QHY 163M Medium Size Cooled CMOS Cameras (various versions available)

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QHY 163M Medium Size Cooled CMOS Cameras (various versions available)

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€ 1,199.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 1,007.56

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  • Cooled medium size “COLDMOS “color camera, ideal for use with narrowband filters, spectroscopy and Deep Sky imaging
  • Lightweight compact design with low read noise, high sensitivity and short backfocus connection 
  • Uses a Panasonic MN34230 Front-Illuminated CMOS sensor in the format 17.7mm x 13.4mm (diagonale 21,9mm)
  • 16 Megapixel (4656 x 3522 pixel array) at 3.8µm with electronic shutter 
  • Supports any size ROI, 22.5FPS @16MP full resolution, 30FPS 4K video, 57FPS 1920 x 1080 and hundreds frame per second at smaller ROI 
  • Exposure duration from 60µs to 1800sec 
  • AR+AR High Quality Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating 
  • Two-stage Thermoelectric Cooling (TE) to -40C blow ambient
  • Anti-Noise, Anti-Amp Glow and Anti-Dew Technology
  • With USB3.0 High Speed Transfer 
  • Include 128MB DDR Frame Buffer, a filter wheel port with 4-pin QHYCFW filter wheel control port and a 6-pin Guide port
  • Please select the appropriate QHY163M/C medium size CMOS camera or further technical details form the Drop-Down menu below
Important note: This camera is no in production and discontinued.

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€ 1,199.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 1,007.56

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QHY – Cooled Medium Size CMOS Cameras

The QHYCCD medium size COLDMOS camera series includes all of the cooled cameras with CMOS sensor sizes from less than 1 inch to Full Frame 35mm Format (QHY128C und QHY367C and QHY410C)and includes BSI (back-illuminated) as well as FSI (front-illuminated) CMOS sensors in both monochrome and color cameras.

  • USB 3.0
  • Front-illuminated and Back-illuminated Sensors
  • Lightweight Compact Design
  • Regulated TE Cooling Delta -35C to -40C
  • 128 MB DDR Frame Buffer
  • ST-4 Compatible Guide Port
  • Filter Wheel Port
  • Anti-Noise Technology
  • Anti-Amp Glow Technology
  • Anti-Dew Technology

All models include a heated optical window to prevent external dew, a desiccant plug socket to help maintain a frost-free CMOS chamber, a 128MB frame buffer, a filter wheel port, and 2-stage TE cooling to reduce the sensor temperature to -35C or -40C below ambient along with temperature regulation to maintain a constant temperature set point. Due to the efficient TE cooling, single exposures many minutes in duration are possible, making them ideally suited for deep space imaging of dim objects as well as brighter objects and planets.

The QHY camera has a built-in 128MB DDRII image buffer. The benefit of the image buffer is that the memory will cache the image and transfer it to the computer when the USB interface is not busy or being interrupted, and the frame will not be lost or corrupted. This buffer also allows a slower computer with USB 2.0 socket to capture every frame without loss even if the USB socket is occasionally busy with other peripherals. This buffer also helps multiple camera applications and avoids USB transfer problems. For example, it is possible to operate four QHY163M cameras on the same computer to create an LRGB imaging array.

Front and Back Illuminated Structure

Further details about the QHY163M can be found on the webpage of QHYCCD

The QHY163M uses a relatively large Front-Side-Illuminated monochrome Panasonic sensor in the format 17.7mm x 13.4mm (diagonal 21.9mm), 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor. The QHY163M/C has exceptionally low readout noise (as low as 1 electron!), low dark current and two-stage cooling capable of reducing the sensor temperature to -40C below ambient. The sensor chamber is sealed and the optical window is heated to prevent dew. The camera's interface is USB 3.0 and delivers 23FPS@16 megapixel full resolution output, 30FPS@4K HD video output. The low read noise capability of the QHY163M and mono sensor is ideal for use with narrowband filters.

If you have any further questions, please send us an email to kontakt (at) baader-planetarium.de.

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