ZWO ASI174MM Monochrome CMOS Camera

Specifications

– Product Name: ZWO ASI174MM Monochrome CMOS Astronomy Camera – USB 3.0 Camera Sensor
– Sensor: Sony Exmor IMX174 2.35MP CMOS sensor with Pregius global shutter technology
– Sensor Size: Type 1/1.2″
РPixel Size: 5.86µm
– Sensor Array: 1936 x 1216 pixels
– Shutter: Global shutter function with analog memory
– Image Quality: Improved image quality with reduced focal plane distortion for moving objects
– Image Processing: Column-parallel A/D conversion for high speed processing, low noise, and low power dissipation
– ROI Mode: Allows capturing up to 16 areas within the effective pixels for higher frame rates
– Frame Rates: Maximum of 164.5 fps at 10-bit ADC, and maximum of 128.2 fps at 12-bit ADC
– High Quantum Efficiency (QE): Estimated peak value of about 77%
– Back Focus: 6.5mm after removing T2 11mm ring
– Drivers and Software: New camera drivers and various DSO and Planetary capture software available on the website for installation before use.

ZWO ASI174MM Monochrome CMOS Astronomy Camera - USB 3.0
  • Camera Sensor: Our brand new ASI174MM CMOS Monochrome Imaging Camera is based on the Sony Exmor IMX174 2.35MP sensor with Pregius global shutter...
  • Sony IMX174 CMOS Sensor Features:The Sony IMX174 monochrome CMOS sensor that separates the ASI174MM from previous ASI models. This type 1/1.2? Sony...
  • Sony IMX174 CMOS Sensor Features:Pregius Global Shutter function with analog memory permits the scanning of all pixels simultaneously. The Sony...
  • Sony IMX174 CMOS Sensor Features:Sony Exmor technology uses column-parallel A/D conversion for high speed processing, low noise, and low power...
  • High QE:Absolute QE Curve, we estimate the Peak Value is about 77%.Back Focus:After remove T2 11mm ring, back focus length will be only 6.5mm.Drivers...

Editor’s Review

Introduction

The ZWO ASI174MM Monochrome CMOS Astronomy Camera – USB 3.0 Camera Sensor is a cutting-edge imaging camera designed specifically for astronomy enthusiasts. With its Sony Exmor IMX174 2.35MP sensor and Pregius global shutter technology, this camera offers exceptional image quality for capturing solar, lunar, planetary, and deep sky object images. In this review, we will explore the features and performance of this camera in detail.

Sony IMX174 CMOS Sensor

The standout feature of the ASI174MM is its Sony IMX174 monochrome CMOS sensor. This type 1/1.2″ Sony CMOS image sensor features a 5.86¬µm unit pixel in a 1936 x 1216 array, providing high resolution images with incredible detail.

Pregius Global Shutter Technology

The Sony IMX174 CMOS sensor incorporates Pregius global shutter technology, which allows for simultaneous scanning of all pixels. This global shutter function is crucial for capturing images of moving objects, as it eliminates focal plane distortion. When conducting solar or lunar imaging, factors such as bad seeing, wind, or movement can distort the image if the readout speed is not quick enough. The ASI174MM’s global shutter function ensures that such distortions are avoided, resulting in improved image quality.

Sony Exmor Technology

The ASI174MM utilizes Sony Exmor technology, which employs column-parallel A/D conversion for high-speed processing, low noise, and low power dissipation. This technology enhances the camera’s performance, allowing for high frame rates and accurate image capture. Additionally, the camera offers the ROI (Region of Interest) mode, which enables users to capture up to 16 areas within the effective pixels. This feature further enhances the camera’s versatility and allows for even higher frame rates.

High Quantum Efficiency

The ASI174MM boasts a high quantum efficiency (QE), estimated to have a peak value of approximately 77%. This means that the camera is highly efficient at capturing photons, resulting in more accurate and detailed images. The high QE is particularly beneficial when capturing dim or faint celestial objects, as it maximizes the camera’s sensitivity to light.

Compact Design and Back Focus Length

With its compact design, the ASI174MM is lightweight and easy to handle. The camera measures only 62mm (diameter) x 36mm (length), allowing for easy integration into various telescope setups. Additionally, after removing the T2 11mm ring, the back focus length is reduced to a mere 6.5mm. This minimal back focus length ensures compatibility with a wide range of telescopes and accessories, making the camera highly versatile.

Drivers and Softwares

ZWO provides the latest camera drivers and a wide range of DSO and Planetary capture software on their website. It is important to install the newest driver and software to ensure optimal performance when using the ASI174MM. These tools and resources enhance the camera’s usability and allow users to fully unlock its potential.

Conclusion

The ZWO ASI174MM Monochrome CMOS Astronomy Camera – USB 3.0 Camera Sensor is a powerful imaging tool for astronomy enthusiasts. With its Sony IMX174 CMOS sensor, Pregius global shutter technology, and Sony Exmor technology, this camera delivers exceptional image quality, allowing users to capture stunning solar, lunar, planetary, and deep sky object images. Its high quantum efficiency, compact design, and compatibility with various telescopes make it a versatile and reliable choice for astrophotography. With the added convenience of readily available drivers and software, the ASI174MM camera is a must-have for any serious astronomer.

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