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QHY163M Monochrome Cooled CMOS Camera

QHY163M Monochrome Cooled CMOS Camera

Regular price $1,199.00 USD
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The QHY163M camera is a cooled USB 3.0 monochrome imaging camera that is great for both planetary and deep sky. This CMOS astronomy camera sports a 16 MP CMOS sensor made up of 3.8um pixels housed in a sealed chamber that is heated to prevent dew from building up on the sensor or window. This ColdMOS, or cooled CMOS, sensor has an effective pixel array of 4656 x 3522 in a 4/3 format. This sensor has extremely low read noise of 1.2e (high gain) and has a maximum of 22.5 FPS at full resolution and 4K UHD video capability.

The QHY163M camera has a two-stage TEC cooling and temperature regulation system that can cool your camera down to as low as -40C below ambient. QHY has also incorporated anti-dew technology into the QHY163 camera. The CMOS chamber is fully sealed, and includes a silicon gel tube socket as well as a heater to help keep both your sensor and the sensor window dry, even on damp nights.

A built-in 128MB DDRII image buffer provides a safeguard in this CMOS astronomy camera 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 that cannot always handle high speed data well.

The QHY163M camera has an anti-amp light control circuit to reduce amplifier glow significantly. Ports include a 6-pin RJ11 Guide Port and a 4-pin CFW2 Filter Wheel Port, allowing you to add an optional autoguider or filter wheel to enhance your imaging experience with this CMOS astronomy camera.


CMOS Sensor 4/3 inch 16 megapixel CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels 4656*3522
Pixel Size 3.8um*3.8um
Effective Area 17.7mm*13.4mm
Shutter Electric Rolling Shutter.
FullWell Typical 18–20k
Readout Noise 2.4e@low gain 1e@high gain
System Gain TBD
Unity Gain TBD
Frame Rate (on 8bit) 22.5FPS@16mega Full Resolution
30FPS@4K HD Video
57FPS@1920*1080 60FPS@1280*1024
ROI Support Yes. Any Area ROI
Exposure Time 50us-1800sec
AD Sample Depth 10bit/12bit (8bit/12bit output)
On Camera Image Buffer Yes 128MB DDRII Buffer
Cooling 2-stage TEC, Typical -40 below Ambient. Temperature Regulated
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 airproof CCD chamber
Computer Interface USB3.0 Super Speed
Telescope Interface M42/0.75&2inch adapter. Optional C-mount adapter
Color Wheel Port 4PIN QHYCFW2 socket
Guide Port 6PIN RJ11 Guide Port
Optic Window AR+AR (Mono) IR+AR(Color)
Power consumption TBD
Weight 422g


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