SBIG STT-8300 Monochrome CCD Camera

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SBIG STT-8300 Monochrome CCD Camera
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  • The SBIG STT-8300 Series CCD Cameras are mid-sized cameras with unparalleled features and specifications.
  • Highlights include twin variable speed fans, MAR coated sapphire chamber window and built-in frost detection.
  • The SBIG STT-8300 Series CCD Cameras have lightning fast downloads: < 1 second full-frame!
  • Superior two-stage cooling to -55 deg C ambient with air only.
  • The SBIG STT-8300 Series CCD Cameras incorporates user selectable internal image processing with USB 2.0 and ethernet connectivity for remote observatories.
  • This package includes camera with USB tracking cables, software, power supply, 2" nosepiece and Plano All Weather carrying case.


Introducing the SBIG STT-8300 CCD Camera

The new STT series cameras are SBIG's latest mid-sized cameras with unparalleled features and specifications, including:

  • Ethernet and USB 2.0 Interface
  • Built-in Web Server
  • Low Noise 10MHz Readout (<1 sec downloads)
  • High Precision 8-Position Filter Wheel
  • Self-Guiding CCD in Front of Filters
  • Even-Illumination Photometric Shutter
  • 2-Stage Cooling Delta to -55C
  • Liquid Cooling Ready
  • Twin Variable Speed Fans
  • MAR coated Sapphire Chamber Window
  • Built-in Frost Detection System
  • Built-in RBI Pre-Flash
  • 12VDC Operation
  • Internal Power Management System
  • External Triggers In/Out
  • Full Frame Image Buffer
  • Remote Guide Head Option
  • High Accuracy Temperature control
  • User Rechargeable Desiccant Plug
  • Internal Image Processing (User Selectable)
  • Status, Power and Relay Indicators
  • AO-8 Adaptive Optics Option

The STT 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 STT prototypes achieved an average temperature delta greater than -50C in 5 minutes and a max of -57C in less than ten.

 Since its founding, SBIGs 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 or even several seconds. This is very common when taking sky flats.

SBIGs new STT-8300, the first high speed 8300 camera with user-selectable automatic image processing! Thirty second dark frames were taken at room temperature to accentuate the number of warm pixels. In sample images the first frame is unprocessed, the second frame has a medium filter, and the third frame the most aggressive filter. The result of each 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 his needs.

SBIG STT-8300 Camera Components

  • Class 1 KAF-8300 CCD
  • Rugged machined camera body with rack handles and 2 nosepiece
  • Internal, even-illumination, mechanical shutter
  • 15 foot USB cable (third party USB extenders available)
  • Telescope interface cable (for guiding)
  • Universal 100-240VAC Power supply
  • SBIGs CCDOPS version 5 camera control software
  • Plano All Weather case
  • Two Year Warranty Parts and Labor on the camera other than the CCD
  • One Year Warranty Parts and Labor on the CCD
  • Demo CD-ROM with sample images and software

About the Kodak KAF-8300 Sensor

The Kodak KAF-8300 Image Sensor is a 22.5mm diagonal (Four Thirds Format) high performance monochrome full frame CCD (charge-coupled device) image sensor designed for a wide range of image sensing applications including digital imaging.

Each pixel contains blooming protection by means of a lateral overflow drain thereby preventing image corruption during high light level conditions.

Kodak KAF-8300 Imaging Sensor Features

  • High Resolution - High Dynamic Range - Low Noise Architecture
  • Photography, Industrial Imaging and Medical Imaging Applications
  • Absolute Quantum Efficiency - Peak: 57% 400nm: 38%
  • Dark Current Doubling - 5.8 C
  • Imager Size - 17.96mm x 13.52mm
  • Anti-Blooming - Yes (1000x)

SBIG Product Number: STT-8300M

Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer SBIG
Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W)
Pixel Size 5-7 Microns
Chip Diagonal 22mm & Up
Warranty 2 Year Warranty
Sensor Manufacturer Truesense, formerly Kodak
# of Sensors Single Sensor
Sensor Model KAF-8300
CCD Class Class 1
Quantum Efficiency Peak: 57% 400nm: 38%
Full Well Capacity ~25,500 electrons
Pixel Size in Micrometers 5.4 x 5.4
Pixel Array 3326 x 2504
Minimum Exposure Time 0.12 seconds
Maximum Exposure Time 3600 seconds
Integrated Guider? No
Binning Modes 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 9x9
Shutter Type Mechanical
Dark Current 0.02e-/p/s @ -10C
Filter Wheel No
Interface USB 2.0
Operating System Compatibility Linux (3rd Party), Mac, Windows
Camera Cooling Type Fan - Built In, Liquid Cooled - Optional
Camera Body Dimensions 4.9" x 4.9" x 2.9"
Camera Weight 43.2 oz.
Included Items

Included Items

  • SBIG STT-8300 Monochrome CCD Camera
  • Tracking Cables
  • Software
  • Power Supply
  • 2" Nosepiece
  • Plano All Weather Carrying Case
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Would this sensor be a good match with a 10" RC 2032mm F/8 scope?
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