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steviebee

Zwo ASI 120MC-S question.

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I am looking at getting a Zwo ASI 120MC-S for imaging/guiding but they have a USB3 connection. My laptop only has USB2. Can the USB3 physically fit into a USB2 port? Would it still work? I cant justify getting another laptop as I don't think my head would look to good on a spike outside my house once my wife found out lol. Or perhaps someone could recommend a similar camera. TIA.

 

Steve.

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It will work with USB2 but the download speed will be reduced.

Peter

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Thank you Peter, a new laptop is on the cards just not this side of Xmas.

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2 hours ago, steviebee said:

I am looking at getting a Zwo ASI 120MC-S for imaging/guiding but they have a USB3 connection. My laptop only has USB2. Can the USB3 physically fit into a USB2 port? Would it still work? I cant justify getting another laptop as I don't think my head would look to good on a spike outside my house once my wife found out lol. Or perhaps someone could recommend a similar camera. TIA.

 

Steve.

The computer end of a USB3 style cable is backwards compatible - I just bought two 1TB HDDs and they both have USB3 leads but work fine with USB2.

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it'll be fine on a usb2 port. If its being used for guiding or long exposure imaging USB2 is fine. USB3 really comes into its own when using it for fast/high frame rate video capture for planetary. 

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If you're happy with a used one they come up in the classifieds here and/or on AB&S occasionally.  Probably best to avoid the stock USB2 version though.  They can work fine if you're prepared to fiddle with them, but that's a bit of a gamble.

James

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