QHYCCD 163C Cooled Color CMOS Astronomy Camera - QHY163C

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  • For incredible lunar, planetary, and deep sky images, this high quality QHY163C Color CMOS Camera is an ideal fit
  • Capable of producing 4K Ultra High Definition video at 30 frames per second, and operates at 22.5 frames per second at full resolution
  • Boasts a 4/3" format back-illuminated Sony 16 MP IMX163 color CMOS sensor with 3.8 µm pixels in a 4656 x 3522 effective pixel array
  • With a two-stage TEC cooling system, the QHY163C is able to reach temperatures as low as -40ºC below ambient
  • The QHY163C combats dew by including a fully sealed CMOS sensor chamber with a silicon gel tube socket and window heater to maintain dryness
  • To protect against unexpected dips in data transmission, the QHY163C features a built-in 128MB DDRII image buffer
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    QHY163C Cooled USB 3.0 CMOS Astronomy Camera


    The QHY163C is a high quality cooled color camera that will produce amazing images of the Moon, the planets, and deep sky objects! It is capable of creating 4K Ultra High Definition video at 30 FPS, and will perform at 22.5 frames per second at full resolution. The QHY 163C sports a back-illuminated 16 megapixel, 4656 x 3522 CMOS sensor housed in a sealed chamber that is heated to prevent dew from building up on the sensor or window. This 4/3" format high resolution sensor uses 3.8 µm pixels and has an extremely low read noise of 1.2e.

    The ability to cool your camera will reduce dark noise in your images. Cooling is especially helpful when imaging on warm summer nights! The QHY163C imaging camera has two-stage TEC cooling and temperature regulation that allows temperatures to reach a maximum of -40ºC below ambient. QHY has also tackled the problem of dew that can form on your sensor or sensor window, especially on damp nights. The QHY163 sensor chamber is fully sealed to keep air out, and includes a silicon gel tube socket as well as a window heater to keep everything nice and dry.

    A built-in 128MB DDRII image buffer provides a safeguard against unexpected drops in data transmission. A frame buffer avoids lost frames during USB transfer by storing image data in the camera itself until it can be safely transmitted. Buffering will also make sure your video runs more smoothly when using a slower computer.

    All semiconductors produce a small amount of light when powered up, causing brighter spots in the corners of the sensor where the high gain amplifiers are housed. Amplifier glow is most noticeable during long exposures. The QHY163C camera has an anti-amp light control circuit to reduce amplifier glow significantly.





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    What's Included

    • QHY163C Color ColdMOS Imaging Camera
    • 1.5 m USB 3.0 Cable
    • Self-Locking Power Cable
    • 6-Pin Guide Cable
    • Car Power Adapter
    • Drying Tube
    • Desiccant
    • M42/2" Adapter (56mm diameter max)
    • Driver Download Card
    • Inspection Report

  • Dimensions & Specifications

    • Imaging Camera Series: QHY Cooled Color
    • CMOS Sensor Model: 4/3" Sony IMX163
    • Resolution: 16 MP
    • Effective Pixels: 4656 x 3522
    • Pixel Size: 3.8 µm x 3.8 µm
    • Effective Area: 17.7mm x 13.4mm
    • Shutter: Electric Rolling
    • Full Well Capacity: Typical 18-20ke
    • Readout Noise: 2.4e@low gain; 1e@high gain
    • Frame Rate 8-Bit: 22.5 FPS @ full resolution; 30 FPS @ 4K HD Video; 57 FPS @ 1920 x 1080; 60 FPS @ 1280 x 1024; 80 FPS @ 1024 x 768; 100 fps @ 800 x 600
    • ROI Support: Yes
    • Minimum Exposure: 50 µs
    • Maximum Exposure: 1800 sec
    • AD Sample Depth: 10-Bit/12-Bit (8-Bit/12-Bit output)
    • On-Camera Image Buffer: 128MB DDRII
    • Cooling: Two-stage TEC temperature regulated typical -40ºC below ambient
    • Power: USB powered for camera and +12V powered for TEC
    • Anti-Dew Control: Air Connector for removable silicon gel tube. Heat board for optic window of sealed CMOS chamber.
    • Computer Interface: USB 3.0 super speed
    • Telescope Interface: M42x0.75 & 2" adapter
    • Color Wheel Port: 4PIN QHYCFW2 socket
    • Guide Port: 6PIN RJ11
    • Optic Window: IR+AR
    • Electric Interface: 12V input with lock; USB 3.0 socket; 4PIN QHYCFW; 6PIN RJ11
    • Weight: 15.87 oz.


    QHY163 User's Manual
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