Brand: ZWO

ZWO ASIAIR PLUS (ZWO-ASIAIR-PLUS)

ZWO-ASIAIR-PLUS

Brand: ZWO

ZWO ASIAIR PLUS (ZWO-ASIAIR-PLUS)

ZWO-ASIAIR-PLUS

You may have heard of the ASIAir, but if you haven't, it's a groundbreaking device that drastically simplifies astrophotography. This will allow you to wirelessly control your mount, camera, and more.
  • An incredibly simple and intuitive astrophography computer
  • Control your mount, camera, and more wirelessly
  • Automatically stack and process images for extraordinary deep sky or planetary images

This product is discontinued, please see the 256G version as the official replacement.

$299.00 USD

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Why we love the ZWO ASIAIR PLUS (ZWO-ASIAIR-PLUS)

This is the third generation of the revolutionary ASIAIR (ZWO-ASIAAIR-PLUS), and ZWO have nailed it! This is a smart wireless controller that will run your main imaging camera, as well as a guiding camera. You can also use the main imaging camera to polar align. In short, the ASIAIR Plus will vastly simplify your setup and astro-imaging process. It’s a fantastic tool for new and experienced astrophotographers alike.

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 the ZWO electronic auto focuser (EAF), nearly 100 Canon and Nikon SLR and mirrorless cameras, and more than 400 common equatorial or partial alt-azimuth mounts, all while you use your phone or tablet to capture astounding images of the night sky. The ASIAIR Plus requires a clean or dedicated power supply. We strongly recommend the ZWO AC to DC adapter found here.

Product Description

This product is discontinued, please see the 256G version as the official replacement.

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 100 mm x 70 mm x 26.5 mm

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 32GB of storage space and 20GB 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.

eMMC Features

  • Avg. Read Speed: 85MB/s
  • Avg. Write Speed: 52MB/s
  • Storage Space: 32GB
  • Free Space: 20GB
  • 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.

Customer Reviews

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V.V.
Amazing little device

This little device has made the learning curve of imaging process so much easier and convenient. The interface is surprisingly intuitive but having said that ZWO should provide better documentation on how to harness all of AA+ functionality. Clear skies are limited throughout the year and having to experiment wastes too much precious clear sky nights.

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J.M.
Everything you need in one little box!

The ASI Air Plus is a really nice piece of kit! Granted, it is based on both Raspberry Pi and open source Star/EKOS but they have done a nice job improving both.

Hardware-wise ZWO have created their own circuit board with the same ARM processor as Pi but have removed some Pi components that are not needed for astro. They have added 4 x 12v sockets, larger and faster on-board EMMC storage and of course not only a metal enclosure but an external wi-fi antenna to give good range for connectivity to tablets or phones.

The software is much more intuitive than KStars/EKOS and they have added a tablet/phone app which we would not otherwise have. Most defaults are nicely tuned for best performance with ZWO gear, anything you want to change is fairly intuitive. Yes, ZWO gear only but pretty much any go-to mount is supported. I use an EQ-Mod cable with my mount and no longer need a hand controller. Nice! Software gives full view of where power is going thru the app, current camera temp and activity, guiding - everything you need for an imaging session. I use a microSD card for data storage, the socket gives a very positive click when card is inserted.

So many nice touches! Like auto-exposure for flats. Being able to plate-solve and align on a previous night’s image, built-in polar alignment aid and so much more. BUT - do bear in mind that an older iPad, like the original Air, can control the camera but will not run the planetarium software. That app runs on your tablet and you do need sufficient memory to load and run the app. More than 1GB RAM by the looks of it. There is a lot to learn when you first get an Air but worth getting to know it well. Awesome piece! Very happy with my purchase.

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D.P.
ZWO ASIair Plus

Works pretty well like the ASIair Pro but the range of the Wifi is much better. The fact that they OS system can now be reset there is no need for an external micro SD card back up extra to maintain just in case.

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M.A.D.G.
Makes astrophotography simpler.

Struggle is real when you first get into this hobby. From using Astroberry to Stellarmate to NINA. This little box does it better despite all your gear has to be ZWO. Learning curve is not as steep as the other solutions I mentioned above. Highly recommend.

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D.G.
ASI air plus

A great little computer Well worth it money It does it all Easy to work with and the WIFI is excellent Highly recommend it.

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