ZWO ASI 178 Color CMOS Telescope Camera

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  • ZWO ASI 178 Color CMOS Telescope Camera

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    • Pixel Array: 3096 x 2080
    • Pixel Size: 2.4 Microns
    • Interface: USB 3.0
    • Great value and highly versatile full color CMOS camera

    ZWO ASI 178 Color CMOS Telescope Camera

    This ZWO ASI178MC Astronomy Camera includes the back illuminated 6.4M resolution Sony IMX178 image sensor. This 1/1.8 inch CMOS sensor has a 3096 x 2080 pixel array and a 2.4 micrometer square pixel size. With a 14-bit ADC, extremely low read noise of 2.2e, and superior sensitivity combine to make the ZWO ASI178MC an excellent camera for both astronomy and microscopy.


    Sony IMX178 CMOS Sensor Features:

    • The Sony IMX178 back illuminated CMOS image sensor offers high sensitivity, resolution and dynamic range.
    • The IMX185 is an "Exmor R" sensor with notably improved imaging features, including sensitivity and low read noise, by correcting the basic structure of "Exmor" adopted column parallel A/D converter to back illuminated type.
    • The IMX178 is a Sony STARVIS sensor and has a sensitivity of 2000mV+ per 1 micron square (when imaging with a 706 cd/m2 light source, f/5.6 in 1 second accumulation correspondent), and provides superior image quality in the visible and near IR light regions.
    • 14-bit output helps achieve high dynamic range which lessened quantization noise and hidden dark random noise. This facilitates clear image quality in light and dark areas, even with high contrast imaging targets.
    • Everything required to control your ZWO Astronomy Camera is readily available at the ZWO website.


    ZWO ASI178MC Color Astronomy Camera Specifications:

    • Sensor: 1/1.8-inch CMOS IMX178
    • Resolution: 6.4 Mega Pixels
    • Pixel Array: 3096 x 2080
    • Pixel Size: 2.4 micrometer x 2.4 micrometer
    • Sensor Size: 7.4 mm x 5 mm
    • Diagonal: 8.92 mm
    • Exposure Range: 32 microseconds to 1,000 seconds
    • ROI: Supported
    • ST4 Guider Port: Yes
    • Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5 mm
    • Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
    • Window: IR-Cut
    • Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux
    • Interface: USB 3.0/ USB 2.0
    • Bit rate: 14-bit output (14-bit ADC)
    • Adapter: 2-inch to 1.25-inch (M42x0.75)
    • Dimensions: 62 mm x 36 mm
    • Weight: 4.23-ounces (without lens)
    • Working Temperature: Neg.5-degrees C to Neg.45-degrees C
    • Working Relative Humidity: 20-percent to 80-percent
    • Storage Relative Humidity: 20-degrees to 95-degrees


    ADC14 bit
    Back focus17.5mm
    Bayer MatrixColor
    Camera ConnectionM42 x 0.75
    Camera SeriesZWO ASI
    Delta T40°C Below Ambient
    Dimensions62mm x 36mm
    Dynamic Range13.5 Stops
    Free ShippingYes
    Front or Back IlluminationBack
    Full Rez Frame Rate60fps
    Full Well25ke
    InterfaceUSB 3.0
    Max Frame Rate479.7fps
    Maximum Exposure Time1000 seconds
    Mega Pixels6.4 mp
    Minimum Exposure Time0.000032 seconds
    Operating System CompatibilityLinux (3rd Party) & Mac & Windows
    Pixel Array3096 x 2080
    Pixel Size2.4 microns
    Power Consumption12V 2A max
    Read Noise2.2e
    Sensor Diagonal9mm
    Sensor TypeCMOS
    SensorSony IMX178
    Weight0.9 lbs
    • ZWO ASI178MM or ASI178MC Camera Body
    • 2 m long ST4 guider cable
    • 1.25-inch Cover
    • M42/ 1.25-inch T-Mount
    • 2 m long USB3.0 cable
    • Driver and Extra Software CD (Mac, PC, and Linux Compatible)



    Questions & Answers

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    • Is the 2.5mm lens included ?

      Yes, the fish-eye lens is included with the box with the camera.

    • How would this do with ha/solar?

      For imaging the Sun, you will want the monochrome version of the camera for higher sensitivity and to ensure you will not be seeing the bayer matrix in your images (the Sun may look pixelated with a color camera).

    • How do you do dark frames with this camara

      You would either need to cover the front of the telescope/lens that the camera is connected to temporarily, or you would need a filter wheel with an AK-DARK-1 "dark" filter occupying one of the filter slots. If you rotate the dark filter in front of the