I have just ordered an SBIG ST8300M with FW5 and Baader LRGB and Ha filters, along with a FF and 17mm extension tube. STF was out of my budget. Really looking forward to receiving it by the end of the week hopefully.
My wife made the decision for me (between Atik 383L and SBIG ST8300), I was dithering between the two and couldn't decide which one. In the end less wires, SW package, ability to run on MAC, and the SBIG name tipped it towards the ST8300. Not to say ATIK is not good, but that's the way the cookie crumbled.
I did not consider the OIII and SII filters because I think i'll need a good year or so before I am at that stage when I can progress to full NB imaging. Hence I just stuck with the FW5 and Ha NB filter only.
Scopes:Orion ED80T CF (for Imaging), SkyWatcher Explorer 200mm Reflector(for Visual)
Mount: HEQ5 Pro
EP's: WO SWAN 33mm, WO SPL 3mm, Plossl 32mm, 25mm,10mm
Imaging: Cannon 450D dslr, Meade DSi II, QHY5, SBIG ST8300m+FW5, Baader LRGBHa
Apps: PHD, Nebulosity, Maxim DL5, PS5, and PixInsight newbie....