The ZWO ASI120MM is a sensitive and affordable monochrome astronomy camera with 1.2 megapixel resolution. Selected as a Sky and Telescope "Hot Product" for 2014, this versatile camera captures images of the Moon, planets, and the Sun (with a proper solar filter), as well as brighter deep-sky objects. It also includes a wide-angle 150-degree lens that turns the ASI120MM into an all-sky camera that captures meteors, aurora, and the slow movement of the stars and planets across the sky during the night.
The heart of this monochrome camera is a 1/3" CMOS sensor with 1.2 megapixels (1280x960) with a quantum efficiency (QE) of 75% and no fixed-pattern noise. The pixels are 3.75 μm in size, small enough for imaging solar-system objects but large enough to capture fainter objects such as nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters. The camera enables exposure times of 64 μs to 1000 s (16.67 minutes).
At full resolution of 1280x960, the USB 2.0 interface of this camera can transfer up to 35 frames per second. At reduced resolution, download rates up to 254 fps become possible. Such rates make it easier to produce high-quality images of solar system objects, especially quickly-rotating objects like Jupiter and Saturn when taking multiple monochrome images using a filter wheel.
Many cameras in this price range have plastic housings, but the ASI120MM has a robust and attractive CNC machined red-anodized aluminum body that stands up to heavy field use. An IR-cut glass window protects the sensor and helps keep images sharp. A 1/4-20 thread in the bottom of the camera makes it easy to attach the device to a camera tripod or mount, and four M4 threads along the outside edge offer additional mounting options.
The camera body features a standard T/T2 female thread (M42x0.75) so that it can be directly connected to T-threaded accessories. Included is a 1.25"-T threaded nosepiece adapter that allows you to use the camera in standard 1.25" telescope focusers. The front of the camera also has a short (8mm long) 2" barrel that can be directly inserted into 2" telescope focusers. However, we recommend that use of a 2" T threaded prime focus adapter (not included) for a more robust connection to 2" telescope focusers.
The ZWO ASI120MM astronomy camera comes with everything you need to get started including a CD with the user manual, Windows camera driver, ASCOM driver, SharpCap Image Capturing software, FireCapture Image Capturing software, and Stakkert 2 Stacking software. You also get a 2-meter USB 3.0 cable and a 2-meter ST4 guider cable for use in autoguiding. A M42-threaded 1.25" nosepiece, and a 1.25" cover also come with the camera.
Camera Technical Details
- Sensor: 1/3″ CMOS AR0130CS(Color) / MT9M034(mono)
- Resolution: 1.2Mega Pixels 1280×960
- Pixel Size: 3.75µm
- Exposure Range: 64µs-1000s
- ROI: Supported
- Interface: USB2.0
- Bit rate: 12bit output(12bit ADC)
- Telescope connection: 2" nosepiece / 1.25" nosepiece / M42X0.75 female T thread
- Dimension: φ62mm X 28mm
- Weight: 100g
- Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
- Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
- Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
- Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%
- The lens can be screwed in too far, result in a scratch on the protect window! Please adjust it very slowly! Don’t turn it beyond the focus at infinity!
- Full resolution function of the ASI120 requires full 480mbs USB communication
- Mac OSX may not compatible well. Neither Windows though virtual machine. Windows though Bootcamp is recommended. Or use our ASI120S USB3.0 Cameras which runs well under Mac OSX.
What's in the Box?
- ZWO ASI120MM Monochrome 1.2 Mega Pixel Astronomy Camera
- 150° Lens for use as an all-sky camera
- M42-1.25″ nosepiece
- 1.25″ IR-cut window
- 2 m long USB cable
- 2 m long ST4 guider cable
- Driver & Extra Software CD
Manufacturer part number: ASI120MM
Product carries a 1 year manufacturer warranty against mechanical defects (within USA only).
May 11, 2018
Outstanding One Shot Color cameraPros: Cons: Comments:
I actually went from a mono camera and filter wheel to this camera after I saw its capabilities. The sensitivity of these new CMOS OSC camera’s really raise the bar for performance. Even my Ha filtered images are spectacular.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.com
junponce39 New Member
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- Review by Juan A.
archilac New Member
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Apr 11, 2016
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- Review by Carlos Archila of Guatemala, Guatemala.
Compact,Lightweight,Easy to UseCons: Comments:
Used with PHD2. Easy to focus and use as autoguiding camera, planetary imaging and seems to be a good wide field camera with the 150 FOV lens.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comMar 31, 2016
Easy to Use,Accurate,Quality Lenses,Strong ConstructionCons: Comments:
Plug 'n' Play with PHD2. Had this up and running very quickly. Works very well and is built much better that the QHY it is replacing which cost the same amount. All connections are secure and the provided cables are of high quality. Was very easy to obtain focus with a cheap Orion 9x50. Have not used for anything but autoguiding so I can not speak as to the 180 FOV that it comes with.
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