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ZWO ASI462MC Planetary Colour Camera (ASI462MC)

by ZWO
Original price $299.95 - Original price $299.95
Original price
$299.95 - $299.95
Current price $299.95

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With the ability to capture light in the near-infrared portion of the spectrum, and the super high sensitivity combined with ultra-low readout noise, this camera is considered as the highly improved version of ASI290MC. It will offer great performance for planetary, solar and lunar imaging.


IMX462 sensor

The format of the IMX462 sensor is 1/2.8”. The sensor length and width are 5.6mm*3.2mm and the diagonal is 6.46mm. The resolution is 1936*1096.

HCG mode

The cameras has a built-in HCG mode which can effectively reduce the readout noise at high gain and keep the same wide dynamic range as you would expect at low gain. When the gain is 80, the HCG mode will automatically turn on. This results in the read noise being as low as 0.47e- while the dynamic range still can reach close to 12 stops.

QE curve

ASI462 has very high QE value at 800-1000nm wavelength (almost 2 times higher than that of ASI290MC). The sensitivity in near-infrared light region ranks first among all ASI planetary cameras.

ASI462MC vs ASI290MC (see photo comparison)

In general, ASI462MC and ASI290MC share very similar characteristics but ASI462MC has some benefits in its favour in terms of lower readout noise and higher QE value.

USB 3.0 Port & ST4 Port

USB 3.0 Port: Providing 5Gb bandwidth to let ASI462 run at 136.1fps (10bit, high speed mode) or 63.9fps (12bit, normal mode) at full resolution(2.1Mega).

ST4 Port: Can be used to connect with auto guide port of mount for guiding.

Quick Overview

  • Sony IMX462 1/2.8” format 12bit ADC
  • 2.9um pixel size
  • Well depth of 2ke-
  • Total of 2.1 mega pixel accommodating a resolution of 1936*1096
  • Ultra-low read noise of 0.5e- to 2.6e-
  • 90% QE at 850nm.


Sensor: SONY IMX462 CMOS
Format: 1/2.8”
Diagonal : 6.46mm
Resolution: 2.1 Mega Pixels, 1936*1096
Pixel size: 2.9µm
Sensor size: 5.6mm * 3.2mm
Max fps: 136FPS
Shutter: Rolling shutter
Exposure range: 32µs-2000s
Readout noise: 0.47~2.65e
QE peak: TBD
Full well: 11.2ke
ADC : 12bit
USB interface: USB3.0
Adapters: 2”/ 1.25”/ M42*0.75
Protect window: AR
Dimension: φ62mm*35.5mm
Weight: 0.11kg
Back focus length: 12.5mm
Working temperature: -5°C~50°C
Working relative humidity: 0~80%
Supported OS: Windows, Linux & Mac OSX