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ZWO ASI224MC USB3.0 Colour CMOS Camera with SONY Exmor and NIR Technology and Autoguider Port

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Model
ZWO-ASI224MC
Weight
0.90 kg
Camera Type Planetary Imager
Deep Sky imager
CMOS Camera
Our price:
$299.14
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The ZWO ASI224MC comes with an exciting a 1/3″ and 1.2M pixels IMX224 sensor that features SONY Exmor and  NIR Technology.
The result is extremely low read noise (1.5 e) and high sensitivity especially in the near IR range.

The comparatively small sensor, extremely low read noise, high sensitivity and achievable high framerates make this new camera a very good choice for a quality-conscious planetary imager.
We hope that it will prove to become the best colour planetary imager on the market.

The ASI224MC camera comes with USB3.0 connection that gives you the opportunity to use it with newer laptops and is backward compatible with USB2.0. High framerates are not a guarantee for excellent images, but certainly helpful if other circumstances are given. There is no USB 2.0 version of this camera as that simply won't be enough to use the camera's possible high framerate, plus, for the same reason, we would really recommend to use it with USB3.0 compatible hardware as that's the only way to achieve very high framerates...

Due to the high IR sensitivity and the various ways that this camera can be used, IR cut-off fiter is not built in so we would also recommend to buy it separately as well. Click here: ZWO IR Cut-off Filter


It comes with an AUTOGUIDER PORT just as many other ZWO cameras, so you may use it for both imaging or guiding!

This camera will mostly be used for imaging planets, but it can also be used for deep sky imaging up to a certain level as it supports up to 1000seconds exposure time. This colour camera provides you with a simple imaging process, no need to worry about filters and filter wheel, so if you cannot spend much time and happy to go for a slight compromise, this is probably the best colour planetary imager today that you can buy in this price range (and it would beat many much more expensive cameras as well...)


Features of the ZWO ASI224MC Camera
Recommended for the planets and some deep sky objects
Resolution: 1304X976 at up 64fps (at 12bit ADC) or 150fps (at 10 bit ADC)
Long time exposure up to 1000s!
Autoguider Port
Very low read noise (1.5e)
High Sensitivity, especially in IR range
Full aluminum housing with standard 2" interface
M42X0.75 internal thread.
T-thread to C-mount adapter included

DOWNLOADS

On the included CD you'll find drivers and two software applications: Firecapture and SharpCap. These are both freeware and the latest versions can be downloaded from the developers' websites.
If you have any problem with installing any of the software from the CD, please download them from here:

Firecapture Downloads
SharpCap Downloads

We'd recommend to use the latest version of Firecapture with the USB3.0 ZWO ASI cameras...

Specification of ZWO ASI224MC USB3.0

Sensor: 1/3” CMOS IMX224/IMX225

Resolution: 1.2Mega Pixels 1304X976

Pixel Size: 3.75µm

Sensor Size: 4.8mm*3.6mm

Diagonal: 6.09mm

Exposure Rage: 32µs-1000s

ROI: Supported

ST4 Guider Port: Yes

Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5mm

Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter

Protect window: AR coated window

Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux

Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0

Bit rate: 12bit output(12bit ADC)

Adaptor: 2″ / 1.25″ / M42X0.75

Dimension: φ62mm X 36mm

Weight: 120g or 4.2 ounces (without lens)

Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C

Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C

Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%

Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%

 

Supported Resolutions:

10bit ADC / 12bit ADC

1304×976 150fps / 64fps

1280×960 152.4fps / 65fps

800×600 241.2fps / 102.9fps

640×480 299.4fps / 127.6fps

320×240 577.9fps / 256.4fps

More resolutions can be user defined

SOFTWARE and DRIVERS
Up-to-date drivers can be found on the manufacturer's website. Click here!

For full specification, driver installation tutorial (youtube video), basic usage information and recommended third party software please visit the manufacturer's website: ZWOptical

There is also a ZWO Forum here for ZWO camera users: ZWO USER GROUP

and also a Yahoo Group where you can find lots of information about how other members use the ZWO cameras: Yahoo Group ZWO ASI Cameras

Below is an example of a planetary imaging setup with a Imaging Flip Mirror, ZWO Filter Wheel and ZWO ASI120MM monochrome camera (obviously, you won't need a filter wheel for a colour camera...) With the help of a Variable Locking T2 Extension we could achieve parfocality.  The eyepiece holder (that is part of the Imaging Flip Mirror) is also adjustable, so with these two adjastable items we can achieve various positions of the eyepiece thus parfocality can be achieved with eyepieces of various focal lengths. To see approximately the same field, you'd have to use an eyepiece with approximately 6mm focal length. Please note that this setup might not work for a Newtonian telescope due to the long back focus requirement.


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1 Most recent customer reviews (see all reviews):
barry francis
Oct 25, 2016
This customer purchased the item at our site.
had this only a short time but had a go and the images i got of the moon,Jupiter and Saturn were quite impressive for a first attempt they were nice and clear which as a land photographer was quite pleasing some practice is still needed to get the results i want but for a relatively inexpensive astro camera its very much worth its money
i would recommend this to anyone who like me is starting out in astro photography and wanting some good results first time out without spending a small fortune
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