ASI183MC Pro (color)

$799.00

ASI183 Pro has much potential, 84% QE peak, 20.18Mega pixels, 15000e full well, 1.6e read noise, 256MB DDR3 buffer, each feature means a new posibility!

 

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Product Description

ASI183MC Pro

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ASI1833MC Pro uses Sony’s IMX183CQJ-J sensor. With a high QE-value and low provides excellent image quality at an affordable price. Some of the features include:

  • 2 megapixel sensor with 2.4 μm pixel size. – able to capture19 frames/s frame rate in 12-bit mode with high detail
  • Very low 6e- readout noise – bringing out more details in your images with improved dynamic range
  • Full-well capacity of 15ke– – reduces the risk of oversaturated stars in longer exposures

 

This back-illuminated, rolling shutter-type CMOS sensor has a diagonal of 15.86 mm and approximately 20.2 megapixels.

IMX183CQJ-4K-Sensor

▶High-Speed and High-Picture-Quality Rolling Shutter-Type Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensors

Designed for astrophotography, the Sony IMX183CLK-J (monochrome) and IMX183CQJ-J (color) sensors use high sensitivity back-illuminated structures with high resolution 2.4 μm square pixels.  The optical size is 1 inch.


DDR Memory Buffer

The ASI183 Pro camera includes a 256MB DDR3 memory buffer to help improve data transfer reliability. Additionally, the use of a memory buffer minimizes amp-glow, which is caused by the slow transfer speeds when the camera is used with a USB 2.0 port.

The DDR memory buffer is the main difference between ASI “Cool” and “Pro” cameras.

 

DDR buffer

DDR memory buffer is the main difference between ASI “Cool” and “Pro” cameras.

 

Astrophotography Performance

The ASI183 cameras has an impressive list of characteristics suited for astrophotography including a large full well capacity of 15000 e-, small pixel size, 1.6e read noise @ 30dB, and 12 stops dynamic range @ Gain=0. The ASI183 cameras also utilize firmware features to minimize amplifier glow for maximum performance in astrophotography.


183 Gain RN DR FW vs gain

 

Reliable Mechanics

ASI183 Pro has same mechanics as ASI1600 Pro. There are four screws that seal the sensor chamber. Our camera design has been extensively tested and is very stable even in demanding environments.

Even when used in environments with higher humidity, ASI183 Pro will still work fine without dew problems.

 

High Speed

Fast FPS and high-speed readout come in handy for many applications in astrophotography such as in

  • solar and lunar imaging,
  • as well as for live viewing or electronically assisted astronomy (EAA)
  • real-time focusing,
  • true lucky imaging of double stars and other small objects,
  • planetary imaging of the major planets in the solar system, and much more.

10Bit ADC
5496×3672    19fps
3840×2160    41.04fps
1920×1080    80.10fps
1280×720      117.30fps
12bit ADC    
5496×3672    19fps
3840×2160    36.12fps
1920×1080    70.48fps
1280×720      103.23fps

High QE

Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor R technology, giving it excellent Deep Sky performance. ASI183 QE peak reaches a respectable 84%. In Ha channel, QE is still over 60%.

Having high QE means that more of the light that enters your telescope and reaches the sensor is actually used. With 84% peak Q.E. and no less than ~50% within the visible spectrum, the ASI183 will utilize a high percentage of the light that reaches it, improving your signal quality.

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Dark Current

The dark current of the ASI183 is extremely low, based on our test results.

Dark frame sample @ Highest dynamic range settings(gain=0), 300s, -10°C, bin1. Please check the dark frame to make sure you are fully aware of the performance.

ASI183 Pro Dark Frame

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Notice: For the possible amp glow that shows on your images, please refer to this tutorial: “What is Amp-glow and how do I manage it? “

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

 

USB 3.0 Port & USB2.0 HUB

USB 3.0 Port: Provide 5Gb bandwidth to make it possible for ASI183 Pro to run at 19 fps (12bit, normal mode) or 19 fps (10bit, high speed mode)  at full resolution(20.18Mega).

USB 2.0 HUB: can connect with various accessories, such as filter wheel, guide camera and electronic focuser, so you can better manage your cables. The ASI183 Pro includes two short 0.5m USB 2.0 cables. The integrated USB 2.0 hub is powered by the external power source if you connect one.

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Cooling System

Thanks to the two stage TEC cooling, ASI183MC Pro can lower the sensor temperature to 40-45 degrees Celsius below ambient temperature, which can greatly reduce dark current generation and sensor noise even during extended exposure times.

Please notice that the camera needs to be connected to an external 11-15v power supply to implement the cooling function. We recommend you use 12V@3A DC adapter (5.5*2.1mm, center pole positive) or lithium battery with 11-15V to power the camera. If you don’t have one, please click here to buy a 12V power adapter. There are 4 different standards for different countries, please make sure you selected the correct adapter when placing the order.

 

Connecting Diagram

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1. M43-T2 adapter

2. EOS-T2 adapter

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

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What is in the box?

ASI183 Pro box includes all necessary cables, adapters, and manuals.

1600-294-183冷冻包装清单1

Spacer thickness: 0.1mm *1+0.2mm *2+0.5mm *1

 

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

Product review:

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/599475-sony-imx183-mono-test-thread-asi-qhy-etc/

Camera technical details

Sensor: 1″ CMOS IMX183CLK-J/CQJ-J
Diagonal: 15.9mm
Resolution: 20Mega Pixels 5496*3672
Pixel Size: 2.4μm
Bayer Pattern: RGGB
Shutter:Rolling shutter
Exposure Range: 32µs-2000s
ROI: Supported
Read Noise: 1.5-3.0e
QE peak: 84%
Full well: 15ke
ADC:12bit
DDRIII Buffer: 256MB
Non-volatile memory/On camera storage: Build-in total 192K byte user-accessible space(image size up to 480X320)
Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
Adaptor: M42X0.75
Protect window: D32-2-AR
Dimensions: 78mm Diameter
Weight: 410g
Back Focus Distance: 6.5mm
Cooling: Regulated Two Stage TEC
Delta T: 40°C-45°C below ambient
Camera Power consumption: 650mA at 5V
Cooler Power consumption: 12V at 3A Max
Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%
Max FPS at full resolution:
10Bit ADC
5496×3672 19fps
3840×2160 41.04fps
1920×1080 80.10fps
1280×720 117.30fps
640×480 169.92fps
320×240 308.17fps
12bit ADC
5496×3672 19fps
3840×2160 36.12fps
1920×1080 70.48fps
1280×720 103.23fps
640×480 149.53fps
320×240 271.19fps
more resolutions are in software, support customize resolution.

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

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

  • 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: support@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.

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!
    I bought Zenithstar 73 and now choose camera for it. Does ASI183MC Pro will be best solution for my telescope?

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    Can I mount a 2″ filter (e.g. IDAS D2-LPF) with ASI183MC Pro out of the box ? or do I need an EFW or filter drawer ? Thanks.




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    What is the thickness of the spacers?




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      We have 4 spacers come with the camera, 0.1mm*1, 0.2mm*2, 0.5mm*1.




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    I am using a Skywatcher Evostar ed80 along with a Skywatcher field flattener which needs 55mm backfocus, an ASI183MC which needs 55mm backfocus, and an IR/UV cutoff filter. What spacing is needed? 55mm, 56, 54mm or something altogether different? Thanks.




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      It needs 55mm backfocus.And it depends on telescope, instead of the camera.




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    I have an Explore Scientific – 152mm f6.5 Achromatic telescope and the ZWO ASI183MC Pro (Color) CMOS camera. What adapter would I have to have in order to use this without the diagonal adapter? Is this possible? Thanks in advance.




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    Hello
    I am planning to buy the ASI183MC Pro. Which parts do I need to ensure the right back focus distance with a Bresser 152/1200L Hecafoc? Thanks for your anwser in advance.




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    Hi, i want to capture deepsky nebula with my samyang 135mm and the asi 183color, so can i use a wheel filter for Ha with this one




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      yes, you can, but the results are not very good.




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    I’m planing to buy the ASI183MC PRO. Which parts do I need to ensure the right back focus distance with EF lenses. I will use EF 200 L f2.8 II and EF 400 L f5.6. I will also buy the ZWO OAG becasue the guidecam will be in center with the lens for better balance on the mount. Which other adapters do I need? Should I use 2″ or can I live with 1,25″ filters on the 1″ chipsize? Thanks for your anwser in advance.




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      For 183, 1.25 inch filter is enough.
      Before you use OAG, please make sure the light path to the OAG would not be covered by the edge of the lens.
      183MC pro provides 6.5mm +T2 ring(11mm)+OAG(16.5mm), you will need another 10mm extension tube.




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    Hi,
    I’m new to AP. Have ordered sw 80mm ed, and sw HEQ5 goto mount. I saw the split issues from 183mc pro @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPq658dNYs4. The user returned the camera and upgraded to 1600 pro. Please share if the split issue has been resolved or was it a one off issue with a particular user.




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      This issue has been solved.
      Just upgrade the native driver and ASCOM driver.
      Also you could send us the firmware version for confirmation.




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    Hi, should you use a uv/ir filter when imaging with this camera ? Thanks.




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      Yes.Color camera generallyneed UV/IR filter,especially when you are using refractor telescope.




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    Hi ZWO Team,

    I am thinking of buying a 183MC for my Newton 200/100 PDS to get pictures of smaller DSO, like M57 with higher resolution? Is this a good choice or is another cam recommended.




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      your choise is the best option. :)




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    Hi, I’m using this camera with ASIAIR. When I preview the picture on my iPad, it shows color picture. However, saved FIT files in SD card are all 16bit gray-scale images. How can I save pictures as color FIT file? I also tried to take picture on ASICAP application on my Mac with this camera. The preview image on this application is always color image, but when I save it as 16bit, saved FIT files are gray-scale as same as ASIAIR does.




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      Hi there. RAW data is gary, ususally we will debayer it in post-processing. If you would like color images, in ASICAP, don’t click “raw data” box, and choose RAW8, you will get color images. But in ASIAIR, the data must be saved as original RAW data. you can use the SAVE button on the buttom-right to save a JPG in your iPad.




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    Hi. I bought this camera a month ago and have not been happy with it. I was struggling with very bloated stars and spent a lot of time trying to fix focusing problems with DSLR lenses, thinking that was the problem. I was told by someone on an internet forum yesterday that it is most likely because this model camera does not have a UV / IR cut filter. This might also explain the poor colours I get in my images. So I understand I have 3 options to fix this issue. 1- replace the AR window covering the sensor with a UV-IR window. This seems like the best option but I dont see one listed for the ASI183MC Pro. Option 2 is to buy a 1.25″ UV-IR filter and mount it between the camera and the EOS-T2 adapter. The problem with this option is that I think it will create too much distance between the camera flange and the sensor (unless I buy the thinner EOS-T2 for the EFW and also a spacer ring). Option 3 is to buy a 77mm UV-IR cut filter for the front of my camera lenses. Fortunately the one 77mm filter will work on the two lenses I would be using with this camera. Can you please advise ASAP which of these the options is best and will fix this problem for me as quickly as possible. Thanks.




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    Hello, I bought this camera and a trial survey found on the matrix a large speck of dust. Can I remove the cover over the matrix and clean the matrix without losing the warranty? Or I’m in Russia and guarantee I don’t get anyway?) Because I didn’t find the coupon anyway…(




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      Hi there
      It’s OK to clean the camera sensor, won’t interfere warranty.




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    Hello,

    Does this camera work with Mac OS X El Capitan? I also have a 80mm f/6 APO, does it would be a good fit?




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      Yes, I think so. it is very good for small APO, and We support Mac and INDI Driver.




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    Thanks for the information Sean! How about between the ASI183MC and the ASI294MC for EAA and DSO Astrophotography?




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      ASI294 is better for EAA. it not only has bigger sensor, but also has HCG mode(have high dynamic range under 120 gain).




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    It’s alredy april, do you have this model in stock?




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      Hi Davidi, this model still out of stock for a few days.




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      Hi Davidi
      ASI183MC Pro is in stock now!




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    Would this camera (ASI183 Pro) be a good match for the Stellarvue SV80 Access F/7 APO Refractor? Or would the ASI385MC COOL be a better match? I am mainly interested in EAA and DSO Astrophotography.




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      Hi Jeremy
      I think ASI183 will be better than 385. because 183 have bigger FOV and higher resolution. Thoes are very important for DSO imaging with small telescopes.
      In EAA, bin2 mode will improve brightness of target, after bin2, 183 still have nearly 5 mega pixels.




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    I had some kind of banding in one of my final picture results. This banding occured in the lights and darks simultaneously. How can I avoid it? Is it possible to get a firmware upgrade for the camera? Or do you have other idears?




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      Hi Kai-Oliver
      Thanks for feedback this issue. Could you send us a email to support(at)zwoptical.com. send us one original dark and light frame for check, put on dropbox will be good too. Thanks.




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    Could you please provide a step file model for the ASI183MC Pro camera and the ASI178MC camera?

    Thank you,

    Steve




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      Sorry, Stephen. We can’t provide, it’s classified.




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