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STC-7: The Best (Big) Bang for Your Buck

We did it, with your help. You’ve wanted an affordable imaging package with everything. Not a bargain “hobby camera,” but a best-bang-for-the-buck CMOS camera with SBIG quality built-in, integrated filters, and StackPro™ technology. Introducing the new SBIG STC-7: our flagship scientific CMOS camera for seasoned and newcomer Astro-photographers. About freaking time. Diffraction Limited spent over three years testing...

OEM Story #1 – Medical Instrument Maker

Stumped by a tough imaging problem? Recently, a medical instrumentation maker contacted us with just such a problem. They created a scintillation technology that needs a low-light camera to detect photons in a unique way. Together, we developed a solution. Here’s how. Diffraction Limited creates innovative solutions for low-light imaging, and we have nearly 30...

Introducing Maxim DL Maestro

Want to increase your observing efficiency? Diffraction Limited introduces MaxIm DL Maestro, a game-changing new capability for its Cyanogen Imaging® MaxIm DL Pro, the gold standard in astronomical image acquisition and processing software.  Maestro brings the ability to synchronize multiple simultaneous cameras under leadership of a primary imaging system. This allows you to achieve results...

How to Choose an Astronomical Imaging Camera

In 1949 the Hale Telescope on Mount Palomar was opened. At the time it was the largest in the world—and the most productive. But for decades afterwards, telescopes stopped getting bigger. Why? Economics and technology are one answer, but perhaps the real answer is the invention of the CCD camera. CCD cameras solved many of...

STL Camera – New Tricks

What is the top issue SBIG STL owners have? As you know, it is guiding behind the filters. Would you be surprised to learn there is now a cure?  Back in 2005, when skies were less light polluted and narrowband imaging was not as prevalent, the STL Research Grade cameras were renowned for versatility, reliability,...

“Eyeball Transplants” Give New Life to Old Sensors

Is your old camera suffering from the maladies of age? Slow camera downloads? Failed power supply? Shutter problems? Leaky chamber? Argon all gone? Drivers don’t work? Turning back the clock and rejuvenating an old favorite could be as easy as an SBIG sensor transplant. Our clean-room technicians will extract your good CCD sensor from its aging camera...

Matching Your Camera to Your Optics

Matching Your Camera to Your Optics

by Douglas George In order to get the best results from your equipment, it is important to match the resolution of your camera to the resolution of your optics. In conventional photography your lenses are highly adaptable, with adjustable f/ratio and often zoom capability (adjustable focal length).  On dedicated science instruments such as telescopes and microscopes...

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...