Company

Santa Barbara Scientific (SBS) was established as an independent company in November, 2014, by Michael Barber, one of the co-founders and Vice President of Santa Barbara Instrument Group, Inc. (SBIG) for 25 years.  Initially, the purpose of SBS was to assist in the transition period after the sale of SBIG to Diffraction Limited.  In this role, Santa Barbara Scientific handled production of the larger format SBIG cameras and some specialty cameras and accessories under contract with Diffraction Limited.  Additionally SBS handled all warranty and non-warranty repairs of SBIG products while Diffraction Limited got up to speed, eventually assuming production activity in Ottawa, Canada in 2015.  The current role of SBS (as of October 2017) is primarily to provide development and sales support for scientific imaging products using QHYCCD cameras.  This relationship evolved from our use of QHY cameras in the SM-2 Seeing Monitor and our personal satisfaction with the products.  Also, SBS continues to provide a unique forum where both sellers and buyers of used cameras can come together to make a transaction with confidence that the used camera is fully functional and performs according to specs as stated by the manufacturer.  Other new and used products may be added over time when there is a demand for such inventory.  For a more detailed history see the Company History page.