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Product Description

ASI462MC body

ASI462MC parameters

With the ability to capture light in the near-infrared portion of the spectrum, and the super high sensitivity combined with ultra-low readout noise, this camera is considered as the highly improved version of ASI290MC. It will offer great performance for planetary, solar and lunar imaging. Some highlights include:

  • Sony IMX462 1/2.8” format 12bit ADC
  • 2.9um pixel size
  • Well depth of 2ke-
  • Total of 2.1 mega pixel accommodating a resolution of 1936*1096
  • Ultra-low read noise of 0.5e- to 2.6e-
  • 90% QE at 850nm.

 

IMX462 sensor

The format of the IMX462 sensor is 1/2.8”. The sensor length and width are 5.6mm*3.2mm and the diagonal is 6.46mm. The resolution is 1936*1096.
ASI462MC sensor

HCG mode

The cameras has a built-in HCG mode which can effectively reduce the readout noise at high gain and keep the same wide dynamic range as you would expect at low gain. When the gain is 80, the HCG mode will automatically turn on. This results in the read noise being as low as 0.47e- while the dynamic range still can reach close to 12 stops.

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QE curve

ASI462 has very high QE value at 800-1000nm wavelength (almost 2 times higher than that of ASI290MC). The sensitivity in near-infrared light region ranks first among all ASI planetary cameras.

ASI462 QE curve

ASI462MC vs ASI290MC

In general, ASI462MC and ASI290MC share very similar characteristics but ASI462MC has some benefits in its favor in terms of lower readout noise and higher QE value.

ASI462MC vs ASI290MC

USB 3.0 Port & ST4 Port

USB 3.0 Port: Providing 5Gb bandwidth to let ASI462 run at 136.1fps (10bit, high speed mode) or 63.9fps (12bit, normal mode) at full resolution(2.1Mega).

ST4 Port: Can be used to connect with auto guide port of mount for guiding.

 

Mechanical Diagram

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What is in the box?

 

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Camera technical details

Sensor: SONY IMX462 CMOS
Format: 1/2.8”
Diagonal : 6.46mm
Resolution: 2.1 Mega Pixels, 1936*1096
Pixel size: 2.9µm
Sensor size: 5.6mm * 3.2mm
Max fps: 136FPS
Shutter: Rolling shutter
Exposure range: 32µs-2000s
Readout noise: 0.47~2.65e
QE peak: TBD
Full well: 11.2ke
ADC : 12bit
USB interface: USB3.0
Adapters: 2”/ 1.25”/ M42*0.75
Protect window: AR
Dimension: φ62mm*35.5mm
Weight: 0.11kg
Back focus length: 12.5mm
Working temperature: -5°C~50°C
Working relative humidity: 0~80%
Supported OS: Windows, Linux & Mac OSX
Max FPS at full resolution:
Resolution 12bit 10bit
1936*1096 63.9fps 136.1fps
1920*1080 64.8fps 138.1fps
1280*720 96.5fps 205.6fps
640*480 143.1fps 305fps
400*400 170.6fps 363.5fps
320*240 276.8fps 589.6fps

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.

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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    When will the ASI462MC be included on your website’s “ZWO Cameras Comparison” page?

    https://compare.astronomy-imaging-camera.com/#All




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      OK we will deal with it




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    Es válida ésta cámara para sistema de guiado en espacio profundo?




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      Yes
      the 462MC could be use for guide camera




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    I wonder if I also can use the 462 for guiding. Is it already recognised by the ASIAIR Pro?




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      Yes, you can use 462 for guiding.




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    Regarding my questions from above, does the 462 also have an anti-glow function like the 385? When does it start, greater than 0.5 seconds?




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      462 do not have this function.




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    Hi ZWO Team,

    I’m between the 385 and 462. My aim is to do EAA on an alt-az mount. Sure 462 is best for IR-planetary…
    I know the 385 has a anti-glow function.
    Does the 462 also have that?
    Do you think a read noise of 1.0 instead of 1.5 makes a big difference?
    Which one can you recommed for EAA?
    BR Steven




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      462 is recommended.




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    Can I use the 462C through the USB2 port of my ASIair Pro as a guidescope?




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      I think you mean the guide camera and you can.




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    I purchased the ASI462MC and when I take images of M42 or Jupiter they always show in black and white on the ASIAIR PRO live and preview… even my saved images are black and white. I don’t know much about cameras (or if we are supposed to keep the AR window on the camera when using it to image on telescope?) but isn’t this supposed to be a color camera?

    What settings do I need to change in ASIAIR PRO to have it show in color in preview/live and save images in color?

    Thank you!




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    I purchased the ASI462MC and when I take images of M42 or Jupiter they always show in black and white on the ASIAIR PRO live and preview… even my saved images are black and white. I don’t know much about cameras (or what this ‘AR window’ I keep reading in these comments is) but isn’t this supposed to be a color camera?

    What settings do I need to change in ASIAIR PRO to have it show in color and save images in color?

    Thank you!




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    Can I use this camera with the stock lens for a time lapse sunset? Or will it damage the camera?




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      Yes, with “AstroSolar”.




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    I am going to buy a new guide camera, is ASI462MC better than ASI290mm/mc ? I have plans to use it with ZWO OAG or 30mm guide scope. OTA is Esprit80.




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      ASI462 has very high QE value at 800-1000nm wavelength (almost 2 times higher than that of ASI290MC). It’s sensitivity in near infrared light regions ranks first among all ASI planetary cameras.




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    The new ASI 462mc will not run under FireCapture 2.6. What might be the problem?




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      May I ask is it the latest version of FireCapture downloaded from the FC official website?
      We have tested just now, everything is OK.




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    What is the RGB Bayer configuration of the chip?




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      It is RGGB.




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    How can I use the included all sky lens and block out UV and IR wavelenghts with the 462MC? Can I swap out the optical window?




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    what is the bayer pattern of asi462mc? thanks




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      The bayer pattern of ASI462MC is GBRG.




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    For weeks i have been frustrated with the color that this camera produces. Now someone suggested that I use a UV/IR cut filter. I have an Optolong L-Pro filter which I just used to take an image in my LR and it makes a notable difference. I don’t understand why your website didn’t tell me that such a filter is necessary or I would have used my L-Pro filter or bought a UV/IR cut filter weeks ago.

    Just to be sure, is one of these filters necessary to image planets with this camera? If so that needs to be explicitly stated on your website. Also, am I better off using L-Pro filter or UV/IR cut filter?




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      It is not necessary to use UV/IR cut filter. Infrared sensitivity is the main feature of this camera.




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    When the mono version of this camera be available? The zwo 290mm is good but not new now and I would like to go for a mono in some time




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      Sorry we do not have the mono version of this camera.




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    Is there any anti amp glow feature like ASI 224? If not, will it come in the future?




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      Yes, the ASI462MC has anti amp glow feature.




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    Hi,

    I recently bought ASIAIR PRO and ASI462MC. While ASIAIR PRO recognizes my ASI294MC camera, it is not recognizing my ASI462MC. Is there going to be any software update for ASIAIR pro to support ASI462 MC camera? Please let em know.




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      Sorry the ASIAIR PRO currently does not support ASI462MC, we will release the new version of ASIAIR app in the near future.




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    When it will be available? It looks like that since july it available only for backorder




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      This camera is in stock now, you can order the camera, and we will arrange the shipping according to the order number.




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    Hi, I see the ASI462 is on backorder as of September 1. Do you know when it will be available to ship?




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      The ASI462MC is now in stock. You can order now, and we will arrange the shipping according to the order number.




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