About this product
Part Number: ASI1600MC
ZWO are well known for their lunar, solar and planetary imaging cameras but this new model, with it’s large (4/3” diagonal) sensor, is aimed at deep-sky imagers.
It is the shift from CCD to CMOS that most interests us.
Imaging with CMOS will probably require a different approach, tests suggest more frames / shorter exposures work better than less frames / longer exposures. This takes advantage of the CMOS sensor's very low read noise and stacking more frames suits the type of data CMOS sensors produce (12 or 14-bit, rather than the 16-bit we are used to).
From a practical point of view the ASI1600’s large sensor means those using 1.25” filters will need to mount them as close to the sensor as possible. Flat frames can be used to even out uneven illumination at the frame edges.
Includes an M42 extender ring, when removed shortens the back focus distance to only 6.5mm.
All ZWO cameras include a 2-year warranty.
Camera Field of View Simulator
Optical Window Transmission
This ZWO colour cameras features a UV IR-cut off filter as an optical window, the transmission chart of this is shown below.
ASI1600MC relative QE Curve
What's in the box
- ASI1600MC Camera
- M42-2" Nosepiece Adapter
- 2" Cap
- 2-metre USB 3.0 Cable
- 2-metre ST-4 Cable
- Driver CD
|Sensor ||4/3″ CMOS |
|Diagonal ||21.9mm |
|Resolution ||16Mega Pixels 4656×3520 |
|Pixel Size ||3.8µm |
|Max FPS at full resolution ||23FPS |
|Exposure Range ||32µs-2000s |
|Read Noise ||1.2e @30db gain |
|QE peak ||TBD |
|Full well ||20ke |
|ADC ||12bit |
|Interface ||USB3.0/USB2.0 |
|Adaptor ||2″ / 1.25″ / M42X0.75 |
|Protect window ||AR window |
|Dimensions ||φ62mm X 41mm |
|Weight ||140g |
|Back Focus Distance ||6.5mm |
|Working Temperature ||-5°C—45°C |
|Storage Temperature ||-20°C—60°C |
|Working Relative Humidity ||20%—80% |
|Storage Relative Humidity ||20%—95% |
- 4656×3520 14.7fps
- 3840×2160 23.1fps
- 1920×1680 32.9fps
- 1280×960 47.1fps
- 640×480 80.4fps
- 320×240 124.4fps
- 4656×3520 23fps
- 3840×2160 36.2fps
- 1920×1680 57.7fps
- 1280×960 73.6fps
- 640×480 125.7fps
- 320×240 192.4fps
Additional resolutions can be user defined.
Downloads / Manuals
The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:
ZWO ASI Camera User Manual v1.3 (PDF)
ZWO ASI USB2.0 Camera FAQ v1.0 (PDF)
ZWO ASI USB2.0 Camera Troubleshooting v1.0 (PDF)
ZWO Software and Drivers
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