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?

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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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    This was just general question how to veryfi PCB version on asi224mc. I bought a new camera and want to make sure my version is up to date. thank you




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      You could open the camera cover and find the version number on your PCB board.




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    How to veryfi PCB version on asi224mc?Thanks




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      Hi,
      What happened to your camera?
      Maybe we could help you.




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    Hello. I have ASI 224 MC, for PIXINSIGHT (Subframe selector ) I need to know the value of subframe scale. Can you help me.
    Thank you




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      Not sure, I didn’t use that function yet.




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    I am looking at the ASI 224 imager to do live view astronomy and may be some imaging also considering the revolution R2 will the 224 work well for live view.




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      Yes, it is.




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    I own 224mc, I ve tried to download ASIdrivers from the web, but rejected..Message told 404error.
    I’m using a SurfacePro,win19 ,64bit.
    Can I download it from another web?




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    When was the 1.3 version released? The 1.2 version of documentation is still on your document site: https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/manuals-guides. I’m looking at the one on Amazon because I have gift cards but I can’t tell what version it is because it looks like they have the wrong image anyway (even if that would help)




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      The document version is different with camera version. camera version is hardware version, document version is about how many times we modified the document.




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    My comment does not need “approval” – it simply needs to be answered.




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      Already answered your questions! 😀




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    What is the Bayer pattern for the ASI224MC ? I tried every permutation (including RGGB) during debayering in PixInsight, but nothing seems to work !




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      It’s RGGB. I think you should do BackgroundNautralization after debayer.




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    Do you recommend the asi120 or the asi224 for planetary imaging? I have an 8in SCT 2000 mm focal length with a 2.5x barlow. Do you think the $100 jump worth it?




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      Yes, it is worth to own a asi224 camera.




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    Hi,
    I have the SW 80mm x 600 apo refractor, would this camera be ok on that for DSO and planetary, more towards DSO….Thanks in advance…




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      Lucky imaging? yes. long exposure? better to choose a cooled camera.




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    Will this work on Windows 10




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      Yes, it is!




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    Hi

    I have the latest ASI224MC and unscrewed the front and the rubber ring and clear window fell out, does the rubber ring go around the sensor and then the clear window placed on top ? Thank you




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      Yes, The rubber ring is down, protective glass is on top.




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    I have an older lap top with windows 7. will ASi224 work on this Lap Top?I




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      Yes, 224 will works fine.




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    ASI 224MC spec says working temperature minimum is -5C. Surely it can work at a lower temperature than that. What happens below that temperature?




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      just use it if it works
      sometimes camera cannot be stared at very low temperature




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    Hi, I have a Celestron Powerseeker 80EQ. Will this model be compatible with the camera?




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      yes, of course




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    I have a 8″ Dob (f5.9) with a EQ platform. Looking to get into astrophotography. Guys at my club like the 224. For my set up what do you recommend? 185, 224, or 290? With my setup I assume I will mostly be doing planetary and lunar. Possibly some DSO. Thanks for your recommendation.




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      We recommand 224mc and 290mm+EFWmini, 224mc is easy to use, 290mm is have better performance and high price. It’s all suitable for you.




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    Hi. I have a celestron c8 advanced vx and want camera for dso and planetary images. What camera can you recomand from all your cameras? 224mc 174mm-cool or 290mm-cool. Thanks for your perfect job!




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      Hi Aivar
      We saw may users using C8 or c11 to do DSO lucky imaging( using short time and stack more) . So we suggest using 224mc as the most economical method.
      If you want better result, I think 290mm-cool will be better.




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      we would recommend ASI1600 for DSO imaging
      maybe 290mm-cool is good if you prefer one of them




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    How to use UV IR Cut Filter?
    Just attach the filter to the nosepiece? OR replace the AR window with UV IR cut filter?
    which way is better?




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      Hi Phurich
      Best way is attach it on the nosepiece.




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    Will this cam work on 2011 MacBook pro? I can use thunderbolt to usb 3 connection if I need to but MacBook has usb 2 wondering what camera will work with MacBook pro 2011 with USB 2 or do I need to but thunderbolt to USB 3 adapter?




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      yes, it can work when you connect though USB2.0




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    Hi. The camera only has an AR window so lets in unwanted IR light. Does this cause much of a problem? Can the user replace the AR protect filter for an IR cut filter (ZWO D21) or does this change have to be done by ZWO? I will be connecting the camera on the T-threads so can’t add in the IR cut filter as a 1.25-inch mounted filter.




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      you can do it by yourself to replace the AR window
      camera can provide one better color image at daytime if you add one IR CUT window




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