ZWO ASI-1600MC Color Cooled Astronomy Camera USB 3.0
These top of the line, cutting edge new Astronomy Camera's are the latest from ZWO; ideal purchases for anyone into Astronomical Imaging already, or anyone interested in getting into the field, they have drastic improvements over previous comparable models! With an incredibly low level of Read Noise at 1.2e-, they operate with minimal interference, producing higher quality images reliably by doing so. It also excels in the FPS field- experiencing a maximum rate of 23 Frames Per Second when operating at full resolution, which is well above average for astronomy Camera's- one of the most models boasts just 1 FPS! And that's not the only two fields in which this camera and it's stellar new sensor have innovated...
It's resolution is just beautiful- running at 16 megapixels, it nearly doubles the resolution of camera's nearly twice it's cost; blowing it's competition utterly out of the water in that area as well. Now, it's true that it only runs at twelve bits per frame- but with the drastically lower than average Noise, this lack of interference allows you to use much more of your potential dynamic range- in effect, allowing higher quality imaging at a lower base bit per frame due to a drastic reduction in noise interference.
Your length of viewing time and potential viewing time is greatly extended by the Thermo-Electric cooling and built in fan combo working in this cutting edge new camera; the camera cooled to a maximum range of 40-45 C Degrees less than ambient temperature, which greatly works to prevent overheating. While it's still not impossible for overheating to occur if you over-strain the camera, the ASI-1600 can be used for extremely long sessions without overheating due to this effective cooling system and method. This is just another part of how adaptable this camera is; as you can set the cooling level anywhere up to that maximum of 40-45 C less than ambient- which means you can set it based on your environmental conditions as well as based on how long you intend to use the camera.
All in all, this is a CMOS Sensor using Camera that is highly affordable without any sacrifice in quality- operating at a whole new level compared to other, similar Camera's. It's range of exposure time is insane- ranging from a mere fraction of a second all the way up to just a few minutes over half an hour. What does that mean, exactly? It means that while yes, it can be used for planetary or lunar imaging- it's also fully capable of being utilized for long exposure deep space photography and imaging, as well as just about anything else you'd care to put it to. The technology at play here is leaps and bounds above what's considered standard in CMOS cameras, and it shows; to get performance of a similar quality elsewhere, you'd have to double the price of this new camera, and in some areas this camera might still out perform! Usable for a broad range of imaging purposes with great effectiveness, and extremely affordable, you'll find this a solid investment for a beginning in Astro-Photography!
- Cooler Power Consumption: 12V at 2A max
- ADC: 12 bit
- Full Well: 20ke
- Max FPS: 23
- Sensor Dimensions: 21.9 mm diagonal
- Minimum Exposure: 32us
- Maximum Exposure: 2000 sec (33.33 Minutes)
- Pixel Size: 3.8µm
- Resolution: 16 Mega Pixels - 4656×3520
- Sensor: 4/3″ CMOS