SBIG STT-1603ME Monochrome CCD Camera - Discontinued

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SBIG STT-1603ME Monochrome CCD Camera - Discontinued   Discontinued
Item # SB-STT-1603ME
  • The SBIG STT-1603ME CCD Camera is a mid-sized camera with unparalleled features and specifications.
  • This SBIG STT-1603ME CCD Camera features a Kodak KAF-1603 imaging sensor with an array of 1536 x 1024 pixels @ 9 microns.
  • New MicronPrecision filter wheel provides unmatched flat field accuracy for high end imaging and high precision photometry.
  • The SBIG STT-1603ME CCD Camera incorporates user selectable internal image processing with USB 2.0 and ethernet connectivity for remote observatories.
  • Highlights include twin variable speed fans, MAR coated sapphire chamber window and built-in frost detection.
  • This package includes the camera with USB and tracking cables, universal power supply, 2" nosepiece, and software.


SBIG STT Series CCD Cameras

No compromises. The mid-sized STT Series cameras offer features and specifications found in no other astro camera - of any size. Drawing on all of SBIG's previous experience and the best of each of their previous designs over the years, the STT represents the culmination of everything that the amateur has asked for in an imaging system, packed into a 4.9 x 4.9 x 2.9 inch body. Standard features include: Two-stage cooling with a temperature delta greater than -50C with air only; water cooling ready; USB 2.0 and Ethernet on every camera; full frame buffer; fast low-noise readout of an 8.3Mp CCD in less than one second; MAR coated sapphire chamber window; internal user selectable automatic image processing; remote guide head support; optional adaptive optics; and more.

SBIG STT Series CCD Camera Features...

  • Ethernet and USB 2.0
  • Built-in Web Server
  • Full Frame Image Buffer
  • 2-Stage TE Cooling > -50C delta T with air
  • Liquid Cooling Capability Standard for greater cooling
  • Twin Variable Speed Fans
  • High Accuracy Temperature Control
  • Built-in Frost Detection
  • Built-in RBI Pre-flash
  • External Triggers In / Out
  • Power Management System
  • 12VDC Operation
  • Lowest Noise 10Mhz Readout (<1 sec download)
  • High Precision 8-position Filter Wheel Option
  • Even-illumination (photometric) shutter
  • Multi-coated Sapphire Chamber Window
  • User Rechargeable Desiccant Plug
  • User Selectable Internal Image Processing
  • Status, Power and Relay Indicators
  • Windows and Mac Control Software, 32 and 64 bit

Even-Illumination Shutter

A mechanical shutter is included to facilitate dark frames. This is a necessity for anyone operating remotely; even if remotely means a few feet away from the telescope. Since the early days of the original ST-7 camera, SBIG has been providing even-illumination shutters in their cameras, something not found in the majority of other cameras made for astrophotography. "Even-illumination" means that the shutter mechanism is designed to open and close in such a manner that it does not change the proportion of light falling on the sensor due to the shape or motion of the shutter itself. This is what one finds for instance with an iris type of shutter that opens-up starting at the center and closes over the center last. Another benefit of the rotating disk type of shutter is that it has only one moving part - the motor. These motors are extremely reliable and can operate for millions of exposures without failure. In 15 years with thousands of cameras in the field taking millions of exposures, this shutter design has proven itself better than we can describe. SBIG's design is accurate, proven and reliable. Even-illumination shutters are also referred to as photometric shutters because they produce flat frames of photometric quality. This is extremely important when taking twilight flats or any flat field image using short exposure times.

User Selectable Internal Image Processing

The STT cameras are the first astro-cameras available with the ability to automatically clean up raw images with user-selectable automatic image processing! By selecting the level of hot pixel removal or even column repair, the user can obtain exceptionally clean images without any other image processing required.

Efficient 2-Stage TE Cooling

The STT uses two-stage TE cooling, twin variable-speed fans and a highly efficient pin fin array heat sink that has proven itself in the STX design. Pin fin heat sinks are more expensive than typical parallel fin type heat sinks, but offer more efficient heat dissipation in a given space. In SBIG's tests of prototype models, the cameras reached an average delta greater than -50C in five minutes and an average maximum delta of -57C in less than 10 minutes using air cooling only. And, while is should not be necessary to use water cooling in most circumstances, if it should be desired, the STT series cameras include water cooling capability as standard equipment. It is not necessary to buy an expensive add-on or separate back. Simply supply water to the adjustable fixtures on the side of the camera body to obtain further cooling or to run the TE cooler without the fans.
Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer SBIG
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Pixel Size 7-9 Microns
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Kodak (pre 2011)
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Front or Back Illumination Front Illuminated
Sensor Model KAF-1603ME
CCD Class Class 2
Quantum Efficiency Peak: 85%, H-Alpha: 75%
Full Well Capacity ~100,000 electrons
Pixel Size in Micrometers 9 x 9
Pixel Array 1536 x 1024
Minimum Exposure Time 0.12 seconds
Maximum Exposure Time 3600 seconds
Integrated Guider? Yes, in camera
Binning Modes 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 9x9, Custom - User Defined
Sensor Coating MAR
Focus Distance To Sensor 17.5mm
Shutter Type Mechanical
Dark Current 0.1e-/pixel/sec at -20C
Filter Wheel Yes
Interface USB 2.0
Operating System Compatibility Mac, Windows
Camera Cooling Type Thermo-electric Cooling (TEC)
Camera Body Dimensions 4.9" x 4.9" x 2.9"
Camera Weight 43.2 oz.
Included Items

Included Items

  • SBIG STT-1603ME Monochrome CCD Camera
  • Universal Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Tracking Cable
  • 2" T-Thread Nosepiece
  • Software
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Is the self guider in front of the filters built into this camera or is it extra?
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