Back to July 2018, the first-generation ASIAIR was released.

About one year later, the second generation, ASIAIR PRO was released.

As so many people are curious about the differences between these two models, here we list 10 most important changes in ASIAIR PRO that may help you have a better understanding on this little box.

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1. Appearance

The first generation ASIAIR was crafted with a plastic shell, while ASIAIR PRO’s shell is made out of aluminum and processed by CNC tech. The surface is anodized, which can be quite hard-wearing and shatter-proof.

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The design of ASIAIR PRO also changed a lot. It is colored in vibrant Ferrari red and painted with laser star maps of the constellation Ursa Minor and Ursa Major in the front, which symbolizes the distant sky and bright stars.

Besides, ASIAIR PRO was symmetrically slotted in the front, bottom and the side. These slots could not only help enhance WiFi transmit, but also help heat dissipation.

2. Processor

The processor of ASIAIR is 1.4Ghz Quad Core Broadcom BCM283780 (Cortex A-53),

while the one of ASIAIR PRO is 1.5Ghz Quad Core Broadcom BCM2711B0 (Cortex A-72).

There is no doubt that 1.5Ghz is faster than 1.4Ghz. The testing result shows the CPU performance of ASIAIR PRO has been significantly improved by 50% approximately. It calculates faster, works faster and is going to greatly save your time.

3. Memory and storage space

ASIAIR only has 1GB of DDR2 RAM, while ASIAIR PRO has 4GB of DDR4 RAM, not only expanding the memory, also accelerating the access speed rapidly.

As to storage space, ASIAIR is equipped with a 32GB micro SD card, the same as ASAIR PRO.

In addition to the 32GB SD card, ASIAIR PRO can also be connected to other storage devices. You can use the 64GB SanDisk USB memory stick which comes with the package.

For now, the available storage space of ASIAIR PRO is up to 84GB, which is enough to support your outdoor shooting.ASIAIR PRO-Flash Disk

4. Size and weight

ASIAIR height x width x depth is 9.40cm x 6.86cm x 2.54cm and weighs 180g.

The ASIAIR PRO has a height x width x depth of 9.20cm x 6.76cm x 3.5cm and weighs 243g.

In terms of size and weight, the second generation and the first generation are almost the same. However, considering ASIAIR PRO comes with highly-integrated power management module, multiple interfaces, and various openings for installation, it can be regarded as very small-sized and light-weighted.

5. Audio and status indicator

ASIAIR PRO added status indicators and important operation alarm.

1) TF Card Status Indicator:

Flash irregularly – TF card is now active

Off – Startup files got damaged

Flash regular – No TF card inserted

2) Power Status Indicator:

On- Power connected well

Flash/off – Low voltage

3) WiFi Status indicator:

On- WiFi Signal works well

Off – WiFi Networking not started

Flash – WiFi Network Restarting

You can use the RESET button to reset the WiFi network configuration.

In addition, there will be alarms in actual operation due to different situations, so that all the operating are under control.

ASIAIR-Pro-indicator6. Network

ASIAIR and ASIAIR PRO both support wired connection via Ethernet cable from ASIAIR to your internet router. ASIAIR offers a max speed of 330Mbps, while ASIAIR PRO can get Gigabit speeds. The transmission speed of ASIAIR PRO increases by 300%.

As to wireless connection, you may have noticed that when you’re wirelessly connecting the first generation ASIAIR box to the ASIAIR application, you will have the problem of not being able to use your phones or tablets to access the internet during the application run time.

This problem got solved in ASIAIR PRO. The WiFi station mode will help you wirelessly connect ASIAIR to your WiFi router. You are free to access the internet now. Also, the signal transmission range of ASIAIR PRO is greatly expanded, you can now control your setup via ASIAIR PRO in anywhere of your house.

7. USB Ports

ASIAIR provides 4 USB 2.0 ports and 1 Ethernet port.

ASIAIR PRO provides 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 Ethernet port.

It is recommended that using the USB 3.0 ports to connect with the main cameras since the transmission speed will be 10 times quicker than using USB 2.0 ports.

What’s more, ASIAIR PRO also has a DSLR camera shutter release port. You can now connect some old Nikon and Canon cameras to ASIAIR PRO and make long-exposure over 30 seconds.

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8. Power management

ASIAIR has only one 5V @ 3A input, no output.

While ASIAIR PRO has one 12V@2A-6A input, and four 2V@3A Max outputs, which means you can power other equipment with ASIAIR PRO, instead of dragging the long cables towards the power supply. The wiring can be very easy and orderly.

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9. Mountable method

ASIAIR can be mounted to your gear through hook & loop tapes.

ASIAIR PRO has M4 and 1/4 inch openings on the bottom and the side, with the use of the dovetail, the installation and removal will be quite easy.

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10.  Software functions

ASIAIR supports FOV plate-solving 0.4 degrees to 33 degrees.

ASIAIR PRO supports FOV plate-solving 0.2 degrees to 33 degrees.

Basically, the software functions of ASIAIR and ASIAIR PRO are the same. However, ASIAIR PRO got many new features with it like live stacking. Also, the ASIAIR PRO can work with new camera like ASI6200MM/MC Pro, while ASIAIR can not.

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Live Stacking: Single frame x 30s

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Live Stacking: 109 x 30s

Above are the ten main changes in ASIAIR PRO.

We’ve got some users asking if ASIAIR PRO still supports all DSLR cameras and equatorial mounts that ASIAIR used to support. The answer is yes. ASIAIR PRO is fully compatible with what ASIAIR has proved to support.

You can find the support list of ASIAIR PRO on our website: https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/product/asiair-pro

If you have more questions about the comparison of ASIAIR and ASIAIR PRO, feel free to leave a comment below or message us, we will answer ASAP!

87 Responses to ASIAIR PRO: What Changes And Improvement Have Been Made?
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    I know that most people use THE SKY software with the Paramount MX mount. My question: Can I control my Paramount MX mount with the ASIAir Pro? IF so, where can I get information? I have found nothing on YouTube.




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      No direct connection, only through TheSkyX TCP Server or network.
      TheSkyX needs advanced configuration, and open the TCP server (Tools->TCP Server).
      IP and port: 127.0.0.1:3040




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    I want to buy it but your refusal to support Sony cameras makes it a no buy.




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    Purchased a ASIAIR PRO, hope that it will work before end of year with Sony A7

    Currently just using it with star tracker to polar align and skyguider pro guiding




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    I just read through again. It has been over 18months without any sign of implementation of Sony cameras.
    If you guys would at least be clear and say that you’re working on it already or something but saying ‘we may consider’ just makes people mad and feel kidded.
    Do you plan on adding sony cameras to supported devices? Yes or no. Please no consideration. I want an answer and not a vague consideration.




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      We tried to support Sony cameras many times, we will work on it all the time until we can provide a great experience for users. Please wait kindly;-D




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    Be nice to have Pentax support as well.




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    One more request for support for Sony please!




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    I wish to buy a mount that is relatively light and is compatible with the ASIAir Pro. I have a large Software Bisque mount (Paramount MX), but have been told that it is NOT compatible with the ASIAir pro. Therefore, I wish to get a smaller mount for my shorter FL and lighter refractor optical tubes to image DSO.

    I purchased the ASIAir Pro, but now do not have a mount to use with this system!! I cannot seem to find a list ANYWHERE, that will tell me which German equatorial mounts are on there market that will work with the ASIAir Pro. Please assist.




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        Previously, I informed ZWO that I own a Software Bisque Paramount MX mount. I had previously purchased the ASIAir Pro, but has not yet arrived. I had hoped to use it with this mount. However, when I mentioned this in an earlier message, ZWO directed me to a page which lists all compatible mounts. This list INCLUDED the Bisque Paramount MX. When I went back to OPTCorp (where I purchased the ASIAir Pro) to get a clarification, one sales person said that the ASIAir Pro IS NOT compatible with Bisque mounts, and another sales person said that it IS compatible with the Software Bisque mounts.

        This is very confusing. I need a simply reply–yes or no…is the ASIAir Pro able to be run on s Software Bisque Paramount MX mount.




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    I wish to buy a mount that is relatively light and is compatible with the ASIAir Pro. I have a large Software Bisque mount (Paramount MX), but have been told that it is NOT compatible with the ASIAir pro. Therefore, I wish to get a smaller mount for my shorter FL and lighter refractor optical tubes to image DSO.

    I purchased the ASIAir Pro, but now do not have a mount to use with this system!! I cannot seem to find a list ANYWHERE, that will tell me which German equatorial mounts are on there market that will work with the ASIAir Pro. Please assist.

    Tim J.
    214-766-9686




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    Does Asiair provide support for multi target during one night, auto meridian flip and mosaic ?




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    I’m sure this has been brought up, but please add rotation error into plate solving images! Also image statistics of previous taken images would be great. Sometimes my phone is not on the app when the previous image finishes and it’s still showing the image before that histogram statistics. Would be nice to go to my image folder and be able to see histogram info on those photos. Thanks!




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    Que requisitos de memoria ram mínimos y recomendables tiene que tener el móvil o tablet que use?




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    Does the ASIAIR generate GPS/Time data?




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    Hi team,

    Using my ASIAir Pro, Nikon D5300, Zwo asi174mm mini, EAF and 9.25 Edge HD with an OAG. When I take an exposure, after the exposure is finished there is a pause and then an error message comes up saying “Exposure failed to download.” What should I do to get this working?




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    Can’t wait for supported Sony cameras!
    Regards!




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    I have been trying to fully automate a remote wide angle DSO setup with William Optics Red Cat 51mm f4.9 for quite a while. It has be interesting living in the PC world, but continuing to reach for a clean mobile Apple iPhone or iPad solution.

    The best I have been able to do with PC is: NUC running Windows 10 Pro, and a Pegasus UPBV2, remote Laptop controlling the EQ6R Pro, ZWO ASI183mm cool primary camera, ZWO 8 position filter wheel, ZWO ASI290 mini guide camera, ZWO guide scope and dew strip protection. Autofocusing utilizes Deep Sky Dad AF3 (helical focuser). SGP, PhD2, etc. Power for this setup is a Jackery 1000 providing 12v for most components and 17v for the on scope NUC.

    I would love to simplify connectivity, on scope wiring, and shed some carry weight by using the ASIAIR Pro connected remotely to my iPhone or iPad. EQ6R Pro, cameras, and dew protection are all fine with the ASIAIR. I understand that Sky Safari works well with ASIAIR Pro.

    My question is about compatibility of the ASIAIR Pro with Deep Sky Dad’s AF3. Is there, now, compatibility with this auto-focuser? If not, could you please speak with Pavel Gartner about making this happen? There are a lot of these beautifully engineered WO Red and Space Cat scopes out there, owners who I am sure would appreciate coupling Deep Sky Dad AF3 with ASIAIR Pro! Alternatively, are you aware of any other compatible ASIAIR Pro solutions for the Red Cat helical focusing mechanism?

    Thank you in advance of your help!




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    I purchased a ASIAIR Pro not understanding it would not work with Sony Alpha cameras. I know you have has many requests for this but to help your R&D people understand how much you need to add Sony. I attended a Joshua Tree Astrophotography workshop and everyone except one was shooting Sony Alpha camera. You have a great product especially for first lighters, hope someday you will reach out to this market!




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