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ZWO ASI178-COOL USB3.0 COOLED Back-Illuminated CMOS Camera

ZWO ASI178-COOL USB3.0 COOLED Back-Illuminated CMOS Camera
Price:  £694.00(Inc. 20% VAT)
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Product Code:  ZWO-ASI178MC-COOL
Manufacturer:  ZWO
Cooled or Uncooled:  Cooled
Resolution:  3096 x 2080
Pixel Size:  2.4µm
Sensor Size:  1/1.8”


Our brand new COOLED version of the ZWO ASI178CMOS Imaging Camera  allows the sensor to be cooled to 35 - 40 degrees C below ambient temperature!

Although the sensor size is smaller than the ASI174, the  high resolution sensor, when used with binning, makes it very suitable for long exposure deep sky imaging, especially for small deep sky objects.

The ZWO ASI178 comes with an exciting, comparatively large, 1/1.8″, 6.4M pixels IMX178 sensor that features SONY STARVIS and Exmor R technology.
The result is extremely low read noise (1.4 - 2.2e), high sensitivity and 14bit ADC (analogue-to-digital converter: the higher the better...).

The comparatively large sensor, extremely low read noise, high sensitivity and comparatively high framerates make this new camera a very good choice for various astro photography and microscopy applications.

The ASI178 camera comes with USB3.0 connection that gives you the opportunity to use it with newer laptops and is backward compatible with USB2.0. High framerates are not a guarantee for excellent images, but certainly helpful if other circumstances are given. There is no USB 2.0 version of this camera as that simply won't be enough to use the camera's possible high framerate, plus, for the same reason, we would really recommend to use it with USB3.0 compatible hardware as that's the only way to achieve very high framerates...

It comes with an AUTOGUIDER PORT just as many other ZWO cameras, so you may use it for both imaging or guiding!

This camera will mostly be used for high magnification Lunar, Solar and planetary imaging and for microscopic imaging, but due to the active cooling it can also be used for deep sky imaging very well as it supports up to 1000seconds exposure time. The active cooling will ensure reduced noise levels that helps to achieve higher quality deep sky images. This colour camera provides you with a simple imaging process, no need to worry about filters and filter wheel, so if you cannot spend much time then this camera will prove to be a versatile and very valuable tool for you astro and microscopic imaging needs.

Features of the ZWO ASI178 Cooled Camera

  • Recommended for high-magnification Lunar and Solar imaging, microscopic imaging and to image some deep sky objects
  • Resolution: 3096X2080 at up to 30fps (at 14bit ADC) or 60fps (at 10 bit ADC)
  • Long time exposure up to 1000s!
  • Autoguider Port
  • Very low read noise (1.4e - 2.2e)
  • High Sensitivity
  • Full aluminum housing with standard 2" interface
  • M42X0.75 internal thread.
  • T-thread to C-mount adapter included

Specifications of ZWO ASI178MC USB3.0 COOLED Colour Camera

  • Sensor: 1/1.8” CMOS IMX178
  • Resolution: 6.4 Mega Pixels 3096*2080
  • Pixel Size: 2.4µm
  • Sensor Size: 7.4mm*5mm
  • Diagonal: 8.92mm
  • Exposure Range: 32µs-1000s
  • ROI: Supported
  • ST4 Guider Port: NO, replaced by 2 USB ports
  • USB HUb: yes
  • Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5mm
  • Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
  • Protect window: IR-CUT window
  • Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux
  • Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
  • Bit rate: 14bit output(14bit ADC)
  • Adaptor: 2″ / 1.25″ / M42X0.75
  • Dimensions: 78 mm Diameter
  • Weight: 410g
  • Back Focus Distance: 17.5mm
  • Cooling: Regulated Two Stage TEC
  • Delta T: 35-40 degrees C
  • Cooler Power Supply Required: 12V at 2A Max

Supported Resolutions:

  • 10bit ADC/14bit ADC
  • 3096×2080 60fps / 30fps
  • 2560×2048 62fps / 31fps
  • 2048×1080 116fps / 58fps
  • 1280×960 130fps / 65fps
  • 800×600 204.7fps / 102.3fps
  • 640×480 253.1fps / 126.5fps
  • 320×240 479.7fps / 239.8fps

More resolutions can be defined by user

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