ZWO ASI2600MC Pro USB 3.0 Colour Cooled Camera (ASI2600MC-P)
ZWO ASI2600MC Pro USB 3.0 Colour Cooled Camera (ASI2600MC-P)
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Important: For the following imaging camera models, please use a separate 12V power supply rather than the power hub in the ASIAIR Pro as the hub cannot provide enough amperage to power the camera's TEC coolers: ASI6200, ASI2600, ASI2400, ASI533, ASI071MC
ASI2600MC Pro uses Sony’s latest back-illuminated IMX571 APS-C format sensor with a native 16-bit ADC. It is the colour version of the ASI2600MM Pro.
It has an impressive range of features that make it a popular choice for astrophotographer. Here are some of the reasons why:
- Ultra-low 0e- readout noise – bringing out more details in your images with improved dynamic range
- Innovative breakthrough design resulting in zero amp-glow – even during long exposures, which means one thing less to worry about in post-processing
- 16-bit ADC sensor – giving a high dynamic range of up to 14 stops!
- 80% peak QE – no need to worry about saturating stars
Amazing Craftsmanship, Lightweight body, Solid image quality
We have been working hard to reduce the weight of the camera while improving the performance of the camera. After years of technical accumulation and repeated weight loss experiments by ZWO engineers, ZWO finally concentrated the ASI2600 to 0.7KG.
The camera has a 26MP sensor with a small pixel size of 3.76um, yet it accommodates an impressively large well depth of 50 ke-.
The sensor length and width are 23.5mm * 15.7mm respectively. The diagonal is 28.3mm.
Native 16bit ADC
As one of the few CMOS astronomy cameras with 16-bit ADC on the market, ASI2600MC Pro was conceived having in mind the optimal characteristics for astrophotography. This 16bit ADC is not a CCD 16bit ADC. It can really achieve a dynamic range output of 14 stop, which will significantly improve the image sharpness and contrast, and also create smoother and more natural colour transitions.
Sony IMX571 backlit sensor
Sony’s back-illuminated CMOS image sensor improves the sensitivity and noise reduction – the key factors to enhancing image quality. It does this by radically realigning the fundamental pixel structure from front-illumination to back-illumination, while still retaining the advantages of CMOS image sensors such as low power consumption and high-speed operation.
With a conventional front-illumination structure, the metal wiring and transistors on the surface of the silicon substrate that form the sensor’s light-sensitive area (photo-diode), impede photon-gathering carried out by the on-chip lens. A back-illuminated structure minimizes the degradation of sensitivity to the optical angle response, while also increasing the amount of light that enters each pixel due to the lack of obstacles such as metal wiring and transistors. These components have been moved to the back-side of the silicon substrate.
The ASI2600MC Pro boasts excellent performance with a dynamic range of up to 14 stops. When the gain value is set to 100, the HCG high gain mode is turned on. We’re not saying it’s magic…but we’d like to think it is pretty close. With the HCG-mode turned on, the readout noise is greatly reduced, and the dynamic range is basically unchanged. To improve the data quality, it is recommended to set the gain to 0 or gain 100 during deep-sky imaging.
Zero Amp Glow
Traditional CMOS sensors produce a weak infrared light source during operation quite often seen in the corner of uncalibrated images as the tell tale signs of ‘amp glow’. As the ASI2600MC Pro uses zero amp glow circuitry, you won’t have to worry about amp glow even when using high gain, long exposure imaging.
ASI2600MC Pro comes with the polyimide heater.
The anti-dew heater which completely fit the protective window will heat it to avoid any dew problems.
The heat anti-dew heater power is around 5W and can be turn off in software to save power.
Two-stage TEC cooling, ultra-low dark current
Thanks to the two stage TEC cooling, ASI2600MC Pro can lower the CMOS sensor temperature to more than 35 degrees Celsius below ambient temperature, which can greatly reduce dark current generation and sensor noise even during extended exposure times.
The unique dark current suppression technology can further reduce dark current noise. At a cooling temperature of 0 °C, the dark current noise is only 0.0024e/s/pixel. This means a 300s exposure will only cause 0.7e dark current noise, which is less than the readout noise. While at a cooling temperature of -20 °, the dark current can even reduce to 0.00012e/s/pixel, which is completely negligible!
DDR3 Memory Buffer
The ASI2600MC Pro is equipped with a USB 3.0 transmission interface and a built-in 256MB DDR3 cache to ensure stable and secure data transmission. Under long exposure, it effectively avoids frame dropping and greatly reduces the glow effect caused by slow reading speed.
Please notice that the camera needs to be connected to an external 11-15v power supply to implement the cooling function. We recommend you use 12V@3A DC adapter (5.5*2.1mm, center pole positive) or lithium battery with 11-15V to power the camera. There are 4 different standard for different countries, please make sure you selected the correct adapter when placing the order.
|IMX571 Back-Illuminated CMOS
|6248 x 4176
|23.5 mm x 15.7 mm
|Max FPS at Full Resolution
|32 μs - 2000 s
|Back Focus Distance
|Working Relative Humidity
Purchase this to move from DSLR and could not be happier. But of a learning curve but all easily found in the net. Thanks All Star.
Pleased with purchase and results . Again amazing customer service by All Star telescope
Very new to dedicated astrophotography cameras but I’m impressed with the quality, build and plug and play of this camera. Hard part for me is bouncing through different software trying to post process however I was able to achieve a few shots the other night. I’m going to enjoy advancing my skills knowing I have the right tools now.
This is my second ASI2600C which is an excellent camera.
Excellent service from All-Star with good advice and delivery on the date promised
The choice of product was based on my own Astrophotography needs, and my choice of vendor was based on customer reviews, and All-Star being located in Western Canada. Living in BC there are limited resources for such purchases. I had a number of questions on the product, and there was a change to my PO, which was taken care of very well and promptly. This level of customer support builds a sense of confidence in an organization, enough so that I am intending on using All-Star Telescopes as my Primary choice for future equipment purchases. The Camera is amazing and is my major step up from DSLR Astrophotography. I just need to develop the skills and knowledge to get the best out of this camera. Picture is first attempt at Narrow Band AP. 25 light frames, 3min/frame, 10 Dark frames, ZWO Dual band filter, WO Z61 scope on a (Rowan modified) HEQ-5-P Mount. Post Processing skills aren't great, but I'm certainly encouraged by this picture.
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