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ZWO ASI224MC 1.2 MP CMOS Color Astronomy Camera with USB 3.0 # ASI224MC

Mfg #: ASI224MC
Our Price: $249.00
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Please note: We are shipping the latest v1.3 ASI224MC camera. We do not have any old v1.2 stock of this item.

Quick Overview

  • ZWO ASI224MC advanced color astronomy camera with 1.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with 1304x976 resolution, 3.75 μm pixel size, and 6.09 mm diagonal
  • Produces single-shot color images without the need for a filter wheel and color filters
  • Ideal for capturing high-contrast and high-resolution color astronomical images of solar system objects and smaller deep-sky objects
  • Advanced Sony IMX224 sensor with Exmor technology for high-speed processing, low noise, and low power dissipation
  • Fast USB 3.0 transfer at up to 150 fps at maximum 1304x976 resolution and 299 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 cables, adapters, and manual; Software and drivers available from manufacturer's website
  • Compact body with dimension 62mm diameter and weight of only 100 g (4 oz)

Product Details

The ZWO ASI224MC is a sensitive and state-of-the-art color astronomy camera with 1.2 megapixel resolution and USB 3.0 download speed. Built around the Sony IMX224 sensor, this advanced camera has a resolution of 1304x976 with 3.75 μm pixel size. With 12-bit ADC and low read noise, this high-sensitivity camera is ideal for astronomical imaging of the Moon, planets, and Sun (with a safe solar filter), as well as smaller deep-sky objects.

Following in the footsteps of the venerable ZWO ASI120 cameras, the ASI224MC uses the advanced and highly sensitive Sony IMX224 color CMOS sensor. This sensor has a 6.09 mm diagonal and incorporates Sony's Exmor technology that enables high-speed processing, low noise, and low power dissipation using column parallel A/D.

The fast USB 3.0 interface on the camera allow transfer rates of up to 150 frames per second at full 1304x976 resolution. At reduced resolution of 640x480, download rates up to 299 fps become possible. The camera enables exposure times of 32 μs to 1000 s (16.7 minutes).

The ASI224MC 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 and helps keep images sharp. A 1/4-20 thread in the bottom of the camera makes it easy to attach the device to a camera tripod or mount, and four M4 threads along the outside edge offer additional mounting options.

The camera body features a standard T/T2 female thread (M42x0.75) so that it can be directly connected to T-threaded accessories. Included is a 1.25"-T threaded nosepiece adapter that allows you to use the camera in standard 1.25" telescope focusers. The front of the camera also has a short (8mm long) 2" barrel that can be directly inserted into 2" telescope focusers. However, we recommend that use of a 2" T threaded prime focus adapter (not included) for a more robust connection to 2" telescope focusers.

The ZWO ASI224MC color astronomy camera can be used with just about any telescope. When used for autoguiding, the camera can also work with Maxim DL or PHD when guiding with long exposures. You also get a 2-meter USB 3.0 cable and a 2-meter ST4 guider cable for use in autoguiding. A M42-threaded 1.25" nosepiece and a 1.25" cover also come with the camera. A 2.5mm all-sky lens is also included to give a 170° all-sky view when threaded into the camera.

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

  • 1.25” nosepiece
  • 2” nosepiece (optional 2” extension strongly recommended)
  • Female T/T2 thread (M42x0.75)
  • Female C/CS thread (1”x32TPI)
  • Female M28.5x0.6 thread

ZWO is phasing out software CDs, but the ASI224MC astronomy camera comes with instructions to help you download the required control software and drivers directly from the ZWO website. 

Camera Technical Details

  • Resolution: 1.2Mega Pixels 1304X976
  • Pixel Size: 3.75µm
  • Sensor Size: 4.8mm*3.6mm
  • Diagonal: 6.09mm
  • Exposure Range: 32µs-1000s
  • ROI: Supported
  • Binning: 2×2 binning supported
  • Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5mm
  • Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
  • Protect window: AR coated window
  • Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux
  • Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
  • Bit rate: 12bit output(12bit ADC)
  • Telescope connection: 2" nosepiece / 1.25" nosepiece / M42X0.75 female T thread
  • Dimensions: 62 mm Diameter
  • Weight:100g

Supported Resolutions

  • 1304×976 150fps / 64fps
  • 1280×960 152.4fps / 65fps
  • 800×600 241.2fps / 102.9fps
  • 640×480 299.4fps / 127.6fps
  • 320×240 577.9fps / 256.4fps
  • More resolutions can be user defined

 What's in the Box

  1. ZWO ASI224MC Camera Body with All-Sky Lens
  2. 2m ST4 guider cable
  3. 1.25″ Cover
  4. M42-1.25″ T-Mount
  5. 2m USB3.0 cable
  6. Instructions for downloading drivers and software from ZWO website

Manufacturer Part Number: ASI224MC

Product carries a 1 year manufacturer warranty against mechanical defects (within USA only).

Other Information

  • Country of Manufacture: China