ZWO ASI120MM-S USB3.0 High-speed Mono Camera - moon, planets, weather
ZWO ASI120MM-S - super speed Mono Camera with high sensitivity
With 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.
Lower 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 ASI120MM-S is very well suitable as autoguider which is connected via a standard ST guider port.Oberving nebulae and galaxies:
With 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.Resolutions
640X480@45FPSSoftware 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.
USB 3.0 must be available and supported by the operating system. Support exists since
- Windows 8
- Mac OS X 10.8
- Linux Kernel 2.6.31
The camera manufacturer writes:
"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 transferand 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 VL800already 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"
Frequently Asked Questions about ZWO Cameras:The FAQ section is constantly updated by ZWO, here you can find the answers to many questions.Manuals for ZWO products:The manuals page is constantly updated by ZWO, here you can find user guides for ZWO products.How to clean my ZWO camera:
The manufacturer provides a manual that covers how to clean an ASI camera and regenerate the desiccant tablets: See Below.
The ZW Optical ASI 120Mm 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 and guiding.