QHY163C Color Camera 4/3" 16 Megapixels

QHY163C Color Camera 4/3" 16 Megapixels
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SKU: 100021680
Part #: QHY163C
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QHY163C Cooled Color Astronomy Camera, 16 Megapixels

The 16-megapixel QHY163C camera uses a large CMOS sensor with exceptionally low readout noise and low dark current. The 4/3” color sensor has an array of 4656x3522 pixels that are 3.8um in size, with readout noise as low as 1e and a full well depth of 18-20ke-. This CMOS astrophotography camera is capable of 4K video output at 30fps and full resolution real time output at 22.5 frames per second. Ideal for serious deep-sky imagers!

The QHY163C color camera comes with a two-stage TEC cooling and temperature control that cools the camera as low as -45C below ambient, which is ideal for warm and damp summer observing conditions. QHY has also built in anti-dew technology into the QHY163. The sensor chamber is sealed and incorporates a silicon gel tube socket and heater to help keep both the sensor and the sensor window dry.

The cooler requires +12VDC input (power supply not included).

The QHY163C 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 QHY163 cameras on the same computer to create an LRGB imaging array.

The QHY163C camera has a control circuit to reduce amplifier glow significantly, especially important for longer exposures of deep-sky objects at high gain.

• QHY163C cooled 16-Megapixel color astronomy camera ideal for serious deep-sky imaging
• 4/3” cooled CMOS sensor with small 3.8um pixels in a 4656x3522 array
• Two-stage cooling keeps sensor temperature as much as 45C below ambient for low-noise imaging, even in warm conditions
• 128MB DDRII data buffer to minimize data dropouts during image transfer
• Reduced amp-glow for superior imaging of faint objects

What's in the Box:
(1) Camera
(1) USB3.0 cable(1.5m)
(1) Self-locking power cable
(1) 6pin guide cable
(1) Car power adapter
(1) Desiccant Drying Tube
(1) Desiccant
(1) M42/1.25inch adaptor
(1) Driver download card
(1) Inspection report

Sensor:  16Mp 4/3-inch CMOS
AR Coating On Sensor:  No. Clear Glass
Pixel Size:  3.8um × 3.8um
Effective Pixel Area:  4656 × 3522
Effective Pixels:  16 Megapixels
Effective Image Area:  17.7mm × 13.4mm
Fullwell:  18ke- to 20ke-
AD Sample Depth:  12bit/10bit (output as 16bit and 8bit)
Sensor Size:  Typical 4/3inch
Frame Rate:  22.5 fps @ 16mega Full Resolution
30 fps @ 4K HD Video 
57 fps @ 1920 × 1080
60 fps @ 1280 × 1024
80 fps @ 1024 × 768
100 fps @ 800 × 600
Readout Noise:  2.4e@low gain 1.0e@high gain 
Dark Current:  TBD
Exposure Time Range:  60us-1800sec
Anti-Glow Control:  Yes
Shutter Type:  Electric Rolling Shutter
Computer Interface:  USB3.0
Built-in Image Buffer:  128MByte DDR2 memory
Cooling System:  Dual Stage TEC cooler(about -40C below ambient)
Anti-Dew Heater:  Yes
Air-proof Chamber:  Yes, with silica gel tube socket
Telescope Interface:  M42/0.75
Optic Window Type:  IR cut filter 
Weight:  442g
Other Port:  6-Pin RJ11 Guide Port, 4-Pin QHYCFW Port.
Power Supply:  Camera Powered by USB. The TEC needs 12V DC input.
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