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ZWO ASIAIR

£179.00

Quick Overview

The ZWO ASIAIR is a smart WiFi-accessed mini control computer that allows you to control all ASI USB 3.0 cameras, ASI Mini series cameras and an equatorial mount in order to do plate solving, autoguiding and imaging with your Android phone, tablet or Apple IPhone or iPad when connected to ASIAIR via WiFi. No more having to drag a computer out with you to image!
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The ZWO range of astronomical CMOS camera and autoguiders have brought a new level of usability, convenience and build quality, at ultra-competitive prices, to the worldwide astronomical community. Here at Telescope House we’ve sold their cameras to a huge range of users: from those beginning their journey into the world of astronomical imaging, right up to the European Space Administration.  ZWO are a forward thinking company and as a result, have been looking at ways to maximise convenience and compatibility and minimise the sheer amount of gear a user has to take out with them when wanting to image.  Here’s where the ZWO ASIAIR comes in - a tiny, super-efficient computer designed to fit to your telescope, or mount and control a main camera and autoguider.  The graphical interface of the ZWO ASI Air is accessed via a wifi link to either an Apple or Android device - be it a phone or tablet.  The software will control and store data from the main imaging camera and run an auto guiding facility for a guide camera.  It will even allow for plate solving - examination of images taken through the connected camera in order to work out the precise pointing direction of your telescope.  This allows for much more accurate pointing when it comes to gotos and finding and framing objects, especially useful for difficult-to-see deep sky targets.


 The ASIAIR can also act as a bridge for wireless control of your telescope’s mount via the excellent Sky Safari app.


 ASIAIR needs 5V@2.5A external power supply, which is supplied by a power in micro USB port. Normally, ASIAIR consumes a low 500ma current. but its peak value would be 2.5A.  A a result ZWO supplies a good quality mini USB power cable with the ASIAIR. Other regular USB cables may be too thin and might provide enough power - so it’s recommended to use the provided 12V-5V DC Converter, so you can connect ASIAIR to a wide variant of 12V power supplies as you would do with many mounts and other accessories.


 One 32GB Micro SD card is supplied with the ASIAIR. The OS (operating system) runs from this SD card and 25G space is left for the user to store images. The user can use this SD Card Reader to transfer the images to other devices for processing. There is risk that the SD card may become corrupt one day, therefore we highly recommend you to back up your SD card as soon as you receive your ASIAIR device. Please find more detailed information in the ASIAIR Quick Guide. 


 ASIAIR can control your mount through INDI. iOptron and Skywatcher mounts were all tested with ASAIR by ZWO and you can find further info about compatibility of other mounts with INDI here on the INDI Mount support list: http://indilib.org/devices/telescopes.html


 Software


ASIAIR supports both IOS and Android systems.


OS VersionPhoneTablet/iPad


iOS9.0 & upAll Android PhonesTablet with Android OS


iOS5.0 & upiPhone 6 series/ 7 series/ 8 series/ XiPad/ iPad Pro


The ASIAIR App also talks to SkySafari apps (SkySafari\SkySafari Plus\SkySafari Pro). You can now plate solve in the ASIAIR app and sync the mount’s position in SkySafari.


 ASIAIR Features


▶ Dual bandwidth WiFi Control


5G & 2.4G  supported. you can switch between 5G & 2.4G depends on your environment.


5G is faster for downloading and not so crowded as 2.4G but works best over shorter distances without many obstructions such as walls.


▶ Independent Guiding & Imaging


Standalone guiding & Imaging without the need of PC. Everything is under control with your phone!


▶ Preview and focus in real time



  • Preview: with the help of WiFi network, ASIAIR can preview images in nearly real-time.

  • Debayer: debayer works for colour cameras.

  • Auto white balance: AWB also works for colour cameras

  • Focus: zoom a small area to provide max brightness curve and HFD curve, help users to get precise focus manually.

  • Auto & manually histogram stretching: screen stretching is always useful for dark deep sky imaging.


▶ Plate Solving


Offline plate solving can be done in a few seconds.


For those new to astrophotograpy, here is little bit of explanation what plate solving is. It is a way of defining the actual direction of the telescope when an image has been taken. A camera takes an image of the night sky, then a software will analyse the star patterns and by comparing them with data from various star catalogues it will "understand" where it is pointed to. Then this information (usually repeated in various directions) can be used in various ways, but most frequently it is being used to calibrate / align the mount, so that you can use it to point at a subject of your choice without need for "star hopping", use of a finderscope, etc. It can also use this information to improve the pointing accuracy of the mount. Basically it's a very cool and useful feature.


▶ SkySafari Bridge


The user can use the Skysafari app to control the mount through ASIAIR, choose the target and go.


▶ Supported cameras


ASI USB3.0 camera, ASI cooled camera, ASI mini cameras. (It can not support ASI120MM/MC camera)


 USB2.0 Port


ASIAIR comes with 4 USB2.0 ports, so you can connect up to 4 USB devices and don’t need separate USB Hub.

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