This electronic filter wheel from ZWO is most likely one the smallest 7-position filter wheels in the world. It is also extremely lightweight, it weighs 400g only.
Its housing is CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminium alloy.
The stepper motor, that is the heart of any electronic filter wheel, is made by a reliable Japanese company, NPM. You can trust its quality and reliability.
This high quality 7-position filter wheel has been designed mainly for astro photography, especially, but not exclusively for ZWO ASI1600 cameras when used with low focal ratio telescopes, where a smaller filter would cause vignetting and use of 36mm filters is necessary, i.e. with APS-C sized sensors...
As it is ASCOM compatible, therefore it can be used with cameras of other brands as well.
Up to 7 filters can be installed in the numbered compartments that accepts 36mm unmounted filters (or semi-mounted Astronomik filters), and each can be selected for your eyepiece or camera from an imaging software.
ZWO now offers 1.25", 31mm and 36mm LRGB and narrowband deep sky filters as well.
The filter wheel can be attached to your focuser either by the supplied 1.25” nosepiece adaptor or via a T-thread. There is actually a female T-thread on both sides of the filter wheel, but it also comes with a reverse adapter with male T-thread on both sides.
The robustly constructed filter wheel is supplied with a 1.25” nosepiece and a 1.25” eyepiece holder with brass compression ring.
Please note: your focuser will require 20mm of additional inward focusing distance from the normal focus position to compensate for the thickness of the filter wheel.
This filter wheel will be a good addition to the new ASI1600 range of cameras, but especially for the monochrome versions. (please make sure that your telescope otherwise have enough back focus, of course, e.g. Newtonian telescopes would usually have a back focus issue, unless modified or specially designed for astro photograpy...)
The distance between the filter and sensor is around 10-12mm when you connect the ASI1600 to this EFW, so a 36mm filter won’t have vignetting with a scope with down to about f/1.2 focal ratio (depending on the thickness of the filter), which meets any demand in astronomy, therefore we would recommend this filter wheel for customers who might use it with various cameras, including one with APS-C sized sensor or simply for futureproofing, i.e. those who might upgrade their camera to an APS-C sized sensor in the future.
Please note, these limiting ratio figures are slightly different from ZWO's own calculations and to be checked in practice.
ZWO's new RGBL filters are recommended to use with ASI1600 cameras, as these specially designed filters will offer nearly 1:1:1 RGB color balance.
The full ZWO EFW 7 set includes:
- EFW 7-position filter wheel
- T2 nosepiece
- 1.25″ Holder-T2
- T2-T2 adapter
- USB2.0 Cable
36mm filter requirement: a set of M2 screws and washers needed to fix the filter are included in the package
How to use it?
you just need to plugin the EFW with a USB2.0 cable and install the ASCOM driver from here.
There are ZWO Filter Wheel(1) and ZWO Filter Wheel(2) to select, you can use either one of them.
You can control 2 filter wheels simultaneously from one software.
- Limiting F-ratio for ASI1600: f/1.5 with 36mm filters (calculated with ZWO's 2mm thick filters)
- Thickness: 20mm
- Power consumption: 150 mA at 5 Volts
- ASCOM compatible
- Positions: 7 x 36mm glass, unmounted or semi-mounted (like Astronomik)
- Weight: 400g