ASI294MM Pro

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Product Description

294mm parameters

By popular demand, we now introduce the ASI294MM Pro. This is the monochrome version of the ASI294MC Pro – one of the top selling cameras from ZWO. Some of the highlights include:

  • Back-illuminated sensor – improving sensitivity and reducing noise
  • 4/3” format with 4.64 um pixel size – ideal for many types of telescopes
  • 14-bit ADC – giving a high dynamic range
  • An impressive 66ke- full well capacity- helping to reduce the issue of for example saturated stars
  • 4144*2822 high resolution – with the Bin1-mode the camera can operate at a resolution of 8288*5644 and pixel size of 2.3 um.

On top of this, not only does it have a very high QE-value with a peak at about 90%, but also feature an ultra-low readout noise of 1.2e. If you are looking for a small-format monochrome camera for astrophotography, you can’t go wrong with the ASI294MM Pro.

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14-bit ADC and 13stops dynamic range

ASI294MM Pro has very similar parameters as its color version. Both have the 14bit ADC and a high dynamic range of 13 stops, which is even higher than that of the well-known and celebrated ASI1600MM Pro camera.

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Backlit Sensor

Sony’s back-illuminated CMOS image sensor improves the sensitivity and noise reduction – the key factors to enhancing image quality. It does this by radically realigning the fundamental pixel structure from front-illumination to back-illumination, while still retaining the advantages of CMOS image sensors such as low power consumption and high-speed operation.

With a conventional front-illumination structure, the metal wiring and transistors on the surface of the silicon substrate that form the sensor’s light-sensitive area (photo-diode), impede photon-gathering carried out by the on-chip lens. A back-illuminated structure minimizes the degradation of sensitivity to the optical angle response, while also increasing the amount of light that enters each pixel due to the lack of obstacles such as metal wiring and transistors. These components have been moved to the back-side of the silicon substrate.

Camera Performance

Large well depth capacity, low read-out noise and high dynamic range.

The full well capacity of 66387e of ASI294MM Pro is near the top of all ASI DSO cameras. It ensures a very high dynamic range of up to 13 stops that will greatly reduce the issue of overexposed images and also help to collect richer color information.

When the gain value is set to 120, the HCG high gain mode is turned on. We’re not saying it’s magic…but we’d like to think it is pretty close. With the HCG-mode turned on, the readout noise is greatly reduced, and the dynamic range is basically unchanged.

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Unlocked Bin1 Mode

Yet another perk of the ASI294MM Pro is that the pixel size is switchable – the default setting is Bin2, but you can switch to Bin1 anytime in your astrophotography software. This changes the pixel size into 2.3um and increases resolution to 8288×5644. This is what we called “Unlocked Bin1 Mode”. The ability to unlock bin1-mode was a popular request from our customers. Of course we listened to you and worked quickly to make it possible.

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Remember that using Bin1-mode will decrease the full well capacity compared to the standard bin2-mode.

Unlocked Bin1: 12bit ADC, 2.3um pixel size, 47 megapixels, 8288*5644 resolution, 14k full well capacity.
Bin2: 14bit ADC, 4.6um pixel size, 11.7 megapixels, 4144*2822 resolution, 66k full well capacity.

You can learn the more differences between unlocked Bin1 and Bin2 modes by comparing the performance charts.

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If the sampling accuracy you get with the 2.3um pixel size falls within a reasonable range, then the unlocked Bin1 mode will help you get more object details. However, you will lose dynamic range and ADC bit depth. Also the image files you get at Bin1 will probably be around 4 times bigger than Bin2.

So in the end the unlocked Bin1 mode is double-edged, you may choose to use it or not depending on the specific circumstances during your imaging sessions.

Reliable Mechanics

There are four screws on the camera that seal the sensor chamber. This kind of design has been extensively tested and is very stable and secure. Even when used in higher humidity environments, ASI294MM Pro will still work fine without dew problems.

Reliable Mechanics

QE Value

As ZWO’s latest BSI (backside illuminated type) monochrome camera, ASI294MM Pro has a very high QE performance, not only higher than its color version, but even than that of ASI1600MM Pro. It is estimated that the QE peak value is about 90%.

官网尺寸——294mm-p与1600mm-p QE对比

ASI294MM Pro vs ASI1600MM Pro

ASI294MM Pro vs ASI1600MM Pro

Two-Stage TEC Cooling: Ultra-Low Dark Current

Thanks to the two stage TEC cooling, ASI294MM Pro 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 also decrease. 

The unique dark current suppression technology can further reduce dark current noise. When it’s cooled to -20℃, the current noise can be as low as 0.0022e/s/pix, which is completely negligible!

 

 

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Please notice that the camera needs to be connected to an external 11-15v power supply to implement the cooling function. We recommend you use 12V@3A DC adapter (5.5*2.1mm, center pole positive) or lithium battery with 11-15V to power the camera. If you don’t have one, please click this link to buy a 12V power adapter. There are 4 different standards for different countries, please make sure you selected the correct adapter when placing the order.

https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/product/acdc-adapter-12v-5a-for-cooled-cameras

 

USB3.0 & 256M DDR3 Memory

The ASI294MM Pro is equipped with a USB 3.0 transmission interface and a built-in 256MB (2Gb) DDR3 cache to ensure stable and secure data transmission. Under long exposure, it effectively avoids frame dropping and greatly reduces the glow effect caused by slow reading speed.

DDR

Notice: To learn how to tackle possible amp-glow that shows in your images, please refer to this tutorial: “What is Amp-glow and how do I manage it? “

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

Mechanical Diagram

Mechanical Diagram - ASI294MM Pro

What’s in the box?

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The best solution of 55mm back focus length

 

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We know that connecting new equipment can be daunting at first, so to help you out we have made tutorial on detailed connection methods of ASI294MM Pro. Just click the link below:

Read more: https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/tutorials/best-back-focus-length-solutions-55mm.html

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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    Hi, I have a newton f / 4 telescope and a 72/432 f6 refractor, can I use 31 mm filters with the asi 294 mm pro camera?




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      Yes, you can.




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    I am planning to buy the asi294mm pro(cool) for planetary imaging such as sun, saturn or jupitor. So I want to know, what is the fps if i crop to 480*320?
    Is it suitable for planetary imaging? I also use it DSO imaging…..
    Thanks




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      110FPS (1ms exposure,100% usb limit,usb3.0) 140 FPS(1ms exposure,100% usb limit,usb3.0)
      The ASI294MM Pro can be used for both planetary and DSO imaging.




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    Is the dark current graph shown on your website for the unbinned pixel or for the 2×2 binning superpixel?




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      It is bin1 mode.




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    Is the ASI294MM Pro which I recently bought compatible with the ASIAIR Pro? In the Q&A several months ago I saw the comment that it will be compatible when V1.5 will be released? Is this already released?
    Thanks so much in advance!




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      Yes, it is compatible. The current verison is 1.6.




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    Is the ZWO ASIAIR PRO compatible with in 2020 released ASI294MM Pro?
    I really want to buy the ASIAIR Pro when it’s compatible with my new 294MMPro




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      Yes, it is compatible.




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    I want to understand the binning 2 on this camera. I would actually prefer the 4.62 micron pixels. But is it really 4.62 or is it 2.3 micron with software bin?
    Reason being is that if it just a simple software bin then it will not help me with my guiding. I have ASI183MM (sensor 2.3 micron), and my mount has a little hard time guiding, I get elongated stars. If it is hardware bin or realy 4.62 micron pixel, it would be easier on guiding.




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      Please read the paragraph about “Unlocked Bin1 Mode”.




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    Hi,
    I just bought the 294mm pro, in the description it says pixels of 4.63 but when I connect my camera it is pixels of 2.315. I installed the latest driver, what can I do?




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      Please read the paragraph about “Unlocked Bin1 Mode”.




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