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ZWO ASI290MM USB 3.0 Monochrome Imaging Camera - ASI290MM

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ZWO ASI290MM Monochrome CMOS Imaging Camera

The ZWO ASI290MM is a CMOS camera that is awesome for lunar, solar, and planetary imaging, and can even capture deep sky images. The ASI290MM uses the Sony IMX290/291 monochrome 1/3" CMOS 2.13 MP sensor, with a 1936 x 1096 array of 2.9um 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.

The ZWO ASI290MM body has a back focus of 12.5mm. A high speed USB 3.0 port, ST4 guide port, 1/4” tripod thread mount on the back, and an AR window are 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.

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 6.46 mm (Type 1/2.8) and uses a 2.9 um square pixel that was newly developed by Sony to further enhance picture quality at low illuminations.

ASIair Pro Camera Control (sold separately)

There is a wireless camera control solution available for this camera, and it's called the ZWO ASIair Pro. This small wireless module allows you to focus, take images, make adjustments with your smartphone or tablet, and even do plate solving and computerized mount control with the built-in SkySafari bridge. If you'd like to add an ASIair Pro to your camera order, you can find it in the suggested accessories section.

ZWO ASI290 Sensor Features

  • Sensor: 1/2.8" Monochrome CMOS
  • Resolution: 2.13M
  • Diagonal: 6.46 mm
  • Image Array: 1936x1096
  • Pixel Size: 2.9um
  • Max Frame Rate at Full Resolution: 170 FPS
  • Window: AR
  • Guide Port: ST4
  • Exposure Range: 32us - 2000s
  • ROI: Supported
  • Read Noise: 1.0e at 30db gain
  • Full Well: 14.6ke
  • Back Focus Distance: 12.5 mm
  • Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0
  • ADC: 12bit
  • Adapter: 2” to 1.25”/M42 x 0.75
  • All-Sky Camera Lens: 150mm f/2
  • Dimensions: 62 mm Diameter
  • Weight: 210g
  • Working Temperature: -5ºC - 45ºC
  • Working Relative Humidity: 20% - 80%