ASI2600MC DUO

$1,999.00

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Product Description

The ASI2600MC Duo combines imaging and guiding sensors in one compact body. The main sensor is the Sony IMX571 coming with a native 16-bit ADC,14stops dynamic range, and a 3.76um square pixel array. The readout noise is as low as 1.0e, and the full well capacity reaches an incredible level of 73ke. And it has no amp glow! The guide sensor is the Type 1/1.8 SC2210 with excellent NIR sensitivity. The sensor size is 7.68mm x 4.32mm. It has 4umx4um pixels with an array of 1920×1080 and a full depth of 8780e. The stars on the corner of the guide images affected by reducers back focus distance might not be very round. It is not due to the sensor tilt and will not affect normal use.

Two-in-one design

Thanks to the compact design, the ASI2600MC Duo only needs one USB cable for control. It reduces potential cabling issues and improves setup speeds. You don’t need a separate OAG and guide camera.

Tilt Adjustment from Rear (Optional)

The 3 points from the rear make tilt adjustment much easier without the trouble of removing the tilt plate from the camera.

Performance improvement comparison

Guide Sensor

The SC2210 sensor taken from the ASI220MM Mini camera features very high sensitivity. The QE peak value reaches 92% at 500nm. The readout noise is as low as 0.6e. As the new generation of guide sensor, it has achieved great results in guiding, proved by hundreds of astrophotographers.

Main sensor

The main sensor IMX571 features an APS-C format and 26MP total pixels. The size is 23.5mm in width x 15.7mm in height, and the diagonal is 28.3mm. The 3.76um x 3.76um small pixel size accommodates an impressive full depth of 50ke. With the new hardware technology, it is even extended to 73ke.

STARVIS technology

ASI2600MC DUO is based on Sony STARVIS technology. Sony’s back-illuminated CMOS image sensor improves sensitivity and noise reduction – the key factors to enhancing image quality.

Camera performance

Native 16bit ADC

This 16-bit ADC is not a CCD 16-bit ADC. It can really achieve a dynamic range output of 14stops, which will significantly improve the image sharpness and contrast, and also create smoother and more natural color transitions.

FPS

ASI2600MC Duo’s max FPS in RAW 8 mode at full resolution is 15FPS, which is even quicker compared to ASI2600MC Pro.

Extended full well mode

The full well capacity of ASI2600MC Duo is extended to 73ke when the gain value is set to -25.

USB 3.0 & 512MB DDR3 buffer

No amp-glow

Traditional CMOS sensors produce a weak infrared light source during operation quite often seen in the corner of uncalibrated images. It is the tell-tale sign of amp glow. As the ASI2600MC Duo uses zero-amp glow circuitry, you won’t have to worry about amp glow even when using high gain, long exposure imaging.

QE (Quantum efficiency)

Based on our testing results, the QE peak value of ASI2600MC Duo is over 80%.

Two-stage TEC cooling

Thanks to the two-stage TEC cooling, ASI2600MC Duo can lower the CMOS sensor temperature to more than 35 degrees Celsius below ambient temperature, which can greatly reduce dark current generation and sensor noise even during extended exposure times. *The Delta T 35℃ is tested at 30℃ ambient temperature. It might get down when the cooling system is working for a long time. Also, as the ambient temperature falls, the Delta T would decrease.

Dark current noise

Anti-Dew heater

There is a polyimide heater completely fitting the protective window in the ASI2600MC Duo camera. It can help avoid any potential annoying dew or icing issues depending on the environment in which you capture images. The power of the heater is about 5W. If you want to save battery, you can always turn it off in your photography software.

Product Details

Connect External Devices

Connect Nikon/Canon Lenses

① Nikon-T2 Adapter ② EOS-T2 Adapter ③ 2”Filter ④ Nikon Lenses ⑤Canon Lenses

Mechanical Drawing

What is in the box?

Shipping & Delivery

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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
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Tax

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Our website is continuously 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 have been installed before you start shooting:

It is also recommended to read the Manuals first before shooting.

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    Is the cooling fan fixed rigid or spring mounted?

    If the cooling fan is mounted rigid, what level of vibration does it transmit to the camera when it is on?




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      Thank you for your question. The cooling fan is installed using spacers for proper mounting.

      If you have any further inquiries or need assistance with any other aspect of our product, please feel free to let us know. We are here to help.




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    What is the minimum image diameter required for the guide sensor?




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      Hi, James. Though the main sensor is APS-C format, the guide sensor lies on the edge and requires an image circle diameter of 42mm, which is very close to the size of a full-frame sensor. Thus, only telescopes supporting full-frame cameras can work with ASI2600MC Duo and get a good enough guiding performance.




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    Will the guide camera work if popular narrow duo band filters are placed in front of the camera?




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      Thank you for your question. We highly recommend the use of 7nm dual narrowband filters. The 7nm option is a versatile and well-suited choice. With this filter, exposure times can be significantly shortened to as low as 1 second, while also improving the guiding performance. This is particularly beneficial when used with harmonic equatorial mounts.

      If you have any further inquiries or need assistance with any other aspect of our product, please feel free to let us know. We are here to help.




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    With a 2″ filter, does it cover the aps c sensor and the guide sensor?




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      Yes, indeed. 🙂




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    with a 2″ filter does it cover the aps sensor with the guide sensor?




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      Yes, indeed. 🙂




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    What is the the recommended minimum filter bandwidth for the guide camera? Will it be able to function at 3nm?




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      Hi, Mark. Using a 3nm narrowband will definitely challenge the guiding performance. Our customer has tested 3s guide exposure with a 90mm telescope and 3nm filter, in most cases he could find the guide star. Nevertheless, we don’t recommend you use the 3nm filter. 7nm filters will be a better and also more commonly-used choice. With 7nm dual-band filters, you can shorten the exposure time down to 1 second. This will give you a better guiding performance, especially for harmonic mounts.




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    What are the limitations of the guide camera with dual-narrowband filters? What is the recommended bandwidth limit?




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      Using a 3nm narrowband will definitely challenge the guiding performance. Our customer has tested 3s guide exposure with a 90mm telescope and 3nm filter, in most cases he could find the guide star. Nevertheless, we don’t recommend you use the 3nm filter. 7nm filters will be a better and also more commonly-used choice. With 7nm dual-band filters, you can shorten the exposure time down to 1 second. This will give you a better guiding performance, especially for harmonic mounts.




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    The guide sensor seems quite a distant from the main sensor, so light from the telescope may not cover it. What is the image circle of the telescope required to use the guide sensor?




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      Hi! Though the main sensor is APS-C format, the guide sensor lies on the edge and requires an image circle diameter of 42mm, which is very close to the size of a full-frame sensor. Thus, only telescopes supporting full-frame cameras can work with ASI2600MC Duo and get a good enough guiding performance.




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    Hello! what is the weight of the camera?




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      Hi, the weight of the camera is 715g.




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    Without st4 port , how can we guide? How send the camera to mount signal?




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      It has no ST4 port but does feature ASCOM compatibility, so you are free to use it with MaximDL and other software.




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    Hello, would the guide sensor work with a narrow band filter? Thank you.




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      Thank you for your question. We highly recommend the use of 7nm dual narrowband filters. The 7nm option is a versatile and well-suited choice. With this filter, exposure times can be significantly shortened to as low as 1 second, while also improving the guiding performance. This is particularly beneficial when used with harmonic equatorial mounts.

      If you have any further inquiries or need assistance with any other aspect of our product, please feel free to let us know. We are here to help.




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    Is the aim to make the guide camera work ok with 48mm flattener / reducer (assuming that they can provide a 44mm flat image)?

    The supplied adapter M54M-M48F suggests that ZWO believe that this will work?




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      Yes, for sure~




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    Is the guide sensor cooled?




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      Thanks for your inquiry. The guide sensor is not cooled.




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    the camera has st4 port?




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      Thank you for reaching out to us. The ASI2600MC DUO does not have ST4 Port.




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    Can the 2600MC duo cooling fan be powered throught the ASI Air plus accessory ports??




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      Thanks for your question. Yes, it can be. 🙂




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    1. I noticed there is a focus knob on the ASI2600MC DUO, what’s it for?

    2. Should assume the M54M to M48F adapter ring will allow me to scree a 2″ filter directly to the camera? With plenty of thread to use the extension adapters.

    Thank you.




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      Hi, Chris. I will answer you below.

      1. for guide sensor
      2.yes




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    Will there be a Mono version of DUO?




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      Hello! Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, we do have plans to develop the mono version, and it is currently in progress. We appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.




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    Actually I use a 585 MC.I’d like to get your new ASI 2600 DUO. Will it be possible with everything in the box to connect the 2600 duo to my set up ? Also did you test the guide camera when using dual band filters ? thank you.




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      Thank you for your question. We highly recommend the use of 7nm dual narrowband filters. The 7nm option is a versatile and well-suited choice. With this filter, exposure times can be significantly shortened to as low as 1 second, while also improving the guiding performance. This is particularly beneficial when used with harmonic equatorial mounts.

      If you have any further inquiries or need assistance with any other aspect of our product, please feel free to let us know. We are here to help.




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    Can this camera be used with 48mm imaging systems using an M54 to M48 adapter?




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      Hi, Clint. The default adapter is M54 and M48.




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    What software do I need to be running to use the Duo camera to take images and also to guide? Is this all done through ZWO software or do I need something like PHD2? Can you list the available software options please.




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      Hello! Is your issue resolved? If not, please email us at support@zwoptical.com with further details. If your issue has been resolved or if you have any other questions, feel free to contact us anytime. Thank you for your message and support!




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