ZWO ASI1600MC Pro 16 MP CMOS Color Astronomy Camera with USB 3.0 # ASI1600MC-P

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ZWO ASI1600MC Pro 16 MP CMOS Color Astronomy Camera with USB 3.0 # ASI1600MC-P

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Quick Overview

  • ZWO ASI1600MC-Pro one-shot color astronomy camera with 16 megapixel 4/3” CMOS sensor with 4656x3520 resolution, 3.8μm pixel size, and 21.9mm diagonal
  • 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 (cooler power supply not included)
  • 256MB DDR3 buffer for quick and stable data transfer and reduced amp glow
  • Ideal for capturing wide field and high-resolution images of deep-sky objects, and for solar-system imaging with longer focal lengths
  • Fast USB 3.0 transfer at up to 14.7 fps at maximum 4656x3520 resolution (12-bit ADC) and 125 fps at 640x480 (10-bit ADC); 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 cables, adapters, and manual; Software and drivers available from manufacturer's website
  • Compact body with 78mm diameter and weight of only 410 g (14.6 oz)

Product Details

ZWO’s 16 Megapixel Color Astronomy Camera

The ZWO ASI1600MC-Pro is built around a 16 megapixel color CMOS 4/3" sensor to enable serious imagers to capture wide-field vistas of deep-sky objects like nebulae, galaxies, and supernova remnants. This advanced one-shot color astronomy camera has a resolution of 4656x3520 with 3.8 μm pixels and a 21.9 mm diagonal. The ASI1600MC-Pro color astronomy camera is a new milestone for deep-sky imagers and comes at a fraction of the cost of far more expensive CCD cameras. And with regulated two-stage TEC cooling, this camera can cool the sensor up to 40C below ambient to keep noise low.

The fast USB3.0 interface on the ASI1600MC-Pro allow transfer rates of up to 14.7 frames per second at full 4656x3520 resolution at full 12-bit ADC. At reduced resolution of 640x480, download rates up to 80 fps become possible. The camera enables exposure times of 32μs to 2000s (33.3 minutes).

DDR3 Memory Buffer and Fast Data Transfer

The ‘Pro’ designation of the camera comes from its internal 256MB DDR3 buffer for quick and stable data transfer and reduced amp glow.

TEC Sensor Cooling and USB3.0 Data Ports and USB2.0 Hub

The TEC cooler is powered through a 2.1mm center-positive connector provides an input for the cooler power supply (not included). From the supply, the camera requires 12VDC @ 3A maximum.

The ASI1600MC-Pro incorporates also a USB2.0 hub for powering accessories such as a guide camera and electronic focuser.

The ASI1600MC-Pro has a robust and attractive CNC machined red-anodized aluminum body that stands up to heavy field use. An AR-coated glass window protects the sensor. The camera also includes a new front plate that uses 4 screws to seal the sensor to reduce the effects of dew or frost.

The ZWO ASI1600MC-Pro color astronomy camera can be used with just about any telescope. It comes with a padded carrying bag, M42-M48 adapter, M54-M48 21mm extender and M48-M48 16.5mm extender, 1.25” cover and nosepiece, USB3.0 and USB2.0 cables, and a quick-start guide.

This camera can be configured with the following connections for attachment to telescopes and imaging accessories:

  • 1.25” nosepiece
  • 2” nosepiece
  • Female T/T2 thread (M42x0.75)
  • Male T/T2 thread (M42x0.75)
  • Female M48x0.75 thread
  • Female M28.5x0.6 thread

The camera has a diameter of 78mm and weighs 410 grams (14.6oz).

ZWO is phasing out software CDs, but the camera comes with instructions to help you download the required control software and drivers directly from the ZWO website.


  • Sensor: 4/3″ CMOS
  • Diagonal: 21.9mm
  • Resolution: 16Mega Pixels 4656×3520
  • Pixel Size: 3.8µm
  • Max FPS at full resolution :23FPS
  • Shutter: Rolling shutter
  • Exposure Range: 32µs-2000s
  • Read Noise: 1.2e @30db gain
  • QE peak: 60%
  • Full well: 20ke
  • ADC:12bit
  • DDRIII Buffer: 256MB
  • 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°C-45°C below ambient
  • Cooler Power consumption: 12V at 2A Max
  • Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
  • Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
  • Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%

Supported resolutions:

12Bit ADC

  • 4656×3520 14.7fps
  • 3840×2160 23.1fps
  • 1920×1680 32.9fps
  • 1280×960 47.1fps
  • 640×480 80.4fps
  • 320×240 124.4fps

10Bit ADC

  • 4656×3520 23fps
  • 3840×2160 36.2fps
  • 1920×1680 57.7fps
  • 1280×960 73.6fps
  • 640×480 125.7fps
  • 320×240 192.4fps

More resolutions can be user defined

What's in the Box

  • Camera Body
  • Camera Bag
  • Quick Guide
  • 21mm Extender
  • T2-M48 16.5mm Extender
  • 1.25" Nosepiece
  • 1.25" Cover
  • M42-M48 Adapter
  • 2x 0.5m USB 2.0 Cable
  • T2-1.25" Adapter
  • 2x Spacer
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Instructions for downloading drivers and software from ZWO website