ASI120MM Mini (mono)

$149.00

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Product Description

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Camera Sensor

The ASI120MM Mini camera integrates the AR0130CS 1/3″ sensor (4.8 mm x 3.6 mm). It is a new model in the “mini”-series of cameras from ZWO. This camera has 1280 x 960 pixels with a pixel size of 3.75 μm x 3.75 μm. It provides 12-bit ADC and the QE peak is almost 80%.

Astrophotography Performance

The ASI120 mini-camera offers you very good performance for planetary imaging as well as for guiding. Low read noise, high dynamic range, AR protective window and much more are just some of the key characteristics that set it apart from the competition.

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High QE

Regarding the absolute QE Curve, we estimate the Peak Value to be almost 80%.

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120Mini VS 120MM-S

Compared with the ASI120MM-S camera, the new 120-Mini has a sleeker design, less weight, and it can reach focus at the same position as an eyepiece.

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USB2.0Port & ST4 Port

USB 2.0 Port: Mini camera has one USB2.0 type-C port. Type-C port is very popular in mobile phones, as it doesn’t matter which way you connect it (unlike for example type-A or type-B)

ST4 Port: The camera can be connected directly to the auto-guider port of the mount.

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  1. M28.5-CS adapter
  2. CS-C adapter
  3. 1.25″ extender
  4. 1.25″ filter

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What is in the box?

ASI mini camera box includes all necessary cables, adapters, and manuals.

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Drivers and Softwares:

 

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:

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

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ASI120, ASI174 and ASI290 mini camera have very beautiful outlooks, small size, light weight, this is not a big deal.

We should consider much more…

ASI120, ASI174 and ASI290 mini-cameras all have an appealing design, small size, light weight and much more. And while we are very pleased with the looks of our products, of course what matters the most is how well they perform in their intended use…

 

How to choose a good guide camera?

 

Many people might mention the size, ability to fit with different types of equipment (guide scopes, OAG etc.), stability and ease-of-use.

We agree. That is why our cameras in the “mini”-series all fulfill these, what we think are, basic characteristics of a good guide camera.

But what are truly the most important traits. Let’s face it, when you set up your equipment for a night of imaging, you just want things to work and to see that smooth graph on your guiding software before you start your imaging sequence. In order to do that, there are some things to consider (apart from the points mentioned above):

  • Sensitivity,
  • Precise guiding,
  • Big FOV.

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High Sensitivity

Sensitivity is the first thing we considered. This is of course a crucial ability when looking for a star to guide on. So, from the beginning, we were set on using monochrome sensors to design our guide cameras. Because monochrome sensors have much higher sensitivity than their colour counterpart. Luckily the ASI120MM Mini, ASI290MM Mini and ASI174MM Mini all have very high QE peak value – about 80%, which can detect more stars in view and shorten the exposure time in guiding.

Each of the cameras have their own strength and depending on what you value in a guide camera, one might be better for you than the others.

Entry Level

ASI120MM Mini

ASI120MM Mini is designed for newcomers, it is more affordable than ASI290MM Mini and ASI174MM Mini. You can easily get the well-sampled stars with the help of ASI120MM Mini. It’s light, compact and robust. If you are still wondering about which one you should choose as your first guide camera, the ASI120MM Mini is a very good choice. 

Precisely Guiding

 

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ASI290MM Mini is designed for precise guiding. The 2.9um pixel size gives you a higher arcsec/pixel than the ASI224 or ASI120 camera. This means that, in the same guide scope, the ASI290MM Mini can detect movement of stars to a higher degree than the other cameras. ASI290MM Mini will improve your guiding precision with around 30% compared to the ASI120MM Mini.

Big FOV

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ASI174MM Mini is designed for large field-of-view guiding. This is very useful when looking for a star to guide on, using an OAG. When you use an OAG-guider with a Ritchey-Chretien or Schmit-Cassegrain telescope, the hardest part is to find a suitable guide star. ASI174MM Mini has a larger 1/1.2″ sensor which means your FoV is 4 times bigger than that of the ASI120MM Mini.

Smiling Face

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If you squint your eyes, the back of the ASI mini-camera looks like a smiling face (albeit you have to squint quite hard).  On the back you will find a type-C USB port, which is widely used in mobile phones. The ST4-port is used for auto-guiding on mounts. So if you are having one of those observing nights when Murphy’s law is by your side, at least you’ll have an excellent guide camera (that smiles at you).

 

Focus like a eyepiece

ASI mini camera can focus at the same position as an eyepiece. This means that you can focus with an eyepiece, and then directly insert the ASI mini camera into 1.25″ holder – focus done!

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Work with OAG

The Mini-camera series are well suited for OAG use: They have a much bigger focus range than normal ASI cameras. No more worrying about your guide camera and main camera not being able to find focus at the same time.

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Work with CS adapter and CS lens

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P1040899ASI 120mini camera is available now! You can buy it form us or our dealers! Wish you all have clear skies!

Review:

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/589232-zwo-290mm-mini-guidecam-beta-test-thread/

Sensor: 1/3″ CMOS AR0130CS(Mono)
Resolution: 1.2Mega Pixels 1280×960
Pixel Size: 3.75µm
Exposure Range: 64µs-2000s
ROI: Supported
Non-volatile memory/On camera storage: Build-in total 192K byte user-accessible space(image size up to 480X320)
Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
ST4 Guider Port: Yes
Focus Distance to Sensor: 8.5mm
Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
Protect window: AR coated window
Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux
Interface: USB2.0
Bit rate: 12bit output
Adaptor:1.25″ / M28.5X0.6
Dimension: φ36mm X 61mm
Weight: 60g or 3.1 ounces (without lens)
Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%
Supported resolution

Binning 1×1:

1280X960@35FPS
1280X720@46FPS
1024X768@54FPS
800X600@90FPS
640X480@118FPS
320X240@224FPS

Binning 2×2:
640X480@35FP

More resolutions can be user defined

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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    Hi, what is the maximum amperage draw the camera can use? I am going to be plugging it into a usb hub and am making sure there will be enough power for all my devices. Should I assume the camera will always use the maximum of 500mA at 5V from its host?




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      Yes, you could assume the camera will always use the maximum of 500mA at 5V from its host. And it’s OK to use no more than 500mA at 5A.




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    Can the ASI 120 mini fit into the ZWO 60mm guide scope? and also what would you recommend using for guiding, 120 mini with the ZWO 60mm or the ZWO mini guide scope? thanks




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      The ASI 120 mini can fit into the ZWO 60mm guide scope.
      Both ZWO 60mm and ZWO mini guide scope can be used for guiding with 120 mini.




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    I purchased the ZWO ASI120MM mini for guiding. When I attach it to my guide scope which is a Altair MG32 Guide Scope, I can’t get it to focus at all. Also, when I try to run PHD2 with the camera, all I receive from the loop is a white screen, exposure time doesn’t affect it really or gamma slider




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      You could adjust the helical focuser at the front of the guide scope to get focus. Or try to pull out the camera a little.




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    Hello,
    Will the ZWO ASI120MM Mini fit directly into the ZWO mini guide scope? I want to use it as guide scope for my Sky watcher Esprit 120. And will it need any extra accessories? Thanks




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      Yes,the ASI120MM Mini can fit directly into the ZWO mini guide scope.All the accessories you need are in the package.




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    Hello,

    When this camera is used as a guiding camera with Zwo OAG, does it require the 5mm adaptor ?

    Furthermore, can the Zwo 1,25” helical focuer be used in order to precisely focus the camera ?

    Thx

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      Yes, it requires 1.25″ extender and 1.25″ helical focuser can be used to precisely focus the camera.




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    Hi,

    Can the 120mm-mini be directly used with the Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope?

    Thank you.




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      ASI120MM mini provide 1.25″ interface.




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    What do I need to upgrade the firmware for the ASI120MM Mini… the software “fwupdate” not include the image for the camera.




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      Could you send a screenshot of this problem and send it to support@zwoptical.com?




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    Still no reply to my question posted here on June 9 (7 weeks ago), regarding the dark current of ASI120MM-mini.




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      Sorry for the late reply, you can check the message now.




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    Is it compatible with Kstars + Indi + Ekos?




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      yes




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    What is the dark current of this sensor ? (a graph of electrons/sec/pixel as a function of temperature would be ideal; if this is unavailable, then the electrons/sec/pixel at a single temperature would be better than no info.)




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      The dark current is related to the temperature and expsure time, ASI120 is not a cooled camera and it is meaningless to talk about the dark current.




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    Is this guiding camera compatible with the iOptron SkyGuider Pro mount?




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      Yes it is compatible.
      As long as the mount support Guiding.




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    Hi, I plan to buy the 150deg lens to my 120mm mini. Does it fit also in an 1.25 draw tube? In case I’d check the primary – secondary alignment through the camera view?




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      120mini camera can work with a 150deg lens, there is a CS adapter in camera box. and our 150deg lens diameter is smaller than 1.25″, so you could put it into 1.25 draw tube.




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    Still doesn’t work with Android ASICAP. It sees the camera but when you tap preview, it says INVALID INDEX.




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      please send us a email to support(at)zwoptical.com
      I will let our engineer help you.




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    Does the note “Our ASI120MM/MC camera is not compatible very well with Linux” also apply to the mini version?




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      no, Mini works well on all platform




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    Is this camera supported by ASIAIR?




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      Yes.




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    Has anyone been able to get this camera to work with PHD2 for guiding? Which driver should I use and what gain settings? I get nothing but noise. The camera works fine with Sharpcap.




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      Hi Jim
      I suggest you use Sharpcap to focus and find out exposure and gain settings. Then set them into PHD2. You can use native driver or ASCOM driver in PHD2, they both fine.




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    Great stuff! All the best :)




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      thank you!




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    Neither does android asicap




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      Oh,we will support it in next version.




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    I just received my asi120mm mini, many thanks!

    Having installed the latest native drivers and ascom drivers from your page, I’d like to report that phd2 doesn’t currently recognise the asi120mm mini native driver, only through ascom. Sharpcap recognises both.

    Thanks
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    This camera is listed as mono, but the specs say it uses a color sensor, “AR0130CS(Color)”. Is this an error?




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      Yap, Thanks for remind me. I modified the description.




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