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ZWO announced ASIAIR Pro - the nexgen of ASIAIR imaging platforms

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#1 ZL4PLM

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 11:30 PM

ZWO has today announced the forthcoming release of the ASIAIR Pro - an upgrade version of the popular ASIAIR imaging system.

 

The ASIAIR Pro is an evolution of the 1st edn ASIAIR and has adopted some new features based on user experience gained over the past 12 months or so.

 

Final details will be released in due course but the high level details are:

 

  • ASIAIR Pro hardware is base on the PI4 board and OS has been rewritten for that platform - there will be a code branch to allow ASIAIR Edn 1 to continue development inline with ASIAIR Pro. USB3 is now standard on PI4. 
  • ASIAIR Pro has 64GB of built in space and a 64GB flash drive giving a total storage of 128GB
  • PI4 has 4GB of RAM and a new CPU - 30% faster than PI3. 
  • The unit is now housed in a CNC milled aircraft grade aluminum housing - available in many colours as long as its ZWO red :) 
  • The housing will have mounts to allow it to be installed on the finder foot and the finder/guidescope can mount on the ASIAIR Pro.
  • ASIAIR Pro integrates simple power management with 4 x DC outlets (3A each - 10A max total) - will be controllable from the ASIAIR app. (some ports will be PWM controllable for dew controllers)
  • ASIAIR Pro will have a DSLR shutter control line to control the snap socket on many cameras.
  • ASIAIR Pro will support all the latest cameras and devices such as EAF.

New software features fir ASIAIR Pro have not been finalised yet - Autofocus/automated meridan flips are high on the development list right now. Live stacking is planned - release date not yet known.

 

As ASIAIR Pro is a new software package PI3 boards will not support it - updated versions with non Pro features will continue to be developed and released. 

 

There are plans for discounts for existing owners of genuine devices - likely to be on return and discount basis - details will be announced closer to release date. 

 

ASIAIR Pro will be available end of Q4 2019. Price has not been finalised yet but likely to be around $299 

 

Details on pricing and discounts/process for applying will be made available soon. Please watch ZWO facebook and website for further details. 

 

 

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#2 Mark Sellars

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 02:07 AM

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 09:06 AM

Wow, this sure looks like a winner, a mashup of the ASIAIR and Pegasus Powerbox! I'll definitely be purchasing one. Thanks for bringing this to the groups attention.


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 10:50 AM

This looks very interesting.  With the pi4's 64 bit support and USB 3 jacks - I wonder if this will include planetary imaging/video capture improvements?



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Posted 16 November 2019 - 11:43 AM

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 07:41 PM

The new design has its own shortcoming just like primalucelab eagle device. As a result of the openings, dew will be a problem for the board and components. There has to be a way to shield it from dew. 


Edited by kel123, 16 November 2019 - 07:42 PM.


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 08:51 PM

This looks very interesting.  With the pi4's 64 bit support and USB 3 jacks - I wonder if this will include planetary imaging/video capture improvements?

possible in future developments - right now next major features top of the most wanted is automated meridian flips and autofocus :) 



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Posted 16 November 2019 - 08:53 PM

The new design has its own shortcoming just like primalucelab eagle device. As a result of the openings, dew will be a problem for the board and components. There has to be a way to shield it from dew. 

my eagle and ASIAIRs all have had water dripping off them with no issues scopes and cameras all have openings or unsealed gaps - its rare to see any issues - if you're really worried you could build a small cover



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Posted 16 November 2019 - 09:11 PM

ASIAIR PRO


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Posted 17 November 2019 - 06:32 PM

Will it work with my Astro-Physics mount?



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Posted 17 November 2019 - 08:26 PM

What about Losmandy Gemini-2?



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Posted 18 November 2019 - 04:19 AM

Please: Live stacking asap praying.gif


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Posted 18 November 2019 - 09:19 AM

Will it work with my Astro-Physics mount?

 

What about Losmandy Gemini-2?

Are your mounts on the INDI mount support list?



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Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:26 PM

I am concerned about integration with non ZWO cameras both for guiding and capture. Or will it remain proprietary? 

I am also  concerned about  polar alignment options and alternatives. The current Asiair does not polar align without a view of polaris. Even then, that feature leaves much to be desired. 



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Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:33 PM

Drive a Celestron SCT focuser



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 02:06 PM

Hi,

 

will the plate solving cooperate with SkySafari? (in a way that it shows me on the SkySafari map where the OTA is pointing at?)

Is EAF 100% ready implemented and is autofocus fully operational with it, ready to use?

Will it accept monitor, keyboard and mouse also?

What does it look like on the USB side?

 

Thanks,

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 07:28 AM

And... will a PC also be able to control it, e.g. over WiFi, similar to a mobile device (phones, tablets)?

 

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 01:38 AM

The new design has its own shortcoming just like primalucelab eagle device. As a result of the openings, dew will be a problem for the board and components. There has to be a way to shield it from dew. 

 

This should not be a problem. The pi4 is a pretty hot device so when conditions are ideal for dew the micro-climate that produces inside the casing because of the heat will drive away dew from the interior of the device.


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Posted 23 November 2019 - 03:56 AM

Mac/OSX control would be great too.



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:03 AM

I hope they have a better implementation of PHD on the new device as opposed to the barely useful version they currently provide.  Live stacking would be nice.  Since they work with iOptron extensively on mount support, they should seriously consider integrating the iPolar PA application, that would be the ultimate device for portable imaging rigs, a one shot (sic) solution for imagers with a tripod and mount being hauled all over the place.  It's the only really important bit missing from the current ASIAIR.  I have to PA with a PC and then run with an iPad Pro.  Their PA solution is, well, crap.  As for cold and dew issues, I have the cirrent ASIAIR out in 10 and 20 degree weather over winter regularly with no issues.  I'm more worried about my 300mm camera lens than the ASIAIR, but Nikon apparently do a pretty good job weather sealing their $1000 plus lenses.

 

On another note, is anynone else using an updated iPad Pro with the current ASIAIR at v1.3.1?  When I connect to the ASIAIR WiFi, there is no WiFi icon in the top right of the iPad display, it's gone after updating both platforms.  Very Weird.....

 

Bob



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:41 AM

At $300 you could also get an intel NUC mini PC...
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Posted 23 November 2019 - 11:18 PM

Interesting. I wonder how much the discount will be for existing owners of gen1 .



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Posted 24 November 2019 - 08:54 AM

Interesting. I wonder how much the discount will be for existing owners of gen1 .

Love comments like this. How about supporting the company for upgrading and adding features to an already successful product? How much would you expect a discount to be? Just curious...



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Posted 25 November 2019 - 04:50 AM

Love comments like this. How about supporting the company for upgrading and adding features to an already successful product? How much would you expect a discount to be? Just curious...

Since you have less than a dozen posts since you joined, I assume you have low interest in participating in conversations, so how about not attacking others when you do happen to post, especially new members? The question was a legitimate one since it was mentioned in the original post that "There are plans for discounts for existing owners of genuine devices". I'm curious about this as well. If you happen to have an existing gen 1 ASIAIR and want to forego your discount to support the company, be our guest. :)


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Posted 25 November 2019 - 06:37 AM

Since you have less than a dozen posts since you joined, I assume you have low interest in participating in conversations, so how about not attacking others when you do happen to post, especially new members? The question was a legitimate one since it was mentioned in the original post that "There are plans for discounts for existing owners of genuine devices". I'm curious about this as well. If you happen to have an existing gen 1 ASIAIR and want to forego your discount to support the company, be our guest. smile.gif

Thanks for replying that post in a civil manner. It is one of those unreasonable posts you see sometimes and you just shake your head and wonder whether the poster is just  trolling . I held back from replying so that I don't say anything nasty and fall prey to the poster's trolling.  


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