ASI120MC (color)

$149.00

ASI120 is a very fast and sensitive USB2.0 camera. Up to 30FPS under 1280X960 full resolution! With a peak QE of 75%, beyond ICX618 and with no FPN(Fixed pattern Noise)! Long time exposure supported up to 1000s.

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Product Description

Alternative Product

ASI120MC-S

 

Astrophotography Performance

ASI120 is a very fast and sensitive USB2.0 camera. Up to 30FPS under 1280X960 full resolution! With a peak QE of 75%, beyond ICX618 and with no FPN(Fixed pattern Noise)! Long time exposure supported up to 1000s.

120 Gain RN DR FW vs gain

Absolute QE Curve:

QE

What’s in the box?

–ZWO ASI120MC Color 1.2 Mega Pixel Astronomy Camera
–150° Lens Adapter for use as an all-sky camera
–M42-1.25″ nose-piece
–2 m long USB cable
–2 m long ST4 guider cable
–Quick guide

Warning

  • The lens can be screwed in too far, result in a scratch on the protect window! Please adjust it very slowly! Don’t turn it beyond the focus at infinity!
  • Full resolution function of the ASI120 requires full 480mbs USB communication!
  • Mac OSX may not compatible well. Neither Windows though virtual machine. Windows though Bootcamp is recommended. Or use our ASI120S USB3.0 Cameras which runs well under Mac OSX.

Reviews

ASI120 cameras have several reviews at world mos popular astronomy magazines. You can read them in PDF documents:

 

Camera technical details

Sensor: 1/3″ CMOS AR0130CS(Color) / MT9M034(mono)
Resolution: 1.2Mega Pixels 1280×960
Pixel Size: 3.75µm
Exposure Range: 64µs-1000s
ROI: Supported
Interface: USB2.0
Bit rate: 12bit output(12bit ADC)
Adaptor: 2″ / 1.25″ / M42X0.75
Dimension: φ62mm X 28mm
Weight: 100g
Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%

Camera binning options

Binning 1×1:

1280X960@35FPS
1280X720@46FPS
1280X600@55FPS
1280X400@80FPS
960X960@46FPS
1024X768@54FPS
1024X600@69FPS
1024X400@101FPS
800X800@66FPS
800X640@74FPS
800X512@102FPS
800X400@108FPS
800X320@158FPS
640X560@98FPS
640X480@113FPS
512X440@123FPS
512X400@135FPS
480X320@165FPS
320X240@215FPS

Binning 2×2:
640X480@35FPS

Shipping

Fast Shipping: we will choose DHL, UPS, FedEx etc to deliver it. Usually you will get your package within 7-14 days.

  • Fast Shipping(amount ≧ 199USD) for free
  • Fast Shipping(amount < 199USD) : $20.00 (We do not provide free shipping from now on.)

Introduction

  1. It will take around 60-90 days for shipment via ePacket/China Post Registered Air Mail/EMS, which can’t be guaranteed due to force majeure. If you can’t get the air mail package after 2months, please let us know ASAP: info@zwoptical.com
  2. Customers from Brazil and Chile should leave a message to provide your CPF or CNPJ as your custom needs it.
  3. Customers from Russia need to provide the complete English name with three words as well as the English shipping address.

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 are liable 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

1. ZWO will provide a 2-year free warranty service (Warranty Period) for ZWO products purchased by Users from ZWO (“Products”) in accordance with this Policy, commencing on the day following receipt of the Products by Users. For ASIAIR Plus users, commencing on the day of device activation.

2. If a User encounters the following Dead on Arrival (DOA) and contacts ZWO within the corresponding time limit to issue the Product purchase invoice and relevant evidence, ZWO will provide door-to-door pick-up service and, as appropriate, after-sale replacement (or partial replacement), repair or return (or partial return) service for the following Products:
1) Product quality problem
Provided that a User detects a quality problem and contacts ZWO within 30 days after receipt of the Products, and ZWO support team confirms that the Products indeed have a quality problem or defect after their inspection, ZWO will provide free replacement service towards such Products;
2) Product transportation problem
Provided that a User finds obvious signs of bubbling, serious overstocking, or deformation on the outer package of the Products upon receipt of the Products, and provides ZWO with pictures of the outer package and proof of receipt within 3 days after receipt of such Products, ZWO support team will verify the actual shipper and determine the responsible party for such transportation problem. In the event that ZWO is the actual shipper, ZWO will be responsible for providing the relevant return or replacement service, however, if the Products are directly sold or transported to the User by an agent of ZWO, the agent will be responsible for providing the relevant return or replacement service.

3. If the Products are under the following circumstances, they are not within the scope of warranty service, ZWO may provide maintenance services to the Users:
1) The Warranty Period of the Products has expired; or
2) The Products are injected into liquid or affected by moisture or corrosion; or
3) The Products are damaged by an external force (such as the broken of the camera protection window glass, the deformation of the product shell, the broken of the USB port, etc.); or
4) Disassembling, repairing by a third party, refurbishment of the Products (such as downloading erroneous firmware) without the written authorization of ZWO; or
5) The product system is modified, or the maintenance notice is lost or changed; or
6) Product quality problem caused by installation not following the requirements or instructions for the Products; or
7) Physical damage or failure of the Products caused by the force majeure (such as strong vibration or extrusion such as flood, fire, earthquake, or thunder stroke); or
8)Damage caused by the improper User operation during the period of shooting or use, such as using without the equipment protection or direct shooting of the sun; or
9) No valid purchase invoice or warranty certificate; or
10) The Products are second-hand products.
Any quality problem with the accessories or other parts of the Products is not a condition for the return or change of the Products, and the User may solely request to replace the accessories with new ones, which shall be handled after verification by ZWO support team.
If the issue with your ZWO product was caused by certain damage (such as severe damage not covered by the 2-year warranty), you might have to pay the replacement value.

4. For the normal repair or replacement of the Products during the Warranty Period, the User will bear the return cost. When returning the Products, Users shall specify the actual reasons for the damage to the Products, and shall provide the corresponding valid certificates, such as pictures or videos, etc.
For the Products that need to be replaced after being confirmed by ZWO in writing, the User shall return the Products with the complete package, together with all accessories, manuals, etc., to the address designated by ZWO.
By sending back the product to ZWO, the User agrees to pay out-of-warranty fees that may arise during the repair process of the product. ZWO will send back the product after charging.

5. If a User encounters any problem during the use of ZWO Products, you may at any time contact ZWO for technical support via ZWO Support.

For the Products that need to be returned for after-sales service, ZWO will provide the corresponding RMA code for reference.
ZWO will not accept any products having no RMA code that have been returned privately without ZWO written confirmation.

6. If a User purchases the ZWO Products from a ZWO agent, the User may contact the ZWO agent directly for the relevant after-sales service.

Our website is always updated with the most recent camera drivers as well as software for DSO and planetary imaging. Please make sure the most recent driver and software has been installed before you start shooting:

It is also recommended to read the Manuals first before shooting.

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

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    I might be being stupid, but here goes. I took a couple of images of Jupiter but they seemed to come out black and white. Is this normal? and if so how do you add colour to the images?




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      which software did you use? maybe you capture in raw format and you can debayer in stacking software
      you can capture in RGB24 format too




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    Hi Sam
    Is this camera sensitive enough to use as auto guider camera along with the ZWO off axis guider?
    Thank you




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    • Sam Wen

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      that’s depends on your main scope
      anyway, a mono camera is suggested for guiding




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    • Sam Wen

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      you’d better choose the mono one for guiding
      but color one works too except some area have very faint star




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    Hi, can you tell me the latest driver version for the asi120mc ? I found two different versions: “ZWO ASI Cameras driver Setup V2.0.1.3” and “ASI120MC_Setup_2.8.5.20”.

    Thank you.




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    • Sam Wen

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      use the first one driver
      that’s an all in one driver




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    Dear Sam Wen!

    The ASI120MC camera driver 100% supported Windows 10 64bit operating system?




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    Sorry, Sam Wen, I could not find find this data in the specs of the website but could find it in the manual after downloading.
    So, question cancelled. :-)

    Attila




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    Hi Sam Wen,

    What is the back focus of this camera (in mm)?
    I mean the distance between the front surface of the sensor and the front face of the camera housing.

    Thanks in advance,
    Attila




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    • Sam Wen

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      12.5mm from the T2 threads




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    Can I attach this camera directly to a Baader Hyperion eyepiece, the eyepiece has m42/,75 male threads.




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, you can




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    That means: “Customers from Russia need to provide the name of your company.”?
    I have no company.




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    • Sam Wen

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      our company: SuZhou ZWO CO,. LTD.




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    Is this camera compatible with Raspberry Pi running on Rasbian,Hope this could function as a normal webcam when attached or specific drivers needed?




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    • Sam Wen

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      our USB3.0 cameras are more compatible with arm-linux




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    Hi,
    I’m new to astrophotography and wondering which camera to begin with. I usually use a Celestron CPC 800 and would mainly use the camera for planets with the option to take pictures of some DSO if possible. I came across the ASI120MC, the ASI178MC and the ASI224MC (I read that with the latter one I might need an additional IR filter?). Which camera would be a good entry into astrophotography with the CPC? Is there one I have not considered yet?
    Thank you and kind regards,
    Thomas




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    • Sam Wen

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      I think ASI224MC would be the most suitable one for you
      178’s pixel size is too small for C8




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    Hi! When will you have in stock again?




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    • Sam Wen

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      we have it instock now




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    hi. is the removable 1.25 ” IR -cut window ? it’s dangerous? I can enter the ‘ ir -pass ?




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    • Sam Wen

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      you can remove it if you want




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    I have a accident with my allsky lens, can I buy only the All sky len?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, you can
      just contact us through email




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    I have concluded that this camera is not as good as they say.. why is it shipped with a lens and also stated suitable for some dso photography. Video through the sky lense at night time is actually worthless . And if you expose for longer than 300th of a second you get hot pixels.. I had a wbcam that could actually shoot for much longer exposures with no pixels. All this talk of using dark frame to subtract doesn’t really help when your initial image can not be seen clearly enough without pixel obstructions to a accurately focus.




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    I would also like to ask?. What speed would you expect these hot pixels to appear. As I have tested mg camera again and they actually appear with the settings of 390ms . Which is the range specified on firecapture to capture planets not deep space objects.




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      the hot pixels are visiable if you exposure longer than 100ms, you can use the “dark subtract” function to remove them
      our directshow driver or FC all provide such function




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    I understand the pixel hot situation . However the pixels are always in the same place. And appear at settings less than a second. Which makes the 2.1mm lens un use able. For full dark sky photography.




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    • Sam Wen

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      hot pixels are fixed in position, so they are easy to remove with a dark frame




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    Previous question.
    Thanks for the reply
    I can understand the hot noise pixels but these appear in the same position on various days and start to appear with speeds less than 1 second. Which makes the 2.1mm lens supplied with the camera actually un use able for any night time full sky photography. .




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    Hi.. I am trying to image te night sky using the 2.1mm lens. But when the exposure is set to one second the image shows many red and blue pixels. And increase as the exposure does.. is this normal?.
    Thanks




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    • Sam Wen

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      this is hot pixels, hot noise will increase with exposure of time or temperature
      that’s why we need cooled cameras




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    Can I attach ASI120MC to Nexstar 4SE? How it is done?




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    • Sam Wen

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      Just use the 1.25″ adapter and insert to the focuser




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    When this camera is on sale does it come with a 1.25″ adapter and the 2.5mm lens? It’s not mentioned on this page.

    thanks

    Jonathan




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, it come with the 1.25″ adapter and 2.1mm lens




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