About this product
Part Number: ASI1600MM-PRO
New 'PRO' version features a 256MB memory buffer for improved image transfer
ZWO are well known for their lunar, solar and planetary imaging cameras but this new model, with it’s large (4/3” diagonal) cooled 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.
- 4/3" 16 Megapixels CMOS Sensor
- 256MB DDR3 Memory Buffer
- Regulated two-stage Tec-Cooling: 40-45 degree below ambient temperature
- Very low read noise - 1.2e @30db gain
- 12Bit ADC - provides real 12bit dynamic range
- Electronic shutter - no issues with vibrations sometimes found in mechanical shutters
- USB3.0 Port (back compatible with USB2.0) - 14.7fps@4656x3520 124.5fps@320X240
- AR coated protective window - all light can pass
- Compatible with Windows / Mac OS / Linux
DDR Memory Buffer
ZWO Pro cameras feature a 256MB DDR3 memory buffer to help maintain data transfer stability and reduce amp-glow issues caused by the slow data transfer speed when using a USB2.0 port.
All ZWO cameras include a 2-year warranty.
Camera Field of View Simulator
The ASI1600 Pro offers very good astrophotography performance - low read noise, low dark current and high dynamic range.
Proposed QE peak value is more than 60%.
Reliable Mechanical Structure
The ASI1600 Pro uses 4 screws to seal the internal chamber - this has been fully tested and is very stable.
Even under high humidity conditions the ASI1600 performs well with no dew problems.
USB 3.0 Port & USB2.0 Hub
USB 3.0 Port: Provides 5Gb bandwidth to make it possible for the ASI1600 Pro to run at 14.7 fps (12bit, normal mode) or 19 fps (23bit, high speed mode) at full resolution (11.7Mega).
We recommend a 12V DC adapter capable of 3A~5A or more for the cooler power supply (2.1*5.5, center positive). A battery from 9-15V is also suitable for cooling power supply.
USB 2.0 HUB: Can be used to connect with various accessories, such as filter wheel, guide camera and electronic focuser, so you can manage your cables better with the USB2.0 hub. There are 2 short 0.5m USB2.0 cables supplied with the ASI1600 Pro. The hub can provide power from the external power supply if used.
The ASI1600 Pro has a 2-stage TEC cooling system to enable cooling down to 40-45°C below ambient. An external power supply is required to run the cooler which is not supplied.
- M43-T2 adapter
- EOS-T2 adapter
- 2”Filter (optional)
- 1.25” T-Mount
- 1.25” Filter (optional)
- M42-1.25” Filter (optional)
- T2 extender 11mm
- M42-M48 extender 16.5mm
- T2-T2 adapter
- EFW mini
- EOS adapter for EFW+1600
What's in the box
- ASI1600MM 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 x2
- Quick Start Guide
- 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 ||78mm Diameter |
|Weight ||410g |
|Back Focus Distance ||6.5mm |
|Cooling ||Regulated Two Stage TEC |
|Delta T ||40-45 below ambient |
|Cooler Power consumption ||12V at 2A Max |
- 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
|Average Rating (2 Reviews): |
Friday, 17 August 2018 | Adam
The build quality of the camera is good. The camera is very very low noise and its immediately apparent in the detail gathered even while framing targets using very short subs. The sensor is large for the price point but still allows for use of 1.25 inch filters. The only reason I give 4 stars and not 5 stars is the distracting micro lens diffraction pattern caused by the lack or AR coating on the integrated sensor cover glass. A problem common to other cameras using this sensor type. All in all I highly recommend the ASI1600mm pro.
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 | David
I have used a DSLR for astrophotography for years. Decided to take a leap and go for a dedicated mono cooled CCD/CMOS camera. Only tried it for moonshots so far but wow what a difference. The image quality is superb. Cant wait to try LRGB and Narrowband imaging when then skies get darker.
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