QHY268C-PRO APS-C Format Cooled Astrophotography Camera

Starting Price: $2,995.00
Price as Configured: $2,995.00
QHY268PRO is a cooled scientific CMOS camera with a SONY IMX571 APS-C format CMOS sensor inside. 26mega pixels, Back-illuminated, native 16BIT ADC. QE is up to 91% and readout noise is as low as 1.1e Even with a 3.76um pixel size, it has a big full-well up to 75ke.  It has extremely low thermal noise 0.0005e/pixel/sec @ -20C,  ZERO amplifier-glow performance, It has a maximum frame rate of 6.8FPS@16bit full resolution.
Price as Configured: $2,995.00

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QHY268PRO has both USB3.0 and 2*10Gbps optical fiber interface. It has a 2GBytes big DDR3 memory buffer. It has the 6pin GPIO port support complex Trig-In and Trig-Out signal. It can connect with QHY GPS-BOX to get the high-precision GPS timestamp onto the image head.

QHY268PRO has both monochrome version and color versions.  QHYCCD also supplies the water cooling version. (Water cooling version is a customized version, needs to be pre-ordered).

The QHY268PRO supports the Trig in/out function and GPS function.   There is a 6pin GPIO socket on the camera backside. It can be configured into different modes.  QHY600PRO also can be customized as the user requests to meeting more complex timing by re-programming the FPGA.

Native 16 bit A/D

The new Sony sensor has native 16-bit A/D on-chip. The output is real 16-bits with 65536 levels. Compared to 12-bit and 14-bit A/D, a 16-bit A/D yields higher sample resolution and the system gain will be less than 1e-/ADU with no sample error noise and very low read noise.


One benefit of the back-illuminated CMOS structure is improved full well capacity. This is particularly helpful for sensors with small pixels.In a typical front-illuminated sensor, photons from the target entering the photosensitive layer of the sensor must first pass through the metal wiring that is embedded just above the photosensitive layer. The wiring structure reflects some of the photons and reduces the efficiency of the sensor.

In the back- illuminated sensor the light is allowed to enter the photosensitive surface from the reverse side. In this case the sensor’s embedded wiring structure is below the photosensitive layer. As a result, more incoming photons strike the photosensitive layer and more electrons are generated and captured in the pixel well. This ratio of photon to electron production is called quantum efficiency. The higher the quantum efficiency the more efficient the sensor is at converting photons to electrons and hence the more sensitive the sensor is to capturing an image of something dim.

 Zero Amplify Glow

This is also a zero amplifier glow camera.


In the DSLR implementation there is a RAW image output, but typically it is not completely RAW.  Some evidence of noise reduction and hot pixel removal is still visible on close inspection.  This can have a negative effect on the image for astronomy such as the “star eater” effect.  However,  QHY Cameras offer TRUE RAW IMAGE OUTPUT and produces an image comprised of the original signal only, thereby maintaining the maximum flexibility for post-acquisition astronomical image processing programs and other scientific imaging applications.

 Anti-Dew Technology

Based on almost 20-year cooled camera design experience, The QHY cooled camera has implemented the fully dew control solutions. The optic window has built-in dew heater and the chamber is protected from internal humidity condensation. An electric heating board for the chamber window can prevent the formation of dew and the sensor itself is kept dry with our silicon gel tube socket design for control of humidity within the sensor chamber.


In addition to dual stage TE cooling, QHYCCD implements proprietary technology in hardware to control the dark current noise.