Aluma AC4040 Ultimate Package

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Aluma AC4040 Ultimate Package

$20,149.00 USD$39,149.00 USD

Save with this all-inclusive package!  Includes:

  • Aluma AC4040 scientific CMOS camera (FSI Class 1, FSI Class 2, or BSI VIS-NIR Class 1 only)
  • AFW-10-50SQ Filter Wheel
  • StarChaser SC-3 off-axis guide camera
  • AO-X adaptive optics unit
  • Free!  StarChaser to AO-X adapter cable
  • Free!  50 mm square LRGB filters
  • 50 mm square Ha + OIII + SII narrowband filters
SKU: AC-4040-ULT

SBIG Aluma AC4040

Our most popular camera, the SBIG Aluma AC4040 is a large format Scientific CMOS camera, featuring a 16.8 megapixel sensor with 9 micron pixels.  The camera is compatible with the StarChaser SC-3 Guider and optional AO-X Adaptive Optics accessories.

The Aluma AC4040 is available in Front Illuminated (FSI) and ultra-sensitive Back-Illuminated (BSI) versions.  BSI versions are offered with VIS-NIR and UV-VIS optical coating options.

FSI cameras are currently available with Class 1 or Class 2 sensors.  Class 2 sensors have been individually selected to meet SBIG's requirements for long exposure operation. BSI models are offered with Class 1 sensors.

Stock Status

Due to high demand and supply chain issues, sensor availability is limited. Please place your order now to reserve your unit.

BSI Class 1 - Sensors in stock - standard 4 to 8 week build time
FSI Class 1 - More available in October
FSI Class 2 - Cameras in stock

 

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SBIG AO-X Adaptive Optics

The next-generation of adaptive optics for our SBIG large-format cameras.  Requires a StarChaser SC-3 guide camera (or an older self-guiding system).

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$2,299.00 USD

StarChaser/Aluma CCD/STC to DB9 Adapter Cables

Large format cameras and older camera models use a DB-9 AUX connector.  Smaller format compact cameras and guiders use the smaller Mini DIN9 connector instead.  In some cases adapter cables will be required.

The following cameras use a Mini DIN 9 connector:

  • StarChaser
  • Aluma CCD
  • STC-7
  • STC-428

The AO-8A does not require an adapter to work with any of these products. The older AO-8 or AO-8T require an 11044 adapter cable to connect to the above cameras.

Use an 11066 adapter cable to connect the above cameras to an AO-X, AFW filter wheel, FW7-STX filter wheel, or older filter wheel model.

(Note that the AO-X can also use the 11044 adapter cable if you connect to the "I2C Out" connector.  The two connectors are simply connected in parallel internally.)

 

DIN9 to Female DB9 (AO-X / AFW)

50 mm Square Optical Filters

SBIG 50 mm square optical filters are compatible with AFW-10-50SQ and FW7-STX filter wheels, which work with Aluma AC4040 cameras.  These filters are built for SBIG to our exacting specifications.  All filters are parfocal, which avoids unnecessary refocusing.

 

LRGB Package

50 mm Square Optical Filters

SBIG 50 mm square optical filters are compatible with AFW-10-50SQ and FW7-STX filter wheels, which work with Aluma AC4040 cameras.  These filters are built for SBIG to our exacting specifications.  All filters are parfocal, which avoids unnecessary refocusing.

 

Narrowband Package Ha + SII + OIII

SBIG StarChaser Off-Axis Guider Cameras

The SBIG StarChaser is the world's first all-in-one off-axis guider with built-in camera and integrated AO support.  Comes complete with MaxIm LT software.

New!  All StarChasers now include Enhanced sensors with improved Infrared sensitivity.

Several versions are available to fit our various SBIG camera models.  Please read the Description below to make sure you choose the correct option.

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SC-3E-SHORT

SBIG AFW Filter Wheels

SBIG AFW Filter Wheels are ultra-thin wheels that minimize back focus distance.

The standard version, which accommodates filters ranging from 1 mm to 3 mm thick, uses only 0.55" (14 mm) back focus.

The tall version, which accommodates 5 mm thick filters, uses only 0.65" (16.5 mm) back focus.

Compatible with our Full Line of SBIG Cameras

AFW series wheels are compatible with all SBIG cameras using our "STX" style adapter plates.  This includes our popular Aluma AC Advanced CMOS models as well as our legacy STX and STXL models.

AFW wheels can be used on our compact cameras using our AFW to Small Format Camera Adapter.  Please see the Description tab for information on compatibility with specific models.

Four Versions Available

  • AFW-16-36R
    • 16 Filter Slots
    • 36 mm Round Filters
    • Accommodates 1 mm, 2 mm, and 3 mm thick filters
  • AFW-12-50R
    • 12 Filter Slots
    • 50 mm Round Filters
    • Accommodates 1 mm, 2 mm, and 3 mm thick filters
  • AFW-10-50SQ
    • 10 Filter Slots
    • 50 mm Square Filters
    • Accommodates 1 mm, 2 mm, and 3 mm thick filters
  • AFW-10-50ST (tall version)
    • 10 Filter Slots
    • 50 mm Square Filters
    • Accommodates 1 mm, 2 mm, 3 mm, and 5 mm thick filters


For SBIG Aluma AC2020 cameras we recommend either AFW-16-36R or AFW-12-50R.  For SBIG Aluma AC4040 we recommend AFW-10-50SQ.

To accommodate 5 mm thick 50 mm square filters, use the AFW-10-50ST.

A variety of compatible filters are available at additional cost - please see Optical Filters.

Stackable

Two AFW wheels can be stacked to add even more filter slots, using the available Dual AFW Filter Wheel Adapter.  "Virtual Slots" can be assigned, which map to different slots on the two wheels.  If you leave one slot empty in each wheel you get almost double (less two) available filter slots.  If you sometimes need to stack filters then you can have even more virtual slots.

Fast Operation

AFW wheels switch filters quickly, requiring just 1 second to change to an adjacent slot. If the requested slot is on the far side of the carousel the maximum transition time is approximately 5 seconds.

For More Information Click Description Below

50mm Square

Additional Information

SBIG Aluma AC4040

Exposure

0.001-3600 sec

OS Compatibility

Windows 7, 8, 10 x86/x64, MacOS 10.14 "Mojave" x86 binaries, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS x64, Raspbian Buster armhf, Ubuntu MATE arm64

Full Frame Download

0.75 second

Pixel Digitization Rate

100 MHz

Weight

3.5 lbs / 1.6 kG

Filter Size

50mm Square

Read Noise (typ)

3.7 e- typical

Temperature Regulation

Yes

Computer Interface

USB 3.0

Power

12 VDC 8A

Cooling Delta

~ 35C from ambient with air cooling, water cooling available

Adaptive Optics Option

AO-X with StarChaser SC-3

A/D Converter

Dual 12 bit with HDR capability

Dark Current e-/p/s

0.3 e-/p/s typical

Full Well Capacity

74,000 e- (depends on mode)

Sensor Size

36.8 mm x 36.8 mm

Imaging / Pixel Array

4096 px x 4096 px

Shutter

Rolling electronic, Mechanical dark shutter

Self-Guiding In Front of Filters

Yes with StarChaser SC-3

Pixel Size

9 μm

Total Pixels

16.8 million pixels

Filter Wheel Option

FW7-STX

OAG Option

StarChaser SC-3

Imaging Sensor

Gpixel GSENSE4040

Sensor Grade

FSI Class 2, FSI Class 1, BSI VIS-NIR Class 1

SBIG AO-X Adaptive Optics

Power

Supplied through Camera’s I2C Port

OS Compatibility

Windows 32 and 64 bit OS, Mac

Computer Interface

I2C

Dimensions

6 x 7 x 1.2 in.

Weight

2.2 lbs (1 kg)

SBIG StarChaser Off-Axis Guider Cameras

Temperature Regulation

No

OS Compatibility

Windows 7, 8, 10 x86/x64, MacOS 10.14 "Mojave" x86 binaries, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS x64, Raspbian Buster armhf, Ubuntu MATE arm64

Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Mini

Full Frame Download

0.2 sec

Adaptive Optics Option

Works with AO-X (cable required)

Pixel Digitization Rate

72 megapixels / second

A/D Converter

10 bits

Weight

0.9 lb / 400 g

Read Noise (typ)

5 e- typical

Power

12V, 300 mA

Exposure

13.5 ns to 59.26 s

Pixel Size

4.8 μm

Total Pixels

1,310,720 pixels

Sensor Size

6.18 mm x 4.95 mm

Shutter

Electronic Global Shutter plus Mechanical Dark Frame Shutter

Imaging Sensor

Astronomical CMOS 1.3 Megapixel

Filter Wheel Option

Attaches to FW7-STX and FW8S-STXL filter wheels

Dark Current e-/p/s

5 e-/p/s typical at 20C

Imaging / Pixel Array

1280 x 1024 pixels

Full Well Capacity

10,000 e-

Backfocus

Adds 0.87" (22.1 mm)

SBIG AFW Filter Wheels

Computer Interface

I2C

OS Compatibility

Windows 32 and 64 bit OS, Mac

Weight

4 lbs

Filter Size

50mm Square