ZWO ASI183MC USB 3.0 CMOS Color Astronomy Camera

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The ZWO ASI183MC is a fantastic camera capable of handling all you solar and planetary imaging needs.
Our Product #: ASI183MC
ZWO Product #: ZWO ASI183MC

Product Description

Take your planetary and solar imaging a step further with the exceptional ZWO ASI183MC CMOS camera.

Fast, agile, and sensitive are all perfect descriptives of the ZWO ASI183MC.  

High-Speed and High-Picture-Quality Rolling Shutter-Type Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensors

In the astronomic application field, Sony IMX183CLK-J (monochrome) and IMX183CQJ-J (color) sensors uses a very high sensitivity back-illuminated structure with high resolution 2.4 μm square unit pixel.  The optical size is 1 inch

Astrophotography Performance

The ASI183 cameras has a very large full well capacity(15000e) for such small pixel size, 1.6e read noise @ 30DB, and 12stops dynamic range @ Gain=0. The ASI183 cameras also utilize firmware features to minimize amplifier glow for maximum performance in astrophotography.

High Speed

Fast FPS can be used in solar and lunar imaging, as well as for live viewing/EAA.The high speed readout may also be used for real-time focusing, true lucky imaging of double stars and other small objects, planetary imaging of the major planets in the solar system, and much more. It can actually hit 308 frames per second at 320 x 240 resolution.

10Bit ADC
5496×3672    19fps
3840×2160    41.04fps
1920×1080    80.10fps
1280×720      117.30fps
12bit ADC    
5496×3672    19fps
3840×2160    36.12fps
1920×1080    70.48fps
1280×720      103.23fps

High QE

Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor R technology, giving it excellent Deep Sky performance. ASI183 QE peak reaches a remarkable 84%. In Ha channel, QE is still over 60%.

Having high QE means more of the light that enters your telescope and reaches the sensor is actually used. With 84% peak Q.E. and no less than ~50% within the visible spectrum, the ASI183 will utilize a high percentage of the light that reaches it, improving your signal quality.

USB 3.0 Port & ST4 Port

USB 3.0 Port: Provide 5Gb bandwidth to make it possible for ASI183 to run at 19 fps (12bit, normal mode) or 19 fps (10bit, high speed mode)  at full resolution(20.18Mega).

ST4 Port: Can be used connect with auto guide port of mount, for guiding.

ZWO has all their information available for download on their website in a perfectly laid out section. Check it out here for software and drivers and here for manuals and guides.

One of the coolest gadgets, and a neccessity according to a majority of ZWO users, is the ASIair Plus.  It is an all-in-one wireless camera solution.  The ASIair Plus gives you control of focus, image taking, plate solving, and computerized mount control with the included SkySafari bridge all controlled by your smartdevice or tablet.  It really is pretty awesome.

Camera technical details

Sensor 1" CMOS
ADC 12 bit
Back Focus  6.5 mm
Color or Mono  Color
Cooled or Uncooled  Uncooled
Dynamic Range 12 stops
Full Resolution Frame Rate  19fps
Full Well 15ke
Mega Pixels 20.18 mp
Peak QE 84%
Pixel Array 5496 x 3672
Pixel Size 2.4 microns
Read Noise 1.6e
Sensor Diagonal  15.9 mm
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Sony 1" IMX183CQJ-J
Guide Port ST4
WIndow AR
Exposure Range 32us - 2000s
Weight 4.2 ounces

Tech Details

Normal Num Pixel High 3672
Normal Num Pixel Wide 5496
Pixel Array 20.18 mega pixels
Pixel Size 2.4
Weight 4.2 ounces
Warranty 2 years


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