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QHY 163-C Camera - COLOR

by QHY
$999.99
SKU QHY163-C

Description

The QHY 163C is a high end full color CMOS camera with an inbuilt cooling system, capable of producing very high end images of a wide range of celestial objects! This is a full color CMOS imaging system with many fine features worth boasting over- ranging from a high power dual stage TEC cooling system to remarkably low baseline read noise. These solid features are only parts of the whole in the end though, single components of the standard expected of each and every component in these top notch cameras. The end result of a wide array of high quality components used to create a single high functioning whole? This beautiful piece of work, capable of astro-imaging at a glorious 4k resolution with 30 FPS, and ideally suited for planetary and lunar imaging while retaining the capacity for deep sky imaging as well!

To get a bit more in depth, lets start with a closer look at one of the core facets of this marvelous imaging device: the two stage Thermo-Electric cooling system that keeps the cameras internal temperature regulated smoothly and cleanly, reducing dark noise interference and all around improving your imaging experience. This powerful cooling system is capable of attaining a cooling delta of -40 degrees celsius lower than the average temperature of the cameras environment. This is of particular value on a warm summer night, where higher temperatures could cause dewing or other sources of internal interference in the cameras mechanisms. In general the lower temperatures attainable through high power cooling are a great boon to quality imaging. Speaking of dewing, this camera has another potent countermeasure to prevent that from even being a possibility worth considering, in the form of a fully vacuum sealed sensor chamber combined with both a silicon gel tube socket and a window heater that all combine to keep everything perfectly dry within that chamber.

Moving on to another exemplary trait of this splendid camera, lets talk about the inbuilt 128MB DDRII image buffer that is another excellent component of this camera. This buffer exists to safeguard you from unexpected drops in transmission, and to ensure that every pixel that you’ve captured after a long night of imaging can be safely transferred to your computer for processing without data loss in transit. This frame buffer accomplishes this all by storing image data in the camera itself until they can be safely transmitted. This can also help your data run more smoothly on slower computers when linked to them.

In summary this camera is designed to clear away as many obstacles as possible between you, and capturing the most beautiful full color images of the starry night skies possible. We’re comfortable saying that its likely to do a good job of it to boot, with the heavy duty cooling and numerous other high quality features of this camera combining to make your hobby as easy as it could be. And due to it being of a CMOS format rather than CCD, all this top notch quality and advanced technology is being offered at a supremely affordable price!

Specs

CMOS Sensor 4/3inch 16mega pixel CMOS Sensor (Color/Mono)
Effective Pixels 4656*3522
Pixel Size 3.8um*3.8um
Effective Area 17.7mm*13.4mm
Shutter Electric Rolling Shutter.
FullWell Typical 18–20k
QE TBD
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
80FPS@1024*768
100fps@800*600
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

Warranty

Limited USA One Year Warranty when product is registered within 60 days of purchase. Click Here to register.

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Exceptional Mount

A couple of years ago, I wanted to replace my old VMA200 mount with something more modern.
While visiting the Paris Astronomy show (RCE 2012) I noticed the Nova120. At that time, it was a brand new offering that I have not seen before, hence my hesitation to purchase
I wanted to purchase a E.U product to guarantee the quality and ease of access to support in my own language. I checked the forums and heard nothing but good things about the Nova120 so I decided to purchase it.

I have used enough astronomical instruments in the last 30 years to know what great quality is. The Nova120 coupled with the PRISM v10 and a CDK20 (508 mm) helped me pull off 900s unguided images with great ease. (Raw FITS File here). Payload of this setup is about 80 kg (160 lb).

The dizzying slew speeds, excellent accuracy and painless tracking makes this hobby easy and enjoyable again.
After using this setup for a year and a half, the only problem I had was rebalacing the gear after changing scopes. The superb electronics and software included make this tasks even more easier that just eyeballing the scope for movement due to unbalance.

You can very easily watch the motor consumption and know where the unbalance is....that easy. I have so much data that it is becoming difficult yo keep up.
I have absolutely zero regrets, this purchase has made everything easier: No summer/winter worm-gear adjustments, no guiding... just start imaging night after night after night.

Eric Barbotin

Imaging Made Easy

Prism is my GoTo program for observatory control and imaging. Prism's many features make imaging taking a breeze.

I was concerned about giving Prism a try , especially as its quite expensive. So far Im very impressed and glad of my decision.
Im a beginner at all this so haven't tried other more recommended software, Prism appealed as it seems to do everything instead of using several programs 👍🏻

Great lightweight guide scope

This guide scope replaces a 400/80 that was waaay too heavy for what it did. The smaller 60mm scope does a great job guiding and I can RA balance with just one counter weight now - much better - and it looks like something Ferrari designed

Still learning Prism using Wireless links...

I have much of your software working at this time... I have it parked on my main computer, and a notebook... My main computer is a OverClock computer with 32 Gigs of RAM Clocking presently at 4400MHz with software parked on SSD drives... The rotation dome by NexDome is still not working... Most problems like this have to do with ASCOM Drivers... There is not very much detail information on how to use this software... I have to feel my way to a total operational staus... Second issue... The rain in the San Francisco Bay Area this year has limited my access to my larger telescope (12 inch SCT)... This rain has been so significant, I was force to weatherize my observatory... My goal here is,,, I am trying to remotely control my observatory totally. I have used Netgear Powerline 2000 to handle camera images and discover controlling rules to do that... High speed is vital for images with cameras over 3 Megs... I have both 12 Mega sensors and 24 Mega sensors... I am also using Netgear Nighthawk router and its mating extender to increase control signals to my observatory that is about 100 feet on the side of hill... I am also using Virtual Here software on a Raspberry Pi inside the observatory to solve the USB interface requirements... I started out using Model B and B+ on level 3 raspberry Pi's... I have moved to Level 4 Raspberry Pi to gain access to USB 3.0 technology... Big difference! I hope by early spring to have everything working... Bob Ritter MicTechS