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:

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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)

If you can’t get the air mail package after 4 weeks, please let us know ASAP: info@zwoptical.com

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 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.
  • 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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    Dear ZWO,

    During a cleaning process I accidentally broke the round glass that protects the sensor. Where can I find it to buy?

    I own a asi178mc-C also and the glass looks the same, but just in case the camera I broke the glass is a asi224mc.

    Thanks in advance.
    Bruno




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    Can we take good moon shots with this camera. Plan to mainly use it for planetary and lunar.




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    • Sam Wen

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      of course you can, even DSO imaging




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    If I buy it now, will I get the PCB V1.3 model?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, all camera in stock use the newest version




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    Do I need a UV/IR filter with this camera? Or does it have an IR cut filter included?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, you need one extra 1.25″ UV/IR CUT filter




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    Hi Sam,
    I am aware that the ASI224MC is an USB 3.0 camera, but is it downward compatible to USB 2.0 and what frame rates are to be expected with USB 2.0?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, compitable with usb2.0




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    Hi. Can you give a description of the new amp glow reduction capability? How effective is it? At what exposure length does it start working? How can I tell whether I am getting the latest version of the camera that has it?




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    • Sam Wen

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      it is always on, the PCB version is V1.3
      I think the reduction is better than our competitor




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    Will it be in stock again? TnX!




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    • Sam Wen

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      it’s in stock now




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    Will either the D21 or D25 IR-cut protect windows work with the ASI224mc?




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    • Sam Wen

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      you need D21 protect window




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    I just received my ASI224MC and will be using it for planetary and bright DSOs. For DSOs I want to use the autoguider port (as FireCapture only autoguides for planets). How do I select the guide star, or does it automatically lock onto a bright star?




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    • Sam Wen

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      that’s not possible, because 224mc is blind when do long time exposure




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    To a C9.25 telescope that camera is better 224mc or 290mc?




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    • Sam Wen

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      290 has higher resolution, so it depends on your imaging target
      290 more suitable for moon or sun




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    Forget the question, should have read first :(




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    Sam,
    With the 1.25 adapter screwed in, what is the distance from the CCD chip to the end of the adapter? I’m trying to figure out adapter spacing for reducers.
    Thanks,
    Lee




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    • Sam Wen

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      the length of the nosepiece is around 24mm, the back focus distance of 224 is 12.5mm
      so total 36.5mm




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    Can I use this camera for UV and IR photographing?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes, just UV is not very sensitive




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    Hi, does this camera work with an Apple Mac? If so, what software is required or can I use for the images? Thanks




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    hi
    is this product available now?




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    • Sam Wen

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      yes




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    Hi, what is the maximum QE for the 224?




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    • Sam Wen

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      around 80%




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    When I first plugged the camera into my computer a window popped up saying “installing proper software” or something like that. I accidentally closed the tab, and now whenever I plug the camera into my computer, nothing happens. What did I do?




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    • Sam Wen

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      please install the driver at first
      you can also manual update the driver in “device manager”




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    What is better camera for planetary imaging, ASI224 or ASI290?




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    • Sam Wen

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      choose 290 for mono and 224 for color




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    Would the 224mc be better for auto guiding than the 120mm? I want to do dso with 1600 .
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    • Sam Wen

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      290MM is the best




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