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.
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!
- 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
- Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
- Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
- Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
- Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%
- Additional Information
SKU ZWO-ASI1600MM 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 Weight 14 oz.
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsI'd like to be able to assemble LRGB images for post-processing. Does this camera have an option for an integrated multi-position filter wheel? If so, what size are the filters and where can I find more information about that feature?
Thank you.Question by: Dale Schultz on Oct 7, 2016 9:10:00 AMGood afternoon and thanks for asking. You will want to look at the ZWO filter wheel, ZWO-EFWMINI. Additional information can be found here https://www.optcorp.com/zwo-electronic-filter-wheel-1-25-and-31mm.htmlAnswer by: Charles Walker (Admin) on Oct 27, 2016 1:40:00 PMDoes this camera have an ASCOM driver? Specifically, I would want to use the camera with AstroTortilla. Would I be able to do that with this camera?Question by: Dana Thomas Gehm on Jun 28, 2017 10:20:00 PMYes, the ZWO ASI-1600MM USB 3.0 Monochrome Astronomy Camera has a ASCOM driver.
There is a software page on ZWO’s website with downloads.
Answer by: Jason Leon (Admin) on Jun 29, 2017 10:19:00 AMQuestion by: James Christiansen on Jan 24, 2017 7:38:00 AMCooling the camera leads to significantly lower dark current, which allows maximum exposures to go from ~30 seconds to around 5-10 minutes before dark current becomes a significant issue. Subtracting separate dark frames is still recommended for long exposures, but when you can control your camera's temperature, you can re-use darks and bias frames from a previous night rather than having to re-shoot when the outside air temp changes.
For strict planetary, lunar, solar and <30 sec "live" deep sky imaging, you do not need the cooler. For longer guided exposures - especially with narrowband filters - the cooler is a must.Answer by: Chris Hendren (Admin) on Jan 24, 2017 11:13:00 AM
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