ASI178MC (color)

$349.00

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

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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

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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
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: 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

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.

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

If you can’t get the air mail package after 2months, please let us know ASAP: info@zwoptical.com

Introduction

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Tracking site

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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

  • We provide 2-year warranty for our products, we will offer the repair service for free within warranty period. After the warranty period, we will continue to provide repair support and service on a charged basis. We do not provide any replacement unless ZWO confirmed the product is DOA (Dead On Arrival).
  • 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 we confirm you can get a replacement, goods must be returned with all accessories, instructions, etc and must be suitably packed.
  • 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.
  • We will provide you RMA number if your camera requires warranty repair. We refuse any return without RMA number!
  • 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!

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    You talk about the pixel size of the 178 being too small for an f/10 SCT (I have a 10″). I don’t fully understand the correlation, but would a focal reducer help the situation at all? I would love to have the added resolution this camera adds, especially for planetary shooting, but would eventually love to try DSO photography also. Are you saying this camera is not a good choice (even the cooled version) for DSOs because the pixel size is too small? I would think you would want all the resolution you can get, especially for small DSOs. I know the 1600 would probably be a much better choice, but like the frame rate of the 178. Please help me understand the pixel size versus f/ ratio.




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      It’s not a math, Bob. It’s experience about equipments capacity. Telescope stablity and mount tracking accuracy, brightness of target, it’s very hard to shoot DSO object from SCT and 178mc. But, not means it’s impossible.




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    Thank you, Sam.




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    Hi there,
    I will be using the ASI178MC mostly for DSO imaging. May I know do I have to remove the IR cut filter for DSO imaging?




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      no, you don’t need to




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    Bought the 224MC Color. Can’t wait to try it out!




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    After reading the Q&A on several of these cameras, I can’t decide on weather to purchase the 178MC-Color or the 290MC-Color. Either one would be used with my 9.25″ SCT mainly for planetary and maybe some auto guiding. Any suggestions? And can I shoot small target DSO’s with either one?




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    • Sam Wen

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      I think larger pixel size is better for SCT, so 290MC or 224MC




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    Would this camera be a good fit for a dob with these specs?

    Mirror 16″ (406mm)
    Focal length 1829mm (72″)
    Focal ratio f/4.5

    I mostly observe planets but would like to see DSO’s.

    Sam




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    • Sam Wen

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      I think maybe ASI224MC is very good for planets and EAA




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

    Thanks




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      the peak value should be around 70%




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    Hi,
    I already have ASI 120MC-S since past 2 years. It performed exceptionally well with Sky-watcher 6 inch Dobsonian. Currently use it with Sky-watcher 10 inch Dobsonian. Thinking about upgrading now.
    Can you recommend which camera should I go for?
    My budget is not for cooled camera. So thinking about Getting ASI 178MC.

    Since it mentions MC I assume it does not have USB 3.0 as it with ASI 120MC-S variant? Does that affect frame capture speed?

    Secondly can this ASI178MC camera used with Canon Lens using proper adapter to do Deep sky Astrophotography? Particularly dark nebula like Horse head? If not please suggest suitable camera for nebula photography under USD 500 budget.

    Thanks




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    Hello,

    I read the camera is compatible directshow. Can you confirm that i can use with any program on Windows that use DirectShow (like DShow Capture on VLC, use as a wecam on Skype and other third party software and with OpticTracker)

    I tell this because i have long time ago buy a Inova camera (PLB-cX) and manufacturer said “compatible DirectShow and the camera never worked with any DirectShow software.

    Best Regards.

    Etienne.




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      yes, our cameras provide directshow driver, you can download and install
      we make sure it works with most apps such like ampcap MaxIM-Dl etc..
      but we cannot test every app




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    How can I use this camera for microscopy. Is an adapter included ?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, CS adapter included




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    Hi,

    Will I have any problems running this through a laptop with AMD A4-7210 Quad Core (1.8GHz – 2.2GHz, 1600MHz MC, 2MB L2 and 8GB DDR3 RAM. It has USB3




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    Sam

    You said the 178 pixel size is too small for a f/10 SCT (I have a C8). Would it be suitable if I use a Hyperstar f/2 on the C8?

    Winni




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    Hi Sam, I have a Celestron EdgeHD 9.25 f/10 SCT with 2350 focal length. Is ASI224MC or ASI178MC better for me if I wished to do planetary imaging and DSO imaging?

    Any other considerations if I wished to use the ASI camera with a 2.5x barlow or through a 10mm EP via Afocal (eyepiece projection) for planetary imaging?




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      I think 224 maybe more flexible because of it’s 3.75um pixel size
      the pixel size of 178 is too small for SCT
      even a 2X barlow should be enough imaging with ASI224




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    Hi Sam,

    Just got the 178MC – cool and I already like this camera, although not yet tested under the stars.
    I took some darks in sharpcap (FITS, still images) and came to these conclusions as far as the gain settings, with “low” meaning absolutely no pixels/noise and high meaning some noise (but acceptable):

    Sec. Gain*
    Low / Mid / Max.(= lower/upper right small amp glow and some noise)

    300 s 150/200/250
    180 s 200/250/300
    120 s 250/300/350
    60 s 300/350/400

    *tested at -15 C.

    So my question is what gain settings do you recommend? Based on my sharpcap tests, and preferring no noise whatsoever, I would say 150 gain standard…and up to 300 for images < 1 minute. Would you agree that 150 gain is OK, also in terms of dynamic range? Also, do you have any recommendations for offset settings?

    Thanks,

    Wido.




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    • Sam Wen

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      as ASI178 has 14bit ADC the unity gain and highest dynamic range gain setting is the same
      so the gain depends on the bright area of your target, just don’t over exposure




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    Hi Sam,
    thank you for your reply!
    In fact the pixel size of the 178MC is too small to do Deep-Sky with f/10 scopes. I prefer to do that with fast camera lenses or with my small APO (focal length: 420mm). Is there a big difference in the sensitivity of these two sensors?




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    • Sam Wen

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      that should be ok, 224 is more sensitive than 178 especially in IR range




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    Hi Sam,
    i have to decide between the ASI178MC and the ASI224MC. The small pixels of the 178MC will fit good to my f/10 scopes.I also like the higher resolution for dooing all-sky and the low amp-glow and read-out-noise of the 178MC. How is the sensitivity compared between the 178MC and the 224MC? There are huge differences in the full-well-capacity (15k vs 19,2k) and the g-sensitivity (425mV vs 2350mV).
    Is the ASI178MC better as an allround-camera for sun, moon, planets, all-sky and some brighter deep-sky objects or should i go for the ASI224MC?
    Thanks!




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      224 is better but 178 has a larger sensor, I think the pixels size of 178 is too small to do DSO imaging with f10 scope
      so you’d better choose 224




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    I have a Celestron C8 with a Skywatcher 80/400 for guiding and I’m looking for ASI178 but I can’t make a choice between MM or MC. I want also to use it for planetary photography.
    Can you help me ? :)
    Thanks




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    • Sam Wen

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      I think color version is more suitable for beginner




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    Sam I am new to all this can you please help me , I have a celestron NexStar 130SLT, Diameter= 130mm and FL= 650mm I like the ASI178 MC because of its high resolusion at 6.4 Mega Pixel. My main interest is lunar, planet and satellite observation/video will this camera work well with this telescope if not , which camera would you suggest for me to buy.

    Thank you.




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, I think so, but you need USB3.0 host controller
      otherwise, rolling shutter would be a problem




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    Do you have these in stock and how long would it take to ship to Queensland Australia?

    Regards
    Rod




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    • Sam Wen

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      just have one instock 😉
      it will take around 1 week to reach you




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    I am interested in this camera for both planetary and deepsky my laptop only has usb 2.0 will this still give sufficient
    frame for planetary imaging!




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, you can get a very fast fps if you choose ROI through USB2.0




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