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  • The ZWO ASI290MC Cooled USB 3.0 Color Imaging Camera is optimally suited for lunar, solar, planetary, and even deep sky astrophotography
  • The Sony 1/3" IMX290/291 CMOS color sensor with 2.9 µm square pixels in a 1936 x 1096 array is included in the ZWO ASI290MC camera
  • Cools down to 35ºC to 40ºC below ambient
  • Included on this camera are USB 3.0 and ST4 guide ports, a 1/4" tripod thread mount, and AR window
  • To enhance visible and IR light regions, the Sony IMX290/291 sensor uses STARVIS back illuminated technology
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    ZWO ASI290MC Cooled Color CMOS Imaging Camera

    ZWO's ASI290MC uses the Sony IMX290/291 color 1/3" CMOS 2.13 MP sensor, with a 1936 x 1096 array of 2.9 µm pixels. This sensor has extremely low read noise of 1.0e at 30db gain and can fire off a maximum of 170 FPS at full resolution. This makes the ZWO ASI290MC cooled camera great for lunar, solar, and planetary imaging, and can even capture deep sky images.

    The ZWO ASI290MC body has been updated to include a removable M42 adapter and has a back focus of 12.5mm. Besides the two-stage TEC cooling, a high-speed USB hub, and an AR window are also features of this ZWO imaging camera. The included software is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems. Everything you will need to control your ZWO camera is available and easily downloadable in one centralized location on the ZWO website. Click here for ZWO Software Downloads.

    Regulated Two Stage TEC Cooling!

    The cooled version of the ZWO ASI290MC camera allows the sensor to be cooled to 35C to 40C degrees below ambient. Below are the extra features that can be found on the camera body, specifically related to the cooling feature:

    • Just below the USB hub (dual 2.0 Out and 3.0 In), you'll find a 2.1 mm center positive input for a cooler power supply (not included) ZWO recommends 12VDC at 2A max
    • Below the power supply input is a Cooler Power indicator LED light
    • A huge heat sink, which is nearly 2/3 the size of the camera, is located on the side of the body
    • The top of the camera sports a MagLev fan, which utilizes the attraction of the magnetic levitation force for low acoustic noise, high temperature endurance, and long life.

    More about the Sony IMX290LRQ Sensor

    The Sony IMX290/291LRQ uses STARVIS back-illuminated pixel technology for improvements in visible and IR light regions. Besides a back-illuminated structure, the Sony IMX290LRQ also has an expanded photodiode area. When applied simultaneously, these features improve sensitivity in both light regions compared to the existing front-illuminated structure.

    The IMX290/291 has a diagonal size of 6.46mm (Type 1/2.8) and uses a 2.9 µm square pixel that was newly developed by Sony to further enhance picture quality at low illuminations.

    Please Note: We recommend a 12V at 2.5A or more DC adapter and a battery from 9-15V to power your cooler.


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    What's Included

    • ZWO ASI290MC Cooled Color USB 3.0 Astronomy Camera
    • Camera Bag
    • 1.25" Nosepiece
    • 1.25" Cover
    • USB 3.0 Cable
    • 2x 0.5 m USB 2.0 Cables
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  • Dimensions & Specifications

    • Sensor: 1/2.8" Color CMOS
    • Resolution: 2.13 MP
    • Diagonal: 6.46mm
    • Image Array: 1936 x 1096
    • Pixel Size: 2.9 µm x 2.9 µm
    • Max Frame Rate at Full Resolution: 170 FPS
    • Window: AR
    • Minimum Exposure: 32 µs
    • Maximum Exposure: 2000 s
    • ROI: Supported
    • Read Noise: 1.0e at 30db gain
    • Full Well: 14.6ke
    • Back Focus Distance: 12.5mm
    • Interface: USB 3.0/USB 2.0
    • ADC: 12bit
    • Adapter: 2” to 1.25”/M42 x 0.75
    • Dimensions: 78mm Diameter
    • Cooling: Regulated Two Stage TEC
    • Delta T: 40-45ºC below ambient
    • Cooler Power Consumption: 12V at 2A Max
    • Weight: 410 g (14.5 oz.)
    • Working Temperature: -5ºC - 45ºC
    • Working Relative Humidity: 20% - 80%

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