SBIG AO-X for STX & STXL Cameras
The SBIG AO-8A Adaptative Optics designed for the Aluma Camera Series.
The SBIG AO-8A Adaptative Optics requires an off-axis guide camera behind the device. We recommend using the FW8G-Aluma filter wheel. The AO-8A can also be used with a Remote Guide Head if you have a custom Off-Axis Guider.
The images below are actual star images showing the effect of image wander corrected at 1 Hz and 10 Hz:
And the resulting size of the star image in a long exposure:
Other data gathered by Brad Wallis of JPL (Brad Wallis and Benoit Schillings developed the prototype for the original AO-7) show the the effect of rapid corrections on poor seeing. At 1 Hz the larger, slower component is reduced, but the amplitude of the jitter remains about the same:
However, at a 5Hz correction rate, the faster jitter is reduced:
And at a 10 Hz correction rate, significant improvement is seen:
The improvement in stellar profiles can also be seen at corrections above 1 Hz. First by looking at the non-AO guided image:
And comparing the non-AO guided image to the AO guided image there is again significant improvement in the FWHM of the star profile:
Telescope mounts cannot correct faster than about once per second. The 10Hz rate of the SBIG AO-X will clearly result in improved resolution under the right conditions.