ZWO ASI120MC Colour Astronomy Camera
There are so many options when it comes to choosing an astronomy camera. With the ASI120MC you get amazing versatility including:
- Fast frame rate and superb resolution producing exquisite planetary, lunar and solar imaging (using a properly filtered telescope).
- Long exposure imaging of many brighter deep sky treasures thanks to the ASI120MC’s high quantum efficiency and 12bit output.
- The ability to capture all sky views of satellites and bright meteors using the supplied 150° wide angle C-mount lens.
- Auto guiding your mount in conjunction with a dedicated DSLR or cooled CCD camera using the in-built ST4 compatible autoguider port.
- Colour camera – no need for additional filter wheels and filter sets.
The ASI120MC is a real “all-rounder” and represents outstanding value for money.
The ZWO ASI120MC camera uses a one shot colour 1/3″ CMOS AR0130CS sensor, with a pixel array of 1280 x 960 and a pixel size of 3.75 um. The sensor has outstanding sensitivity with a peak QE of 75%!
Included 2.1mm Fish-eye lens
A major bonus is the inclusion of a 150º wide angle lens attachment allowing you to use the ASI120MC even without a telescope! When connected to the camera, you can do super wide angle shots similar to that produced by an all-sky camera. Capture images of the Milky Way stretched overhead, or record satellite passes or bright meteors as they flash overhead.
High Resolution Solar System Imaging – par excellence!
The ZWO ASI120MC camera is a proven performer when it comes to imaging the planets, Moon and Sun. The sensor can deliver up to 30 fps at full resolution and a staggering 215 frames per second at reduced resolution (340 x 240). The wide range of capture resolution settings available with this camera allows you to go from planetary imaging to deep-sky quickly and easily, without the need for another camera.
Some fine examples of planetary images captured with ASI120 cameras
Supports Region of Interest (ROI)
The ZWO ASI120MC allows you to choose a smaller region of interest that can be captured at a much faster frame rate compared to full resolution. This is useful for planetary imaging where even at very long effective focal lengths the desired target only occupies a small part of the entire sensor area.
In such instances you can specify a smaller ROI and capture at a very fast frame rate. This allows you to capture a sequence of videos in a very short period of time avoiding problems of misaligned frames due to Jupiter’s very fast rotation. It also means the captured sequences don’t take up as much storage space.
The beautiful red housing of the ASI120MC is made of aluminum, and sports a USB and ST4-type auto guider port. 6.5-foot cables for both are included in the box. The 2″ interface has M42X0.75 internal threads. A standard M42 to 1.25″ nose piece rounds out the package. The underside of the camera has one 1/4-20 thread in its center, and four M4 threads evenly spaced around the outside edge.
This camera comes with a 2m long USB cable, a 2m long ST4 guider cable, 1.25″ clear window, 150º wide angle lens attachment, Driver & Software CD, and a M42-1.25″ nosepiece. Software on the CD includes the users manual, Windows camera driver, ASCOM Driver, SharpCap Image Capturing Software, FireCapture Image Capturing software, and Stakkert 2 Stacking Software.
ZWO ASI120MC Specifications
|Sensor||1/3″ CMOS AR0130CS (colour)|
|Pixel Array||1280 x 960|
|Bit Depth||12 bit output (12bit ADC)|
|Adapter||2″ / 1.25″ / M42X0.75|
|Dimensions||φ62mm X 28mm|