New QHYCCD cameras available from Baader Planetarium

The long awaited and much requested cameras - QHY294M-Pro and the QHY268M - have been pre-ordered and are expected to be available at Baader Planetarium from December 15th.

QHY294M Pro – Expanded Pixel Mode  from 11.7 MP to 46.8 Megapixel!

The QHY294 M / C PRO can be pre-orderd now.

More details about QHY294 M / C BSI Medium Size CMOS camera

The QHY294M Pro will soon be delivered to us in larger quantities and is expected to be available from Baader Planetarium.

The new QHY 294 Pro Series is a 4/3-inch camera equipped with the Sony IMX 294 (color) and IMX 492 (mono) sensor. The 294 Pro has 11.7 megapixels at 4.63 µm and 14 bit data depth. Both sensors are Back Side Illuminated.

The IMX 294 and IMX 492 chips have 46.8 million 2.315µm pixels, which Sony 2x2 bins on-chip to create the sensor's advertised 11.7 million 4.63 µm pixel array. The QHY 294 Pro series camera is capable of locking and unlocking the on-chip binning to provide two readout modes. The first mode reads the sensor in "locked" mode to produce 11.7 MP images with 4.63 µm pixel size and 14 bits per pixel. The second mode unlocks the binning to produce 46.8 MP images with 2.315 µm pixel size at 12 bits per pixel.

With the ability to use the 294 PRO with two different pixel sizes, it can also be used for two different focal lengths, matching the optimum resolution of the telescope.

  • Mode 1 for telephoto lenses and Mode 0 for longer focal length systems.
  • For narrow-band photographers, the 296 M-PRO can be combined with the QHY Color Filter Wheel (CFW 3) (various versions available) with or without QHY Off-Axis Guider (OAG) (various versions available) with adapters that provide the 55 mm back focus required by many optical systems.

QHY268M – IMX571 Back Illuminated Sensor in Monoversion

The QHY268M is the first monochrome CMOS camera with an APS-C sensor. The chip has the same functions as the flagship QHY600M:

  • USB Re-connection with 12V ON/OFF
  • Extended Full Well and Multiple Read Modes
  • Random thermal noise suppression
  • 20Gb optical fiber transmission (PRO-Version)
  • 1GB / 2GB oversized DDR3 memory
  • Large programmable FPGA (only PRO)-Version
  • Water-cooling option

By using the Sony IMX571 Back Illuminated Sensor, the price will be significantly lower. The high-resolution cooled, monochrome APS-C Camera uses a 26 Megapixel Sony IMX571 Back Iluminated Sensor with 16-bit A/D and 3.76um pixels. The QHY268 will be available as photo version and pro version. Image quality is identical between the two models.

Photgraphic Model QHY268 PHOTO: Professional Model QHY268 PRO:
  • USB3.0
  • 6 FPS, full frame, 16-bit images
  • 6.8 FPS, full frame, 8-bit image
  • Support for ROI at higher frame rates
  • USB3.0
  • 2×10Gigabit optical fiber interface
  • Programmable trigger in/out
  • Advanced timing interface for GPS
  • 6,9 FPS, full frame, 16-bit images
  • Support for ROI at higher frame rates
  • Customizable FPGA

Two 5m double fibre optic cables and two optical fibre modules are included with the camera.

QHY-5-III-485C – Color Planetary and All Sky Camera

QHY-5-III-485C Color Planetary and All-Sky-Camera can be pre-orderd now.

More details about the QHY 5-III-485C Color Planetary and All Sky Camera

We are pleased to announce a new addition to QHYCCDs line of high speed, high QE, low noise, planetary cameras: the QHY-5-III-485C.

  • Uses Sony's new IMX485 Color CMOS sensor
  • Back-Side-Illuminated (BSI) sensor with high QE and very low noise
  • 8.4 megapixel color CMOS sensor with an array of 3864 x 2176 pixels at 2.9um.
  • With USB 3.0 interface, the full frame rate of 18.5 FPS at 16-bits or 44 FPS at 8-bits. Smaller regions of interest will yield even faster frame rates.
  • This new camera makes a great planetary combo with the other newly released QHY 5-III-462 M/C CMOS Camera (various versions available) (various versions available) to photograph all objects of the solar system
  • Includes a high resolution 8.3 MP All-Sky camera

While the QHY-5-III-485C does not have the extended near IR response of the QHY5III462C, it does have sHGC (Super High Cain Conversion) for exceptionally low (less than 1e-) read noise. For solar and lunar imaging, the NIR response is not required but the ability to take multiple short exposures in H-alpha light is ideal for solar use and making movies of solar prominences, arcs and eruptions.

The QHY-5-III-485C has 4 times the area of the smaller QHY-5-III-462C and 4 times the number of pixels. In area it is the same size as the popular IMX174 sensor but with back-illumination and higher resolution. The generous field of view provided by this larger sensor makes it ideal for solar and lunar imaging whereas the smaller, faster  QHY 5-III-462C CMOS Camera (various versions available) with its enhanced IR response is superior for imaging planets like Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

The QHY-5-III-485C standard package includes a 2.5mm Fisheye lens that converts the planetary camera into a high-resolution, 8.3 Megapixel All Sky camera with 180-degree field of view.

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