The ZWO ASI1600MC COOLED camera is an excellent choice for imaging deep sky objects, however it can do much more than that. With a max framerate of 23 FPS this camera can also be used as an extremely high resolution planetary imager. If you cannot decide if your thing is deep sky or planetary imaging, go for this camera. It is also a much more affordable alternative to converting a dSLR.
This version also comes with built-in active cooling that helps to reduce electronic noise to the minimum.
You can even use it for guiding, although we understand that it is somewhat a waste of a talent to use it for guiding, but there might be special circumstances or setups when you would want to use it for guiding, so the opportunity is given.
There are four versions with the same large 4/3" sensor (21.9mm diagonal):
Colour or monochrome and cooled or uncooled.
Now you will have to decide whether you want a simple solution and go for a one shot COLOUR CAMERA or would like to get more data out your camera and go for the MONOCHROME version. If you would mainly use it as a deep sky imager camera, we'd also recommend to go for the COOLED version, but if you cannot afford or you'd be mainly using it as a very high resolution planetary imager, then go for the UNCOOLED version.
With the ZWO ASI1600MC you won't have to spend lots of time to get beautiful images, however, if you want to get the best results from this range of cameras and you have plenty of time to spare, why not to try L-RGB or narrow band photography with the monochrome version of this camera, the ZWO ASI1600MM or ZWO ASI1600MM-COOL. (If you go for the monochrome version, you'll also need a filter wheel and a set of L-RGB filters or H-alpha and OIII filters, and maybe even H-beta and SII filters as well for narrow band photography...)
Please note that the sensor diagonal size is very close to the internal clear aperture of a 1.25" filter, therefore with extremely fast telescopes (small f-ratio) there might be vignetting. The limiting f-ratio is TBC.
Features of the NEW ZWO ASI1600MC-COOLED
Recommended for Deep Sky Imaging as well as the Sun, Moon and planets at very high resolution (the monochrome version is better for the Sun)
(To image the Sun you'll have to use a proper front solar filter or Herschel wedge depending on your telescope. Please contact us if not sure!)
Resolution: 16MPixel 4656X3520 at up to 23fps
Pixel Size: 3.8µm
Exposure range: 32µs - 2000s!
Read Noise: 1.2e @ 30dB gain
Full Well: 20ke
ADC: 12 bit
Cooling: 40 - 45 degrees below ambient (obviously, only on cooled versions)
Standard Autoguider Port REPLACED WITH USB HUB
Built-in RAW mode and Grey mode output support. Only about 30% storage space required compared to the Color data format!
Peak Quantum Efficiency: TBC
Full aluminum housing with standard 2" interface
M42X0.75 internal thread.
Specification of ZWO ASI1600MC
Camera technical details
Sensor: 4/3″ CMOS
Resolution: 16Mega Pixels 4656×3520
Pixel Size: 3.8µm
Max FPS at full resolution :23FPS
Exposure Range: 32µs-2000s
Read Noise: 1.2e @30db gain
QE peak: TBD
Full well: 20ke
Adaptor: 2″ / 1.25″ / M42X0.75
Protect window:IR-CUT window
Dimensions: φ62mm X 41mm
Back Focus Distance: 6.5mm
Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C
Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80%
Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95%
More resolutions are user defined