The ZWO ASI224MC is a sensitive and state-of-the-art color astronomy camera with 1.2 megapixel resolution and USB 3.0 download speed. Built around the Sony IMX224 sensor, this advanced camera has a resolution of 1304x976 with 3.75 μm pixel size. With 12-bit ADC and low read noise, this high-sensitivity camera is ideal for astronomical imaging of the Moon, planets, and Sun (with a safe solar filter), as well as smaller deep-sky objects.
Following in the footsteps of the venerable ZWO ASI120 cameras, the ASI224MC uses the advanced and highly sensitive Sony IMX224 color CMOS sensor. This sensor has a 6.09 mm diagonal and incorporates Sony's Exmor technology that enables high-speed processing, low noise, and low power dissipation using column parallel A/D.
The fast USB 3.0 interface on the camera allow transfer rates of up to 150 frames per second at full 1304x976 resolution. At reduced resolution of 640x480, download rates up to 299 fps become possible. The camera enables exposure times of 32 μs to 1000 s (16.7 minutes).
The ASI224MC has a robust and attractive CNC machined red-anodized aluminum body that stands up to heavy field use. A clear 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 ASI224MC color astronomy camera can be used with just about any telescope. It comes with everything you need to get started including a CD with user manual, Windows camera driver, ASCOM driver, SharpCap Image Capturing software, FireCapture Image Capturing software, and Stakkert 2 Stacking software. When used for autoguiding, the camera can also work with Maxim DL or PHD when guiding with long exposures. 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. A 2.5mm all-sky lens is also included to give a 170° all-sky view when threaded into the camera.
Camera Technical Details
- Resolution: 1.2Mega Pixels 1304X976
- Pixel Size: 3.75µm
- Sensor Size: 4.8mm*3.6mm
- Diagonal: 6.09mm
- Exposure Range: 32µs-1000s
- ROI: Supported
- Binning: 2×2 binning supported
- Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5mm
- Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
- Protect window: AR coated window
- Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux
- Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
- Bit rate: 12bit output(12bit ADC)
- Telescope connection: 2" nosepiece / 1.25" nosepiece / M42X0.75 female T thread
- Dimensions: 62 mm Diameter
- 1304×976 150fps / 64fps
- 1280×960 152.4fps / 65fps
- 800×600 241.2fps / 102.9fps
- 640×480 299.4fps / 127.6fps
- 320×240 577.9fps / 256.4fps
- More resolutions can be user defined
Manufacturer Part Number: ASI224MC
Product carries a 1 year manufacturer warranty against mechanical defects (within USA only).
Jun 28, 2019
I bought this at AgenaPros: Cons: Comments:
I bought this at Agena for $250 and free shipping after I picked up the last Orion G4 on Amazon before they went back order for a month at $500. Probably a defective restock. It had no red would not align the two colors left and was a hassle to work with. I returned it. I don't think it was this seller.
Naturally, I am apprehensive with this camera I got for interim and a guide camera. It was almost 2 months to get clear skies and time. I pulled this out of the box and had problems with my mount's tracking. The fog was rolling in so I used a distant street light to focus and learn. Beautiful! I turned it on Jupiter with no tracking. The fog was so bad there were maybe ten stars visible. Bam I have a quarter size Jupiter in color with more bands than I have ever seen at 165-millisecond exposure. I don't think I will ever use an eyepiece again.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comJun 24, 2019
Awesome!Pros: Cons: Comments:
I picked up the last Orion G4 before they went back order for a month at $500. Probably a defective restock. It had no red would not align the two colors left and was a hassle to work with.
Naturally I am apprehensive with this one I got for interim and a guide camera. It was almost 2 months to get clear skies and time. I pulled this out of the box and had problems with my mount's tracking. Fog was rolling in so I used a distant street light to focus and learn. Beautiful! I turned it on Jupitor with no tracking. The fog was so bad there were maybe ten stars visible. Bam I have a quarter size Jupitor in color with more bands than I have ever seen at 165 millisecond exposure. I don't think I will ever use an eyepiece again.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comJan 13, 2019
The camera works beautifully --Pros: Cons: Comments:
The camera works beautifully -- it's highly sensitive to faint objects despite being marketed as a planetary camera. The only drawback is the USB cable is quite short, so you have to be careful when slewing to new targets or get a longer cable.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.com
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Jul 30, 2018
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- Review by Dale C.
Great camera for planetary and lunarPros: Cons: Comments:
What sets this camera apart is it's resolution combined with speed. Using USB 3.0 you can achieve fps over 60 which is terrific for getting good frames while shooting video of planets.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comJun 12, 2018
Did what it says it didPros: Cons: Comments:
This is my first camera of this type. I was confused at first as I didn't know I needed a UV/IR cut filter to record colors naturally but after I got that is great. Gotten a couple good images of jupiter and excited to keep trying till I get that perfect one.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.comApr 17, 2018
Great planetary cameraPros: Cons: Comments:
This is my first experience with a dedicated planetary camera and the ASI224 has worked perfectly. So far the only surprise was the need for an IR filter, which was really not a big deal.
This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.com
Manufacturer ZWO Astronomy Cameras