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Old 27-05-2010, 05:06 PM
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ST-8300 alternative

Well it seems you can't get a FW-8300 Filter Wheel in Australia until August because of a backlog in orders...but US vendors have them on the shelves...go figure. Anyway because of this I am toying with the idea of selling my ST-8300M camera, staying with the KAF-8300 Sensor but going with another camera manufacturer. I am looking at the FLI PL-8300 or ML-8300. Anyone have experience with these cameras and can tell me if you get operating software with the camera and if so how good it is...or is it third party? Also good and bad points? What filter wheel you are using? ect
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Old 27-05-2010, 05:26 PM
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You might also want to look at one of these...

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Old 27-05-2010, 05:47 PM
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Why not just buy the wheel offshore?
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That's the easiest thing to do
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Old 27-05-2010, 06:01 PM
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Why not just buy the wheel offshore?
Can't Robin..offshore sellers will not sell to Aussie buyers because there is an authorised Australian agent for SBIG.

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Moravian Instruments G2-8300
Thanks for this suggestion and link Carl...interesting new boy on the block but since I purchased a Filter Wheel (which was to use on the ST-8300 but didn't work out as well as I thought it would) from FLI I want to stick with FLI.
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Old 27-05-2010, 06:18 PM
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So there is a block when ordering through opt?
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Old 27-05-2010, 08:05 PM
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Peter Tan's site in Hong Kong states delivery of the SBIG filter wheel early June...
http://www.tan14.com/gears.htm#SBIG

I'm sure you would have no ordering worries with him and at a decent price.
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QSI 583 is what I will be getting soon
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Anyone know the cost of that Moravian KAF 8300 mono?
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Anyone know the cost of that Moravian KAF 8300 mono?
The prices should be up on the site soon, according to Steve.
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So there is a block when ordering through opt?
Exactly, done it many times, no mucking around, OPT will supply, fast and cheaper.
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Well it seems you can't get a FW-8300 Filter Wheel in Australia until August because of a backlog in orders...but US vendors have them on the shelves...go figure. Anyway because of this I am toying with the idea of selling my ST-8300M camera, staying with the KAF-8300 Sensor but going with another camera manufacturer. I am looking at the FLI PL-8300 or ML-8300. Anyone have experience with these cameras and can tell me if you get operating software with the camera and if so how good it is...or is it third party? Also good and bad points? What filter wheel you are using? ect
Hans I know Greg Bradley has had one of these (probably since they were introduced)and has produced some great results with it. He is knowledgeable and could answer most of your questions with first hand experience.
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Old 27-05-2010, 09:29 PM
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Exactly, done it many times, no mucking around, OPT will supply, fast and cheaper.
So it works? I know celestron don't work. I didn't realise we had a dealer in OZ.
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Old 27-05-2010, 09:38 PM
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Opt will supply SBIG, they have to me, eagerly .

Yes, we have an excellent dealer in OZ, with all the support etc.

Im only suggesting OPT over the local, if you are finding it difficult to get supply in OZ. OpT appear to have it in stock.
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Old 28-05-2010, 09:59 AM
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I know you mentioned you want to stick with FLI but another alternative is the Alta U8300 from Apogee. Yet to achieve first light with mine but it's a classy bit of kit and worth a look.
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Old 28-05-2010, 11:56 AM
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Sorry to hear about your issues with your SBIG Camera... You coulds try the Moravian Insrtuments camera (G2-8300 camera)... It has the same chip and an inbuilt filter wheel.
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Sorry to hear about your issues with your SBIG Camera... You coulds try the Moravian Insrtuments camera (G2-8300 camera)... It has the same chip and an inbuilt filter wheel.
Already mentioned it, Rob
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Old 28-05-2010, 01:07 PM
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Thanks Carl....

I think I need glasses.......

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Is interesting looking at all these different variations of the same thing. I wonder why QSI had internal 1.25" filter wheel but SBIG says you need bigger than 1.25" ? Is that just because the SBIG filters are further from the chip? Or does the QSI have some vignetting?
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Old 28-05-2010, 01:26 PM
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Camera's like the Moravian Instruments G2 series and the QSI cameras have the filter wheel very close to the CCD and you can use 1.25" filters. Other cameras need a filter wheel and depending on the scope, you may need 2 inch filters or 'could' get away with 1.25 inch filters....


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Is interesting looking at all these different variations of the same thing. I wonder why QSI had internal 1.25" filter wheel but SBIG says you need bigger than 1.25" ? Is that just because the SBIG filters are further from the chip? Or does the QSI have some vignetting?
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