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  • STF-4070

    SKU: STF-4070

    $4,295.00 $3,795.00

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    4 Megapixel Square CCD, Fast Dual Channel Read Out


Product Description

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  • Large, High Resolution 4 Megapixel CCD with 7.4 micron pixels
  • Fast, Dual Channel Read Out
  • Monochrome, color, and sparse color options
  • Full Frame, High Res, Low Noise, 16-bit download in 0.25 seconds.
  • Electronic shutter for fast exposure times (0.001 sec to 3600 sec.)
  • STX/STXL style pin-fin heat sink and 70mm fan
  • Exceptional cooling delta greater than -50C with air only
  • Sapphire Chamber Window
  • Very Low Read noise ~ 9e-
  • Very Low Dark Current ~ 0.01e- at -20C
  • Antiblooming Protection
  • Uses STF 8-Position Filter Wheels and OAG
  • Accepts Nikon and Canon EOS lens adapters

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!

Starting October 1, 2019 all new SBIG STF series cameras now include a license for our renowned MaxIm LT software, a $200 value, at no extra cost.  Owners of older STF cameras can purchase a license at a discounted price of $99.



STF-4070M, STF-4070C and STF-4070SC

The STF-4070 camera comes in monochrome (STF-4070M) and two color models. The color models are available with either the standard Bayer Color FIlter Pattern (STF-4070C) or the higher sensitivity TRUESENSE Sparse Color Filter Pattern (STF-4070SC). The KAI-04070 Image Sensor is a 4-megapixel CCD in a 4/3″ (21.4 mm diagonal) optical format. Based on the TRUESENSE 7.4 micron Interline Transfer CCD Platform, the sensor features broad dynamic range, excellent imaging performance, and a flexible readout architecture. The TRUESENSE Sparse Color Filter Pattern provides a 2x improvement in light sensitivity compared to a standard color Bayer part.

KAI-04070 CCD Key Features:

  • Available in Monochrome, Bayer Color Pattern or TRUESENSE Sparse Color Filter Pattern
  • Progressive scan readout
  • Flexible readout architecture
  • High frame rate
  • High sensitivity
  • Low noise architecture
  • Excellent smear performance
  • Package pin reserved for device identification


Description of the TRUESENSE Sparse Color Filter Pattern.

The TRUESENSE Color Filter Pattern represents a new paradigm for obtaining full-color images from a single image sensor. By adding panchromatic (or “clear”) pixels to the standard red, green, and blue pixels traditionally used for color capture, image sensors can realize a significant increase in light sensitivity – between two and four times compared to standard designs – while retaining overall image quality and color fidelity. Image sensors using this design allow end users to capture better pictures and video under low-light conditions.

In addition to the new color technology, the STF-4070 has been optimized for fast full frame download and maximum cooling in an STF sized package. A high resolution 4 megapixel 16-bit frame will download in about 1/4 second using the dual channel readout mode. Even at this rapid download rate, the read noise remains exceptionally low, about 9e-.

The STF-4070 was developed primarily for the OEM market, particularly for microscopy applications where short exposures and high frame rates made possible by an electronic shutter are more desirable than having a mechanical shutter for automatic dark frames. Because of this, the STF-4070 cooling design is very robust and the camera is capable of a cooling delta greater than -50 degrees C.


Additional Information

Imaging CCD


A/D Converter

16 bits

Adaptive Optics Option

AO-8A with StarChaser SC-2



Sensor Size

15.2 mm x 15.2 mm

Computer Interface


Cooling Delta

50 °C

Dark Current e/p/s at 0 C

0.02 e-/p/s


0.001-3600 sec

Filter Size

36mm / 1.25″

Filter Wheel Option


Full Frame Download

0.5 sec

Full Well Capacity

44,000 e-

Imaging Sensor


Imaging / Pixel Array

2048 px x 2048 px

OAG Option

StarChaser SC-2

OS Compatibility

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

Peak QE


Pixel Digitization Rate

10/20 MHz

Pixel Size

7.4 μm


12 VDC

Power Cable

US, European

Read Noise

9 e- typical

Self-Guiding In Front of Filters

Yes with StarChaser SC-2



Temperature Regulation


Total Pixels

4.0 million pixels


2.15 lbs


User Manual

Installation, and operation instructions for all STF series cameras.




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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