ASI224MC (color)

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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: ZWO ASI224MC Categories: ,

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. It has extremely low read noise (1.5 e) and high sensitivity, especially in IR range of the spectrum. Read Noise of ASI224  is less than 1e which can compare with sCMOS or EMCCD sensors. This camera is very suitable for astronomy planetary and small DSO imaging.

224 Gain RN DR FW vs gain

High QE

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

QE ASI224

 

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

Most sensors 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 beneficial for ASI224MC, so this upgrade is specifically implemented for ASI224MC  and ASI224MC-C.

We made this change since April 2016, which means the current unit s(ASI224MC and ASI224MC-C) that we produce, are all equipped 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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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
Non-volatile memory/On camera storage: Build-in total 192K byte user-accessible space(image size up to 480X320)
Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
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

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.

Shipping

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

  • Fast Shipping(amount ≧ 199USD) for free
  • Fast Shipping(amount < 199USD) : $20.00 (We do not provide free shipping from now on.)

Introduction

  1. 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. If you can’t get the air mail package after 2months, please let us know ASAP: info@zwoptical.com
  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

1. ZWO will provide a 2-year free warranty service (Warranty Period) for ZWO products purchased by Users from ZWO (“Products”) in accordance with this Policy, commencing on the day following receipt of the Products by Users. For ASIAIR Plus users, commencing on the day of device activation.

2. If a User encounters the following Dead on Arrival (DOA) and contacts ZWO within the corresponding time limit to issue the Product purchase invoice and relevant evidence, ZWO will provide door-to-door pick-up service and, as appropriate, after-sale replacement (or partial replacement), repair or return (or partial return) service for the following Products:
1) Product quality problem
Provided that a User detects a quality problem and contacts ZWO within 30 days after receipt of the Products, and ZWO support team confirms that the Products indeed have a quality problem or defect after their inspection, ZWO will provide free replacement service towards such Products;
2) Product transportation problem
Provided that a User finds obvious signs of bubbling, serious overstocking, or deformation on the outer package of the Products upon receipt of the Products, and provides ZWO with pictures of the outer package and proof of receipt within 3 days after receipt of such Products, ZWO support team will verify the actual shipper and determine the responsible party for such transportation problem. In the event that ZWO is the actual shipper, ZWO will be responsible for providing the relevant return or replacement service, however, if the Products are directly sold or transported to the User by an agent of ZWO, the agent will be responsible for providing the relevant return or replacement service.

3. If the Products are under the following circumstances, they are not within the scope of warranty service, ZWO may provide maintenance services to the Users:
1) The Warranty Period of the Products has expired; or
2) The Products are injected into liquid or affected by moisture or corrosion; or
3) The Products are damaged by an external force (such as the broken of the camera protection window glass, the deformation of the product shell, the broken of the USB port, etc.); or
4) Disassembling, repairing by a third party, refurbishment of the Products (such as downloading erroneous firmware) without the written authorization of ZWO; or
5) The product system is modified, or the maintenance notice is lost or changed; or
6) Product quality problem caused by installation not following the requirements or instructions for the Products; or
7) Physical damage or failure of the Products caused by the force majeure (such as strong vibration or extrusion such as flood, fire, earthquake, or thunder stroke); or
8)Damage caused by the improper User operation during the period of shooting or use, such as using without the equipment protection or direct shooting of the sun; or
9) No valid purchase invoice or warranty certificate; or
10) The Products are second-hand products.
Any quality problem with the accessories or other parts of the Products is not a condition for the return or change of the Products, and the User may solely request to replace the accessories with new ones, which shall be handled after verification by ZWO support team.
If the issue with your ZWO product was caused by certain damage (such as severe damage not covered by the 2-year warranty), you might have to pay the replacement value.

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For the Products that need to be replaced after being confirmed by ZWO in writing, the User shall return the Products with the complete package, together with all accessories, manuals, etc., to the address designated by ZWO.
By sending back the product to ZWO, the User agrees to pay out-of-warranty fees that may arise during the repair process of the product. ZWO will send back the product after charging.

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For the Products that need to be returned for after-sales service, ZWO will provide the corresponding RMA code for reference.
ZWO will not accept any products having no RMA code that have been returned privately without ZWO written confirmation.

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    WARN! This camera is not supported by Windows 10!




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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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    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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      Yes, All ASI cameras support windows 10




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    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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      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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    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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      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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      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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      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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      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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    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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      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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    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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      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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      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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      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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      for DSO, waiting for our cooled cameras 😉




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    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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    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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