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ZWO ASI178MC colour camera with Guide port


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The ZWO ASI178MC colour camera with Guide port is an excellent choice for those looking for a modern high speed planetary imager, which is also capable of some deep sky astrophotography as well. Featuring Sony's IMX178 sensor, the ZWO ASI178MC is a 6.4 Mega Pixel Camera, with 2.4µm pixels dimensions. This sensor also features Sony's STARVIS technology, which consists of a back-illuminated pixel technology used in CMOS image sensors for surveillance camera and low light applications. It features a sensitivity of 2000 mV or more per 1 µm2 (color product, when imaging with a 706 cd/m2 light source, F5.6 in 1 s accumulation equivalent), and realizes high picture quality in the visible-light and near infrared light regions. This makes the ZWO ASI178MC very sensitive - particularly to the near infra red frequencies. This sensor also features Sony's EXMOR noise control technology.
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The ZWO ASI178MC colour camera is an excellent choice for high speed planetary and lunar imaging and aslo some deep sky work as well.  Featuring the generous 1/1.8″, 6.4M pixels IMX178 sensor that features SONY STARVIS backlit CMOS technology and Exmor R low noise system.  The result is extremely low read noise camera(2.2e), with high sensitivity (particularly in the near infra red) and 14bit ADC (analogue-to-digital converter - a level above the usal 12-bit convertors, whcih often come as standard with this level of camera).

The ZWO ASI178MC colour camera is capable of lightening-fast record rates of 230+ frames per second (with a suitably-equipped PC) and operates a USB3.0 chipset, which is backwards compatible with USB2.0, albeit at lower frame rates).  It is also capable of exposures of up to 1000 seconds, which make it deep sky capable.

As with most ZWO cameras, it is fully autoguiding-capable with an ST-4 protocol connection.

ZWO ASI178MC Specifications:

Sensor: 1/1.8” CMOS IMX178
Resolution: 6.4 Mega Pixels 3096*2080
Pixel Size: 2.4µm
Sensor Size: 7.4mm*5mm
Diagonal: 8.92mm
Exposure Rage: 32µs-1000s
ROI: Supported
ST4 Guider Port: Yes
Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5mm
Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
Protect window: IR-CUT window
Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux
Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
Bit rate: 14bit output(14bit ADC)
Adaptor: 2″ / 1.25″ / M42X0.75
Dimension: φ62mm X 36mm
Weight: 120g or 4.2 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 Resolutions:

10bit ADC/14bit ADC
3096×2080 60fps / 30fps
2560×2048 62fps / 31fps
2048×1080 116fps / 58fps
1280×960 130fps / 65fps
800×600 204.7fps / 102.3fps
640×480 253.1fps / 126.5fps
320×240 479.7fps / 239.8fps
More resolutions can be defined by user

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