ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome CMOS USB3.0 Camera with Autoguider Port
Product code: ASI120MM-S
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ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome CMOS USB3.0 Camera with Autoguider PortZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome 1/3" CMOS USB3.0 Camera with Autoguider Port
This NEW version comes with USB3.0 connection that gives you the opportunity to use it with newer laptops at even higher frame rates, thus achieve even better results in planetary imaging.
It comes with an AUTOGUIDER PORT just as its previous USB2.0 version, so you may use it for both imaging or guiding!
The NEW ZWO ASI120MM-S USB3.0 is an excellent choice for an affordable planetary and deep sky camera for those who has just started in astro photography, but cannot spend a fortune on a specialist astro photography camera or want to replace a modified webcam or a cheaper planetary imager.
This monochrome version is recommended for L-RGB or narrow band deep sky photography if you want to get out the best data from your camera and achieve sharp, contrasty deep sky images or planetary images, but if you don't want the hassle or cannot spend much time and happy to go for a compromise, simply choose the colour version, the ZWO ASI120MC-S.
With this monochrome version, you'll also need a filter wheel and a set of L-RGB filters or H-alpha and OIII filters, and maybe even H-beta and SII filters as well for narrow band astro photography...)
Features of the ZWO ASI120MM-S USB3.0
Recommended for the Sun, Moon and some deep sky objects
(To image the Sun you'll have to use a proper front solar filter or Herschel wedge depending on your telescope. Please contact us if not sure!)
Resolution: 1280X960 at up to 60fps - 70fps
Long time exposure up to 1000s!
NEW - Autoguider Port
Built-in RAW mode and Grey mode output support. Only about 30% storage space required compared to the Color data format!
Peak Quantum Efficiency: 75% (better than ICX618)
No fixed pattern noise (FPN)!
Full aluminum housing with standard 2" interface
M42X0.75 internal thread.
On the included CD you'll find drivers and two software applications: Firecapture and SharpCap. These are both freeware and the latest versions can be downloaded from the developers' websites.
If you have any problem with installing any of the software from the CD, please download them from here:
We'd recommend to use the beta version of Firecapture as the 2.2 version is not fully functional with the ZWO ASI cameras...
150 degree wide lens included! You don't even need a telescope to start imaging the stars!
Image courtesy of Scott Anttia.
Specification of ZWO ASI120MM-S USB3.0Sensor: 1/3" CMOS MT9M034 (mono)
Resolution: 1.2Mega Pixels 1280x960
Pixel Size: 3.75µm
Exposure Rage: 64µs-1000s
Interface: USB3.0 / USB2.0
Bit rate: 12bit output（12bit ADC）
Adaptor: 2" / 1.25" / M42X0.75
Dimension: φ62mm X 28mm
Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%
Transmission chart of the Clear filter used as an optical window in the ZWO ASI120MM and ZWO 130MM CMOS cameras
For full specification, driver installation tutorial (youtube video), basic usage information and recommended third party software please visit the manufacturer's website: ZWOptical
There is also a Yahoo Group where you can find lots of information about how other members use the ZWO cameras: Yahoo Group ZWO ASI Cameras
You can also read about the ZWO ASI120 Review on the Sky at Night Website
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