SBIG STF-8050M Monochrome CCD Camera

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SBIG STF-8050M Monochrome CCD Camera
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  • The SBIG STF-8050M Monochrome CCD Camera sports an 8 mp KAI-08050 imaging sensor with a 3296 x 2472 pixel array at 5.5 microns square.
  • KAI-08050 sensor features broad dynamic range, superb imaging efficiency, and a flexible readout design.
  • The SBIG STF-8050M Monochrome CCD Camera is ideal for lunar or planetary imaging when short exposure times are desirable.
  • Full frame, high resolution 16-bit images with low noise download in only 1/2 second.


SBIG STF-8050M Monochrome CCD Camera

The SBIG STF-8050M Camera sports a KAI-08050 8 mp CCD sensor in a 4/3" optical format. Built upon a cutting-edge 5.5 micron Interline Transfer CCD, this sensor features broad dynamic range, superb imaging efficiency, and a flexible readout design.

The STF-8050 has been enhanced to provide fast full frame downloads and peak cooling in a compact package the size of an STF. It only takes about 1/2 second to download a high resolution 8.1 mp 16-bit frame using the dual channel readout mode. Despite this ultra fast download rate, the read noise remains especially low at about 9e-.

KAI-08050 CCD Sensor

  • Available in Monochrome, Bayer Color Pattern or Truesense Sparse Color Filter Pattern
  • Progressive scan readout
  • Flexible readout architecture
  • High frame rate
  • High sensitivity
  • Low noise architecture
  • Excellent smear performance
  • Package pin reserved for device identification

Astronomers familiar with the STF-8300M will notice that the STF-8050 has nearly identical size and performance specifications with the only exemptions being the shutter and download rate. The STF-8050 was designed chiefly for the OEM market, specifically for microscopy operations where short exposures and high frame rates that can be achieved by an electronic shutter are more beneficial over having a mechanical shutter for automatic dark frames. As a result, the SBIG STF-8050 cooling design is very powerful with the capability of a cooling delta higher than -50 degrees C. At room temperature, this camera can cool down enough to lower the dark current to 1/100th of an electron per pixel per second or less.

Therefore, when compared with the SBIG STF-8300, the STF-8050 is faster with a shorter exposure time (0.001 sec.), while STF-8300 and STT-8300 have higher QE, mechanical shutters and are more desirable for deep sky objects due to their long exposure capabilities. Consequently, the STF-8050 is ideal for solar, lunar or planetary imaging. For deep space imaging, a filter wheel using one blocked slot for taking dark frames can be employed.

SBIG STF-8050M Monochrome CCD Camera Features...

  • Large, high resolution 8.1 megapixel CCD with 5.5 micron pixels
  • Fast, dual channel readout
  • Full frame, high res, low noise, 16-bit download in 0.5 seconds
  • Electronic shutter for fast exposure times (0.001 to 3600 seconds)
  • STX/STXL style pin-fin heat sink and 70mm fan
  • Exceptional cooling delta greater than -50ºC with air only
  • Sapphire Chamber Window
  • Very low read noise ~ 9e-
  • Very low dark current ~ 0.01e- at -20ºC
  • Antiblooming protection
  • Uses STF 8-Position Filter Wheels and OAG
  • Accepts Nikon and Canon EOS lens adapters

SBIG Product Number: STF-8050M

Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer SBIG
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Sensor Type Interline Transfer
Pixel Size 5-7 Microns
Chip Diagonal 22mm & Up
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Truesense, formerly Kodak
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Sensor Model KAI-08050
Anti-Blooming Sensor? yes
Quantum Efficiency Peak: 46%
Full Well Capacity ~ 20,000e-
Pixel Size in Micrometers 5.5 µm x 5.5 µm
Pixel Array 3296 x 2472
Sensor Diagonal 22mm
Minimum Exposure Time 0.001 seconds
Maximum Exposure Time 3600 seconds
Binning Modes 1x1, 1 x CCD Height (User Set), 2x2, 3x3, 9x9
Focus Distance To Sensor 0.69"
Shutter Type Electronic
Dark Current < 0.02e-/pixel/sec @ -15C
Interface USB 2.0
Operating System Compatibility Mac, Windows
Camera Body Dimensions 5" x 4" x 3" (+ 1" for fan)
Camera Weight 2.1 lbs.
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