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QHY 163C Cooled CMOS Astronomy Camera - Colour


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  • QHY ColdMOS series.

  • Cooled

  • Two stage TEC cooling -40c below ambient

  • High resolution16 mega pixels

  • Coloured version

  • 128MB DDR buffer in case of drop-outs

  • Fully anti-dew solution.

  • USB 3.0 super fast interface

  • 4k UHD video capacity

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The QHY163C features 16MP 4/3inch CMOS sensor

One of the most important feature on this camera is that it is cooled, which makes it perfect for long exposure sessions. The QHY163C has the capacity to cool 40ºC below ambient. Incorporated with anti-dew technology, the CMOS chamer is fully sealed and includes a silicon tube socket as well as a heater to avoid dew formation, so that users can enjoy a relaxed imaging session even on damp nights.

Perfect for deep-sky imaging, made with Sony CMOS sensor and a fast USB.3.0 interface, users can enjoy all levels of sky observation as this camera provides ultra sensitive and high frame rate photography capabilities.

Equipped with built-in 128MB DDRII image buffer which safeguards against unexpected drops in data transmission.

CMOS sensor 4/3inch 16MP CMOS sensor (colour)
Pixel Size 3.8um*3.8um
Readout noise  2.4e@low gain    1e@high gain
Effective pixels 4656*3522 16MP
Effective image size 17.7*13.4mm
AD sample depth 10bit/12bit (8bit/12bit output)
On Camera Image Buffer
Yes, 128MB DDRII Buffer
Gudie port 6-pin RJ 11 guide port
Colour wheel control port 4pin QHYFW2 socket
Optic window heater Yes
Telescope Interface M42/0.75 thread
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
Telescope Interface M42/0.75&2inch adapter. Optional C-mount adapter

Frame Rate (on 8bit):

22.5FPS@16mega Full Resolution
30FPS@4K HD Video   
Exposure Time: 50us-1800sec

Additional Information

Additional Information

Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 17.7 x 13.4 mm
Pixel Size 3.8┬Ám
Resolution 4656 x 3522
Colour/Monochrome Colour
Frames per Second 22.5 FPS
A/D Conversion 12 bit/10 bit
Back Focus Distance No
Power Requirement No
USB Connection USB 3.0
Cooling System TEC
Recommended Use Planetary and Deep-sky imaging
Weight 1
Warranty Information 2 years
Additional Specifications of Product No