We at ZWO got some great news for you guys, where we announce that the ASI USB3.0 CCDs support Android devices. You attach the camera to the device’s USB and make sure that the device supports OTG.

Although the app is still in Alpha stage, with loads of bugs, crashes and misspellings, we strive to achieve feedback from you to improve the development of this app. You also can provide us some suggestions/wishes that we can apply within it that helps you to capture your shots. In that case, send your thoughts to:feedback@zwoptical.com

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Above you can see a preview of a working demonstration between a Vivo X9 phone and an ASI1600MC CCD. You simply attach the cable to the CCD’s USB3.0 port and to your device’s mini-USB port, enable OTG in the settings so the device finds the CCD, installs all the necessary drivers to run it, start the app and start using it.

Follow the link to see a demonstration video of the feature: https://youtu.be/bEHsBHnF8qs

Smartphones are not the only Android devices which this app works with. We are making it possible to run it with a portable projector as well, where you achieve up to a 180 inch resolution of what the CCD captures. No need for large and heavy clumsy monitors or laptops for public displays.

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Demonstrations below:

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A short video of how it works to run this with a projector: https://youtu.be/KysgIQ7CksE

We are changing the way of astronomy and wide-field photography for public audience with this new technology of ours and we sincerely hope you will enjoy it as much as we enjoy of making it for you. The projector and CCD together weighs approximately 800 grams while the entire set of a monitor, laptop, CCD and all the necessary cables in between 8 to 40 kilograms. That’s a lot of spare weight with this app of ours, don’t you think?

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System requirements:
ASI CCD with USB3.0
Android 4.0.3 or later
USB OTG (On-The-Go) support on Android device

Demo downloads:
ASI CCD Android demo
EFW Android demo

SDK download:
ASI Camera SDK & Source Codes
EFW SDK & Source Codes

Known bugs:

  • some host devices may experience problems with long exposure photage
  • loopholes and scripts may cause crashes
  • translation of the app to different languages may be wanted

The following video will show you how to enable OTG on your Android phone or pad:

https://youtu.be/eMhARTqhGc8

 

56 Responses to Running ASI USB3.0 Cameras under Android device
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    The latest ASICAP version 1.2.1 has taken care of the problems I was experiencing with version 1.2. Thank you very much.

    Does ASICAP have a color histogram feature?




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    Tried running ASICAP on a notebook with ASI224 and can only record 2044 frames max, even though I ran it long enough to run far more frames than that. And the right hand menu starts to move back and forth rapidly (like the planet I was recording) when I recorded beyond 100 secs. Also, how do you turn on and use ROI?

    Thanks




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      choose a small resolution will turn on ROI.




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        I used right click and hold the mouse to draw ROI around planet instead of usual left click.

        When I open each of several avis in Autostakkert2, I only capture 2044 frames total even though ASICAP program says I captured far more than that when I ran the camera. File sizes are different for each avi. Autostakkert3 shows same total frames.

        Using Firecapture, I was able to get one avi that was 2680 frames, but was dropping lots of frames when running camera. I’m using an HP Elitebook 8470 laptop.




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    Hello! I tested it on ASI120MC, but when I clicked preview it appeared the message GENERAL ERROR, what to do in this situation?




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    How fast does the drivers have to be? I watched the demo with the 6GB Vivo X9 and was wondering if it would okay to use a 4GB microprocessor or a quadcore with 4 1.9 GB each?




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    is it possible to stream that picutre then?




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      Hi Stefan
      We are plan to develop more softwares with much fan. I think some day stream will appears in our new APPs.




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    Thanks Sam

    Do you think a Galaxy Note8 (2017) with 6GB Ram would be enough to capture full frame rates with ASI290mc?

    Has anybody used the new Galaxy Note8?

    Cheers
    Leif




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    I have an asi290mc.

    What android device is required to run full frame rates (above 150 fps).

    Leif




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    How much power will it draw from my phone? Or laptop for that matter.




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    Great software. I have one issue though. Any file I recorded FIT or SER cannot be read by any astronomy software. I have tried Nebulosity 4, Registax 6, so on. They all give me the same message, file cannot read the file. How do I fix this?




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    I habe a asi 120mm und use a smartfone ,the camera is found but I can start it .General erorr .what can I doo?




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    Can this be used on iPad or iPhone? If not are you working on it?




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    I found the App “ASICAP” on the Google Play store and it works. Thanks for creating this great app for ZWO customers.




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    I have a 224 MC and would love to capture with my Android phone instead of trying to hold a laptop and my phone running Sky Safari.

    Is the app available in beta yet?




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    Hi, asi usb 3 cameras, now, work with Samsung s7 without problems? Which asi cameras (models name please) now work with android devices? And cameras do need external power to run or USB provides power too??




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    bonjour,
    je connecte ma asi 120mc usb2 à l’application et j’ai ce message d’erreur :

    “getCameraProperty error code:16”

    pourriez-vous m’aider s’il vous plaît ?
    merci :)




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    Thanks for the quick response.
    One more question.
    I got it all working on my Samsung s5. But it only seems to save 8 bit bitmaps.
    Can it save other file formats? I am using the 1600mmc
    Thanks




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    Does it have to be a usb3 otg for the camera to connect?




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    The APP looks very interesting. I tried to use it with a Samsung Galaxy S7 but when I press the RESCAN button I get error message: “zwocamera has stopped”
    Please advise.




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    Very very interested in this setup for public outreach.

    Can you recommend tablet/OS and color video camera combinations which are working well now?

    Does the camera get it’s power from the USB?

    Please keep us posted!

    Thanks,
    Mike




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    Will you also be doing an iPhone/iPad app version?
    That would be cool !!!




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