ASI185MC (color)

$329.00

ASI185MC has a 1/1.9″ and 2.3M pixels sensor IMX185 with SONY Exmor and  NIR Technology.
Extremely low read noise (3.3 e) and high sensitivity especially in IR range

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Product Description

Alternative Product

ASI385MC

ASI185MC has a 1/1.9″ and 2.3M pixels sensor IMX185 with SONY Exmor and  NIR Technology.
Extremely low read noise (3.3 e) and high sensitivity especially in IR range.
ASI185MC has the same pixel size of ASI224MC but larger chip size.
Come with a 2.5mm all sky lens which can provide a nearly 170° view of the sky.

ASI224MC-ASI185MC-ASI178MC

Relative QE Curve, we estimate the Peak Value should between 75%-80%

QE ASI185

Super Low Read Noise which can compare with sCMOS or EMCCD sensors

185 Gain RN DR FW vs gain

What`s in the box?

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Mechanical Drawing

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Camera technical details

Sensor: 1/1.9” CMOS IMX185
Resolution: 2.3 Mega Pixels 1944*1224
Pixel Size: 3.75µm
Sensor Size: 7.3mm*4.6mm
Diagonal: 8.58mm
Exposure Range: 32µs-1000s
ROI: Supported
ST4 Guider Port: Yes
Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5mm
Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
Protect window: AR coated window
Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux
Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
Bit rate: 12bit output(12bit 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/12bit ADC
1944×1224 108 / 54
1920*1080 120 / 60
1024×768 170.5 / 85.2
800×800 163.8 / 81.9
640×480 268.4 / 134.2
320×240 515.3 / 257.6
More resolutions can be defined by user

 

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.

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

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    What is the best choice for all sky camera between ASI185MC and ASI224MC?
    ASI185MC has higher resolution but higher read noise than ASI224MC I think.




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      178 or 290 mc will be good. higher resolution than 224mc, read noise is good too.




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    Is the 185MC as good as the 224MC at Planetary imaging? Also, what do you consider to be your BEST overall color camera for Planetary imaging?




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    • Sam Wen

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      185 is very close to 224 for planetary imaging
      there will come one new camera ASI385 soon which supposed to be the best color camera for Planetary imaging




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    The problem: INDI is not available as RPM (Red Hat, openSUSE) package, except a special version for Fedora, and the Linux programs without using INDI are also not stored in this format. Using the sources has never been successful for me, so I can rule out that way.

    And sometimes, INDI cannot be installed completely …

    And even when using




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    • Sam Wen

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      you may need to use our SDK if INDI doesnot work




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    Hi,

    it should be able to use the ASI185MC under Linux without drivers, but I have tried it with two programmes (wxcam, cheese) with little or no result. Which software do you recommend?

    My computer runs on openSUSE 42.2 Leap (RPM packages), but Knoppix is also available and I might have to use Linux Mint, so software which comes in RPM files and in DEB files at the same time is necessary.

    Thanks

    Frank




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    I recently purchased the ASI185MC and it seems to work fine with the CS lens but when I put on the M42-1.25″ T-Mount and install it in my Celestron 8SCT all I get is a black screen.
    Does this camera need any extension tubes or what and I doing wrong?




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    What do I need to do to get the ASI185MC to focus in a Coronado PST?




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    what bayer matrix i have to select in Firecapture? And what is the best gain value to set? 148? thanks




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    • Sam Wen

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      the bayer pattern is RGGB, newest FC should select the correct one itself
      the gain setting is different from different target




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    Hi Sam,

    I’ve had good success with using the ASI224 as a detector for VIS-NIR longslit spectroscopy – the low readnoise and high near-infrared QE are great. The “amp-glow” issue actually turns out to be the limiting factor, even at -20C (I have the uncooled camera but testing was done in the winter and in a deep freezer)

    I would like more pixels and have been seriously considering the ASI185(cooled), but the amp-glow issue would need to be solved, first. Any progress? QHY seems able to control it for the IMX224.

    Thanks
    Chris




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    • Sam Wen

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      the amp-glow issue is worse than 224
      you’d better try ASI290MC which is far better with amp-glow




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    Hi,

    Which is more sensitive for autoguiding? 185MC or 224MC? I see resolution and sensor size is higher for 185MC, but how about sensitivity? Planning to use for off-axis guiding with 8″ SCT.




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    • Sam Wen

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      sensitivity is very close to each other
      so for guiding, I think 185 is better for providing a larger FOV




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    I have a Surface Pro 4 and bought the ASI185MC
    SharpCap 2.8 seems to drop every frame for many 10’s of seconds, then captures about 5 frames and then goes on to drop every frame for another 30-40 seconds….

    I have tried USB 3.0 Cable (Supplied) and a USB 2.0 cable, both do the same dropped frames issue.

    At the moment the camera is unusable with this setup.
    (SharpCap 2.8 works fine with the built in camera so the software is working.)

    I have downloaded the latest drivers from ZWO…

    please help??

    thanks,
    Phil.




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    • Sam Wen

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      we will reply you in email




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    So asi178 has the lowest sensitivity (425mV) against 2350 mV of ASI224. And also it has the lowest gain possible. But also low read noise. I’m so confused about the right factor to consider for EAA. Better to have high sensitivity? Or low read noise? Or high gain possible?




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    • Sam Wen

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      compare sensitivity in mv is not correct, because the pixel size is different
      the QE is very close with each other actually
      I think 178 or 174 is the best for EAA




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    Thks, Sam.
    So you said that amp glow is important for EAA. But sensitivity? Read noise? Do you consider these two factor more important than amp glow for EAA?




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    • Sam Wen

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      read noise and sensitivity is more important for short exposure




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    I have read every aspects of your cameras: search photos, setups similar to mine, read a ton of topics also very technician topics regarding QE, read noise, stacking, electrons, SNR and so on.
    I’d like to do a simple and quick EAA, that is: Short subs (under 60 sec, better under 30s), mainly live stacking, live little histogram strecthing and no more (no long post processing, etc….). Occasionally try a longer exposure.
    8″ SCT, various focal reducers.

    Now my 2 choices, all color version not cooled, are (in order of importance):

    – ASI224 (55%) very popular, many images, many users, famous in the EAA world and very, very capable, very sensitive and lowest read noise
    – ASI185 (45%) big brother of the ASI224 but nobody uses, no info, no review, few images (just moon and sun, not DSO), less sensitive than ASI224 and noiser than it. But more resolution

    I’m so undecided….




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    • Sam Wen

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      I think amp-glow is very important for EAA, so I think maybe 178 or 174 is better for you




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    Hi,

    I hesitate between ASI185MC and ASI178MC for my future purchase.

    I shall like taking photos of the moon, the Saturne and jupiter that as well as objects of the deep sky with short pose.

    My current configuration is sky 150/750 on frame neq5 GOTO

    Which will be on drugs would be the most optimal with regard to(compared with) my objective.

    Thank you in advance




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    • Sam Wen

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      both should be OK, but the pixel size of 178 is smaller
      anyway, you can binning




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    Hi
    What advantages are there to this model compared to the 1224 ? Im after my first camera and dont know which would be best as they are very similiar in price. I want to do planetry and lunar work and dabble in dso as I do own a dslr as well for dso work . Im using a skywatcher 150p with eq 3-2 motor driven mount.




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    • Sam Wen

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      ASI185 has the same QE of ASI224 but bigger size and higher read noise
      so you can choose ASI185 if you more like lunar solar or DSO imaging




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