ZWO ASI178MC Colour USB Camera

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The ASI 178 MC Colour USB Camera will offer great performance for planetary and lunar imaging.

The Read Noise of the ASI178 cameras is extremely lower when compared with traditional CCD cameras. It is even lower when the camera is set at a higher gain.

The ASI 178 camera records in 10bit and 14bit ADC, you can image at a faster fps rate if you choose to use 10bit ADC (high speed mode). This camera also supports ROI (region of interest) shooting, and this smaller ROI has faster fps

It is not recommended for primarily deep space photography, AOC suggest a fan cooled model for all deep space object long exposure photography.


Key features:

  • Colour or Monochromatic: Colour
  • Fan Cooled: No
  • Sensor Model: Sony IMX178, CMOS
  • Sensor Size: 1/1.8 Inch (8.92 mm diagonal)
  • Resolution: 3096 x 2028
  • Megapixel: 6.4
  • Pixel Size: 2.4 micrometers (µm)
  • Max Analogue to Digital Converter Resolution: 14 bit


$549.00 inc GST

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The ASI178MC camera has an extremely low read noise of 1.4e to 2.2 e, 1.4e @27db as well as high sensitivity and 14bit Analogue to Digital Converter (ADC) which makes it very suitable for astronomy and microscopy high resolution photography.

Also included is a 2.5mm all-sky lens which can provide a nearly 170° view of the sky.

Sony’s image sensors with STARVIS technology have the sensitivity well above that of the human eye, they deliver excellent performance in the low illumination.




Sensor: Sony IMX178 CMOS
Resolution: 3096 x 2080
Mega Pixels: 6.4 Mega Pixels
Pixel Size: 2.4µm
Sensor Size: 1/1.8”
Sensor Size: 7.4mm*5mm 7.4mm x 5mm
Sensor Diagonal: 8.92mm
Cooling Fan: n/a
Exposure Range: 32µs – 1000s
Readout noise: 1.4e – 2.2e
ROI: Supported
Non-volatile memory/On camera storage: Build-in total 192K byte user-accessible space(image size up to 480X320)
QE peak 81%
Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5mm
Shutter Type: Rolling Shutter
Protect window: IR-Cut
Operating System Compatibility: Mac, Windows, Linux
PC Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
ADC: 14 Bit
ST4 Guider Port: Yes Yes
Full well: 15ke
Adapters: 2″,  1.25″,  M42 x 0.75
Dimensions: φ62mm X 36mm
Weight: 120g  (without lens)
Working Temperature:  -5°C—45°C
Storage Temperature:  -20°C—60°C
Working Relative Humidity:  20%—80%
Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%
Max FPS at full resolution:  14 Bit ADC, USB3 3096×2080 30 fps
2560×2048 31 fps
2048×1080  58 fps
1280×960 65 fps
800×600 102.3 fps
640×480 126.5 fps
320×240 239.8 fps
Max FPS at full resolution:  10 Bit ADC, USB3 3096×2080 60 fps
2560×2048 62 fps
2048×1080 116 fps
1280×960 130 fps
800×600 204.7 fps
640×480 253.1 fps
320×240 479.7 fps