ZWO ASI071MC 16.2 MP CMOS Color Astronomy Camera with USB 3.0 - Cooled # ASI071MC-COOL

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ZWO ASI071MC 16.2 MP CMOS Color Astronomy Camera with USB 3.0 - Cooled # ASI071MC-COOL

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  • ZWO ASI071MC-COOL advanced color astronomy camera with Sony Exmor IMX071 16.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with 4928x3264 resolution and 4.8 μm pixel size (sensor size 23.6mm X 15.7mm overall)
  • Low read noise of 2.3-3.3e and a full well capacity of 46ke.
  • Integrated two-stage TEC cooling reduces sensor temperature to 35C to 40C below ambient to keep noise low to enable imaging of faint deep-sky objects
  • Ideal for capturing wide field and high-resolution color astronomical images of deep-sky objects, and works well for solar-system imaging as well
  • Fast USB 3.0 transfer at up to 10 fps at maximum 4928x3264 resolution and 70 fps at 640x480; interface is backward compatible to USB 2.0
  • Attractive red anodized CNC aluminum body stands up to heavy field use
  • Ready to go out of the box with software, cables, adapters, and manual
  • Compact body with 78mm diameter and weight of only 500 g (17.7 oz)

Product Details

Based on the same large CMOS sensor used in many commercial DSLR systems, the ZWO ASI071MC-COOL is a color astronomy camera designed for deep-sky, lunar/solar, and planetary imaging. At the heart of the camera lies the Sony Exmor IMX071 ASP-C sensor with 16.2 megapixels, a resolution of 4928x3264, large 4.8 μm pixels, and low read noise. With regulated two-stage TEC cooling, this camera can cool the sensor to 35C to 40C below ambient to keep noise in your images to a minimum.

The fast USB 3.0 interface on the ASI071MC-COOL allow transfer rates of up to 10 frames per second at full 4928x3264 resolution. At reduced resolution of 640x480, download rates up to 70 fps become possible. The camera enables exposure times of 64 μs to 2000 s (33.3 minutes).

On the camera body, next to the USB2.0 hub and the USB3.0 input, a 2.1mm center-positive connector provides an input for the cooler power supply (not included). From the supply, the camera requires 12VDC @ 2A maximum. A Cooler Power LED shows when the cooler has sufficient power. There’s also a large built-in heat sink which accounts for nearly 2/3 of the camera's size. At the top of the camera, an advanced and efficient MagLev fan removes heat from the TEC and control electronics while keeping acoustic noise low.

The ASI071MC-COOL has a robust and attractive CNC machined red-anodized aluminum body that stands up to heavy field use. A clear, heated IR-cut glass window protects the sensor and helps keep images sharp. The camera body includes a standard internal T thread (M42x0.75) interface on top for adapters. The M42 adapter can be removed to reduce back focus to just 17.5mm.

The ZWO ASI071MC-COOL color astronomy camera can be used with just about any telescope. It comes with everything you need to get started including a CD with user manual, Windows camera driver, ASCOM driver, SharpCap Image Capturing software, FireCapture Image Capturing software, and Stakkert 2 Stacking software. You also get a 2-meter USB 3.0 cable and two short USB2.0 cables. A M42-threaded 1.25” nosepiece, M42-M42 21mm extender, M42-M48 16.5mm extender, M42-M48 adapter, and a 2" cover also come with the camera.

Additional Information:

  • 14 bit ADC: provide real 14 bit dynamic range
  • Electronic shutter: no vibration problem with mechanical shutter
  • AR coated protection window: all light can pass
  • Controllable anti-dew protection window heater: you can turn it off to save power
  • External desiccant tube design: no need to open camera

What's in the Box?

  • ZWO ASI071MC-COOL Camera Body
  • M42-M42 21mm extender
  • M42-M48 16.5mm extender
  • M42-1.25" nose piece
  • M42-M48 adapter
  • 2" Cover
  • 2m long USB 3.0 cable
  • USB 2.0 short cable x2. They can be used to connect your EFW or guider camera through the USB2.0 hub.
  • Backup desiccant tablets packet. You need to use them with desiccant tube once you find fogging happen inside camera.
  • Desiccant tube
  • Driver & Extra Software CD (Mac, PC & Linux Compatible)

Useful Resources

This camera requires the newest version of the following software:

  • SharpCap V2.8.2325 and up
  • Firecapture V2.5.03 and up