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ZWO ASI224MC Color CMOS Astrophotography Camera


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  • Supports planetary as well as some deep-sky imaging.
  • Resolution: 1304 x 976 at up to 64 fps (at 12-bit ADC) or 150 fps (at 10-bit ADC).
  • Maximum exposure time of 1000 seconds!
  • Autoguider port.
  • Extremely low read noise (1.5 e at 60 Gain).
  • High Sensitivity, especially in the IR range.
  • Full aluminum housing with a standard 2-inch interface.
  • M42x0.75 internal thread.
  • Includes 1.25-inch T-adapter.

Product Details

  • The ZWO ASI224MC Color Astronomy Camera houses a one-third inch 1.2 megapixel Sony IMX224 imaging sensor with Exmor and NIR technology. This relatively small sensor has a very low read noise of 1.5 e at 60 Gain and 3.1 at zero Gain. There is a high sensitivity in NIR and the possibility for high frame rates, making this CMOS camera an excellent choice for planetary imagers.

    Although this camera is best suited for planetary imaging, it can also be used for imaging deep-sky objects up to a fixed level as it supports a maximum exposure time of up to 1000 seconds.

    Since you won't have to devote time to filters or filter wheel concerns, imaging with the ZWO ASI224MC Color Camera is a simple procedure. This is one of the best color planetary imaging cameras currently available in this price range.

    ZWO ASI224MMC Specifications at a Glance

    Astrophotography Performance

    The ZWO ASI224MC has a high peak Q.E. of 80%, extremely low read noise, and high sensitivity, making it ideal for planetary and small DSO imaging. 

    Anti-amp Glow Technology

    Worry-free long exposure imaging! Capture images with more details and less stress on dealing with the distortions sometimes seen in long exposure imaging.

    USB 3.0 Port & ST4 Port

    USB 3.0 Port: Provides 5 GB bandwidth allowing the ZWO ASI224MC run at 64fps (12-bit, normal mode) or 150 fps (10-bit, high speed mode) at full resolution (1.2 Mega).

    ST4 Port: Connect to the autoguide port on your mount for easy guiding!

    ZWO ASI224MC CMOS Color Astronomy Camera Full Specifications: 

    • Sensor: one-third inch CMOS IMX224.
    • ROI: Supported.
    • Window: AR coated.
    • Interface: USB 3.0/ USB 2.0.
    • Adapter: 2-inch/ 1.25-inch/ M42X0.75.
    • Diameter: 62 mm.
    • Sensor Size: 4.8 mm x 3.6 mm.
  • specifications

    ADC12 bit
    Back Focus12.5 mm
    Camera ConnectionM42 x 0.75
    Color or MonoColor
    Dynamic Range12 Stops
    Free ShippingYes
    Full Rez Frame Rate150fps
    Full Well19.2ke
    Max Frame Rate577.9fps
    Mega Pixels1.3 mp
    Peak QE75%
    Pixel Array1304 x 976
    Pixel Size3.75 microns
    Read Noise3.1e
    Sensor Diagonal6.1 mm
    Sensor TypeCMOS
    SensorSony IMX224
    Weight0.26 lbs
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    United States United States
    So far, so good

    Order and service were perfect. Weather has not cooperated so my time has been spent learning rather than seeing. First light was on M42.

    United States United States
    Excellent Camera

    This is a user friendly camera. The first test images of the moon that I took came out excellent.

    Peter S.
    United States United States
    So far,

    so good. Now if I had $299.99 for a beautiful red box substituting wireless for my control and video cables, I'd be in observing heaven. Peter Schwenn

    United States United States
    Big capability in a small package

    Out of the box, loaded the driver, runs as advertised with the canned software. I now control the camera with FireCapture for better range of parameters for planetary imaging. Image wise, the electrical engineers did a good job with de-ringing the signal as I don’t see noise in the image of sharp transition in spatial/intensity objects. Now all I need is some decent seeing and for the jet stream to move north:)

    Joe D.
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    ZWO asi224mc Review

    I guess I was expecting a sharper image from this camera. I am somewhat disappointed with the images I've been getting. I was told that this was The Planetary camera to get but my DSLR actually gets sharper images.

    United States United States
    Nice Little Camera

    I was able to get some great stacked images of jupiter with this thing. I'm giving it 4 stars because I'm not a fan of the software the company that makes the camera gives you. It is free, but since that was part of the appeal of this camera for me, it was a little disappointing. Do keep in mind though that there is plenty of free and also great imaging software out there that can be used with this camera.