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QHY 5L-II Planetary & Autoguider Camera - Monochrome

$169.00

Description

The QHY 5L-II Monochrome camera uses the 1/3 inch, 1.2MP Aptina MT9M034 CMOS sensor. The 1280 x 960 pixel array of 3.75um pixels are capable of video speeds of 30 frames per second at full resolution. The QHY 5L series camera has a c-mount interface for flexibility - choose from a variety of optional lenses.

As a member of the QHY5-II series, the QHY5L-II design retains the 1.25" (eyepiece size) form factor and the standard ST-4 Opto-isolated guide port. The high QE of 74% plus the high speed USB2 port enable very fast frame rates, making this an ideal planetary camera. The camera uses a single USB port for camera control and power to provide simplicity and ease of use. The USB communication port has been updated to take advantage of the full down load speed and to eliminate noise that had been caused by the USB port in the past. This camera is an extraordinary device for both auto guiding and planetary photography, all at a very attractive price point. The QHY5L-IIM camera comes with a parfocal adjustment ring, 1.25" extension tube / filter holder, and a USB and guide cable.

Specs

CMOS Sensor MT9M034 Monochrome
CMOS Size 1/3 inch
Effective Pixels 1280 x 960
Pixel Size 3.75um*3.75um
Readout Type Progressive Scan
Shutter Electric Rolling Shutter
Exposure Range 20 microseconds to 10 minutes
Maximum Frame Rate 1280 x 960 @ 30FPS,
1024 x 768 @ 44FPS,
800 x 600 @ 75FPS,
640 x 480 @ 106FPS,
20 x 240 @ 200FPS
Pixel Binning 1x1
Peak QE 74%
AD Conversion 8bit/12bit (output) , 14bit (Internal)
Pixel Rate 12/24/48/72MHz
Mechanical Size 1.25" eyepiece style (31.6mm)
Optical Window 22mm AR+AR coating glass
Back Focus 17.5mm(when use standard optic window)
Weight 45g (camera body only)
Power Consumption 0.64W
Guider Interface Opto-Isolated 6pin RJ11
Computer Interface USB 2.0

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Great lightweight guide scope

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