ASI224MC (color)

$249.00

ASI224MC has a 1/3″ and 1.2M pixels sensor IMX224 with SONY Exmor and  NIR Technology.

Version: 1.3 (include Anti-amp glow function)

Extremely low read noise (0.75e – 1.5 e) and high sensitivity especially in IR range
Very suitable for astronomy and microscopy photograph

SKU: ASI224MC Category:

Product Description

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Astrophotography Performance

ASI224MC has a 1/3″ and 1.2M pixels sensor IMX224 with SONY Exmor and NIR Technology. Extremely low read noise (1.5 e) and high sensitivity especially in IR range. Read Noise of ASI224 less than 1e which can compare with sCMOS or EMCCD sensors. Very suitable for astronomy planetary and small DSO imaging.

224 Gain RN DR FW vs gain

High QE

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

QE ASI224

 

PCB Version1.3 (include Anti-amp glow function)

Most sensor will have amp-glow problem only if you do long-time exposure capture, such as longer than 1s.

We apply “amp glow reduction technology” to our ASI224MC and ASI224MC-C camera, it is a hardware modification to reduce the amp-glow of the sensor, not every sensor can benefit from this modification, but it is obvious for ASI224MC, so this upgrade is for ASI224MC  and ASI224MC-C only .

We made this change since April 2016, which means the current unit (ASI224MC and ASI224MC-C) we produce all equiped with the newest PCB version —V1.3.

 

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USB 3.0 Port & ST4 Port

USB 3.0 Port: can provide 5Gb bandwidth to let ASI224 run at 64fps (12bit, normal mode) or 150 fps (10bit, high speed mode)  at full resolution(1.2Mega).

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

 

Mechanical Diagram

What is in the box?

224-290-178-185-385非冷冻包装清单

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/

Reference Images:

M43

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Camera technical details

Sensor: 1/3” CMOS IMX224/IMX225
Resolution: 1.2Mega Pixels 1304X976
Pixel Size: 3.75µm
Sensor Size: 4.8mm*3.6mm
Diagonal: 6.09mm
Exposure Range: 32µs-1000s
ROI: Supported
Binning: 2×2 binning supported
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
Dimensions: 62 mm Diameter
Weight:100g
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
1304×976 150fps / 64fps
1280×960 152.4fps / 65fps
800×600 241.2fps / 102.9fps
640×480 299.4fps / 127.6fps
320×240 577.9fps / 256.4fps
More resolutions can be user defined

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. (verified owner):

    WARN! This camera is not supported by Windows 10!




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, all windows platform supported




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    Hi!

    I’m considering the 224mc, but I have some doubts:

    -I’ll use it mainly for planetary work, as I already have a cooled CCD for deep sky. My configurations will be: an APO 80mm, F6.0 refractor. Using a 2X barlow lens this will give a 0.8 arcsec/pixel, maybe too high for planetary. The other config will be a 8″ SCT F10, giving a 0.39 arcsec/pixel, or half this with the barlow lens. Do you thin the 22mc is the camera to go?

    -I’ll use it both for planets and Moon. I would like to have the best of both worlds, and I don’t know if the best option would be the 174 instead.

    -Finally, … is there any (technical) reason why the fish-eye lens is not included for the 224? :-)

    Thanks a lot and regards

    Joan




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    HI

    for an order for France , how you declare the parcel ? is there a fee to pay? How long for the delivery?

    Thanks




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      Hi Emmanuel
      The camera does’t inlude any tax, you may still have to pay the import duties, and if you order now, the camera be shipped next week.
      It will reach you proabbly in one week.




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  4. (verified owner):

    Hi,
    Is this item in stock? What is the estimated delivery time?
    Thanks




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      Hi Bradley
      Yes, we have it in stock now, can be shipped at the end of this week.




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    Hi !

    I have an ASI224MC, and I am going to buy a new Laptop.

    Does the Driver for this ZWO Camera work with Windows Home 10 ?
    If not, which version of Windows do I need ?

    What about the future for Windows 10 versions ?

    Best Regards
    Erik Norman




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    • Sam Wen

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      Yes, All ASI cameras support windows 10




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  6. :

    hello I have a Dobsonian 300/1500 , could you tell me that camera is best suited for global , moon and occasionally deep sky images, I hesitate between the 224mc and 290mc. My telescope is on equatorial table . thank you




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    • Sam Wen

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      I think you can choose 290mc if you prefer moon or solar and DSO
      because the 290mc’s resolution is higher and nearly same sensetive




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  7. (verified owner):

    What is the distance in mm from the focal plane of the camera to the front of the included 1.25″ nose piece where I would thread a 1.25″ focal reducer?




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    • Sam Wen

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      the distance is 12.5+29=41.5mm




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    Is this the camera Damian Peach is now using for most of his planetary work or is he using a mono version?




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    • Sam Wen

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      he is using the color version 😉
      there is no mono version of 224
      but there is mono version of 290 which is very close to each other




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    Hi

    With my ASI120MC it had a protective window with IR.
    Would a UV/IR Cut / L-Filter with LPFC be OK to use with this instead of just a IR filter without the UR ?
    Using with skymax 127 and just planetary imaging.




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    • Sam Wen

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      usually L filter is OK too, UV won’t be a problem




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    Which of the coming cooled cameras will be more suitable for both planets and DSO? Can you advance any features?




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    • Sam Wen

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      I think cooled ASI174 is the best for its nearly 1″ format




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    How is the cooled version of the 224c coming along…close to release?




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    • Sam Wen

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      it will come at the end of this month or start of next month




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  12. (verified owner):

    Could you please note the spec of the default lens? What are the FOV, f-number and focal length? And do you provide an adapter for M12 mount lenses?




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    • Sam Wen

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      the focal length is 2.1mm, f-number is f2.0
      FOV is 151 degree for 1/3″ sensor
      there are lots of M12 to CS adapter on market
      you can easily get it




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  13. (verified owner):

    Could you please tell me what kinds of parameters you can adjust? I wonder if you can control exposure time, analog gain, digital gain. Also it is in stock now?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, you can adjust exposure gain and offset gamma
      all parameters related to sensor can be adjusted in software, it’s instock now




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    When can we expect to see the cooled version of this camera for sale? And any rough estimate on pricing?




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    • Sam Wen

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      we hope to release on Oct
      the price range would be around $600-$700




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    How well does the 224MC perform as an autoguider, as good or better than the 120MC? And how well is it suited for off a thin off axis setup on a Celestron EdgeHD 8: SCT?




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    • Sam Wen

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      224 is very sensitive and super low read noise
      so it’s second to none suitable for this off axis guider job




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    What would be the best IR pass filter to use with this – a 742nm or 807nm?

    Also, even with version FC2.4, Firecapture does not find the camera. Works with Sharpcap 2.6 though.




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    • Sam Wen

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      you need FC 2.4.11 to work with ASI224 ASI185 ASI178
      so the easiest way is to download FC again
      for IR pass filter, I think 742nm would be better for most target




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    What would be most suitable for DSO’s: 224MC, 178MC or 185MC? I have a 120MC and even thought it is a planetary ccs, I had some decent DSO’s captures… Would you think it is a worth upgrade? Additionally, in terms of FOV, how much area each of this CCD’s cover, in comparison to the 120MC?




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    • Sam Wen

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      for DSO, waiting for our cooled cameras 😉




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  18. (verified owner):

    Driver was installed but Fire Capture 2.4 does not view the camera. Why? ASI 174 working without problems.




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    Can it output RAW image without any ISP processing?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, it output raw data without any processing




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  20. (verified owner):

    What’s included in the package?




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    • Sam Wen

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      it includes
      Camera body+2.1mm lens
      1.25″ T thread adapter
      2 meters USB3.0 cable
      2 meters ST4 cable




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