ZWO ASI 1600 Pro Cooled Color CMOS Telescope Camera- DISCONTINUED -

  • Price:
  • Sale
  • Regular price $999.00

Free Shipping
Already have gear? Trade it in for cash or new equipment.

Accessories Added

  • Sensor Type: Color CMOS
  • Read Noise: 1.2e-
  • Pixel Size: 3.8 Microns
  • Pixel Array: 16 Mega Pixels, 4656 x 3520
  • Benefits from DDR Memory buffer improving data transfer
  • Cooling: 40 to 45-Degrees C below Ambient with TEC System


ZWO ASI 1600 Pro Cooled Color CMOS Telescope Camera- DISCONTINUED -

The ZWO ASI 1600 Pro Color CMOS Camera Has set a new standard of Excellence in the world of Astrophotography. Whether you are interested in deep space astrophotography or Lunar/Planetary/solar Imaging, this camera will be able to handle it all. There are not many camera systems that can do what this camera can do.

When it comes to versatility, look no further than ZWO ASI 1600 Camera.

Key Features

ZWO ASI 1600 Camera Body

ZWO ASI 1600 Pro Cooled Color CMOS Telescope Camera Features

Camera Sensor

Panasonic MN34230 Sensor

The Panasonic MN34230

At the Heart of the ZWO ASI 1600 is the Panasonic MN34230 CMOS Sensor which is known for its exceptional light gathering efficiency, low read noise, and High resolution. The sensor will record up to 16-megapixel images on a Micro 4/3rds format. The peak quantum efficiently of this CMOS detector is impressively at 60-percent has a dynamic range of 9 to 12.5 stops depending on gain settings. In other words, this sensor is the same size camera with a KAF-8300 sensor, has twice the megapixels, and 30-percent more efficient than the 8300!

  • Diagonal 22.2mm
  • 66 Megapixel (4656x3520)
  • Very low read noise: 1.8 electrons at 150db gain & 3.6 electrons the lowest gain setting
  • Electronic shutter: no vibration caused by a with mechanical shutter

DDR Memory Buffer

The ASI 1600 Pro camera includes a 256MB DDR3 memory buffer to help improve data transfer reliability. Additionally, the use of a memory buffer minimizes amp-glow, which is caused by the slow transfer speeds when the camera is used with a USB 2.0 port.

ZWO ASI 1600 DDR Memory Buffer

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

Astrophotography Performance

As a deep space camera, the ASI 1600 doesn’t hold back any punches. Its cooled versions can reach temperatures 35 degrees Centigrade below the ambient temperature bringing thermal noise buildup down to a minimum. You can take pictures up to 33 minutes with this camera, but a read noise of 1.2 to 3.8 electrons (depending on gain settings), exposures that long are rarely necessary. When shooting deep space images at full resolution this camera pairs very exceptionally well with telescopes 300 mm to 1,000 mm in focal length, and when binned 2x2, telescopes 1,000 mm to 2,000 mm.

As a planetary camera, no other camera system can beat the ASI 1600's versatility. For solar imaging, this camera can record full 16 mp videos at 23 frames per second and capture the entire sun with 1350 mm focal length! If you’re the kind of maverick that has a need for speed shooting planets like Jupiter and Saturn, this camera clocks out at 192.4 frames per second at 320x240 resolution!

Read Noise, Gain, & Dynamic Range

ZWO ASI 1600 Astrophotography Performance

Quantum Efficiency

The peak QE value is over 60%.

ZWO ASI 1600 Quantum Efficiency

Dark current

The dark current of ASI1600 from out test result. here is a 300S dark frame tested with the cooler running at -25 degrees.

ZWO ASI 1600 Dark Current

USB Port &Hub

ZWO ASI 1600 Ports &amp: Hub

USB 3.0 Port: Provides 5Gb bandwidth to make it possible for ASI1600 Pro to run at 14.7 fps (12bit, normal mode) or 23 fps (10bit, high-speed mode) at full resolution (16-Megapixels).

USB 2.0 HUB: Can connect with various accessories, including a filter wheel, guide camera or electronic focuser, allowing you to manage your cables better. There are two short 0.5m USB2.0 cables included with the ASI1600 Pro. The hub is powered by the external power supply if you connect one.


System Chart

ZWO ASI 1600 Adapter Diagram
  1. M43-T2 adapter(Sold Seperatly)
  2. EOS-T2 adapter(Sold Seperatly)
  3. 2”Filter (optional)
  4. 1.25” T-Mount
  5. 1.25” Filter (optional)
  6. M42-1.25” Filter (optional)
  7. T2 extender 11mm

Mechanical Drawing

ZWO ASI 1600 Pro Mecahnical Drawing


ADC12 bit
Back focus6.5mm
Bayer MatrixColor
Bayer PatternRGBG
Camera ConnectionM42 x 0.75mm
Delta T40°C Below Ambient
Free ShippingYes
Full Rez Frame Rate23fps
Full Well20ke
Max Frame Rate192.4fps
Mega Pixels16.4 mp
Peak QE60%
Pixel Array4656 x 3520
Pixel Size3.8 microns
Power Consumption12V 2A max
Read Noise3.6e
Sensor Diagonal22.2mm
Sensor TypeCMOS
SensorPanasonic MN34230


ASI 1600 Pro Color Color

ZWO ASI Pro 1600 Included Items


Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review Write a review


Ask a Question
  • I have a celestron C8 (Nexstar evolution 8), what is the specific adaptor to have this attach to my C8? thanks

    It should have come with a 1.25" nose piece that will slide into the eyepiece holder. If you don't have that adapter, you can use this one: This will thread into the 11mm thick ring that ca

  • hello, is it ok Takahashi collimating telescope for Celestron Nextar SE 6" ? Thank You

    Unfortunately, no, as the collimation scope is too large to fit into the baffle tube of the 6 SE. You would be better off using an artificial star like the AZ-1600 and collimating via star test.

  • I am interested, BUT... do I understand correctly there is NO warranty from the manufacturer? Scary to say the least.

    Good afternoon and thanks for your interest. ZWO provides a two year warranty on cameras.

  • Dear Friend, Is power supply included? If not, what you recommend? Thank you, Túlio Aguiar

    The ZWO cooled cameras do not include a power supply, however they can use almost any other power supply for a CCD camera that used a 5.5mm jack/2.1mm center positive pin connection as long as it outputs at least 2A at 12V. The Atik power supply A3-90-24

  • What adapters would be needed to fit the camera to a Hyperstar?

    At the time a Hyperstar is ordered from us we determine what camera you are going to use. We forward that information to our vendor and they supply/make the appropriate camera adapter at no additional cost.

  • Does this camera have a shutter to take dark frames?

    This sensor uses an electronic shutter, so it doesn't have means of taking dark frame by itself. you are going to have to put on the cap of your scope to shoot darks. If you are using the camera in a hyperstar configuration, you will need to take the cam

  • Is this 80mm f/6 Carbon Fiber Triplet OTA item used or just open box. Is there any damage.? Shall I get ES lifetime warranty on this open box item. Is this original HOYA FCD100 ED lens? what is return policy for open box item.

    This item is open box, not used, and the original warranty is still in effect. This scope uses FDC1 glass and is slightly different from the FCD100 versions. The return policy for Open Box items is the same as for new items, with the full text here: htt

  • Can a 2" nosepiece be used to connect the camera to the telescope? If so, is there a special nosepiece that must be purchased?

    Hello, Thank you for asking this question. I would recommend this T to 2" adapter:

  • What is the QE for this camera? Thanks

    The link provided has NOTHING to do with QE. The graph shows the RELATIVE SENSITIVITY for three different colors (although the graphic label has four color bands (B, G, R and Gb(?) ), the plot actually only shows three lines and does not show the G graph.

  • What is the QE for this camera? Thanks

    Hello, Here is a link to the QE diagram of this camera from ZWO optical: If you have any questions about this, feel free to give us a call!

  • What is the recommended software to control the camera? Thanks

    There are several different software programs to choose from to control this camera. Depending on what features you need, and what operating system you are running, and what kind of Imaging you are doing, we can give the best suggestion. Please give us a

  • what version of windows will the 1600's work with ?

    All current versions of Windows are supported (7, 8/8.1, 10, in both 32 and 64 bit).

  • What is the output file -- fits or raw ? Thanks

    The output file format depends on the software used to take the images, but when using a software dedicated for long exposure imaging, the output is typically FITS.

  • How would I go about connecting this up to my Skywatcher ED100? I Have a Moonlite focuser that is thread and a 2" and 1.25" adapter for it, but would I need some other connection? Thanks

    Hello Stefan, Thank you for your question. The 1600 comes with a 1.25" nosepiece so if your focuser comes with a 1.25 adapter, you should be good to go.