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Part I: Fast without the furious: Why your SBIG CCD camera doesn’t have USB 4.0

Part I: Fast without the furious: Why your SBIG CCD camera doesn’t have USB 4.0

There are lots of marketing claims about fast camera download speeds and ever-faster interfaces. It makes you wonder why your SBIG CCD camera doesn’t require a super-fast interface that races along the data highway into your computer. Why is this? It’s really two simple reasons:   Cable Length Sensor Readout Rate In Part I of this blog, we’ll explore...

CCD versus CMOS: Which is Better?

by Doug George. The Charge Coupled Device (known as a CCD) has dominated astronomy and consumer electronics for nearly five decades. That is changing. The Nobel prize winning CCD was invented in 1969 and became a mature technology after about 20 years. CCD cameras gained wide acceptance for still imaging, video, and photometric measurements, replacing the...

Preventing Frost

Preventing Frost

by Doug George. Some people ask, "Why do we use desiccant plugs?" Simply put, they minimize life cycle cost and downtime. The imaging sensor needs to be below freezing in order to control dark current and noise.  If the sensor is exposed to the atmosphere it will quickly be encased in ice. This not only ruins the...

Flat Fields and Stray Light in Amateur Telescopes

(The Ugly Truth - Its more Complicated than you ever thought!) A lot of users struggle with flat fields that don’t work well, and leave gradients in their images, or hot spots, or other hard-to-process-out artifacts. As a result they have resorted to twilight flats and other techniques to get better results. In this paper...