ZWO - ASI715MC USB 3.0 Color Planetary CMOS Camera

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The ZWO ASI715MC is built on the IMX715 sensor with USB 3.0 and capable of capturing up to 45.1 framers per second. 

The AS1715MC utilizes cutting-edge Sony STARVIS technology, resulting in an impressively low readout noise of 0.72e. This innovation enhances the camera's sensitivity, establishing it as an excellent option for challenging imaging applications.

The AS1715MC's 1/2.8" sensor and 8.46-megapixel resolution make it exceptionally versatile, excelling in capturing celestial events and microscopic details. This versatility positions it as a valuable tool for astronomers and researchers alike.

The AS1715MC's exceptional sensitivity distinguishes it as a crucial asset for both astrophotography and microscopic imaging. Whether capturing cosmic wonders or intricate details, the camera delivers reliable and powerful performance, catering to the requirements of professionals and enthusiasts.

ZWO ASI715MC USB 3.0 Color Planetary CMOS Camera

The AS1715MC stands out as a sophisticated color camera, boasting a 1/2.8" sensor and an impressive 8.46-megapixel resolution. Its cutting-edge features include the incorporation of Sony STARVIS technology, which significantly enhances its performance. This technology ensures minimal readout noise, measuring at an impressive 0.72e, a testament to the camera's exceptional sensitivity.

Designed with versatility in mind, the AS1715MC is particularly well-suited for capturing astronomical phenomena. Its capabilities shine when imaging planets and smaller deep-sky objects, delivering high-quality results that meet the exacting standards of astronomy enthusiasts and professionals alike. Additionally, this camera excels in the realm of microscope photography, providing researchers and scientists with a powerful tool to capture intricate details with precision.

The ultra-high sensitivity of the AS1715MC makes it an indispensable asset for astrophotography, allowing astronomers to delve into the intricate beauty of the cosmos. Its adaptability extends to the microscopic world, where it aids in revealing the hidden intricacies of specimens under a microscope. Whether peering into the vast expanse of space or exploring the minute details of biological specimens, the AS1715MC stands as a reliable and powerful imaging solution.

ASI715MC Features:

  • Sony IMX715 CMOS Sensor
  • 1/2.8" Sensor Diagonal (Measures 5.6x3.2mm)
  • 3864x2192 Resolution
  • 12 bit ADC
  • 1.45 Micron Pixels
  • 0.72e Read Noise
  • 6.03Ke Full Well
  • 80% QE
  • USB 3.0
  • Up To 45.1 Frames Per Second

QE 80%

Evaluating a camera's performance hinges on crucial parameters, with the Quantum Efficiency (QE) curve and readout noise taking center stage. The efficiency of a camera is significantly enhanced by achieving a higher QE and minimizing readout noise, as these factors directly impact the image signal-to-noise ratio, a pivotal aspect of image quality.

Quantum Efficiency, denoted by the QE curve, gauges a camera's ability to convert incoming photons into electrical signals. A higher QE percentage indicates a more effective conversion process, translating to improved image quality. Simultaneously, minimizing readout noise, the electronic noise introduced during signal processing, is essential. Lower readout noise contributes to cleaner, more accurate image signals.

In this context, the ASI715MC camera stands out, showcasing an estimated QE peak value of approximately 80%. This signifies an impressive efficiency in converting incoming light into electrical signals, affirming its capability to capture high-quality images across a range of conditions. By achieving a favorable balance between Quantum Efficiency and readout noise, the ASI715MC exemplifies a camera that prioritizes optimal image signal-to-noise ratio, catering to the discerning needs of photographers and imaging professionals.

Readout Noise

The concept of readout noise encompasses various components, such as pixel noise, circuit noise, and Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) quantization noise. Reducing readout noise is paramount in achieving superior image quality. A lower readout noise level indicates a cleaner signal and less interference from electronic components during the image acquisition process, resulting in improved image fidelity.

In the case of the ASI715MC, a notable attribute is its exceptionally low readout noise. This characteristic is particularly evident when examining the relationship between readout noise and the gain setting. Remarkably, as the gain value increases, there is a concurrent decrease in readout noise. This phenomenon underscores the camera's adaptive nature, demonstrating its capability to maintain high performance even under varying gain settings.

The advantageous quality of low readout noise in the ASI715MC not only contributes to enhanced image clarity but also provides users with the flexibility to adjust gain settings without compromising image integrity. This characteristic positions the camera as a reliable and versatile tool for photographers and imaging professionals seeking optimal performance across a spectrum of conditions and applications.


 The USB 3.0 port provides 5Gb bandwidth for the camera to at 45.1 frames per second in 10bit high speed mode.  An ST4 port can be used to connect with the autoguide port of your mount for guiding. 

What's Included

  • ASI715 Camera
  • Cover
  • ST4 Cable
  • 1.25" Nosepiece with T-Threads
  • USB 3.0 Cable (2m)
  • Quick Guide
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UPC 0748305559990
Brand ZWO
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Includes Autoguide Port No
Image Stabilization No
In The Box
  • ASI715 Camera
  • Cover
  • ST4 Cable
  • 1.25" Nosepiece with T Threads
  • USB 3.0 Cable (2m)
  • Quick Guide
  • ASI715 Camera
  • Cover
  • ST4 Cable
  • 1.25" Nosepiece with T Threads
  • USB 3.0 Cable (2m)
  • Quick Guide
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