ZWO has announced four new uncooled USB3.0 cameras aimed at solar system imagers. These new cameras feature the latest in CMOS sensor performance and improve upon previous ZWO camera models in terms of sensitivity, full-well depth, and reduced amp glow.
The new ASI662MC is a successor to the ASI462MC and features a 2-megapixel 5.6mm X 3.2mm sensor with 2.9-micron pixels. With low readout noise and a large full well capacity (three times larger than earlier-generation sensors), this camera enables longer exposures and works well not only for planetary imaging, but also for electronically-assisted astronomy (EAA).
For those looking for a larger sensor, the ASI678MC features an 8.29-megapixel back-illuminated IMX678 color sensor with 2-micron pixels, low read noise, and zero amp glow. It’s intended for planetary imaging and lunar/solar imaging with faster focal ratios. This camera is an upgrade to the ZWO ASI178-series cameras.
The ASI585MC also incorporates an 8.29-megapixel color sensor with dimensions of 11.1mm X 6.3mm and features 2.9-micron pixels. The ASI585MC features zero amp glow, larger full-well capacity, and high sensitivity for capturing detail on planets from visible wavelengths well into the near infrared. It replaces the ZWO ASI485MC camera.
The new ASI432MM is a 1.78-megapixel monochrome camera that features a 14.5mm X 9.0mm sensor with large 9-micron pixels for imaging at long focal ratios. This camera works especially well for solar imaging with the Daystar Quark H-alpha solar filters or for solar and lunar imaging with long focal ratio optical systems.
MSRP: $269 (ASI662MC), $299 (ASI678MC), $399 (ASI585MC), $599 (ASI432MM)