About this product
Part Number: ASI533MC-P
Features Sony's highly sensitive 9MP IMX533 sensor, 2-stage TEC cooling and no Amp Glow!
The ASI533MC PRO features SONY’s latest back illuminated IMX533 sensor, with a square (15.97mm diagonal) 9.07MP sensor that is ideal for astronomical photography needs and can be considered as the latest iteration of the venerable ASI183MC Pro.
As you would expect this latest generation camera not only retains key features of the ASI183 series such as an attractive QE figure, high frame rate along with other excellent characteristics of the ASI183 cameras, but also now includes new and improved features such as zero amp glow, extreme low read out noise (as low as 1.0e), 3.76 microns pixel size and an improved 2 stage TEC cooler giving enhanced cooling capabilities.
The IMX533 is a 9MP CMOS image sensor with a square format and 3.76 um pixel size, capable of producing frames at 20 frames/sec in 14bit mode.
Read out noise is as low as 1.0e which makes it comparable to SCMOS or EMCCD sensors and highly suitable for high definition, low noise imaging.
All ZWO cameras include a 2-year warranty.
- Sony IMX533 Sensor
- 256MB DDR3 Memory Buffer
- Zero Amp Glow!
- Regulated two-stage Tec-Cooling: 35 degree below ambient temperature
- Extremely low read noise - 1.0-3.8e
- 14Bit ADC - provides real 14bit dynamic range
- Electronic shutter - no issues with vibrations sometimes found in mechanical shutters
- USB3.0 Port (back compatible with USB2.0) - 20fps@3008x3008
- AR coated protective window - all light can pass
- Compatible with Windows / Mac OS / Linux
IMX533 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 minimises 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 optimised 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.
DDR Memory Buffer
ZWO Pro cameras feature a 256MB DDR3 memory buffer to enable data transfer stability and reduced amp-glow caused by the slow data transfer speed when using a USB2.0 port.
Camera Field of View Simulator
Low read-out noise, high dynamic range.
We suppose the QE peak value is more than 80%.
Zero Amp Glow
Traditional CMOS sensors produce a weak infrared light source during operation quite often seen in the corner of uncalibrated images as the tell tale signs of ‘amp glow’. As the ASI533MC PRO uses zero amp glow circuitry, you won’t have to worry about amp glow even when using high gain, long exposure imaging.
With amp glow – exposure 300 second exposure:
ASI553 frame with no amp glow – Exposure 300 seconds:
ASI533MC Pro – ASI183MC Pro Comparison
What's in the box
- ASI533MC-Pro Camera
- Soft Padded Case
- T2-1.25" Nosepiece Adapter
- 1.25" Cap
- 2-metre USB 3.0 Cable
- USB 2.0 Short Cable x2
- T2-1.25" Adapter
- T2 Extender 21mm
- T2-M48 16.5mm Extender
- M42-M48 Adapter
- Spacers x3
Downloads / Manuals
The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:
ZWO Software and Drivers
|Average Rating (1 Review): |First light of my ZWO ASI 533MC-PRO USB 3.0 Cooled Colour Camera from First light Optics
Friday, 8 May 2020 | Peter
I bought this camera to use with my 14" Celestron Edge, in conjunction with a HyperStar. It has the outside diameter and optical resolution that meets the geometry of the system. Last night was the first opportunity to use it and it worked faultlessly. I am very impressed with its performance.
Whilst writing, I want to congratulate First Light Optics and their staff for their customer service during this difficult time. Their response to enquiries and performance on delivery are second to none!
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