Review of the original ZWO ASiair:
"The ASIair is lightweight and compact, and designed to be fitted on or near to your telescope with hook and loop pads. With so many useful features it is difficult to accurately describe its functions in just a few words, but basically it is a stand-alone computer that can control ZWO cameras and a filter wheel, provide Wi-Fi connectivity to a mount, and auto-guiding.
Not only is the ASIair unit itself nicely made, the app that controls it is slick, well designed, and simple to use. Astronomy software can become complicated and having to navigate overly technical applications in the dark with cold hands is fairly daunting.
This app is a pleasure to use and provides almost everything you need to know on one screen, including image progress, guiding graph and image preview. There's a histogram stretch, to give an idea of how much faint signal the camera is collecting. Colour images can be debayered - where colour filters are adjusted - while you are on the move." Tim Jardine writing for BBC Sky @ Night Magazine
About this product
Part Number: ZWO-ASIAIR-PLUS
This new 3rd generation ASIAIR Plus is a significant upgrade to the hugely popular ASIAIR PRO.
New features include:
- Power input / outputs - DC 12v @ 5A (min voltage 11.5V, max current 6A). 4x 12v / 3A DC output ports, 2.1*5.5mm centre positive.
- eMMC Storage - 32GB with I/O up top 2.5x Faster TF card with 20GB free (additional USB drives can also be used as required).
- Improved Mounting - A redesigned case makes the ASIAIR PLUS easier to mount using your scopes dovetail bar.
- New CNC Aluminium Case - New metal case is much stronger and better at dissipating heat with minimal impact on WiFi signal.
- Pro Software Features - Live stacking, automated meridian flip and more features in development!
- Built In Wifi Antenna - Greatly increased wifi signal strength and range up to 20m
- More Portable Than Ever - 24% thinner and 13% lighter
- Gigabit Ethernet Port
Astrophotography without a PC or laptop!
ASIAIR PLUS is a smart WiFi device. It is equipped with a lightweight power management module, ample USB interfaces, and multiple dovetail mounting methods.
With the rich features of the ASIAIR App, the whole procedure from device integration to image capture runs particularly smooth.
ASIAIR PLUS is the third generation of ZWO that has been continuously improved and newly designed since the first generation of ASIAIR was released in July 2018.
Please note - the ASIair PLUS does not include a power supply or power cable so please contact us for advice if you do not already have something suitable.
1. Excellent craftsmanship, strong tactile appeal
Superb craftsmanship with a strong tactile appeal ASIAIR PRO shell is made out of Aluminium and processed by CNC tech. After the surface is anodised, it not only protects the shell well, but also has a comfortable feel. The size of the whole machine is 92 x 67 x 35 mm, making its size and weight excellent, which can be easily grasped by hand.
2. Unique look and easy installation
The slot/port position of ASIAIR PRO is nice and symmetrical, with M4 and 1/4 inch openings on the bottom and the side. With the use of the dovetail, the installation and removal become easy. The whole machine adopts bright vibrant Ferrari red tones, and the front is painted with laser star maps of the constellation Ursa Minor and Ursa Major, which is very beautiful.
3. Integrated power management, more storage space
ASIAIR PRO is equipped with a lightweight power management module. There are four DC 5.5 x 2.1 mm power outputs on the side of the body, one DSLR shutter release port, two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports each. The power supply is stable and reliable, the interface is rich and diverse, and the wiring is easy and orderly. It also comes with 20 GB of free storage (additional USB drives can also be used as required).
4. Enhanced Wifi
Included with the ASIAIR Plus is a built-in WiFi antenna. When compared to earlier versions of the ASIAIR, the Plus version's antenna has an increased signal, making the connection between your device and the ASIAIR Plus more stable. This also enables the signal range to be wider. With the inclusion of the antenna, you will ultimately see a stronger WiFi signal and faster communication.
This small device can totally replace your computer or a mount hand controller. With the wireless technology, you can even control your astrophotography gear from inside! The 2.4G/5G Dual-band WiFi network has a working range of up to 20m.
ZWO has designed the ASIAIR Plus so that it may also be hardwired via an Ethernet cable to your home's WiFi router. This allows you to access the device anywhere within your router's WiFi range. There is no VNC or remote desktop; the ASIAIR is able to handle all tasks needed for DSO imaging. These include Preview, Plate Solving, Focus, Polar Align, Guiding, Autorun, Plan (multi-target), Video (Planetary Imaging, Live Stacking, and more!
5. Ports and Outputs
ZWO has also added indicators for the four DC-12V outputs to the body ASIAIR Plus. These indicators, along with a function in the ASIAIR app, allows you to check the power status easily, and you are able to monitor power consumption in real-time. You can find the app in all major app stores. The ZWO ASIAIR Plus also comes with two USB2.0 ports and two USB3.0 ports that will allow you to connect your ASIAIR device to your camera, mount, ZWO EAF, and more. Please make sure to check power requirements for any device you plan to connect.
Also included are a gigabit Ethernet port and DSLR Shutter Release cable receptacle. The Type-C USB port allows for connection to a laptop for exporting files from internal storage and the TF card. This connection allows for the transfer of data, eliminating the need to pull out the SD card and the use of a card reader. Please note that a USB-C to USB-A cable is required, but not included. The ASIAIR Plus also supports external TF cards and USB drives for upgradable storage capacity. The storage capacity is recommended to be 512GB and 1TB maximum. It currently supports three file system formats: NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT.
6. Recover Mode and eMMC
ZWO has included a Recovery Mode where the system will detect faults and recover itself if the ASIAIR Plus cannot boot up. Additionally, this version of the ASIAIR has been redesigned with eMMC storage; there is 32GB of storage space and 20GB free space storage for saving images and videos. With the eMMC, the ASIAIR Plus' I/O speed is up to 2.5x faster than the ASIAIR Pro.eMMC Features
- Avg. Read Speed: 85MB/s
- Avg. Write Speed: 52MB/s
- Storage Space: 32GB
- Free Space: 20GB
- Super System Stability: Reset Firmware and Auto Recovery
ASIAIR supports both iOS and Android systems.
1. Simple APP interface, as easy as 1, 2, 3.
2. Accurate focus: After the rough focus is completed, select one star, then accurate focusing can be done through curves such as brightness and HFD. It can also be completed with ZWO EAF by remote control.
3. Polar Alignment: Based on the powerful plate-solving function, you can finish arc-second polar axis alignment only within few minutes.
4. Accurate GoTo: With the rich celestial object database, precise GoTo can be achieved after selecting the target.
5. Stable guiding: Independent and stable guiding can be achieved without the PC.
6. Preview mode: You can see the image of the target directly under ‘Preview’.
7. Autorun: Set the target and configure the schedule, ASIAIR will execute the imaging sequence automatically.
8. Live Stacking: You can see the stacked image (lower noise with calibration frames) of the target directly while capturing.
ASIAIR PRO is a smart WiFi device that allows you to control all ASI USB 3.0 cameras, ASI Mini series cameras, and Mainstream DSLR cameras. (It can not support ASI120MM/MC camera)
1. Some DSLR cameras have a 30-second exposure limit, which requires an external shutter release cable to ASIAIR PRO.
2. The items with an exclamation mark in the table above have not been verified by actual tests and will be continuously updated in the future.
We have also been working closely with major manufacturers to complete bringing in the match of iOptron, Vixen, Rainbow, Avalon, Explore Scientific and other models (including some new models). For now, the ASIAIR PRO is able to support hundreds of equatorial mounts from more than 20 manufacturers worldwide. For details, please refer to the “ASIAIR PRO User Manual”.
What's in the box
|Average Rating (14 Reviews): |
Thursday, 24 November 2022 | Alan
I'm new to astronomy/astrophotography and found the ASIAIR PLUS during a period of frustration when trying to execute a session, which then became a massive problem-solving exercise with nothing to show for it. Naturally due to the British weather, I've not used it to image as yet, although everything connected to it works flawlessly and its easy to navigate with plenty of YouTube tutorials online. Definitely recommended if you want to massively streamline your workflow. FLO have been excellent as always!
Quick delivery too many clouds
Wednesday, 23 November 2022 | Philip
Was lucky enough to pick one of these up when stock arrived at FLO, got it all set up and tested, easily installed app on my old IPad, but then discovered that it has limited RAM so the star atlas doesn't work, after protracted installs on my new IPad I actually also got access to the star atlas, so worth noting that whichever device you use needs enough RAM (don't mistake this for storage memory). When the clouds clear I will give the ASIAir a try but am hopeful. I have interconnected mine through a "Pegasus Astro Advanced", but also have tried it as the main device with the EAF/Guidecam/Main Cam directly connected without any problems. Here's to clear skies.
Thursday, 27 October 2022 | Steven
Excellent. Nothing more to say about the item or the FLO service provided.
Friday, 7 October 2022 | Paul
I have been using the version 1 ASIAIR for a few years now, and it has proven invaluable for deep sky imaging. The benefits of the ASIAIR are well documented, and I thought it was time to upgrade to the Plus version. Luckily the clouds predicted on the FLO box did not materialise, and I was able to quickly attach and set up the Plus. Familiarity with the original ASIAIR helped a lot of course, but the most obvious benefit was the WiFi range which enabled me to keep an eye on things from indoors without dropping the connection. Another reason that I upgraded was for the video feature for lunar/planetary imaging but I have not had a chance to try that yet. Unfortunately the ASIAIR seems permanently out of stock, which must show how good it is. I had to wait about a month for mine, do not hesitate to order from FLO it is well worth the wait.
ASIAIR Plus - fantastic piece of kit
Friday, 7 October 2022 | Graham
I'm glad I started astrophotography the hard way, with long trailing fast USB cables from the telescope and cameras into the house via an open window. Then, using ASIStudio to make a plan and execute it, only to frequently find that some frames had star trails due to the weight of the cables. The AISAIR Plus has revolutionised the process, so I can start the whole process wirelessly from indoors. Not only that, the Plus checks that it has found the object of interest via seamlessly carrying out a plate-solve at the initial go-to, then adjusting the pointing if required. An amazing system.
Also, as usual, fantastic service from First Light Optics. When I ordered the Plus, it was out of stock, but in a couple of weeks it turned up at my door.
Best place to buy Astrophotography equipment
Friday, 1 July 2022 | Msaaed
Excellent product for astrophotography and easy to use I will buy another one love it.
Easy Five Star for the Best service and quick response.
First light Optics is the Best place to buy Astrophotography equipment.
Tuesday, 28 June 2022 | Tom
I upgraded from an ASIAIR Pro. Foremost because of the Wi-Fi. Which thankfully is much better and I can now comfortably control the ASIAIR Plus from my kitchen. Itís only 5 meters away but that was too much for the Pro. The benefit of the faster eMMC and I/O is a bonus. I donít have hard numbers but Iíd imagine that would make for an improved frame rate for planetary and lunar imaging.
Monday, 30 May 2022 | Attila
If you reading these reviews because you are not sure if it's worth the money or if it's good enough, i can tell you right now that this thing is AMAZING! JUST BUY IT!!!! You gonna love it! I just switched on, then connected to my home wifi and booom... i can control everithing from my pc or my phone from anywhere in my house. Ah and the telescope is like 20-25 meters far from the router in the back garden!
Tuesday, 22 March 2022 | Jari
Thanks to FLO and their excellent customer service I got a notification that the Asiair Plus is finally in stock. I ordered one immediately and received the unit couple of days later. Absolutely fantastic piece of kit. I tested my new telescope setup first time with the Asiar Plus. Sky Watcher HEQ5 mount, RedCat 71 telescope, ZWO 2" five position filter wheel and ZWO ASI6200MM Pro (Mono) camera. The setup was easy, easiest polar alignment ever! Weather permitting I will try autoguiding tonight.
Monday, 21 March 2022 | Roger
It does do everything that everyone says it does. I was trying to think of a good analogy of just how amazing this is. Imagine only ever knowing what itís like to drive a Mk1 Reliant Robin, which every time you try to go anywhere in it there is always something wrong that you have to fix before you set off. And itís a different problem each time! Then half the time it breaks down before you arrive. Then suddenly you switch to a brand new Tesla! It really is that much of a step change. I used to run two laptops, both now mothballed. No more trying to focus on something you canít see whilst trying to get it centred, this takes you right to the object, each time, every time and itís bang on. This is without doubt the best thing I have ever bought to aid photography. I can now do in 15 mins what used to take me hours!
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