ZWO ASI385MC 2.12 MP CMOS Color Astronomy Camera with USB 3.0 # ASI385MC

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ZWO ASI385MC 2.12 MP CMOS Color Astronomy Camera with USB 3.0 # ASI385MC

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Quick Overview

  • ZWO ASI385MC color astronomy camera uses highly sensitive Sony IMX385LQR CMOS 2.13 megapixel sensor
  • High 1936x1096 resolution and 3.75-micron pixel size is ideal for imaging solar system objects
  • Reduced amp glow for imaging smaller deep-sky objects and for electronically-assisted astronomy (EAA)
  • Fast USB3.0 transfer at up to 120fps (in 10-bit ADC high-speed mode) and 67fps (in 12-bit ADC normal mode)
  • Attractive red anodized CNC aluminum body stands up to heavy field use
  • Compact body with 62mm diameter and weight of only 120 g (4.2 oz)
  • Ready to go out of the box with cables, adapters, and manual; Software and drivers available from manufacturer's website

Product Details

ZWO ASI385MC Astronomy Camera for Solar-System and Deep-Sky Imaging

The ZWO ASI385MC color astronomy camera is built around Sony’s high-sensitivity IMX385LQR CMOS sensor. With a resolution of 2.13 megapixels, this one-shot color camera is ideal for capturing images of planets, the Moon and Sun. The reduced amp glow of this camera also makes it ideal for capturing images of smaller deep-sky objects and for electronically-assisted astronomy (EAA) applications.

The ASI385MC has twice the sensitivity of the ZWO ASI185MC camera. It also has a larger sensor than the ZWO ASI224MC camera, which means it can image a wider field of view for a given focal length, but it retains the same small 3.75-micron pixel size for high resolution.  The 7.3mm x 4.1mm sensor (1/1.9”) has a resolution of 1936x1096, a read noise of 0.7e and a full well capacity of 18,700e to allow imaging of a wide range of celestial objects with low noise and minimal pixel saturation.

The ASI385MC uses a USB3.0 port for fast data transfer, a critical feature for getting sharp images of fast-rotating planets. At full 1936x1096 resolution, the camera captures data as fast as 120fps (in 10-bit ADC high speed mode) or 67fps (in 12-bit ADC normal mode). It also includes an ST4 port if you want to use the camera as an autoguider.

The uncooled ZWO ASI385MC camera comes with an AR-coated window to protect the sensor. It also includes an ST-4 cable, USB3.0 cable, 1.25” cover, 1.25” nosepiece, and a quick-start guide. The camera weighs just 120g (4.2oz) and has a diameter of 62mm.

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 ASI385MC astronomy camera comes with instructions to help you download the required control software and drivers directly from the ZWO website. 

Camera Technical Details

  • Sensor: 1/2″ CMOS IMX385
  • Diagonal: 8.35mm
  • Resolution: 2.12Mega Pixels 1936×1096
  • Pixel Size: 3.75µm
  • Exposure Range: 32µs-2000s
  • ROI: Supported
  • ST4 Guider Port: Yes
  • 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)
  • Adaptor: 2″ / 1.25″ / M42X0.75
  • Dimension: φ62mm X 36mm
  • Weight: 120g or 4.2 ounces (without lens)
  • Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
  • Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
  • Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%

Supported Resolutions

10bit ADC

  • 1936×1096 120fps

12bit ADC

  • 1936×1096 67fps

More resolutions can be defined by user

 What's in the Box

  • Camera Body
  • Quick Guide
  • ST4 Cable
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • 1.25" Cover
  • 1.25" Nosepiece
  • Instructions for downloading drivers and software from ZWO website

Manufacturer Part Number: ASI385MC

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