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
- Additional Information
SKU ZWO-ASI1600MC-C Manufacturer ZWO Color or B&W? Color Sensor Type CMOS Series ZWO ASI Pixel Size < 5 Microns Chip Diagonal 20.1mm - 22mm Warranty Not Supplied By Manufacturer Quantum Efficiency TBD Full Well Capacity 20ke Pixel Size in Micrometers 3.8µm Pixel Array 4656 x 3520 Minimum Exposure Time 32us Maximum Exposure Time 2000s Interface USB 3.0 Operating System Compatibility Windows Camera Cooling Type Fan - Built In, Thermo-electric Cooling (TEC)
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Product QuestionsQuestion by: Richard on Oct 31, 2016 2:00:00 PMThis sensor uses an electronic shutter, so it doesn't have means of taking dark frame by itself. you are going to have to put on the cap of your scope to shoot darks. If you are using the camera in a hyperstar configuration, you will need to take the camera off the scope and shoot your dark library detached from your imaging system.Answer by: Jonathan Cheek (Admin) on Oct 31, 2016 3:30:00 PMQuestion by: Michel on Aug 23, 2016 5:53:00 AMHello,
Here is a link to the QE diagram of this camera from ZWO optical:
If you have any questions about this, feel free to give us a call!Answer by: Tony Tardich (Admin) on Aug 23, 2016 11:41:00 AMCan a 2" nosepiece be used to connect the camera to the telescope? If so, is there a special nosepiece that must be purchased?Question by: Tim Limmer on Aug 26, 2016 11:00:00 AMHello,
Thank you for asking this question. I would recommend this T to 2" adapter: https://www.optcorp.com/tpo-2-to-t-thread-adapter.html
Answer by: Tony Tardich (Admin) on Aug 26, 2016 2:17:00 PMQuestion by: Tulio Aguiar on Jan 20, 2017 6:13:00 PMThe ZWO cooled cameras do not include a power supply, however they can use almost any other power supply for a CCD camera that used a 5.5mm jack/2.1mm center positive pin connection as long as it outputs at least 2A at 12V. The Atik power supply A3-90-240VAC has worked very well.Answer by: Chris Hendren on Jan 23, 2017 9:51:00 AMQuestion by: Stefan on Jul 19, 2016 8:22:00 PMThere are several different software programs to choose from to control this camera. Depending on what features you need, and what operating system you are running, and what kind of Imaging you are doing, we can give the best suggestion. Please give us a call or send us an email to help you choose what software will fit your needs.Answer by: Jonathan Cheek (Admin) on Jul 20, 2016 9:29:00 AMQuestion by: Peter Ridout on Dec 7, 2016 7:10:00 AMHow would I go about connecting this up to my Skywatcher ED100? I Have a Moonlite focuser that is thread and a 2" and 1.25" adapter for it, but would I need some other connection?
ThanksI am interested, BUT... do I understand correctly there is NO warranty from the manufacturer? Scary to say the least.
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