ZWO ASI120MC-S USB3.0 High-speed Colour Camera - moon, planets, weatherThe ZW Optical ASI 120MC-S is a very high sensitive CMOS camera with high frame rate for imaging moon and planets, but it can also be used for deep-sky.
up to 60 fps at maximum resolution, it is especially suitable for
imaging moon and planets, but it can also be used for deep-sky.
resolutions result in significantly higher frame rates, appropriate for
"lucky imaging". VGA (640x480 pixels) offers 133 fps, the maximum rate
of 254 fps can be achieved at 320x240 pixels.
With its high
sensitivity and frame rate, the ASI120MC-S is very well suitable as
autoguider which is connected via a stardard ST guider port.Oberving nebulae and galaxies:
the free "FireCapture" software from the internet, individual control
of the camera is possible. Within seconds, even faint objects can be
shown on the computer display.
Great feature: a sharp 2.1 mm objective is included
- Automatic stacking
- Longer exposure times and higher gain
The 150° wide angle lens permits the camera to be used fot meteor capturing and also for observation of the observatory or taking nice time-lapses.
For this application, you can mount the camera on a tripod or ball-head by using the 1/4" photo thread at the back side.Resolution
Software and drivers:
The Software can be loaded on the internet. Under "Astronomy", you can find the well-known free camera control and capture softwares FireCapture and SharpCap, but also other software for this purpose.System requirements:
USB 3.0 must be available and supported by the operating system. Support exists since
The camera manufacturer writes:
- Windows 8
- Mac OS X 10.8
- Linux Kernel 2.6.31
"most important is USB3.0 host controller
we recommend "Intel® USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller"
from customer´s feedback, all intel host controller works and can provide the maximum data transfer
and here is more detail test result:
tested platform and USB Host controller:
Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 : intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller
MacBook air 2014 : intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller
Dell Inspiron 17-7737 i7 : intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC:intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller
MacBook Pro 2013: intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller
PC:Renesas Electronics USB3.0 Host Controller
PC:AMD USB3.0 Host Controller
PCIE-USB3.0 Card: NEC/Renesas μPD720200A μPD720201 & μPD720202
PCIE-USB3.0 Card: VIA Labs VL800
already know incompatible USB host:
PCIE-USB3.0 Card: NEC/Renesas μPD720200 under windows 8
PCIE-USB3.0 Card: Trendnet TU3-H2PIE card
PC: Etron usb3.0 host controller"In the box:
- ZWO ASI120MC-S colour camera
- 150° Lens Adapter for use as an all-sky camera
- T2-1.25″ nosepiece
- IR-cut window
- 2 m long USB cable
- 2 m long ST4 guider cable
- Driver & Extra Software CD
The ZW Optical ASI 120MC-S is a very high sensitive CMOS camera with high frame rate for imaging moon and planets, but it can also be used for deep-sky.