QHY163M Cooled Monochrome Astrophotography Camera

Starting Price: $1,199.00
Price as Configured: $1,199.00
Brand: QHYCCD / SKU: QHY-163M (100091)
QHY163 is a model designed for astrophotography beginners. It exhibits excellent sensitivity and low noise with its 4/3-inch sensor having about twice the field of view.  It is well suited to planetary and deep-space imaging particularly when mated with the CFW3 filter wheel. This model has two-stage thermal electric cooling of the sensor to about minus 40 degrees C below ambient for maximum reduction of dark current noise in long exposures.
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Price as Configured: $1,199.00

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QHY163M Monochrome Cooled USB 3.0 Planetary and Deep Sky COLDMOS Camera

The QHY163M/C camera is an incredible value.  It uses a relatively large 4/3inch, 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, available in both monochrome and color.  The QHY163M/C has exceptionally low readout noise (as low as 1 electron!), low dark current and two-stage cooling capable of reducing the sensor temperature to -40C below ambient.  The sensor chamber is sealed and the optical window is heated to prevent dew.  The camera's interface is USB 3.0 and delivers 23FPS@16 megapixel full resolution output, 30FPS@4K HD video output.

128MB DDR Buffer
The QHY163 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 QHY163M cameras on the same computer to create an LRGB imaging array.

Full Anti-Dew Solution
With more than a decade of experience designing cooled cameras, QHYCCD has applied this knowledge to the QHY163 camera.  The full anti-dew technology includes a sealed CMOS chamber with silicon gel tube socket and a heated chamber optical window.  This technology prevents dew from forming on the sensor itself, or on the chamber window, even in a high humidity environment.

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