ZWO ASIAIR Plus 256GB WiFi Astrophotography Controller - ASIAIR-PLUS-256
ASIAIR PLUS is an intelligent WiFi controller for all astrophotography applications. It replaces a laptop or even an expensive stand-alone autoguider. Also the cable tangle at the telescope is a thing of the past. You only need your smartphone or a tablet, which you connect to the ASIAIR-WiFi.
- Control of all ZWO ASI cameras - cooled cameras need an extra power supply
- Autoguiding in combination with a ZWO camera, e.g. with the ASI120 Mini
- Control of selected mounts, for example from Skywatcher or iOptron
- Control of selected DSLR and system cameras
- Autofocusing with the ZWO EAF motorized focuser
- Debayer function for ZWO color cameras
- Image preview
- Polar alignment routine
- Planetary and lunar video capture
- Live Stacking
- and much more!
The ZWO ASIAIR Plus is the third generation of the innovative ZWO ASIAIR smart WiFi camera controller. The system is easy-to-use, and beginning and advanced astro-photographers alike will find the ASIAIR Plus an exciting addition to their system! Adding this camera controller to your astrophotography setup will allow you to control ZWO USB3.0 and ZWO mini-series cameras. The ASIAIR technology can also control a selection of nearly 100 Canon and Nikon SLR and mirrorless cameras, more than 400 common equatorial or partial alt-azimuth mounts, the ZWO EAF, and the ZWO EFW (only the ZWO ASIAIR Plus is included in this purchase). It can control this equipment all while you use your phone or tablet to capture astounding images of the night sky.
The body of the ASIAIR Plus is smaller and lighter than its predecessors. It is 25% thinner and 13% lighter than the ASIAIR Pro. The body is made out of CNC machined aluminum and the design of the casing protects the technology from dust and dew accumulation. With laser carving technology, the top of the ASIAIR Plus showcases a design with the constellations Cassiopeia, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor. You will find several status displays on the body of the ASIAIR Plus: an Input Power Status Display (PWR), a Wireless Network Status Display (WiFi), and a System I/O Status Display (SYS).
The dimensions of the body are 100mm x 70mm x 26.5mm
About the Enhanced Antenna and WiFi Capability
Included with the ASIAIR Plus is a built-in WiFi antenna. When compared to earlier versions of the ASIAIR, the Plus version's antenna has an increased signal, making the connection between your device and the ASIAIR Plus more stable. This also enables the signal range to be wider. With the inclusion of the antenna, you will ultimately see a stronger WiFi signal and faster communication.
This small device can totally replace your computer or a mount hand controller. With the wireless technology, you can even control your astrophotography gear from inside! The 2.4G/5G Dual-band WiFi network has a working range of up to 20m.
ZWO has designed the ASIAIR Plus so that it may also be hardwired via an Ethernet cable to your home's WiFi router. This allows you to access the device anywhere within your router's WiFi range. There is no VNC or remote desktop; the ASIAIR is able to handle all tasks needed for DSO imaging. These include Preview, Plate Solving, Focus, Polar Align, Guiding, Autorun, Plan (multi-target), Video (Planetary Imaging, Live Stacking, and more!
The ASIAIR Plus Outputs and Ports
ZWO has also added indicators for the four DC-12V outputs to the body ASIAIR Plus. These indicators, along with a function in the ASIAIR app, allows you to check the power status easily, and you are able to monitor power consumption in real-time. You can find the app in all major app stores. The ZWO ASIAIR Plus also comes with two USB2.0 ports and two USB3.0 ports that will allow you to connect your ASIAIR device to your camera, mount, ZWO EAF, and more. Please make sure to check power requirements for any device you plan to connect.
Also included are a gigabit Ethernet port and DSLR Shutter Release cable receptacle. The Type-C USB port allows for connection to a laptop for exporting files from internal storage and the TF card. This connection allows for the transfer of data, eliminating the need to pull out the SD card and the use of a card reader. Please note that a USB-C to USB-A cable is required, but not included. The ASIAIR Plus also supports external TF cards and USB drives for upgradable storage capacity. The storage capacity is recommended to be 512GB and 1TB maximum. It currently supports three file system formats: NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT.
Recovery Mode and eMMC
Get ready for a smooth and stable experience with the ASIAIR Pro. ZWO has included a Recovery Mode where the system will detect faults and recover itself if the ASIAIR Plus cannot boot up. Additionally, this version of the ASIAIR has been redesigned with eMMC storage; there is 256GB of storage space and 233GB free space storage for saving images and videos. With the eMMC, the ASIAIR Plus' I/O speed is up to 2.5x faster than the ASIAIR Pro.
- Avg. Read Speed: 121MB/s
- Avg. Write Speed: 95MB/s
- Storage Space: 256GB
- Free Space: 233GB
- Super System Stability: Reset Firmware and Auto Recovery
Recommended Power Supply Requirements
ZWO recommends that the ASIAIR Plus have an 11V-15V @ 2A-5A power supply. If the power supply is lower than 9V or higher than 15V, the ASIAIR Plus cannot be turned on as a safety precaution.
What's in the box
- ASIAIR Plus Body
- Two DC 0.5m Male Cables
- Two DC 1m Male Cables
- DC 1.5mm Male-Female Extension Cable
- USB3.0 0.75m Type-B Date Cable
- ASIAIR Plus Activation Guide
- ASIAIR Plus Quick State Guide