ASI294MC Pro (color)

$1,080.00

ASI294MC Pro has much potential, 14bit ADC, 63700e full well, 1.2e read noise, DDR buffer, each feature means a new posibility!

Accept backorders, will start shipping until end of this month.

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Product Description

ASI294MC Pro

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ASI294 is the first camera in the world that equiped with SONY latest sensor IMX294CJK.

294MC Pro3

Diagonal 21.63 mm (Type 4/3) Approx. 10.71M-Effective Pixel Color CMOS Image Sensor, This is the official description on Sony website. In our effort, we remolded it to make it Diagonal 23.2 mm (Type 4/3) Approx. 11.71M-Effective Pixel.

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▶High-Sensitivity Type 4/3 CMOS Image Sensor that Supports 4K for Astronomic Cameras and Industrial Applications

The “IMX294CJK” is the first in-house image sensor for astronomic cameras to adopt the Type 4/3 format, and realizes output of the number of pixels needed for 4K at 120 frame/s (in ADC 10-bit output mode, ASI294MC can run up to 25fps at 4k format base on USB3.0 bandwidth). In addition, use of a large-size pixel achieves SNR1s of 0.14 lx* which is very close to the value from ASI224(0.13 lx*)

▶Exceptional low-illumination performance

Exceptional low-illumination performance of SNR1s: 0.14 lx is realized by use of a large-size optical system and by expanding the area per pixel to 4.63 µm. This makes the IMX294CJK ideal for astronomic camera market applications that require low-illumination performance.

DDR Memory Buffer

ASI294 Pro camera includes one 256MB DDR3 memory buffer to help data transfer more stable and no amp-glow issue which is caused by the slow speed data transfer during reading out under USB2.0 Port.

DDR3

DDR memory buffer is the main difference between ASI “Cool” and “Pro” cameras.

14bit ADC & 13 stops DR

ASI294 have 14bit ADC and it can achieve 13 stops dynamic range which is even better than ASI1600.

HCG Mode

HCG mode will be on when gain is higher than 120, read noise will drop below 2e but same dynamic range(13 stops).

294 Gain RN DR FW vs gainFull well Capacity

63700e full well, which is 3 times than ASI1600’s capacity. Even bright stars won’t saturate under long exposure.

This camera can achieve higher SNR(signal to noise ratio) with just one single exposure.

Reliable Mechanics

ASI294MC Pro has same mechanics as ASI1600 Pro. There are 4 screws seal the chamber. This structure has been fully tested and it is very stable.

Even with high humidity eviroment, ASI294MC Pro will still works fine without dew problems.

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High QE

IMX294 sensor is a BSI(back-illuminated type) sensor and has very high QE(we suppose the QE peak is more than 75%).

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Dark Current

The dark current of ASI294 is a little bit higher than ASI1600 from out test result.

Dark frame sample @ Highest dynamic range settings, 300s, -10degree, bin1.

ASI294MC Pro Dark Frame

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ASI294 VS ASI1600

Let’s see this table to compare the difference between 294 and 1600 camera:

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USB 3.0 Port & USB2.0 HUB

USB 3.0 Port: Provide 5Gb bandwidth to make it possible for ASI294 Pro to run at 16 fps (14bit, normal mode) or 19 fps (10bit, high speed mode)  at full resolution(11.7Mega).

We recommends 12V at 3A~5A or more DC adapter for cooler power supply(2.1*5.5, center positive).

Battery from 9-15V is also suitable for cooling power supply.

USB 2.0 HUB: can connect with various accessories, such as filter wheel, guide camera and electronic focuser, so you can manage your cable better with USB2.0 hub. There are 2 short 0.5m USB2.0 cables coming with ASI294 Pro. The power of hub source from external power supply if you connect it.

Cooling System

ASI294 Pro has 2 stage TEC cooling system to enable very deep cooling (35°C-40°C below ambient). you need external power supply to power on the cooler. AC-DC power adapter is not included in this package, you can order from here.

Connecting Drawing

1. M43-T2 adapter

2. EOS-T2 adapter

3. 2”Filter (optional)

4. 1.25” T-Mount

5. 1.25” Filter (optional)

6. M42-1.25” adapter (optional)

7. T2 extender 11mm

Mechanical Drawing

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What is in the box?

ASI294 Pro box includes all necessary cables, drivers, adapters, and manuals.

294MC-Pro pakage list

Notice:Cooled cameras need a 12v power adapter, If you don’t have one, please click this link to buy a 12V power adapter. There are 4 different standard for different contury, please choose it carefully.
https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/products/accessories/acdc-adapter-12v-5a-for-cooled-cameras/

Product review:

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/591441-asi-new-camera-294-pro-beta-testing/page-11#entry8165708

 

Camera technical details

Sensor: 4/3″ SONY IMX294 CMOS
Diagonal: 23.2mm
Resolution: 11.3Mega Pixels 4144X2822
Pixel Size: 4.63µm
Bayer Pattern: RGGB
Shutter:Rolling shutter
Exposure Range: 32µs-2000s
ROI: Supported
Read Noise: 1.2e @39db gain
QE peak: TBD
Full well: 63.7ke
ADC:14bit
DDRIII Buffer: 256MB
Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
Adaptor: M42X0.75
Protect window:AR window
Dimensions: 78mm Diameter
Weight: 410g
Back Focus Distance: 6.5mm
Cooling: Regulated Two Stage TEC
Delta T: 35°C-40°C below ambient
Camera Power consumption: 650mA at 5V
Cooler Power consumption: 12V at 3A Max
Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%
Max FPS at full resolution:
10Bit ADC
4144×2822 19fps
14bit ADC
4144×2822 16fps
more resolutions are in software, support customize resolution.

Shipping

  • Fast Shipping(amount ≧ 299USD) for free
  • Fast Shipping(amount < 299USD) : $20.00
  • Free Shipping(amount < 299USD) (Air Mail, 3-4 weeks) (Free)

Introduction

  1. Fast Shipping: we will choose DHL, UPS, TNT, EMS etc to deliver it. Usually you will get your package in one week. We provide free fast shipping for order ≧ $299 or charge extra $20 for order < $299.
  2. Free Shipping: we will ship via DGM or China Post Registered Air Mail. It usually costs 2-3 weeks to reach US or Europe and costs 3-4 weeks to reach far places.
  3. Customers from Brazil and Chile should leave a message to provide your CPF or CNPJ as your custom needs it.
  4. Customers from Russia need to provide the name of your company.

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 areliable 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

  • We provide 2-year warranty for our products, we will offer the repair service for free or replace for free if the camera doesn’t work within warranty period. After the warranty period, we will continue to provide repair support and service on a charged basis.
  • This warranty does not apply to damage that occurred as a result of abuse or misuse, or caused by a fall or any other transportation failures after purchase.
  • Customer must pay for shipping when shipping the camera back for repair or replacement
  • If you get a faulty camera, please contact us as soon as possible though email: info@zwoptical.com. Please describe the problem in detail and we will do our best to help you solve the problem. Most instances perceived problems are simply bad driver install or software configuration.
  • For customers who bought the camera from our dealer, dealer is responsible for the customer service for you.

Before first usage of this product read manuals and install correct drivers and software.

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

  1. :

    Can you include a 300s dark frame at unit gain please?

    • Sam Wen

      :

      just uploaded one 300s exposure

  2. :

    Will there be a mono version of this camera?

    • Sean Wang

      :

      We hope Sony will provide mono sensor of 294 too:)

    • Sam Wen

      :

      no, SONY only produce color version

  3. :

    Do I need something if I wanna plug it in a M48 focuser with 55 backfocus.
    A friend of mine sent back an ASI071 that had an issue with mist. Is this version include the amp correction ?

    txs

    • Sean Wang

      :

      I think there will not need other things to get 55 backfocus. We provide enough extenders.
      We did everything we could to reduce amp-glow. I think this version is the best that we producting.

    • Sam Wen

      :

      just upload one dark frame, please check
      the dark current of 071 is better than 294
      so 071 is more suitable for very long exposure
      you don’t need extra adapter to mount on M48 focuser with 55 back focus

  4. :

    I have some issue with paypal and wanted to use aliexpress, but some items aren’t available there like this camera and AC tp DC adapter. Can you please update aliexpress web site.
    Txs

    • Sam Wen

      :

      we will upload to Aliexpress soon

  5. :

    What is the total backfocus with the 1.25″ adapter? (I.e. distance from the “shoulder” of the 1.25″ nose piece to the CMOS surface)

    • Sam Wen

      :

      the height of 1.25″ adapter is 24mm, so total 24+17.5=41.5mm

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