics I'd expect these babies to be real photon magnets.

The new, stand alone guider I would not expect until the 2nd half of '08...but I expect to get up to Santa Barbara in the next couple of months and will find out first hand what the current state of play is.
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Old 17-02-2008, 04:50 PM
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Thanks for the updates Peter. Based on the pedigree of the ST4 and STV, the new stand alone auto guider is the baby I am keenly anticipating.

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Old 17-02-2008, 05:18 PM
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Just as an aside the Herald-Sun ran a piece on Astro gear in general a couple of weeks back. The article can be viewed here....

http://www.atscope.com.au/sbig/The%2...no%20limit.pdf
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Peter,

The Kodak KAF-9000 based camera looks very interesting with high QE and anti-blooming control. I reckon we will see new standards set with widefield astrophotography with that sensor .

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The differential guiding and artificial guidestar is an interesting idia.
Any idia what Marconi hips will be used, any of these?
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