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
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SKU ZWO-ASI1600MM-C Manufacturer ZWO Color or B&W? Monochrome (B&W) 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) Camera Weight 14 oz.
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsThe Zwo site shows two versions, one with a USB2 hub and one with a guider port. Which version is this?Question by: peter on Aug 24, 2016 8:27:00 AMAll of the new ZWO cooled cameras have the 2 port USB hub. To guide, you would need to get ZWO's USB to ST4 adapter (https://www.optcorp.com/zwo-usb-st4-adapter.html), but the camera hub can power both the ZWO filter wheel and an uncooled ASI120 or similar camera as a guider on a USB3.0 connection.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Aug 31, 2016 11:46:00 AMCan I use the filter wheel I use with the ZWO 174M? Is there an electronic filter wheel for this camera? Or, is there a filter wheel that has 7 filter spaces--or even 9?Question by: Rodd Dryfoos on Jun 30, 2016 2:14:00 PMYes, you can re-use the same filter wheel from your ZWO ASI174 camera. ZWO does not currently have a motorized filter wheel, but we carry 7+ position filter wheels from other manufacturers that are compatible. Please contact us if you have specific questions.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Jun 30, 2016 3:37:00 PMI have a two part question: 1) is is possible to define one or more smaller regions of interest for the read-out? 2) can each individual image be externally triggered?Question by: peter on Mar 26, 2017 9:40:00 PMSort of for question 1, unfortunately no for #2. You can select the size of the ROI from a number of different options in the camera acquisition software, but this ROI is always exactly centered on the sensor, so you would need to center your subject before adjusting the ROI size. The entire sensor is read at once, and so you cannot individually image more than one ROI at a time.Answer by: Chris Hendren on May 3, 2017 12:55:00 PMwill this camera have different resolution settings like other cameras? like 1x1 2x2 or 4x4 binding.
Question by: tom p on Jul 12, 2016 4:11:00 PM1x1, 2x2, 3x3, and 4x4 binning are supported by the manufacturer, but this is via software binning after digital conversion, so the download speed/FPS is not improved
2x2 hardware binning is apparently supported but only at 10 bit depth.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Jul 12, 2016 5:22:00 PMIs it possible to increase the frame rate by limiting the ROI ?
What would be the frame rate for a resolution of ~100x100 pixels ?Question by: Gregory on Jul 28, 2017 12:47:00 AMYes, ROI will increase frame rate, but the speed of your computer and USB 3.0 connection will also have an effect - not to mention the brightness of your subject. The manufacturer does not note frame rate for 100x100, but they do for 320x240. At 12 bits/frame you would get up to 124.4fps, and at 8-10 bit output, you can get up to 192.4fps. 100x100 will be faster, but it does not scale completely linearly. 640x480 at 4x the pixels reads out at 2/3 the frame rate of 320x240 according to ZWO, so 100x100 may only be 50-80% faster than 320x240.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Jul 28, 2017 10:23:00 AM1. Is the temperature setting adjustable?
2. Can the fan be turned off during exposures?
3. Approximate gain (e-/ADU)?Question by: Larry on Jul 28, 2016 8:33:00 PMYes, The temperature setting is adjustable. This will be changed in the camera control software that you use.
You can unplug the TEC cooler and fan during an exposure and it not will stop the camera from taking the exposure. The image will just be noisier due to the lack of cooling.
If the camera is set to 0DB, the approximate gain is 5. This will go down to 1 around 139db.Answer by: Jonathan Cheek (Admin) on Jul 29, 2016 5:13:00 PMCould this camera also be used for solar imaging in a Ha solar scope? I'm looking to get the most bang for my buck so to speak and want a great DeepSky camera as well.Is there an OAG compatible with this camera? Also will 1.25" filters cover the chip? or do I need 36mm filters?Question by: Rodd Dryfoos on Aug 15, 2016 9:08:00 AMYes, You can attach an OAG to this camera. There are several things that would need to be accounted for, such as filter wheels and back focus of the telescope that you are using. To configure the best setup for your telescope, I recommend giving us a call at 1.800.483.6287 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depending on your focal ratio and the spacing of the filters to the sensor plane. you can use 1.25" filters for this camera. Again, please contact us so that we can help you figure out if you need 31mm or 1.25" filters for your setup.Answer by: Jonathan Cheek (Admin) on Aug 15, 2016 9:23:00 AMQuestion by: Miguel Morales on Sep 3, 2016 11:39:00 PM
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