ZWO ASI 178MC Colour Astronomy Camera
Featuring a brand new back-illuminated CMOS Image Sensor from Sony.
ZWO’s ASI 178MC has a high resolution 6.4 Mega pixel sensor (IMX178) with SONY STARVIS and Exmor R Technology.
Extremely low read noise (2.2 e), high sensitivity and 14bit ADC make it ideal for revealing fine, faint detail in both astronomy and microscopy.
Supplied with a 2.5mm all sky lens which can provide close to a 170° view of the sky.
ZWO ASI178MC – A 6.1 mega pixel astronomy camera suitable for more than just the planets!
||1/1.8” CMOS IMX178
||6.4 Mega Pixels 3096 x 2080
||14 bit output (14bit ADC)
||2″ / 1.25″ / M42X0.75
||2.2e @ zero gain
||φ62mm X 36mm
||120g (without lens)
ZWO ASI290MC with Sony Starvis and Exmor R Technology
ZWO ASI178MC uses the latest technology Sony ICX178 CMOS sensor. It features Sony’s Starvis Exmor R back illuminated design.Conventional CCD or CMOS sensors are front illuminated meaning the pixel matrix and associated wiring are in front of the photocathode layer and block much of the incoming light.
Back illuminated sensors reverse this architecture with the light sensitive photocathode layer at the front of the chip and the circuitry for reading the sensor behind this layer. The benefit is far greater sensitivity for low light applications such as astronomy and microscopy.
This sensitivity coupled with exceptionally low read noise is a winning combination if you are looking for a great beginner’s camera – use it for solar system imaging, basic deep sky imaging or as an autoguider.
Included 2.5mm Fish-eye lens
A major bonus is the inclusion of a nearly 170º wide angle lens attachment allowing you to use the ZWO ASI178MC even without a telescope! When connected to the camera, you can do super wide angle shots similar to that produced by an all-sky camera. Capture images of the Milky Way stretched overhead, or record satellite passes or bright meteors as they flash overhead.