I have a new SBIG ST-2000XCM (color camera) as well as AO-7
adaptive optics unit. I bought these to compare against my
current SXV-H9C and STV guider setup. This is a fine camera
but I have decided I prefer my current ones. I used the
camera and AO unit 4 times. The camera includes CCDOps,
and CCDSoftV5. Also comes with a special lens for (test)
imaging in daylight.
Cost of the camera new was $3000, but I am offering it at
$2700. The AO-7 unit goes new for $1300, but I will sell
it for $1150. If both units are purchased together, I will
drop another $150 for a total of $3700.
Shipping (CONUS only) included. Also, I noted some slight
noise from the fan on this unit, and have requested a
replacement from SBIG. I will include that with the unit.
P.S. A few people have e-mailed wondering what factored
into my decision in favor of the SXV-H9C. Basically, I
thought I might switch to the ST-2000XCM if it turned
out to be the better camera. However, the two are really
quite comparable, and with my current investment in
separate guiding equipment and my fondness for my STV,
I decided I might as well stick with what I'm used to.
The ST-2000XCM does have the dual chips, and can hook
up to the AO-7 (so will work better at longer focal
lengths). Those would be good reasons to go with it
over the SXV-H9C. The SXV-H9C, however, is a bit more
sensitive, so you can use shorter exposures, and does
not require darks. If you want something a bit more
user friendly, then the SX is a good choice. I basically
decided second camera was not sufficiently better at
anything to justify having both.