A relatively large CCD with a generous field of view - nearly the same size as the ST-8XME
More than a million pixels - nearly two megapixels
Antiblooming protection - good for small refractors
High resolution on smaller telescopes with 7.4 micron square pixels
Flexibility of binning 2x2 on larger scopes with good image size
Self-guiding with a built-in TC-237H CCD
Remote Guide Head Port
High speed download - about 4.5 seconds for a full 1.9 megapixel image
Professional software - see below
Easy to use
Full compliment of optional custom accessories
SBIG quality and support
In May of 2004 SBIG began including a custom Pelican carrying and storage case with the ST-2000XM and ST-2000XCM models. This case is dustproof, waterproof and crushproof and carries a lifetime guarantee from Pelican. As of the date of this announcement, we are also upgrading the version of TheSky software by Software Bisque that we include with the ST-2000XCM camera from version 4 to version 5, a $129 value. If you have a Macintosh computer running OS-X we will even throw in Equinox camera control and planetarium software for the Mac as well! A Linux acquisition program is free and other Linux software is also available. We continue to include CCDSoftV5 in addition to CCDOPS version 5 the most complete package of camera control, image processing, astrometric, star charting and planetarium software available with any new CCD camera from any manufacturer. Upgrades are available for most of these improvements for ST-2000XM camera owners.
Each new ST-2000XM camera system INCLUDES at no additional cost:
Rugged camera body with imaging and autoguiding CCDs and new analog and digital electronics
2 Megapixel KAI-2020CM imaging CCD with reduced read noise, lower dark current and 10X reduced bright pixels.
Built-in TC-237H CCD autoguider with 10X the sensitivity of an ST-4 (TC-211 prior to 8/18/03).
High speed USB interface (up to 421,000 pixels per second)
New I2C bi-directional expansion port, compatible with the new CFW-10 filter wheel.
Standard accessory / telescope port
Remote Guide Head Port
User rechargeable desiccant plug (no need to return the camera to the factory for frosting problems)
"Dummy" desiccant plug for dust prevention during recharging procedure
Cooling Fan - on/off controlled by software
New heat exchanger design with water cooling capability
Tripod mount 1/4-20 threaded side plate
15 foot USB cable (third party USB extenders available for up to 500 meters!)
Adapter plug for telescope interface cable (for autoguiding)
Telescope interface cable (for autoguiding)
Universal 90-240VAC power supply with remote on/off switch
SBIG's CCDOPS version 5 camera control software with new, updated, CCDOPS manual on CDROM
Software Bisque's CCDSoftV5 camera control and image processing software
Software Bisque's TheSky version 5, level II, with manual on CD-ROM
Printed Camera Operating Manual
Custom design hard carrying case with pre-cut foam for your camera and accessories.
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