ASI178MC (color)

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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) , high sensitivity and 14bit ADC make it very suitable for astronomy and microscopy photograph

SKU: ASI178MC Categories: ,

Product Description

ASI224MC-ASI185MC-ASI178MC178LOGO

Camera Sensor

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.

 

Astrophotography Performance

Extremely low read noise(1.4e-2.2 e) , 1.4e @27db, high sensitivity and 14bit ADC make it very suitable for astronomy and microscopy high resolution photograph.

178 Gain RN DR FW vs gain

Relative QE Curve

QE ASI178

USB 3.0 Port & ST4 Port

USB 3.0 Port: can provide 5Gb bandwidth to let ASI178 run at 30 fps (14bit, normal mode) or 60 fps (10bit, high speed mode)  at full resolution(6.4Mega).

ST4 Port: can be used connect with auto guide port of mount, for guiding.

 

Mechanical Diagram

drawing

 

What is in the box?

224-290-178-185-385非冷冻包装清单Come with a 2.5mm all sky lens which can provide a nearly 170° view of the sky.

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/

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
Dimension: φ62mm X 36mm
Weight: 120g or 4.2 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

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

USB2.0
3096×2080 6fps
2560×2048 8fps
2048×1080 19fps
1280×960 34fps
800×600 89.5fps
640×480 139.9fps
320×240 479.7fps
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. :

    So the ASI178MC will work well as a guide camera and a planetary camera?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes




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  2. :

    Hi,
    I want to guide through a 80×400 guides open and do some planetary imaging through a 254×1000 cf Newtonian and was wondering if this is a good choice or what you would suggest. I was thinking of colour not mono and like the high res and FOV for this camera.. Can you use 2×2 binning on a colour camera and how does this work with the Bayer filter?
    Thanks
    Rod




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    • Sam Wen

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      you can also consider our ASI1600MC-Cool
      bin2 in color is done by software




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  3. :

    Hi,

    I have this amazing camera!
    Is it possible to remove the IR bloc filter in order to do IR imaging of planets?

    Thanks

    Simon




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, you can do it yourself
      you’d better exchange it with an AR one to protect the sensor




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  4. :

    How well will this camera work in a vacuum? The things to know would be how much heat is generated and can the heat be conducted away using the threaded connection on the back? Also, is there any danger from arcing inside under vacuum conditions?




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    • Sam Wen

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      I am not sure, we did not do such test, but I think heat won’t be a problem as the power consumption is not very high for this camera




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  5. :

    Sam Hello , I am interested in this ccd for planetary and guided with a finder opening 50mm , you think it is feasible to guide such a small opening and this ccd color or will I need more openness.

    What is the quantum efficiency for each color or in general of this ccd, because not find it anywhere

    Thanks




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  6. :

    OK, which AR protect window is compatible with this camera? The “ZWO D21 AR protect window” for $16.00 or the “ZWO D25 AR protect window” for $18.00 or the “1.25 Low profile Clear filter ASI Camera Protect window” for $20.00? The ASI178MC is not listed in the descriptions of these items.

    Another question: With the AR window installed, would the IR Pass filter work with the camera or is the IR sensitivity too low compared to the Mono version (for which the IR pass filter is recommended)? Is there a big difference in the IR sensitivity of the 178MC with AR window compared to the 178MM or 224MC?




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    • Sam Wen

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      the D21 AR protect window can be used on ASI178MC
      the NIR range of ASI178MC is no as sensetive as 224 or the mono version
      but you can still use it




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  7. :

    Sam Hello , I am interested in this ccd for planetary and guided with a finder opening 50mm , you think it is feasible to guide such a small opening and this ccd color or will I need more openness.

    What is the quantum efficiency for each color or in general of this ccd, because not find it anywhere

    Thanks for the answers




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  8. :

    Can the IR-Cut window be replaced with AR window instead to increase IR sensitivity as in the ZWO 185 & 224 models?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, you can order the AR protect window in our site




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  9. :

    According to specifications this color camera is already equipped with an IR-CUT window, while the monochrome version has an AR window. However, for both cameras the IR-Pass filter and UV-IR-CUT filter are listed as recommended accessories. How does the IR-Pass filter work with the color camera if it already has an integrated IR-CUT window? Or can the window be replaced with a clear AR window?




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    • Sam Wen

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      the related products should be a mistake
      we will fix it soon, you don’t need other IR-CUT window




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  10. :

    Does this camera need a separate IR cut filter?




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  11. :

    Is the 178MC suitable for planetary with a 1200mm scope?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, of course




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  12. :

    I recently purchased a new ASI178mc for the main purpose of solar imaging. Is this cam as suitable for solar imaging as other ZWO cams?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, it’s very suitable for solar imaging




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  13. :

    Hello! When I select resolution 1280*960 – I have resize image from full resolution, or crop central area of matrix in limit 1280*960?




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    • Sam Wen

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      it crop the area if you change the ROI




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  14. (verified owner):

    Hello, I received today my ASI178MC which was very well protected. A very beautiful camera.
    I would like to know if I can make of the autoguide and videos at the same time?

    Best Regards

    Denis




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, you can autoguide and take video for planets
      FC can do this job very well




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  15. :

    Hi..Will this camera fit a 1.25″ focuser on a telescope?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, there is a 1.25″ nosepiece come with the camera




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    Hi,

    Do you have any estimate of the frame-rates speed difference when connected to a USB 2.0 port?

    Thank you

    Sergio




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    • Sam Wen

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      the speed of USB2.0 port is around 40M bytes/S
      and the speed of USB3.0 port is around 400M bytes/S

      the max speed of 178 is around 6M*60fps=360M/s
      so it definitely will drop a lot(1/9 speed of usb3.0) if you connect through USB2.0 port




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  17. :

    The sensitivity graph of the ASI178MC says the full-well-depth is 14.9ke- and the minimum gain is 1/(0.229e-/ADU). It follows that the full-well-depth after the digitizer is at least (65066 + black_level) ADUs. However, the camara has 14bits resolution, which means full-scale is only 16383 ADUs. Can you resolve this contradiction?

    Do you have absolute quantum efficiency numbers in (e- per photon) – not just relative?

    Does the ASI178MC have an internal frame memory? If not, how are horizontal stripes avoided that occur when rolling-shutter-sensors are not read-out at absolutely constant speed? Reason for the question: while capturing, my computer has also other tasks to perform, like controlling the mount; so the computer alone can’t guarantee exactly constant readout-speeds.

    Last but not least: you say that your USB3.0-cameras work also with a USB2.0 controller in the PC when used with a MacIntosh, i.e. they are backward-compatible. Is that also the case when the ASI178MC is used under WINDOWS XP? Also with ASCOM-driver? Also if full resolution is used? I am aware that the frame-rate will be significantly reduced in this case, but I hope that there are no other effects.




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    • Sam Wen

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      there is some misunderstanding as the GAIN(0.229e/ADU) is tested based on the 16bit output image
      and only the High 14bit is useful
      Sony didnot provide absolute QE, but we guess they are between 70%-80% which is the value of most SONY modern sensors
      ASI178MC don’t has very small internal frame memory, so this frame will lost if the delay in host side is too long
      the only difference between USB2.0 and USB3.0 is speed, no other problems




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  18. :

    Which binning modes (other than 1×1) are supported by this ASI178MC (color) camera?




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    • Sam Wen

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      It support 2X2 binning




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  19. :

    Is there an estimate of when the cooled version of this camera will be released?




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    • Sam Wen

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      we hope next month
      we already start sending cameras to testers




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  20. :

    excuse me, i have buy the wonderful ASI223, i know the sensitivity is 0,005 lux…and this camera how many lux ?




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    • Sam Wen

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      ASI178MC has the nearly same sensetivity




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