SBIG STXL-11002 Monochrome CCD Camera - Class 1

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SBIG STXL-11002 Monochrome CCD Camera - Class 1
$8,995.00
Item # SB-STXL-11002M1
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  • The SBIG STXL-11002 CCD Camera utilizes a Kodak KAI-11002M CCD sensor, Class 1 quality.
  • A highly reliable rotating type even-illumination shutter provides a shorter backfocus to accommodate camera lenses.
  • The SBIG STXL-11002 CCD Camera provides unmatched flat field accuracy for high end imaging and high precision photometry.
  • USB 2.0 and Ethernet connectivity for remote observatories.
  • The SBIG STXL-11002 CCD Camera provides superior two-stage cooling -60 degrees C below ambient with air only.
  • The system is water cooling ready and uses STX electronics with a full frame image buffer.
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SBIG SB-STXL11002M1 Monochrome CCD Camera With Class "1" Sensor

The STXL camera is the latest version of the flagship STX series. The STXL is essentially the same camera design as the STX with three exceptions:

• The optional Self-Guiding CCD is moved from the main camera body to the new STXL filter wheel for guiding in front of the filters.

• A highly reliable rotating type even-illumination shutter provides a shorter backfocus to accommodate camera lenses.

• The STXL uses a new optional remote guide head. Same size as the ST-i Autoguider, but plugs directly into the remote guide head port of the STXL camera body and operates as an integrated self-guiding CCD.

The SBIG STXL-11002M1 camera includes: Rugged aluminum body with Ethernet and USB 2.0 electronics, an even-illumination shutter, -60 degree TE cooling delta, water cooling ready, USB and Tracking Cables, a power supply, and CCDOPS software.

Conquering The Heat:

The SB-STXL11002M1 Monochrome CCD Camera by SBIG 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 STXL achieves a temperature delta of -60C in only 5 minutes.

Developing The Shutter:

The next improvement in this SBIG SB-STXL11002M1 camera is its even-illumination shutter. Since its founding, SBIG's 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 to several seconds. This is very common for sky flats. The rotating shutter design achieves this even exposure!

Processing The Image:

Internal image processing comes next and SBIG's new SB-STXL11002M1 is the first large format camera with user-selectable automatic image processing! Progressive 30 second dark frames were taken at room temperature to accentuate the number of warm pixels. One frame was unprocessed, the second frame has a medium filter, and the third frame the most aggressive filter. Each successive 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 their needs, depending on their astro-imaging task.

Optional Filter Wheels:

The next innovation on the STXL series is the optional self-guiding filter wheel. Self-guiding has long been acknowledged as the best, most accurate way to guide long exposure astrophotos, particularly with commercial SCTs. The single most common complaint however is finding bright stars when guiding through dark or narrowband filters. The STXL filter wheel incorporates the self-guiding CCD inside the front cover of the filter wheel so that the guider picks off light from the guide stars before passing through the filters. There are two adjustment knobs on the filter wheel base: one for focus and one for moving the pick-off mirror. Problem solved.

Additional features of SBIG STXL filter wheels: When taking flat field frames of filtered images, the flat field frame must show exactly the same optical characteristics to be the most effective. If there was dust on the filter, or uneven illumination caused by the filter, this must be represented precisely as seen in the light image to be corrected by the flat field image. The optional STXL filter wheel is designed to provide a new level of accuracy when taking flats through filters by repositioning filters to within a few microns every time. This allows the imager to take extremely accurate flat field frames even after rotating the filter wheel several times, or even after a loss of power.

SBIG SB-STXL11002M1 Monochrome CCD Camera Features:

  • Class 1 CCD sensor

  • Rugged machined camera body with rack handles and 3" threaded accessory plate

  • Internal, even-illumination, mechanical shutter

  • 15 foot USB cable (third party USB extenders available)

  • Telescope interface cable (for guiding)

  • Universal 100-240VAC Power supply

  • SBIG's CCDOPS version 5 camera control software

  • Two Year Warranty Parts and Labor on the camera other than the CCD

  • One Year Warranty Parts and Labor on the CCD sensor

  • Demo CD-ROM with sample images and software
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU SB-STXL-11002M1
Manufacturer SBIG
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Sensor Type Interline Transfer
Series SBIG STXL
Pixel Size 7-9 Microns
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Truesense, formerly Kodak
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Front or Back Illumination Front Illuminated
Sensor Model KAI-11002M
CCD Class Class 1
Anti-Blooming Sensor? yes
Full Well Capacity 60,000 e-
Pixel Size in Micrometers 9 x 9 microns
Pixel Array 4008 x 2672
Minimum Exposure Time 0.001 seconds
Maximum Exposure Time 3600 seconds
Integrated Guider? No
Binning Modes 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 9x9
Shutter Type Mechanical
Dark Current 0.5e-/pixel/sec at -15C
Filter Wheel No
Interface USB 2.0
Operating System Compatibility Windows
Camera Cooling Type Fan - Built In
Camera Body Dimensions 6 x 6 x 3.5 inches
Camera Weight 4.5 lb
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Included Items

Included Items

  • SBIG SB-STXL11002M1 Monochrome CCD Camera With Class "1" Sensor
  • 15 foot USB and Tracking Cables
  • Universal Power Supply
  • CCDOPS version 5 software
  • Demo CD ROM with sample images and software
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

SBIG STXL-11002 has a 3 inch connector on the camera. How do I connect the camera to my TPO 10" RC which has a 3.3" Crayford 1:10 Focuser? Is there a connector that one can use? Please advise since I am interested in adding the STXL-10002 to my imaging equipment.
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