I have an SBIG STF-8300m that I have had for 6 years. It has been a really good camera. I use it with SGP but have been curious about other image acquisition software like NINA and Voyager. There is no ASCOM driver for the older SBIGs. Neither NINA or Voyager appear to have native support for SBIG and Voyager only supports it through MaximDL or TheSkyX.
Last night I was bored and googled around to understand why there was no ASCOM driver and found this.
The explanation seems to be that DL is too busy working on their new line of cameras and there is no profit in it for them to write and maintain an ASCOM driver for cameras that will soon go the way of the dinosaur. The irony of all ironies is that DL was the company that helped create ASCOM but that was before they bought SBIG.
DL does mention their SDK is freely available and that they are willing to help developers integrate there native drivers into theirs applications. Although I think there is a bit of a conflict of interest there since DL also sells their own imaging software Maxim DL.
The other thing I find interesting is that both NINA and Voyager have native support for FLI. Is this some vast conspiracy or is SBIG just the red headed step child of cameras.
I seem to remember reading a CN post years ago where someone wrote their own SBIG ASCOM driver. At the time that did not interest me because I was set with SGP. But that may be more relevant to me now. Does anyone remember that post?
For you NINA contributors out there, is there any plan to add native support for older SBIG cameras?
For Voyager it appears they are just waiting to get their hands on an older SBIG. Anyone in Italy willing to lend their SBIG to the Voyager team?