ZWO ASI290MC-COOL Cooled Colour CCD Camera

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Product Code: ASI290MC-COOL


An excellent all-purpose camera with small pixel size, high frame rate and low readout noise.

This camera offers a back-illuminated Sony CMOS sensor camera at a very reasonable price. This technology combines the excellent noise-reduction characteristics of a CMOS sensor with the high light sensitivity of a CCD chip. Technically, 'back illuminated' means that the wiring of the pixels is carried on the surface of the sensor facing away from the incident light. This results in no shadowing on the active area. The advantage is high sensitivity that makes even the uncooled models from this series suitable for deep sky astrophotography.

Other features

  • extremely adaptable - the distance from the T2 thread to the sensor is 12.5 millimetres
  • high sensitivity in H-alpha and near infrared. An IR blocking filter should be used if this is not required.
  • large sensor for beautiful high-resolution, wide-view images - thanks to small pixel size.

Supported resolutions and frame rates (fps = frames per second):

USB2.0:

  • 1936×1096: 20.4fps
  • 1280×960: 35.3fps
  • 640×480: 141.5fps
  • 320×240: 355.9fps
  • 2X2Bin: 968×548: 20.4fps

USB3.0 12Bit ADC:

  • 1936×1096: 82.2fps
  • 1280×960: 93.6fps
  • 640×480: 184fps
  • 320×240: 355.9fps
  • 2X2Bin :968×548: 82.2fps

In addition to the camera and the adapters, a USB cable, an ST4 auto-guider cable and a CD with drivers for PC, Mac, Linux are also included.

Colour or mono? Black and white cameras have the advantage of higher sensitivity and resolution than colour cameras. However, more effort is required to obtain a colour image. You also need colour filters and a filter wheel

Software and drivers are available for free download on the manufacturer's website: software drivers

Cooled ZWO ASI cameras need a 12V power supply, If you don’t have one, please check the recommended accessories for a suitable power adapter.

SPECIFICATIONS

Capacity




Sensor type


CMOS Chip (Sony IMX290)
Megapixel


2,13
Resolution Photograph (Pixel)


1936x1096
Pixel size


2,9
Interfaces


USB 3.0
Bit depth (Bit)


14
Active cooling


yes
Connection (to the telescope)


1,25" & T2
Colour camera


yes
Max. exposure time (min)


30
Min. exposure time


32 µs
Images per second


170
Supported operating systems
Mac, Windows, Linux
Reading noise


1,0
Max. cooling difference below room temperature
40
Power supply
12
Amperage (A)
2
Chip - Diagonal (mm)
6,4
Size of chip (mm)


5,6 x 3,1

Special features


Infrared filters
no

Equipment


Filter wheel


no

General


Weight (g)
410
Series
ASI 290
Diameter (mm)
78
Length (mm)
86
Outer material
Aluminium

Area of application




AllSky, Meteore
no
Autoguider
yes
Moon & Planets
yes
Nebulae & galaxies

Reduced to Clear - this camera has been discontinued by the manufacturer.  We have just one of these brand new cameras remaining.