ASI178MC-Cool (color)

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Product Description

ASI178MC-Cool

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Astrophotography Performance

Our brand new cooled version of ASI178MC Color Camera  allows the sensor to be cooled to 35C to 40C degrees below ambient!

Here is a 60s long exposure dark file of this Camera. Back-illuminated  CMOS Image Sensor with 14bit ADC.

ASI178MC has a 1/1.8″ and 6.4M pixels sensor IMX178 with SONY STARVIS and Exmor R Technology.

Extremely low read noise(2.2 e – 1.4e ) , high sensitivity and 14bit ADC make it very suitable for astronomy and microscopy high resolution photograph.

178 Gain RN DR FW vs gain

QE Curve

Relative QE curve

QE ASI178

Reliable Mechanical Structure

There are four screws that seal the sensor chamber. Our camera design has been extensively tested and is very stable.

Even when used in higher humidity environments, ASI178-Cool will still works fine without dew problems.

USB 3.0 Port & USB2.0 HUB

USB 3.0 Port: Provides 5Gb bandwidth to make it possible for ASI178-Cool to run at 30 fps (14bit, normal mode) or 60 fps (10bit, high speed mode) at full resolution (6.4Mega).
USB 2.0 HUB: Can connect with various accessories,  including a filter wheel, guide camera or electronic focuser, allowing you to manage your cables better. There are two short 0.5m USB2.0 cables included with the ASI178-Cool. The hub is powered by the external power supply if you connect one.
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Cooling System

ASI178MM-Cool has 2 stage TEC cooling system to enable very deep cooling (35°C-40°C below ambient). The cooler requires an external power supply, which is not included with the camera. You may order a suitable power supply from here.

We recommend using a 12V/3-5A or more DC adapter for cooler power supply (2.1×5.5, center positive).

Using a battery with 9-15V is also suitable for the cooler power supply.

 

Connecting Diagram

178-Connecting-Drawing

1. M43-T2 adapter (optional)

2. EOS-T2 adapter (optional)

3. 2”Filter (optional)

4. 1.25” T-Mount

5. 1.25” Filter (optional)

6. M42-1.25” adapter (optional)

7. T2 extender 11mm

 

Mechanical Diagram

asi294-Mechanical-Drawing

What`s in the box?

224-290-174-178-185-385冷冻

Notice:Cooled cameras need a 12v power adapter, If you don’t have one, please click this link to buy a 12V power adapter. There are 4 different standard for different contury, please choose it carefully.
https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/product/acdc-adapter-12v-5a-for-cooled-cameras

The best solution of 55mm back focus length

Cooled Color Camera solution

Cooled Color Camera with OAG solution

Read more:https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/tutorials/best-back-focus-length-solutions-55mm.html 

Notice: Small sensor camera have a few accessories in box, please take a look at package list above.

Drivers and Softwares:

Our website has newest camera drivers and many DSO and Planetary capture softwares. Please make sure the newest driver and software has been installed before you start shooting:

https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/software/

 

New accessory

And the anti-dew heater  is on sale that could solve the dew problem on the front window  for  ASI cooled cameras.

You can buy the heater from the link:

https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/products/accessories/anti-dew-heater/

 

Camera technical details

Sensor: 1/1.8” CMOS IMX178
Resolution: 6.4 Mega Pixels 3096*2080
Pixel Size: 2.4µm
Sensor Size: 7.4mm*5mm
Diagonal: 8.92mm
Exposure Range: 32µs-1000s
ROI: Supported
ST4 Guider Port: Yes
Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5mm
Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
Protect window: IR-CUT window
Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux
Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
Bit rate: 14bit output(14bit ADC)
Adaptor: 2″ / 1.25″ / M42X0.75
Dimensions: 78 mm Diameter
Weight: 410g
Back Focus Distance: 17.5mm
Cooling: Regulated Two Stage TEC
Delta T: 35-40 degrees C
Cooler Power Supply Required: 12V at 2A Max

Supported resolution

10bit ADC/14bit ADC
3096×2080 60fps / 30fps
2560×2048 62fps / 31fps
2048×1080 116fps / 58fps
1280×960 130fps / 65fps
800×600 204.7fps / 102.3fps
640×480 253.1fps / 126.5fps
320×240 479.7fps / 239.8fps
More resolutions can be defined by user

Before first usage of this product read manuals and install correct drivers and software.

Shipping

  • Fast Shipping(amount ≧ 299USD) for free
  • Fast Shipping(amount < 299USD) : $20.00
  • Free Shipping(amount < 299USD) (Air Mail, 3-4 weeks) (Free)

Introduction

  1. Fast Shipping: we will choose DHL, UPS, TNT, EMS etc to deliver it. Usually you will get your package in one week. We provide free fast shipping for order ≧ $299 or charge extra $20 for order < $299.
  2. Free Shipping: we will ship via DGM or China Post Registered Air Mail. It usually costs 2-3 weeks to reach US or Europe and costs 3-4 weeks to reach far places.
  3. Customers from Brazil and Chile should leave a message to provide your CPF or CNPJ as your custom needs it.
  4. Customers from Russia need to provide the name of your company.

Tracking site:

DGM: http://webtrack.dhlglobalmail.com/?locale=en-US

China air mail: http://www.17track.net/en

Tax

  • The price list on our website is USD without tax.
  • Please note that buyers areliable to pay tax involved, such as Import tax, VAT , customs handling fee, etc. The additional fees may be collected at time of delivery by courier.
  • For best local service we advise customers buy our cameras form local dealers.

Warranty and Return Policy

  • We provide 2-year warranty for our products, we will offer the repair service for free or replace for free if the camera doesn’t work within warranty period. After the warranty period, we will continue to provide repair support and service on a charged basis.
  • This warranty does not apply to damage that occurred as a result of abuse or misuse, or caused by a fall or any other transportation failures after purchase.
  • Customer must pay for shipping when shipping the camera back for repair or replacement
  • If you get a faulty camera, please contact us as soon as possible though email: info@zwoptical.com. Please describe the problem in detail and we will do our best to help you solve the problem. Most instances perceived problems are simply bad driver install or software configuration.
  • For customers who bought the camera from our dealer, dealer is responsible for the customer service for you.

 

Do you have question, answer or comment? Post here!

  1. :

    Hi,

    I was hoping you could give me some information on the difference between “Focus Distance to Sensor” and “Back Focus Distance” for the 178mc-cool?

    I am having trouble focusing canon lenses along with a geoptik adapter and wanted to check distances!

    Many thanks




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    • Sean Wang

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      it’s 17.5mm back focus distance.




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  2. :

    I have an ASI178MC, which I have been using for over a year with good results. However, recently cooling has not been very effective – struggles to reach -10C – and utilising the battery at 100%, which means that after a couple of hours the battery is totally flat. Any suggestions?




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    • Sean Wang

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      Does the ambient temperature is too high? maybe -5C will save more power.




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  3. :

    Hi Sam I trying to take good flats for the zwo 178MC and I will like to know the e/EDU = gain ratio number to get the best posible range. I found a lot info of the Zwo1600 camera which is .26, but i do not find this value for my camera. Thank you and i hope i explain my shelf well.




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    • Sean Wang

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      Not quite understand. good flat need 25000-30000ADU, is that what you want?




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  4. :

    i have a skywatcher 150P f5 scope will this camera be suitable for deep sky objeccts




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    • Sean Wang

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      Yes, it’s good for shooting some small deepsky object.




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  5. :

    Sir,
    I live in india and i want to buy asi178mc-cool color camera. What will be the total cost of this camera including all the types of taxes,shipping charges,and other additional charges? is the shipping free? which things i can capture from a light and air polluted city.




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    • Sean Wang

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      Hi, I’m not sure about extra cost in India customs. BTW, shipping fee is free.




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  6. :

    Hi,

    I have this camera (mono version, colled)
    I’m curious about read noise from 400 to 510 scale (it’s not avaiable on the diagram). Does it change significantly or is it on a similar level like for 400 (40dB) so around 1,36e- ? It’s quite important to evaluate if it’s make sense to worki nt that area of gain or maybe to stay at 400 and not increase it more as it won’t improve read noise level.




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    • Sean Wang

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      Hi gain>350 will be digital gain, and read noise will keep same value as gain=350.




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  7. :

    Hi Sam
    I have a 178MCC and want use my Nikon Lenses. Is it possible with the backfocus to built it with 178MCC + Filterweel+EOS Adaptor + ASINikon?
    PS: Why you not provide a shorter M42 topplate in front of the sensor? Maybe in the future?




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    • Sam Wen

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      is it mono or color camera?
      you can contact us to get the shorter cover just like on 1600




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  8. :

    Can the IR-CUT window be dismantled?




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    • Sam Wen

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      we don’t recommend you do it as the CMOS chamber is sealed




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  9. :

    What is the power connector size on the cooled cameras?




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    • Sam Wen

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      it’s 5.5*2.1




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  10. :

    Hi Sam,
    Thanks for all the information! I only have about $1000 budget and think of either buying ASI1600 MC-cool or ASI 178MC-cool+autoguuide camera. Now it seems that either of your camera can do two tasks simultaneously.

    Just be curious, won’t the long exposure interrupt the autoguide function of your camera?




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    • Sam Wen

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      the camera cannot run as guider camera if you use it for long exposure
      but you can control the ST4 port seperatly




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  11. :

    Hi ZWO,

    What would you recommend for this camera to counter light pollution?
    I currently use a Canon D1100 with a clip idas hutech lps v4 filter, is there something similar available for the ZWO camera?
    Unfortunately, I have to do most of my shooting in the city. And does this camera use a similar T2 ring as I currently use to connect my Canon to my telescope?

    Thanks,

    Wido.




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    • Sam Wen

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      I think you can consider our ASI1600MC-Cool
      it come with T2 rings
      a cooled camera is far better than uncooled one




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  12. :

    Hi Sam,
    I guess between ASI 178MC and ASI 1600MC, I can only by the former as my mount only has an ST4 port. I am new to astrophotography, can I use this camera to capture the picture and auto-guide the mount at the same time? Or, the picture-capture and auto-guide use different software and therefore cannot share the same camera at the same time?

    Thanks a lot,
    Richard




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  13. :

    Hi,
    I did not see power cable (for cooling) in the product description. Do you provide power cable with the product? What socket/adapter shall I use for the power cable?

    Regards,
    Richard Ren




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    • Sam Wen

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      Hi Richard
      we didnot provide power cable because the socket of different country is different
      you need 12@2a minimal DC power supply




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  14. (verified owner):

    Hi,

    For the purpose of taking dark frames for calibration, can you tell me if the Rolling Shutter of the 178 MC is electronic or mechanical.

    Salutations,
    Dominique Martel




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    • Sam Wen

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      it’s electronic rolling shutter




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  15. :

    Hi,

    I have placed an order for the 178 MC back in February 2016 from a reseller in Canada. I hope to receive it soon! In teh mean time, i’m reviewing thr options to attach the camera to my telescope.

    So, is it possible to attach the 178 to the end of a standard T2 adapter (say from Celestron)?

    Salutations,
    Dominique Martel




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    • Sam Wen

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      Yes, there is T2 female interface of all ASI cameras body




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  16. :

    Hi,

    I would like to know if you have this product in stock, and what is the delivery delay for Canada?

    Dominique Martel
    Salutations,




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    • Sam Wen

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      this product will be in stock next weekend




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  17. (verified owner):

    I have had 2 sessions now with this camera and am having a couple of problems. I am using Nebulosity 4.0.4 to capture and process.

    1. Colour balance: after some trial and error, it looks as though I should be using offsets of X=1 and Y=1 when debayering to create a colour image from FITS file. Could you confirm?

    2. Up until now, I have been using modified Canon DSLRs (usually 1100D), mainly at ISO 400 or 800. During my capture sessions I used Gain of 20% and then 50%, but do not seem to be getting to anywhere near the sensitivity of the Canon DSLRs at ISO 400. For example, the blue nebulosity around the Pleiades stars is extremely faint even at 50% and can only just be separated from the noise level. Do you have recommendations for the Gain level, to approximate ISO 400 and 800 with Canon DSLRs?

    Regards,

    Graham




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    • Sam Wen

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      Hi Graham
      1.the bayer patter is RGGB, I am not very famliar with nebulosity, so cannot say you are right or not, but its very simple just try it with the lens at daytime
      2.this is because the pixel size of this chip is very small, so you cannot compare directly to a different pixel size camera
      you know 178 bin2 mode is still smaller, that’s why it’s so faint, I think you can try bin2 mode




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