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SKU: STF-1603W
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Product Description


The SBIG STF-1603EN is a compact, economical, high QE camera with a scientific grade full frame CCD and enhanced cooling.  The small size and light-weight of these cameras make them very easy to handle and set up.  These cameras have a photometric quality, even-illumination shutter for automatic dark frames.  The low noise and extraordinary QE of these sensors make these cameras some of the most sensitive CCD cameras available at any price. The KAF-1603ME CCD sensor, with a peak QE of nearly 80%, and 9 micron pixels makes this camera perfect for photometric, industrial, and life sciences applications.

The improved “W” version supports an external filter wheel and includes a user-rechargeable desiccant plug.

Due to the size of the sensor, either 36 mm or 1.25″ screw-in filters can be used in the filter wheel.  Please note that filter inserts are required to adapt 1.25″ filters to the wheel.

StarChaser SC-2 and Adaptive Optics

The SBIG StarChaser SC-2 brings Adaptive Optics capability to the STF series for the first time!  The SC-2 attaches to the front of the STF camera via an FW8-8300 or Filter Wheel Spacer, providing self-guiding capability.  An AO-8A can also be attached to the front of the SC-2, and connected directly to it via the I2C interface cable. The StarChaser SC-2 will then control the Adaptive Optics unit directly, providing tighter star images than possible through conventional autoguiding.

New Software Included!

All new SBIG STF series cameras purchased on or after September 1, 2019 include a license for our renowned MaxIm LT software, a $200 value, at no extra cost.

Additional Information

Computer Interface



0.09-3600 sec

OS Compatibility

Windows 7, 8, 10 x86/x64, MacOS 10.14 “Mojave” x86 binaries, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS x64, Ubuntu Mate arm64

Pixel Digitization Rate

5 MPix/sec

Adaptive Optics Option

AO-8A with StarChaser SC-2

Cooling Delta

40 °C

Read Noise (typ)

18 e- typical

Temperature Regulation



1.7 lbs

A/D Converter

16 bits


12 VDC



Total Pixels

1.6 million pixels

Power Cable

US, European

Pixel Size

9 μm

Sensor Size

13.8 mm x 9.2 mm

Peak QE




Self-Guiding In Front of Filters

Yes with StarChaser SC-2

Imaging / Pixel Array

1536 px x 1024 px

Filter Wheel Option


Dark Current e-/p/s

0.6 e-/p/s typical

Full Well Capacity

100,000 e-

Imaging Sensor


OAG Option

StarChaser SC-2


User Manual

Installation, and operation instructions for all STF series cameras.


STF-402/1603/3200 Backfocus

Technical drawing showing backfocus on STF-402/1603/3200.


Backfocus Table

Backfocus configuration table




The SBIG Universal Driver is distributed via SBIG Driver Checker 64 on Windows, and via an installer on Mac OSX. Keeping your drivers up to date is the best way to ensure your camera runs smoothly, so remember to update your drivers regularly.

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CCDOPS is a free program that operates USB based SBIG cameras.

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Software Development Kit

Software development kit for the Windows platform.

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