SBIG Power Supply Question
Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:48 AM
I am in the process of converting my field setup to all DC operation. I have all of the equipment accounted for except the ST-10. Unfortunatly, it looks like SBIG may have discontinued the DC power supply for the older ST series cameras.
Does anyone know of an alternative that would work? SBIG provides the pinouts for the connector, so it would be pretty easy to make up a cable if I could find a good quality DC power supply with the correct 12v and 5v outputs.
Thanks for any suggestions,
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:00 PM
Best bet is to place a want ad for The SBIG supply. The other option is to buy a plug-in cigarette lighter inverter at 75 watts at Radio Shack (Cat # 55038533 ) for your AC supply for better efficiency than the larger metal brick ones.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:09 PM
I don't know if the connector is any different for the ST-10 being that it's a bit older design and a different form factor than my ST-8300, but here's what I found. The power cable for my AP900 (Part Number CABLPF) is a perfect fit for my ST-8300, so I ordered another one for the camera. Plugs right into my 125ah trolling motor battery, problem solved. Admittedly, it's a bit pricey for a cable, but it works perfectly.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:48 PM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:52 PM
I have spoken with SBIG and they've confirmed that they cannot help me. They suggested placing a wanted ad on Astromart, which I've done.
The AP power cable above will not work for my camera. The older ST cameras use a 5 pin cable that supplies both 12v and 5v. The connector for AP mounts is 12v only.
At this point, unless I can find a used power supply, it looks like I'm stuck with either an inverter or a different camera. The ST cameras are picky about power supplies and SBIG has advised me that a low cost square wave unit is not suitable. I've been using the big 2500 watt inverter on my motorhome, but the whole purpose of the change is to untether from the motorhome. And even if I could find a suitable inverter, I would like to avoid the inefficiency of such a unit.
I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed. I've been using SBIG cameras because of the high level of support that I've received in the past. This is the first case where they've thrown up their hands at supporting something that I purchased from them.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:49 PM