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ZWO ASI2600MM PRO USB 3.0 COOLED MONOCHROME ASTRONOMY IMAGING CAMERA

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Regular Price: $2,480.00

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The ZWO ASI2600MM Pro is designed for the astro-photographer that is looking for a high-end camera using an APS-C style sensor.

Our Product #: ASI2600MMP
ZWO Product #: ZWO ASI2600MC-P
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Product Description

The ZWO ASI2600MC Pro is a high performance camera for imagers looking for an APS-C style sensor.  The back lit Sony IMX571 will provide you with a more satisfying imaging experience.

ASI2600MC Pro uses Sony’s latest back-illuminated IMX571 APS-C format native 16-bit ADC sensor. It has an ultra-high 14 stops dynamic range, ultra-low 1.0e readout noise and an innovative breakthrough resulting in zero amp-glow. It is a camera born from the appeal of astrophotography lovers.

This is a 26MP camera featuring a small pixel size of 3.76um yet also having the incredible ability of accommodating a large well depth of 50ke.

The sensor length and width are 23.5mm * 15.7mm. The diagonal is 28.3mm.

IMX571 backlit sensor:

Sony’s back-illuminated CMOS image sensor improves sensitivity and noise reduction – the key factors to enhancing image quality, while radically realigning their fundamental pixel structure from front-illumination to back-illumination. It has retained the advantages of CMOS image sensors such as low power consumption and high-speed operation.

With a conventional front-illumination structure, the metal wiring and transistors on the surface of the silicon substrate that form the sensor’s light-sensitive area (photo-diode) impede photon gathering carried out by the on-chip lens. A back-illuminated structure minimizes the degradation of sensitivity to optical angle response, while also increasing the amount of light that enters each pixel due to the lack of obstacles such as metal wiring and transistors that have been moved to the reverse of the silicon substrate.

Sony has newly developed a unique photo-diode structure and on-chip lens optimized for back-illuminated structures, that achieves a higher sensitivity and a lower random noise without light by reducing noise, dark current and defect pixels compared to the conventional front-illuminated structure.

The ASI2600MC Pro is equipped with a USB 3.0 transmission interface and a built-in 256MB DDR3 cache to ensure stable and secure data transmission. Under long exposure, it effectively avoids frame dropping and greatly reduces the glow effect caused by slow reading speed.

Anti-Dew Heater:

There is a polyimide heater completely fitting the protective window in the ASI2600MM Pro camera. It can help avoid any potential annoying dew or icing issues depending on the environment in which you capture images.

The power of the heater is around 5W. You are free to turn it off anytime in your photography software if you want to save power.

The Cooling System.

Like the ASI6200, the ASI2600MC Pro also uses two stage TEC cooling and can lower the CMOS sensor temperature to more that 35c below ambient, which can greatly reduce dark current generation and sensor noise even with extended exposure times.

The unique dark current suppression technology can even further reduce dark current noise.

At a cooling temperature of 0 °, the dark current noise is only 0.0024e/s/pix. Which means 300s exposure can only cause 0.7e dark current noise, which is completely negligible!

This is the one you will need

Please note that the camera needs to be connected to an external 11-15v power supply to implement the cooling function. We recommend you use 12V@3A DC adapter (5.5*2.1mm, center pole positive) or lithium battery with 11-15V to power the camera. 

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 Back-Illuminated CMOS
ADC 16 bit
Back Focus  17.5 mm
Color or Mono  Mono
Cooled or Uncooled  Cooled
Dynamic Range 13.9 stops
Full Resolution Frame Rate        3.51fps
Full Well 50ke
Mega Pixels 26.1 mp
Peak QE 80%
Pixel Array 6248 x 4176
Pixel Size 3.76 microns
Read Noise 3.3e
Sensor Diagonal  28.3 mm
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Sony IMX571 CMOS
Guide Port N/A
WIndow AR
Exposure Range 32us - 2000s
Weight 1.5 pounds

Tech Details

Normal Num Pixel High 4176
Normal Num Pixel Wide 6248
Pixel Array 26.1 mega pixels
Pixel Size 3.76
Weight 1.5 pounds
Warranty 2 years

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