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ASI2600 ManualRevision 1.1Aug, 2020All materials related to this publication are subject to change without notice and itscopyright totally belongs to Suzhou ZWO CO.,LTD.Please download the latest version from our Official website.

ASI2600 ManualTable of ContentsASI2600 Manual . 11. Instruction . 32. What's in the box? . 43. Camera technical specifications . 54. QE Graph & Read Noise. 65. Getting to know your camera . 85.1 External View . 85.2 Power Consumption . 95.3 DDR Buffer . 95.4 Cooling System . 105.5 Back Focus Distance . 105.6 Protective Window . 115.7 Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) . 115.8 Binning . 115.9 Tilt Adjustment . 126. How to use your camera . 137. Mechanical drawing . 168. Servicing . 179. Warranty . 172

ASI2600 Manual1. InstructionCongratulations and thank you for buying one of our ASI Cameras!This manual willgive you a brief introduction to your ASI camera. Please take the time to read itthoroughly and if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us to join ZWO FB and User Forum below!Facebook : User Forum: Camera is specifically designed for astronomical photography. It is not onlysuitable for DSO imaging but also for Planetary imaging You will be impressed by itssuperior performance and wide use!ModelASI2600MC ProMono/Color(TEC)CoolingDDR3 BufferSensorColorTwo Stage256MBSONY IMX571For software installation instructions and other technical information, please refer toour official website

ASI2600 Manual2. What's in the box?ASI2600MC Pro camera4

ASI2600 Manual3. Camera technical specificationsSensorSONY IMX571 CMOSDiagonal28.3mmResolution26 Mega Pixels6248*4176Pixel Size3.76μmImage area23.5*17.5mmMax FPS at full resolution3.51FPSShutterRolling shutterExposure Range32μs-2000sRead Noise1.0-3.3eQE peakAbove 80%Full well50keADC16bitDDR3 rotect windowIR CUTDimensions90mmWeight0.7kgBack Focus Distance17.5mmCooling:Regulated Two Stage TECDelta T35 C below ambientCooling Power consumption12V at 3A MaxSupported OSWindows, Linux & Mac OSX5

ASI2600 Manual4. QE Graph & Read NoiseQE and Read noise are the most important parts to measure the performance of a camera.Higher QE and Lower read noise are needed to improve the SNR of an image.For the 2600 Sensor, the peak value for QE is around 80%.Read noise includes pixel diode noise, circuit noise and ADC quantization error noise. The lowerthe better.As you can see, the Read Noise of the ASI2600 camera is extremely low when compared withtraditional CCD cameras. In addition, it is with Built-in HCG mode, which can effectively reduceread noise at high gain and keep the same wide dynamic range for this camera as at low gain.Depending on your target, you can set the gain lower for higher dynamic range (longer exposure)or set the gain higher for lower noise (such as short exposure or lucky imaging).6

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ASI2600 Manual5. Getting to know your camera5.1 External View45565172531. Window, IR CUT, D60*2mmTilt adjustment ring, M42*0.75 thread, thickness 5mm, can be removedRadiatorUSB2.0HubUSB3.0/USB2.0 InterfaceCooling power supply DC power port: size 5.5 * 2.1mm, positive inside and negative outside,12V@3A power is recommended.Ultra-quiet magnetic levitation fan, will rotate only when the cooling is on.The camera can be placed on a holder ring for Cooled cameras with a 1/4” thread under thering.8

ASI2600 Manual5.2 Power ConsumptionASI2600 camera is with low power consumption, max at 4.7W USB3.0 cable is recommended forpower supply.Recommended power supply for cooling: 12V @ 3A DC adapter (5.5 2.1mm, center polepositive). Also suitable: lithium battery with 11-15V.Here is the ASI2600 cooling efficiency graph.5.3 DDR BufferThe ASI2600 Pro camera includes a 256MB DDR3 memory buffer to ensure the stability of datatransmission. Additionally, the use of a memory buffer minimizes amp-glow, which is caused bythe slow transfer speeds.9

ASI2600 Manual5.4 Cooling SystemThe Cooling system of ASI2600 Pro camera can precisely control the sensor temperature. Unliketraditional CCD, the ASI2600 camera has ultra-low readout noise, efficient cooling, and adjustablegain. There is no need to use ultra-long exposures to shoot targets, which significantly reduces therequirements for the photography system as well as the guide system. However, if you use shortexposures (for example, less than 100ms), the effect of cooling on the image will be little. Coolingsystem can be set to a minimum temperature of 35 below ambient temperature.Here’s the dark current curve of ASI2600 sensor between -20 and 30 5.5 Back Focus DistanceThe female flange to the sensor is 17.5mm. You can reach 55mm back focus distance with the21mm and 16.5mm extender included in the camera package.10

ASI2600 Manual5.6 Protective WindowThere is a protective window-IR CUT filter in front of the ASI2600 camera sensor, with 60mmdiameter and 2mm thickness.5.7 Analog to Digital Converter (ADC)The ASI2600 camera has a built-in 16bit ADC. 12bit ADC mode for output will be used when wedo hardware Bin, this camera also supports custom ROI partial readout mode, with faster framerate at small ROI resolutions.Please see below attached different frame rates under different resolutions on USB3.0 and USB2.0of ASI2600 in 16bit mode.Resolution16Bit .06fps320*24051.44fps51.44fps5.8 BinningThe ASI2600 camera supports bin2, bin3, bin4 software Binning mode and hardware bin2, bin3,11

ASI2600 Manualthe best advantage of hardware binning is the faster frame rates. If you don't care about speed, wesuggest you use software binning.5.9 Tilt AdjustmentThere are 3 sets of screws that can be used to tilt the sensor, to make it same with the primarymirror of Newtonian, two screws per set for screw in /out.You can refer to below:1. Take a starred image with the camera, you will easily find out the tilt part in the image throughthe software, and then adjust one or more sets of flange adjustment screws on the cameracorresponding to the image.2. Take another image after the sensor tilt adjustment, compare the new image with the previousone in the software. If the tilt issue is reduced, that means the adjustment is correct. Otherwise, theadjustment is wrong.3. Repeat step 2 until the stars in all corners are perfect.12

ASI2600 Manual6. How to use your cameraUsing an adapter, the ASI2600 camera can be connected to a telescope, or a camera lens. Most ofthe adapters are already included in the package, and the rest can be purchased directly from ourofficial website below. lens Connection Diagram:” filters (optional)EOS-T2/Nikon-T2 adapterM42-M48 16.5mm extenderM42-M42 21mm extender16.5mm OAG13

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ASI2600 Manual7. Mechanical drawingASI2600MC Pro16

ASI2600 Manual8. ServicingFor software upgrades, please refer to “Support-manual and software” on our official rs and servicing are available by emailing info@zwoptical.comFor customers who bought the camera from your local dealer, dealer is responsible for thecustomer service.9. WarrantyWe provide 2-year warranty for our products. We offer repair service or replacement for free if thecamera doesn’t work within warranty period.After the warranty period, we continue to provide repair support and service on a charged basis.This warranty does not apply to damage that occurred as a result of abuse or misuse, orcaused by a fall or any other transportation failures after purchase.Customer must pay for shipping when shipping the camera back for repair or replacement.17

QE Graph & Read Noise . EOS-T2/Nikon-T2 adapter 3. M42-M48 16.5mm extender 4. M42-M42 21mm extender 5. 16.5mm OAG . ASI2600 Manual 14 . ASI2600 Manual 15 . ASI2600 Manual 16 7. Mechanical drawing ASI2600MC Pro . ASI2600 Manual 17 8. Servicing

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