Discussion in 'Legacy Models (ST, STL, etc.)' started by Dale Mais, Aug 19, 2019.
Besides the price what is the difference exactly between class 1 and class 2 detectors?
Class 1 sensors have tighter defect classification than Class 2 sensors - typically fewer hot pixels, fewer bad columns, etc.
Some sensors don't have multiple grades, e.g. KAF-16803 is only available in one standard grade. Others have Class 1 and Class 2. Some sensors from other manufacturers have multiple levels available.
There is usually also an "engineering grade" option as well, which is a sensor that works but doesn't meet specifications. They are a lot less expensive but the manufacturers often limit quantities to one or two. They are intended to be used during camera design, rather than in products.
The manufacturer charges a lot more for Class 1, which is why the cameras are more expensive.
Usually professional research applications (professional astronomers, research projects, science instruments) or experienced astrophotographers want Class 1 sensors;
People who are doing casual imaging are usually very happy with Class 2.
Also, sometimes "Class 1" is referred to as "Grade 1".
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