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QHYCCD InterCam 8300 - IC8300

by QHY


InterCam 8300 Camera is the world’s first open source standalone cooled Deep Sky Astronomical CCD Camera and the world’s first CCD camera with wireless Internet Connection via WIFI. IC8300 is a classic mono camera using the very popular 8.6 mega pixel KAF8300 CCD sensor. This sensor has a good QE for deep sky imaging. It has a two-stage thermoelectric cooler with a typical delta T of -45C below ambient. The built-in heating plate and external drying interfaces effectively avoid condensation problems at low temperatures.

In addition to the strong cooling performance with low thermal noise and low readout noise, the IC8300 also has a built-in ARM system. You can use it without a computer. The WIFI interface allows wireless control and remote login. The camera also includes two serial ports, a USB host interface, and a 4-pin filter wheel interface.

With appropriate software, you can access an equatorial mount, electric focusing, and guiding camera. Achieve a complete imaging system. IC8300 includes built-in LINUX operating system. QHYCCD provides LINUX version of EZCAP software, INDI drivers. IC8300 global open source developers also provides iAstroHub for IC8300 and other applications. In addition to stand-alone mode, IC8300 also provides a common USB camera mode, you can connect with the computer as an ordinary astronomical camera via USB cable.

QHYCCD provides WINDOWS version of EZCAP software and ASCOM drivers.


InterCam C8300 Specs
CCD Sensor KAF8300 Mono
Effective Pixels 8.6 mega
Pixel Size 5.4um*5.4um
FullWell 25.5 Ke-
Imager Size 17.96mm*13.52mm; 4*3 inch
ADC 16-bit
Readout Noise Typical 9e-
Binning 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4
TEC 2-Stage
Cooling Typical -45, Max -50 C below Ambient
Shutter Butterfly Mechanical Shutter with Uniform illumination
CCD window heater Yes
Fully Airproof CCD chamber Yes, with silicon gel tube socket


Can this camera run as a normal USB cooled camera?

Yes. This camera supports two modes: Normal Slave USB mode and stand alone Host mode. The Normal Slave USB mode will bypass the processor in the camera and it will work like a normal USB astronomy camera.

What software can be used in IC8300?

The EZCAP linux version is already installed into the IC8300. You can use remote desktop software to log into the camera to run it remotely. QHYCCD also provides the INDI driver for IC8300. You can install Linux astronomy software like KStars into it.

Camera Software and SDK List:

  1. System Driver (windows)
  2. ASCOM Driver (windows)
  3. EZCAP (windows)
  4. LINUX Driver (inside the linux system)
  5. EZCAP (linux)
  6. Camera hardware API (linux)
  7. INDI driver (linux)
  8. LINUX img file (with desktop)
  9. LINUX Camera Remote Control Web Server (under development)
  10. Android/IOS Control APP (under development)

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19 reviews
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