ASI290MM Mini (mono)

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Product Description

ASI290MM Mini camera integrates Sony IMX290 1/3″ sensor (5.6 mm x 3.2 mm). It is a new model in the “mini”-series of cameras from ZWO.  This camera has 1936 x 1096 pixels. The pixel size is 2.9 μm x 2.9 μm.  This camera provides 12-bit ADC and its QE peak is over 80%.

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Astrophotography Performance

ASI290MM mini camera offers you very good performance for planetary imaging as well as for guiding. Low read noise, high dynamic range, AR protective window and much more are just some of the key characteristics that set it apart from the competition.

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Regarding the relative QE Curve, we estimate the Peak Value is about 80%.

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290Mini vs. 290MM

Compared with the ASI290MM camera, the new ASI290MM Mini has a sleeker design, less weight, and it can reach focus at the same position as an eyepiece.

USB2.0Port & ST4 Port

USB 2.0 Port: Mini camera has one USB2.0 type-C port. Type-C port is very popular in mobile phones, as it doesn’t matter which way you connect it (unlike for example type-A or type-B)

ST4 Port: The camera can be connected directly to the auto-guider port of the mount.

 

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  1. M28.5-CS adapter
  2. CS-C adapter
  3. 1.25″ extender
  4. 1.25″ filter

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What is in the box?

ASI mini camera box includes all necessary cables, adapters, and manuals.

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Drivers and Softwares:

 

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:

https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/software/

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ASI120, ASI174 and ASI290 mini camera have very beautiful outlooks, small size, lighter weight, this is not a big deal.

We should consider much more…

How to choose a good guide camera?

Many people might mention the size, ability to fit with different types of equipment (guide scopes, OAG etc.), stability and ease-of-use.

We agree. That is why our cameras in the “mini”-series all fulfill these, what we think are, basic characteristics of a good guide camera.

But what are truly the most important traits. Let’s face it, when you set up your equipment for a night of imaging, you just want things to work and to see that smooth graph on your guiding software before you start your imaging sequence. In order to do that, there are some things to consider (apart from the points mentioned above):

  • Sensitivity,
  • Precise guiding,
  • Big FOV.

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High Sensitivity

Sensitivity is the first thing we considered. This is of course a crucial ability when looking for a star to guide on. So, from the beginning, we were set on using monochrome sensors to design our guide cameras. Because monochrome sensors have much higher sensitivity than their colour counterpart. Luckily the ASI120MM Mini, ASI290MM Mini and ASI174MM Mini all have very high QE peak value – about 80%, which can detect more stars in view and shorten the exposure time in guiding.

Each of the cameras have their own strength and depending on what you value in a guide camera, one might be better for you than the others.

Entry Level

ASI120MM Mini

ASI120MM Mini is designed for newcomers, it is more affordable than ASI290MM Mini and ASI174MM Mini. You can easily get the well-sampled stars with the help of ASI120MM Mini. It’s light, compact and robust. If you are still wondering about which one you should choose as your first guide camera, the ASI120MM Mini is a very good choice. 

Precisely Guiding

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ASI290MM Mini is designed for precise guiding. The 2.9um pixel size gives you a higher arcsec/pixel than the ASI224 or ASI120 camera. This means that, in the same guide scope, the ASI290MM Mini can detect movement of stars to a higher degree than the other cameras. ASI290MM Mini will improve your guiding precision with around 30% compared to the ASI120MM Mini.

Big FOV

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ASI174MM Mini is designed for large field-of-view guiding. This is very useful when looking for a star to guide on, using an OAG. When you use an OAG-guider with a Ritchey-Chretien or Schmit-Cassegrain telescope, the hardest part is to find a suitable guide star. ASI174MM Mini has a larger1/1.2″ sensor which means your FoV is 4 times than that of the ASI120MM Mini.

Smiling Face

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If you squint your eyes, the back of the ASI mini-camera looks like a smiling face (albeit you have to squint quite hard).  On the back you will find a type-C USB port, which is widely used in mobile phones. The ST4-port is used for auto-guiding on mounts. So if you are having one of those observing nights when Murphy’s law is by your side, at least you’ll have an excellent guide camera (that smiles at you).

Focus like a eyepiece

ASI mini camera can focus at the same position as an eyepiece. This means that you can focus with an eyepiece, and then directly insert the ASI mini camera into 1.25″ holder – focus done!

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Work with OAG

The Mini-camera series are well suited for OAG use: They have a much bigger focus range than normal ASI cameras. No more worrying about your guide camera and main camera not being able to find focus at the same time.

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Work with CS adapter and CS lens

P1040896Work with 1.25″ extender

P1040899ASI mini camera is available now! You can buy it form us or our dealers! Wish you all have clear skies!

Review:

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/589232-zwo-290mm-mini-guidecam-beta-test-thread/

Sensor: 1/2.8″ CMOS IMX290/IMX291
Resolution: 2.1Mega Pixels 1936×1096
Pixel Size: 2.9µm
Exposure Range: 32µs-2000s
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
ST4 Guider Port: Yes
Focus Distance to Sensor: 8.5mm
Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
Protect window: AR coated window
Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux
Interface: USB2.0
Bit rate: 12bit output(12bit ADC)
Adaptor:1.25″ / M28.5X0.6
Dimension: φ36mm X 61mm
Weight: 60g or 3.1 ounces (without lens)
Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%
Supported resolution

USB2.0 MAX FPS
1936×1096: 20.4
1280×960: 35.3
640×480: 141.5
320×240: 355.9
2X2Bin :968×548: 20.4

More resolutions can be user defined

Shipping

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  • 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.

4. For the normal repair or replacement of the Products during the Warranty Period, the User will bear the return cost. When returning the Products, Users shall specify the actual reasons for the damage to the Products, and shall provide the corresponding valid certificates, such as pictures or videos, etc.
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.

5. If a User encounters any problem during the use of ZWO Products, you may at any time contact ZWO for technical support via ZWO Support.

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.

6. If a User purchases the ZWO Products from a ZWO agent, the User may contact the ZWO agent directly for the relevant after-sales service.

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.

Do you have question, answer or comment? Post here!

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    ASI290mini What is the square port for on the back of the camera?




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      The square port is ST4 guiding port.




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    Do you sell the 1.25″ extender by itself ?




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      Sorry, we do not sell the 1.25″ extender by itself, but it will come with the ASI290MM Mini.




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    Hi,
    I’ve had my ASI290MM Mini for over a year now, but until now I didn’t have any time to actually use it. Now that I’ve retired and have time to properly use it I have discovered that the camera has a problem. Every 8th column is dead. I noted this when I first got it but thought it was just a display artifact, but now I can examine it properly every 8th column has 0 counts. Other than that it seems to work well enough – so long as I position the guide star between the dead columns. What can be done about this problem? Is the chip defective and so needs to be replaced, or is there some tuning which can be done?




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      I am sorry for this, could you contact support@zwoptical.com and share the fit image to this email?
      We will take a further look at this. Thank you in advance!




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    What is the power consumption of the ASI290MM Mini, please? The specs don’t say.




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      0.3A




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      Around 0.3A




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    Hi Sean/Sam,

    I bought the following –
    ZWO 60280 Finder and Guide Scope
    ZWO 290MM mini mono

    With this combo I have learnt that I do not need any extension for focusing. Somehow I see no stars been focused. I have the camera all the way inside the guide scope. I also tried focusing using the rotate focuser. I am using PHD2+EQMOD+ASCOM for guiding using NINA. When I peek directly through the scope I see a distant tree very far(some 250 mm) from the end of the guide scope. Any idea?




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      I recommend you do the guide camera focusing in daylight, that will be easier.




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    Hi Sam, can this camera be attached to the EFW and if so what is the best way?Thankyou.




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      Why not choose ASI290MM?




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    Will the ASI290 mini work with the ASIAir module — the camera is only USB 2.0 and I heard that the ASIAir only works with USB 3.0 cameras -0- Thanks!




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      Yes, it is supported. USB3.0 cameras and Mini cameras.




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      It is supported. ASIAIR support all USB3.0 cameras and mini cameras.




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    Hi Sam and Sean,

    When for convienience I plug my ASI290mm-Mini into my ASI071-Pro USB hub (on the back of the 071) does it automatically slow the ASI071 down to usb 2 speed even though I have the 071 on a USB 3 cable to computer?




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      No, 071 will keep USB3.0 speed.




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    Very new to this guiding thing. I have done a lot of manual guiding with the prime being a 16″ F 4.5. My question is on focusing. I focus with an eyepiece, then I take the eyepiece out, and install the camera, and the camera will be in focus? Does it matter which eyepiece I use? Thanks.




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      If not focus, please add a 1.25″ extender(which in camera box)




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    Hi Sean,
    Thanks for your reply – I’m pleased to hear this. I also have to retract what I said about amp-glow in my 290MC-Cool; the other night I shot a series of 2 minute darks with the camera at -25C, and the residual amp-glow was so subtle I had to view the frames with log scaling and histogram stretching to see it. Perhaps I was using old software the last time… apologies. I’m saving my pennies for the 294MC for DSI on larger (20+ inch) telescopes, but also want to try the 290MM-mini as it turns out I don’t known an unfiltered sensor (nor a dedicated guider, other than my ASI120MC). Thanks!




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      Hi Chris
      290mini is much sensitive than 120mc and more precise(smaller pixel size), it will provide a new experience in guiding.




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    Hi Sean – “Ruben” asked in January if the camera employs amp glow reduction circuitry. I’m unclear about your answer. The IMX290LQR-C is the same chip as the IMX290LLR-C (mono version) , except that the mono version lacks a colour Bayer matrix on the pixels (which is entirely transparent > 850nm so here, both are effectively totally identical). The ASI290MC-cool I purchased from you a couple of years ago shows amp glow. Does this camera have circuitry to reduce amp-glow, even though it is intended mainly for guiding? If you wanted to take long exposures with it some cold winter night, would you see uncontrolled amp-glow or does it use similar circuitry to your bigger 290 cameras which should, by now, control amp-glow? – Thanks.




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      Hi Chris
      Yes, all our cameras employs amp glow reduction circuitry. reduce is not means disappear, the amp-glow still there, just less than without amp glow reduction. I don’t recommand to use 290 for long exposure, it isn’t as good as 1600 or other DSO camera.




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    Hi, can it be used with mini EFW as it is 1.25inch while EFW camera interface is M42 threads? Thanks




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      No, but EFW have 1.25″ holder, you may use 1.25″ interface to make connection.




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    Sean, thank you for your reply. Indeed it does depend on the QE, but it is tricky to assess this with relative instead of absolute QE curves. Nevertheless, an estimation can be appreciated.

    In the description for the 290m, you state “QE peak is over 80%.”. Therefore, if at 850nm the relative QE is ~0.5, then the absolute QE for the 290m at that wavelength should be ~40%.

    In comparison, in the description for the 224c you state “we estimate the Peak Value should between 75%-80%” If we also take 80% as best case scenario, then we can see that at 850nm, the relative QE is ~0.45, then the absolute QE for the 224C at that wavelength should be ~36%, which is slightly lower than the 290m.

    By the time we reach 1000nm, the extinction of the curve for the 224C finishes at ~0.1, whereas for the 290m, it finishes at ~0.15.

    Given the above, I can surmise that the 290m is actually slightly more sensitive in the IR range than the 224c.

    Thanks




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      Yes, add one explanation, mono camera is more sensitive than color camera( same chip model).




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    Hi, which of these two cameras is the most sensitive in the IR range (ZWO IR pass filter >850nm) for guiding: ASI224C or ASI290MM (mono)?

    Many thanks




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      Depand on QE curve, 224mc is more sensitive thant 290 in IR range.




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    What is the advantage of this new small form factor compared to the old one?
    What is the advantage of USB 2.0 compared to USB 3.0? USB 2.0 is slower than USB 3.0




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      Mini camera is designed to be a guide camera, the purpose is different.




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    If interested mainly in planetary imaging, this camera should do well? Not the frame rate performance of USB3, but enough frame rate to deliver excellent results?




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      Yes, You are correct. It can be used in planetary imaging, just a little slow than USB3.0 cameras.




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    Is there a specific work around using USB over CAT5 to get this as well as your other CMOS based cameras to work. Currently the 290 mini, nor the 174 mini will work on a usb over cat5 connection.




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      Yes, our camera support CAT5.




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    Hello:

    have this camera amp glow reduction?




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      the amp glow of this camera is very small




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    What is the back focus from the end of the adapter to the sensor?




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    When will the ASI-290MM Mini be back in stock?




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      it’s instock now




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